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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
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!
Cape Point Route offers day tours, packages, accommodation, activities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call 021 782 9356 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za