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CAGE DIVING WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS IN CAPE TOWN - INTRODUCTION

Brave one of the worlds most feared wonders, as you come face to face with a Great White– while being in the protection of a metal cage! Quiver with adrenaline as these gigantic meat-eaters glide through the water only centimetres away from you… or, if you prefer, stay aboard and watch these magnificent beasts from above.

False Bay and Gansbaai near Cape Town are some of the best spots in the world to watch the Great White Shark in action. Here you can enjoy the majestic splendour of one of the most feared creatures in the sea.

CAGE DIVING WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS - ITENERARY

Your Great White diving experience starts off with a journey of about 1,5 hours to Gansbay from Cape Town. If you stay in Cape Town, our shuttle can come and pick you up at your hotel door. Pick-up times are normally early – at about 5am in the morning.

Once you get to Gansbay, you will be treated to a light breakfast. Divers are advised not to eat to heavily in the morning, to avoid seasickness. Once we are done with breakfast, you board the boat, and set off to go and do the Great White Shark cage diving.

When they are found, the boat will throw out the anchor, and then it's time to start with the shark cage diving. Participants take turns in the cage (up to 6 people in the cage at one time), until everybody has spent some time with the sharks. Participants who would like a second turn will also get a chance.

While you are not in the cage, you also get to enjoy the view from the upper deck - you can see the sharks quite clearly from here, and it is quite funny watching other divers' reactions when they see a Great White Shark for the first time!  You are also welcome to enjoy a snack at this time.

CAGE DIVING WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Do I need to be Scuba Certified?
    No, you do not need a Scuba Certification, as you do not dive on scuba equipment.
  2. How do I book?
  3. Bookings can be made via email, phone, or in person at Into the Blue. Full payment is required to secure your booking for this activity.
  4. How long does it take ?
    It starts quite early (expect to be picked up from 5am or even earlier onwards), and will take up most of your day. Expect to be back in Cape Town at around 5 or 6 pm.
  5. What do I need to bring ?
    Bring with a towel, swimming clothes, and some sun cream. You might also want to bring something warm, as the wind on the ocean can be chilly. Wetsuits and scuba masks are supplied.
  6. Are you the operator of this experience ? We do not conduct the Shark Cage Diving Experience ourselves, but are happy to facilitate the booking for you. We do not add an extra fee - the price should be the same as from the operator directly. 

 

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What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017

 

Clinton Bobbert

I recommend anyone that is nervous or thinking twice to do scuba diving, it is the best choice you can...

I grew up on the sea, always wondered how it must be into the deep blue sea. Then one day me and my wife decided to do an attempt to do scuba diving and I was quite nervous about going under water but thanks to the Into the blue crew and their patience and determination me and my wife found a new hobby and looking forward to go around the world and scuba dive all around the world. So from me and my wife we want to thank Cape Town, South Africa, Into the blue, for what we have experienced and thank you for opening a new world to us! I recommend anyone that is nervous or thinking twice to do scuba diving, it is the best choice you can ever make!

Brian Brown

Great diving courses. Friendly staff. 5 star.