The Great White Shark - Carcharodon carcharias, apex predator and feared giant of the deep, has patrolled our oceans since the beginnings of time. Their imposing size and powerful predatory behaviour, not to mention their ability to sense the blood of an injured animal from over a kilometre away, has instilled fear in our hearts for centuries.
Our fascination with the mysteries surrounding this spectacular shark beckon us to come for a closer look and travellers with an appetite for adventure head to the southern tip of South Africa, arguably the world’s best Shark Cage Diving destination, to tick this off their bucket lists.
Take your pick from a variety of excellent operators in three different, but equally exciting, destinations.
Seal Island near Mossel Bay on the Garden Route is home to one of the healthiest populations of great white sharks in the world. Adult males can grow up to 8 metres long and an encounter with one of these apex predators of the sea is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you will never forget!
As you sink into the steel cage, entering the liquid habitat of this feared creature, subconsciously humming the chords of the Jaws movie theme music, the first impression is….only silence. Then, the exhilarating rush of witnessing a streamlined predator with its rows of up to 3,000 serrated razor teeth causally moving towards you.
Many people consider Shark Cage Diving a life changing experience. It is a privilege that only few will experience and you will leave with a profound respect and admiration for these powerful predators.
Arguably the world’s most renowned shark cage diving destination is found a few miles offshore from Gansbaai, a tiny fishing village in the Overberg region. Researchers, film crew and adventurers like you and I travel here, to South Africa’s great white shark mecca – Dyer Island.
This spit of land, with the originally apt name Ilha de Fera (island of wild creatures) is home to African penguins, gannets, cormorants and more than 50 000 Cape fur seals. The real attraction, however, lies beneath the surface of the sea where adrenaline-filled encounters with great white sharks take place in Shark Alley, the narrow channel separating Dyer Island and nearby Geyser Rock.
It is only the underbelly of the great white shark that is actually white. Its gray to blue gray top coloration blends in with the dark water, enabling the shark to approach prey unobserved.
The dense population of Cape fur seals that call Seal Island, near Cape Town, home provides visitors a rare opportunity to witness sharks launching an attack. The shark hurls itself out of the water, ambushing a seal from below at high speeds.
This small low rocky outcrop, a few kilometres of the northern beaches of False Bay is prime turf for photographers who travel from around the world for a chance to capture a shark in midair with a seal in its jaws.
The following White shark Cage Diving operators are recommended by Dirty Boots:
Apex Shark Expeditions in Cape Town and Gansbaai
Marine Dynamics Shark Tours in Gansbaai
Shark Cage Diving KZN, South Coast
White Shark Africa in Mossel Bay
White Shark Projects in Gansbaai.
These are the best Shark Cage Diving operators in South Africa.
For your up-close and personal encounter book a Shark Diving Tour in South Africa today!