Our guests arrive at least one-hour before launch departure. You will be required to complete the necessary indemnity forms followed by breakfast. This is followed by a safety briefing with our tour guide after which our boat departs from the harbour to look for the sharks on a 20 minute boat trip to Shark Alley(in Winter) or a 10-15 minute trip to the alternative viewing spot (in Summer) where most of the sharks usually hang out.
Our Vessel is manned by the Skipper and Dive Master, a tour guide, a shark handler and a videographer.
The boat is equipped with sufficient diving equipment to accommodate all our guests on their cage dive and the dive master ensures that everyone is safe and comfortable with the experience. The boat is also equipped with all the necessary safety gear as well as a life-boat large enough to accommodate all the guests should it become necessary. Snacks including chips, fruit, bread rolls and water are available for the duration of the trip.
Divers can spend at least 20 minutes in the cage unless shark sightings are really meagre, when time in the cage will be limited to give everyone an opportunity to see the sharks from the cage.
We can only accommodate 20 people per trip, an advantage in the reduction of waiting time before and after dives.
When everyone is satisfied with their viewing and dives, we return to the harbour and Crew House for lunch and a viewing of the video taken during the trip. This is also the time to purchase your copy before your departure.
Where do you pick up for Optional transfer? We pick up from all addresses in the Cape Town CBD and Atlantic Seaboard. Outside of those areas we dedicated pickup points for the following areas:
Southern Suburbs: We pickup at the Newlands Southern Sun, Main Road, Newlands
Western Seaboard: We pickup at Lagoon Beach Hotel, Lagoon Beach Road, Milnerton
Northern Suburbs: We pick up at Parc du Cap, Mispel Road, Belville
Somerset West and Stellenbosch: We pickup at the Lord Charles Hotel
How will I know what time I should meet at the dive House? We will send you an SMS by 18:00 on the evening before your dive. This could be as early as 3am or as late as Noon.
How long is the trip? The shark dive trip is about 4-5 hours. Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town is 2.5 hours either way
Can I bring my camera? You welcome to bring your own camera. Digital underwater cameras are available for hire at R400. You get to keep the memory card. The Trip DVD is an optional extra.
What should I do if I suffer from motion sickness (sea sickness)? Motion Sickness tablets are available from most pharmacies.
What should I bring with me? Bring your swimming costume, Warm clothes to change into, windbreaker, hat and sunscreen. The sea wind can be chilly and the sun burns more when at sea.
What are the age limits? No Children under 5 allowed on the boat. Children must be 12 years or older to go in the cage. Babysitting is available on special request.
Is there a price reduction if I do not dive? No, the Great White Shark is a surface feeder and the viewing from the boat is excellent. Most people climb in the cage once they see how safe it is. Everyone pays for the boat ride but the diving is free!