Adventures in Gansbaai

Known as Shark Alley, the channel between Geyser and Dyer Islands, offshore of the fishing village of Gansbaai on the eastern side of Walker Bay, is probably the best white shark cage diving destination in the world.

The sharks are in the area all year, but in winter they tend to hang around the island so they are more predictable and so easier to find. Winter is also the best time to see whales, as it’s then that the southern right whales visit the warm, protected waters of Walker Bay…

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Adventures in Gansbaai
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Known as Shark Alley, the channel between Geyser and Dyer Islands, offshore of the fishing village of Gansbaai on the eastern side of Walker Bay, is probably the best white shark cage diving destination in the world.

The sharks are in the area all year, but in winter they tend to hang around the island so they are more predictable and so easier to find. Winter is also the best time to see whales, as it’s then that the southern right whales visit the warm, protected waters of Walker Bay to mate and calve. (Don’t get ideas of Caribbean paradises – Walker Bay is warm and protected compared to Antarctica.)

When you’re not out on the ocean watching big things with fins, there are some wonderful flowers, there’s great art galleries, coffee shops and wineries around, and even a boutique brewery not far down the road.

Gansbaai Adventures

Hiking

Go for a hike in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy near Gansbaai in the Overberg. Only 1 hour from Cape Town.

Shark Cage Diving

Gansbaai is the shark cage diving capital of the world. Here you get to eyeball a great white shark up close and personal from the safety of a specially designed cage. The little town of Kleinbaai, just outside Gansbaai, is virtually a shark town with shark diving, shark shops (you can’t buy real...

Slackpacking

Watch the distinct V-shaped spray of a giant whale in the deep blue Indian Ocean while waves pound the rocky seashore on a Slackpacking Adventure in Gansbaai. This bay in the Overberg is famous for its rich sealife that includes the mighty great white shark as well as the winter visitor – the...

Whale Watching

From late autumn to early spring (about April to September) Walker Bay is just crowded with southern right whales that have travelled north from Antarctica to frolic, mate and calve in the warm protected waters. You can see them easily from the cliffs overlooking the ocean, but a trip in a licenced...