The Flying Great White Sharks of False Bay

Shark Cage Diving with great white sharks is one of the most spectacular things to witness when visiting Cape Town. The Season in False Bay has begun with morning shark viewing trips. The Shark Operators in False Bay have a small number of guests per trip – no more than 12 people per trip.

Flying Great White Shark - Photo Rob Lawrence

Flying Great White Shark – Photo Rob Lawrence

Shark Cage Diving Tour:  Itinerary
The boats depart Simon’s Town harbour in the early morning around 7am. On arrival at approximately 06h40 – you will receive a briefing and an overview of the day’s activities. Don’t be late – the boat does not wait for you!

Dawn departure from Simon's Town- Photo Rob Lawrence

Dawn departure from Simon’s Town- Photo Rob Lawrence

The boat travels out to Seal Island in False Bay (approximately 25- 30 minutes). On arrival you loop around the island and then set up in an optimal position for shark viewing. The initial period is watching the sharks from the surface and the crew works the seal decoy to get the sharks closer.

Decoy Seal Set up - Photo Rob Lawrence

Decoy Seal Set up – Photo Rob Lawrence

Then the actual shark cage diving takes place. In False Bay 2-3 people are in a cage for about 20 minutes. You do not have to go into the cage at all – it is completely up to you, but many people change their minds once they are out there! You do not need any previous experience in diving as the cage floats just under the surface of the water and is situated alongside the boat. Everyone takes turns in the cage and you may even get a second go! The rest get to watch the sharks from the deck of the boat.

Getting in the Cage - Photo Rob Lawrence

Getting in the Cage – Photo Rob Lawrence

At 12h30 the boat returns to Simon’s Town.

Cage Diving- Photo Rob Lawrence

Cage Diving- Photo Rob Lawrence

Shark Activity: What to expect

  • Natural Predation: Most sharks are especially active in the early morning when the hunt. Sharks tend to circle their prey often attack and surprise their prey (often from below)
  • Breaching: This is a hunting technique that great whites use to surprise and kill their prey. They breach with such force and explosive energy that it propels the shark out of the water. In the whole planet – this behaviour is seen the most regularly in False Bay.
Massive Great White Breach at decoy Seal - Photo Rob Lawrence

Massive Great White Breach at decoy Seal – Photo Rob Lawrence

Not every breach leads to a successful kill. If the great white shark misses the seal, then there is a chase, like a game of cat and mouse- shark after seal and seal trying to escape.
Breaching usually takes place from mid-April and the best times are June, July and August but this can change from year to year as the sharks are wild animals.

There is a high success rate, however with all wild animals, shark sightings, activity, predation events and breaching can vary from day to day. Even during peak season there may be days when we do not see any breaching or predatory events. Please be aware of this, so you do not arrive with unrealistic expectations. Rather come hoping to see these natural events, than expecting. No refunds will be made for non-sightings, however a voucher for another trip is usually offered.

What to bring: 

  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Sun block and Hat
  • Beanie and scarf
  • Your swimming costume
  • Camera (we sell disposable underwater camera’s)
  • Take sea sick tablets
  • Do not over indulge in alcohol the night before as you will be horribly sea sick.

A ‘Bad Weather’ Note: All water based activities are weather dependent and in case of bad weather (which is not necessarily rain!) your shark cage diving and surface viewing trip in False Bay will be rerouted to Gansbaai where possible.


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