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1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

im in the begining phases of trying to plan a trip to africa. i have a friend tell me that he was able to get in a cage and bait great white sharks. i think he may of said it was in cape town but not sure.

has anyone done or heard of this before?

2. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

in CT they are sometimes more expensive and take you to Hermanus (or outside of CT) in the end anyway.

I've heard, that there's a good company in HERMANUS (can't remember their name though), They were cheaper and the peole also got to see lots of Sharks (1000Rand and more is expensive, 600 and under is OK).

Don't do it in Mossel Bay. My friend and lots of other peole wasted a lot of money and didn't even see one, not to talk about going into the water in a cage!!!

It also depends a lot on the times of the year, as well as the weather.

definitely read through regulations before you purchase a ticket and also find out, what they provide on the boat (hot drinks, snacks etc.)

Hope I could help
otherwise send me a message!

Kathi

3. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 10y

Mosselbay is the great white shark capital of the world, due to some geographical characteristics.

Closeby Gansbay and Hermanus have shark dive companies too, but they'll take you to exact the same area. But it is a longer boatride, so it might be more expensive. Hermanus is the closest to CPT, so probably the most convinient. Some companies can arrange pick up from your hostel in CPT, which can be handy if you don't have your own transport, or if you want to celebrate the dive with a beer or two.

The best season to do it is now. Roughly August-October is shark (and whale) season. It is possible to see them throughout the year, but your chances are much slimmer (kathi, your friends probably went off-season). In September, most companies claim a succesful sighting rate of about 97%, with succesful dives a little lower, as sharks sometimes don't hang around long enough for everybody to go in the cage.

I've been looking into this because I'll be in the area around the 20th of September, and I will do a dive, probably with xploratours, a Hermanus based company. (They don't have price info on the site, but I send them an email, and they charge R900 for a 4-5 hour trip)

prices vary between 600 Rand (I haven't seen cheaper) for a short trip to about double that for a full day with lunch and pickup and all. A more expensive (longer) trip will increase your chances of seeing and diving with the great whity!

Check some of the sites below for more info:

www.xploratours.co.za

www.sharkcagediving.co.za

www.sharkafrica.co.za

www.dive.co.za

Let me know if you need more help, and good luck!

4. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

yes, it was the beginning of the 'shark' season, but my friend did it on the same day as the other people I talked about the other day, the only difference, that she did it in Mossel Bay and they did it in Hermanus. Moreoever they paid even a little bit less than her.
I'm not sure if the rule 'the more you pay, the more you get' applies, but I hope both of you will be very lucky and have an awesome experience!!!

let me know, how it went... personally I'm not into 'shark cage diving', but I'm always interested in stories and how people feel doing stuff like that!

Have fun!