Cape Town shark breaching & cage diving tour

From: ZAR1850 - AU$2400

per person



Tour runs: 07:00-12:30

Equipment Supplied Refreshments Provided No Diving Experience Neccessary

Simon's Town, Western Cape
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Cape Town shark breaching & cage diving tour

Prices: ZAR 1850 per person (May) - ZAR 2400 per person (June-August)

Exclusive Hire (Max 12 People): ZAR 18500 (February-May) - ZAR 24000 (June-August)

Location: Simon's Town (40 minute drive from Cape Town)

Transfers: Optional - Return transfers from designated pickup points in Cape Town

Duration: Approx 5:30hrs. The afternoon shark cage diving trip leaves at 7:00 and returns at 12:30 weather depending.

 

Our tour is a combination trip of watching the sharks breaching as well as experiencing shark cage diving. Our trips run from Simons Town, which is only 40 minutes from Cape Town. All our crew is highly qualified personnel who have spent years working on boats and with sharks

 

Shark breaching tour Cape Tour South AfricaShark Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water.  The best time is just before and at sunrise and mainly at certain area’s around the island and only for a few months of the year.

This behaviour is absolutely awesome to witness in person, and if you are in Cape Town during shark season, then this trip is a “must do”. It is seen nowhere on the planet as regularly as  in False Bay and by joining us on one of our trips you may be lucky enough to witness a breaching great white shark for yourself.

 

We depart early in the morning as this is when the great white’s natural predatory interaction with the Cape Fur seal is the most intense. The activity lasts for around an hour and a half.

 

We are respectful that we are entering the territory of the great white and even though we try to get as close to a predatory event as possible, every effort is made to avoid blocking a seal’s escape path to the Island. This is a natural event we are witnessing and so we make sure our environmental impact is as little as possible.

 

When the  predation activity has quieted down we try for a decoy tow using a fake soft cushion cut out “dummy” seal, in which we attempt to get the great white shark to breach. This soft decoy will not harm the shark in any way and making sure that we only do this for a limited period only, it allows for the best photographic opportunity.

 

Itinerary

06h45: Meet at Simonstown Pier. Our boat is the Blue Pointer 2. You will be welcomed aboard and a full safety briefing is given as well as the expected weather forecast for the day. An overview is given about what the trip entails and what is to be expected.  

 

07h00: In pre-dawn darkness we depart for Seal Island. (About 20 minutes away).

 

07h35 to 12h30: Arrive at Seal Island. Seeing dawn breaking over the Island and False Bay is truly breath-taking. The first 2 hrs is the ideal time to witness the great white’s natural predation interaction with the seals, which can often lead to the great white shark exploding out of the water with such intense shear force in pursuit of its prey. It is something that you will remember for the rest of your life! All guests are brief on what to be on the lookout for as well as information regarding seal movement and the sharks hunting behaviour.

 

Cage diving tour South AfricaWhen the natural predation activity has quieted down we try for a short decoy tow using a fake cut out carpet seal where we attempt to get the great whites to breach. Towing of the decoy allows for the best photographic opportunity. Being eco-sensitive we only do this for a limited period.

 

We do an inspection lap of the island giving information on the animal and bird life that is found on Seal Island as well as a history of the island and structures that are to be found on it. Choosing the best spot to anchor up with regard to wind and swell direction.

 

The cage is lowered into the water to free up the working area on the deck.  A bait line is put in the water as well as the carpet seal decoy. Every precaution is taken not to injure the shark. We do not feed sharks, nor touch sharks. We are NOT an adrenalin outfit.

 

Then it’s time to get up close and personal with the sharks. 

 

 The average dive time per guest is a least 30 minutes. One of the several on board guides will interact with the clients during the course of the trip to supply information and answer any questions the guest may have. 

 

You will still have excellent views of the Great White Shark should you choose not to dive.

 

In case you’re wondering about your stomach growling, we have a cooler box, with sandwich rolls (cold meats as well as a vegetarian option) as well as, something healthy; fruit juice, bottled water, fruit and something not so healthy; coke, crisps, sweets and chocolate.

 

12h00: We start to head home to Simonstown. This may be earlier depending on shark and weather conditions.

 

12h45 onwards: Payment is made after the shark trip at our bookings office. A complimentary coffee voucher is offered as well as a discount at Harbour view restaurant should you wish to have some lunch.

 

What to Bring

  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Sun block and Hat
  • Camera (we sell disposable underwater camera’s)
  • Take sea sick tablets
 

FAQs

How many passengers on the boat? 8-10

How many divers in the cage? 2

Do you offer scuba?  Yes.  All diving equipment is supplied. No Scuba qualifications are necessary

Does using scuba affect the sharks coming to the boat? No. In our experience working in False Bay since 1996, we have found that the bubbles or scuba noise have no effect on the great white sharks.

Do you use shark liver to attract sharks? No. We are an eco-sensitive company.

When should I book? What’s best time of the year for  shark breaching? From February shark diving season opens. Breaching starts to be seen around mid-April  and the best months for the predation and breaching activity is during June, July and August. September is in between high and intermediate season. February and March is too early for breaching. Here our trips focus on the shark cage diving and surface viewing.  The trip departs from Simon’s town at 7am sharp and returns at 12h30.

What happens if the shark doesn’t catch the seal when it breaches? Not every breach leads to a successful kill. If the great white shark misses the seal, then the chase is on. It is a game of cat and mouse of epic proportions as you are rooting for the seal, yet wanting to see a predation.

Please Note: We have a very high success rate, however with all wild animals, shark sightings and  activity can vary from day to day. Please be aware of this, so you do not arrive with unrealistic expectations.