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Sharks Expeditions In Cape Town

Diving
36 ft
12 Guests

About This Diving Experience

Our boat the White Pointer II is specially designed shark cage diving vessel. She complies with all safety requirements and Great White Shark permit conditions. We send the boat for annual safety inspections. Safety equipment includes life jackets, first aid kit, radio and cellular phone.

 

Boat specifications:

  • Curved window screens that offer superb visibility from inside the cabin
  • Cushioned seats
  • Flush toilet
  • Dry storage lockers

 

Dive with:

  • R 36,300.00 per person

 

Cost includes:

  • International flights.
  • Flight's out of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Breakfast in False Bay.
  • Dinner.
  • Full dive gear.

Details

  • Type: Diving
  • Capacity: 12 People
  • Rental Minimum: 1 day
  • Length: 36 ft
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Rental Requirements

FAQ:

When is the best time to see Great White Sharks?

  • Yes, if it is done with respect towards the sharks and other wildlife and remains sensitive to the regulations in place. Our ethical commitment toward the sharks and their conservation determine our every decision and we will not in any way jeopardise the wildlife.

Do you respect the sharks?

  • In South Africa, law prohibits us from feeding the sharks. We also avoid feeding the sharks for ethical and general conservation reasons. We use a point of interest to attract sharks to the boat – like a tuna head that is attached afloat and a rope and pulled away from the sharks. This bait is used solely as a lure, however some sharks will manage to take the bait.

Is shark cage-diving safe?

  • Nature is unpredictable and we cannot guarantee that you will see White Sharks from the surface or from the cage. However our success rate is higher than 90% throughout the season.

How do I get to False Bay, Simon's Town departure point?

  • It generally takes between 25 – 30 minutes from Simon’s Town Pier to Seal Island. This will also vary depending on the sea and weather conditions, as strong seas and / or strong headwind conditions can lengthen this time considerably.

How long will we stay at sea?

  • White Pointer II is the name of our 32 ft. catamaran vessel. This boat was specifically built for the purpose of working, viewing and diving with Great White Sharks in the waters of the Western Cape. The boat carries all the necessary safety equipment and is certified on an annual basis by SAMSA, the authority responsible for maritime safety in South Africa. 

How many guests aboard?

  • Depending on the time of year, the air temperature can be anywhere between 12 and 30 degrees Celsius and the sea temperature anywhere between 12 – 17 degrees Celsius. 

Can I pay a little less if I only wish to surface view without going into the cage?

  • No. Alcohol is probably the biggest inducer of sea-sickness and we would recommend that you avoid alcohol as much as possible prior to your trip.

Can I smoke on the boat?

  • Hopefully not, but unfortunately sea-sickness may be a part of the experience. You are welcome to take sea-sickness tablets before and / or during your trip, should you feel you need them.

What can I do to avoid sea-sickness?

Unfortunately there is no hard and fast rule that prevents sea-sickness, but here are some tips which may help you prevent it:

  • Yes. Rolls with cheese and meat fillings; snacks, from sweets to fresh fruits; and a range of soft drinks and bottled water. 

What should I wear and must I bring anything along?

  • It depends entirely on the weather on the day of your trip. 

How long do we have to wait for the sharks to appear?

  • We cannot give a definitive answer to that question. We believe that White Sharks have different personalities, probably the result of previous experience. One shark might come up to the lure, have one quick look, not feel confident about the situation, and leave moments later. The next shark might be much more relaxed and remain around the boat for hours. Remember that White Sharks are curious animals, but their caution is a much stronger instinct. 

Do I need to go into the cage to see White Sharks?

  • We do not recommend our trips for children under 10 years of age. Children are prone to get sea-sick as do adults, but the effect of sea-sickness on children is much more pronounced with dehydration being a big factor.

Can you arrange transport and accommodation?

  • As many days as your budget allows. If you just want to see a Great White Shark, then one day should be enough (weather permitting).
  •  If you are a shark lover, then we would recommend that you spend at least five days with us. Great White Sharks are intelligent animals and present very different behavioural patterns and attitudes. They display different characteristics; some being very shy or extra cautious, while others are playful and curious in the extreme. Every day at sea is different and we can never predict conditions, situations or encounters. The weather is also a factor, as all trips are weather permitting. 

What can I do during my stay in Simon’s Town?

  • The cage remains afloat and about 70 centimetres of the cage floats above the water at all time. The cage is also solidly attached to the boat with two thick ropes that further prevent it from sinking or drifting away from the boat. The bottom of the cage is lying about two metres below the surface. 

What must I wear to cage dive?

  • We prefer not to use scuba equipment which produces a lot of noise and bubbles under the water. This often keeps the sharks from coming close. You will have a better chance of seeing the sharks if we can communicate the direction the sharks are coming from, especially when the water visibility is poor. However, if you prefer using scuba equipment and you are a qualified scuba diver, we will provide you with a regulator to dive in the cage once everyone else has had their dive.

Am I allowed to scuba dive in the cage if I just have a PADI Open Water scuba certification?

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Is the cage attached to the boat?

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How many people does the cage accommodate at a time?

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Does the cage have a lid?

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How long can I stay in the cage?

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Is the cage safe?

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I can’t swim, can I still cage dive?

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Are we allowed to take our cameras into the cage?

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Do the crew take pictures or film our experience?

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Do you allow children in the shark cage?

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Can ladies cage dive whilst on their menstrual cycle?

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Do you cancel in the event of rain?

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When will I know if the trip I am booked on is going ahead or not?

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When do you require payment for the trip?

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What experience do your guides have?

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Will the trip be just about sharks or will it include other wildlife as well?

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Is free diving offered on the Mako and Blue Shark trip?

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What is the duration of the Cow Shark dive?

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Where is the Cow Shark dive site?

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Is there any likelihood of seeing a shark on the Seal dive?

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Can I come view the seals, but not dive?

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