Scuba dive or snorkel with great white sharks

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Join this excursion to live the underwater experience with the great white shark of South Africa! Take the opportunity during your time in Cape Town to travel the canals around Dyer's Island and get closer to the animal at the top of the ocean's food chain.

Highlights

  • Done in English

Travel to Gansbaai and enjoy a light breakfast before proceeding to the Channel by Dyer Island, a short boat ride of approximately 20 minutes. Named after Samson Dyer in the 19th century, Dyer's Island is a breeding ground for seabirds, while nearby Geyser Rock is home to around 50.000 Cape fur seals. As a prime breeding site for these animals, the area is a natural magnet for the ocean's deadliest predators.



Watch sharks on the surface of the water, before slipping into your wetsuit to join these misunderstood creatures in their natural habitat. Choose to snorkel or cage dive (you must hold a valid scuba diving certificate) with the magnificent predators in their natural feeding ground. It's a rare opportunity to share the water with the high ocean predator, and feel the adrenaline rush when he looks you in the eye with a hint of menace!

If you don't want to get in the water, you can stay on the boat and enjoy the viewing area. If you are on the surface of the water, the sharks will swim close to the boat, so you will have great views and great photo opportunities. If you are lucky, you may even get the chance to witness the sight of these huge creatures that will launch themselves to the surface of the water to hunt seals!


The caged great white shark season for diving can be divided into three periods:


  • High season: May to October
  • Intermediate: April, November, December and January
  • Low season: January, February and March

Detailed schedule

Starting point :
Tour departs from Cape Town City hotels



Departure time :
06.00 p.m

Return details:
The tour returns to the starting point around 17:00 p.m.

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