Great White Shark cage diving day tours, Mossel Bay

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R650 per child (under 12)

Food & Refreshments Included Wet Suits & Dive Equipment Supplied Certificate of your White Shark Experience

Mossel Bay, Victoria
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Great White Sharks have always fascinated humans for various reasons. Perhaps it is their imposing size, their graceful beauty:- perfectly adapted to their environment, patrolling our oceans since the beginning of time... Their powerful predatory behaviour instilling pure fear in our hearts... or perhaps it is the mysteries surrounding this spectacular shark that beckons us to come closer and closer……

 

If you are one of those…… who would like to come just that little bit closer; to experience the White Shark in its natural environment above or under water… This is just for you!

 

Mossel Bay is situated approx. 350 km from Cape Town along the world famous Garden Route and is known to have the most stable weather conditions in the country, providing us with many advantages.

 

Great White Shark day tours, Mossel BayMossel Bay is without a doubt one of the best White Shark sites in the World, albeit one of the lesser known. Working around Seal Island (home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals), provides unique opportunities to observe “breaching” and attacks by Great Whites on Seals... Not only a spectacular sight, but an excellent occasion to film and photograph such an extraordinary event.

 

The bay also plays host to large numbers of Whales in season June – Nov. The Whale numbers surpass even those of the famous territory of Hermanus. While on the subject of Marine mammals... schools of up to 500 Dolphins make a spectacular site and are often seen in the bay.

 

As the only White Shark operation along the Garden route, we’re afforded the advantage of seals being our only competition for the shark’s attention.

 

A Typical Day 

We meet at our office at the commercial slip next door to the yacht club. We like out clients to be there an hour before launch time so you can relax, have some breakfast, chat to our staff and listen to the safety and boat trip briefing.

 

The trip from the dock to the shark site is only about ten minutes so there is no long and tedious boat ride. In fact, Mossel Bay has the most accessible white sharks in the world. The bay is also very protected so our sea conditions are normally very calm and comfortable. The crew will provide a briefing concerning the cage diving on the boat.

 

To find the sharks we have to bait and chum. The baits and chum are natural marine products. We do not use anything that is not natural to the sharks and the environment.  It can take several minutes or several hours for the first shark to appear and while we enjoy a high success rate, you need to understand that nothing is guaranteed.

 

Once we have sharks at the boat, the cage will go into the water and the diving will begin. Topside viewing is exciting for the non-diver and as the shark works very close to the surface you will have plenty of opportunity to take some action shots.

 

This is not a jaws movie set so we do our best not to have the sharks banging into the boat and cage as this injures them and produces a false impression.

 

A trip generally lasts for +- four hours and we offer a light lunch, snacks and drinks on the boat and there is plenty of opportunity to chat to our staff and ask questions.  Upon return to the dock, we offer afternoon tea and hand out the certificate of the day to all our guests.

 

FAQs

WHERE IS MOSSEL BAY?

Mossel Bay is on the world famous Garden Route and is absolutely accessible from either direction along the N2 highway. Mossel Bay is 350km from Cape Town and is very close to all the popular tourist destinations such as Knysna, Oudshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Cango Caves, Wilderness and Natures Valley.  

 

DO I HAVE TO BE A QUALIFIED DIVER?

No. You don't have to be qualified, nor do you have to be able to swim ( surprised?). The youngest so far was 6 and oldest was 79, and neither was a qualified diver. Think we are kidding right……..?

 

HOW DEEP DOES THE CAGE GO?
We use a floating cage which is attached to the side of the boat. The top of the cage is well above the water and you can come up to the surface at any time you wish.  This is industry standard.

 

DO WE GO FAR OUT TO SEA?
No. Seal Island is about 10 minutes from port and one kilometer from shore.  

 

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SEEING GREAT WHITE SHARKS?
This depends on the time of year. Our annual average per month is 84% in successful shark viewing and  diving. You will be informed on the day of current sightings. 

 

DO SHARKS ATTACK THE CAGE?
No, but they can come in really close. Shark cages do not fit into their food chain. They have a good look at you and you at them. The steel cage has a port to allow for good photo work.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE TRIP TAKE?
We are normally at sea for three to four hours but the trip can be as long as five hours depending on the sharks and other variables.

 

MY PARTNER DOES NOT WANT TO GO IN THE CAGE. CAN THEY COME ALONG?
Yes. Topside viewing is just as exciting and dramatic. This is a wildlife trip and the sharks are very visible from the surface.

 

WHAT BAIT DO YOU USE?
We stick to “fishy” products i.e.. the sharks' normal food source.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE GO AT A TIME?
We take a maximum of 18 clients. We have a five man dive cage.

 

IS THE WATER COLD?
Water temperature is normally between 15 and 22 degrees Celsius, with visibility normally ranging from 4 to 15 meters. A four meter shark and you... water cold?

 

IS IT SAFE?
The caging is safe and we adhere to a code of conduct as laid out by the controlling body (Marine and Coastal Management). The boat is surveyed annually by the South African Maritime Safety Association, to maintain safety standards and the equipment includes VHF 29 mhz radio, GPS, life jackets, depth and fish finder,  life raft etc.  Mossel bay  is known to have the mostr stable weather  conditions in the country  and  the sea is normally very calm.