Where to go Shark Cage Diving in the Cape

The Great White Shark Cage Diving season has started in False Bay– a fantastic experience to get up close and personal with the Apex Predators of the oceans. With the start of season in False Bay we are frequently asked What the difference is between shark cage diving in Gansbaai versus False Bay.

Breaching Great White Shark. © Rob Lawrence

Breaching Great White Shark. © Rob Lawrence

  Gansbaai False Bay
Location 2 – 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town 45 minutes drive from Cape Town
Dyer Island (about 8km off-shore from Gansbaai)Shark Alley – a narrow channel between Dyer Island and Geyser rock. Seal Island in False Bay
Operators  8 operators in Gansbaai 3 operators in False Bay
Transfers 05h30 Pick up in Cape Town On request
Boat Launch 09h00 from Klein Baai harbour 07h00 from Simon’s Town harbour
Boat Return 13h00 12h30
Gansbaai Harbour and Simon's Town harbour

Gansbaai Harbour and Simon’s Town harbour

Total Time Duration 4- 5 hours 5- 6 hours
Season Sharks seen all year round.May –October is the best time. February – October (season dependent)
Low Season October – March From Oct – end of January. Trips diverted to Gansbaai or offer pelagic  or blue water predator trips
Peak Season May-September June- August
Passengers 20-40 people (Operator & boat dependent) 10 – 12 guests per boat
Time on Boat until anchor +/-20 minutes 20 – 30 minutes
People in Cage 5- 8 people 2 people
Gansbaai Cage and Simon's Town Cage © Leon  Marshall &  ASEC

Gansbaai Cage and Simon’s Town Cage © Leon Marshall & ASEC

Average ‘Dive’ Time 20 minutes 20 minutes
Additional Dive Time Yes – if time permits after everyone on board has had a turn. Average 2 dives Yes.
Average Water Temperature 15- 20 degrees Celsius 13 – 17 degrees Celsius
Surface Viewing & Breaching © ASEC

Surface Viewing & Breaching © ASEC


Shark Activity Average sightings 4-5 sharks
Up to 18 have been sighted.
Average sighting 5-10.Up to 22 have been sighted
Surface Feeding Surface feeding
Natural predation Natural predation
Rare to see breaching behaviour Breaching Behaviour possible (usually from mid-April)
Cost:  Low season15 Feb – 14 Apr R 1650 with transportR1400 without transport R1500 without transportR1900 with transport
Cost:  High Season
15 April – 31 May
R 1650 with transportR1400 without transport R1750 without transport

You do not have to get into the cage to view the sharks – surface viewing  from the boat is an excellent way to see Great White Sharks.  There is no difference in price whether you get into the cage or not – you are paying for a space on the boat.

No previous experience is necessary and you do not have to be a qualified scuba diver to go shark cage diving. Scuba diving is available on request

All shark cage diving and surface viewing trips are weather dependent. If a trip is cancelled due to inclement weather then every effort will be made to reschedule your trip. If this is not possible you will receive a full refund.

Shark Cage Diving © Geoff Spilby

Shark Cage Diving © Geoff Spilby

Please be aware that all sharks are wild animals and there is no guarantee of a shark sighting. Wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed as nature is unpredictable.

Bookings for shark cage diving can be made through Cape Point Route for False Bay or for Gansbaai. Cape Point Route makes every effort to ensure your trip is successful and will choose a responsible operator with full safety records and environmentally sound practices.  No sharks are fed and no sharks have been harmed in the writing of this article!

Contact Cape Point Route for shark cage diving enquiries and reservations.
Tel: 021 782 9356 or email info@capepointroute.co.za

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