Dyer Island Shark Cage Diving – South Africa

There are few places in the world that offer the opportunity to come face to face with a great white shark, we happen to have access to one of them. The great white shark is a fascinating and often misunderstood marine animal. The shark’s popularity may come of no surprise considering its size and interesting characteristics. If you’d like to see this magnificent creature in person, you’re in luck! You have come to the right place! We are here to offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, let’s go shark cage diving.

Here at Wildthentic we make sure to secure the best locations in order to ensure that travellers get anauthentic experience. This activity takes place in none other than Dyer Island waters; a small island located Southeast of Hermanus in the Western Cape on the Garden Route, and hosting a large colony of African penguins; 25,000 pairs. You will go shark cage diving in a perfect place otherwise known as “Shark Alley”. Appropriate right? What makes this location so unique is its connection to a colony of 60,000 Cape fur seals that live in the nearby Geyser Rock. These seals happen to be the favourite meal of the great white shark. What is most interesting is that these animals are there because of the area’s impressive ecosystem. This allows for travellers and divers to see more than just sharks. You will have the opportunity to witness an array of exotic marine life such as whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and penguins.

You will have access to marine biologists and expert crewmembers. The staff will keep you safe and well informed. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the sharks, their habitats, and their habits. You will get to see biologists in their field of expertise. You will learn how the great whites hunt and hide as well as how they feed, breed, and breach.

Another aspect that sets our form of travel apart from the rest is our dedication to sustainable travel. We ensure that we as well as our travellers invest in the local economy and support the marine conservation efforts including projects like African penguin nesting or shark research or environmental education, to name a few.

The best time to visit is without doubt the South African winter months, from May to August, the most active time for the sharks and best migration period for Southern Right whales and bottlenose dolphins.

Note: Please keep in mind that we operate in nature and every day out at sea is different, therefore sightings of the Great White Shark cannot be guaranteed.

Photo by Petra Neveceralova
Copyright Henni Otto
Copyright Henni Otto

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Description

Cage diving for close encounter with great white sharks, off Kleinbaai.

Starting time

Times vary each day as the activity is weather dependent.
Trips times are confirmed the day before.

Departure Point

Meet in Kleinbaai

Duration

Full Day

Return details

Returns to original departure point

 Season

All year, daily – except 25 Dec – 1 Jan  (best from May to August)

EXPERIENCE AGENDA

  • Meet at local office in Kleinbaai
  • Welcome and breakfast, advice size for your wetsuit and boots
  • Safety briefing and lecture on great white shark biology, behaviour and habitat
  • Walk to the port and board the custom-designed 14m catamaran
  • 20 minutes ride to Dyer Island where you stay on average two hours
  • Collect your wetsuit, and boots and get ready for action
  • Exhilarating cage diving with 8 persons at a time, average time: 20-50min depending on shark activity (2 hours stay in the location, can be up to 4 hours of shark activity is good) ) – and shark, birds and marine life watching from both platforms
  • Sail to the infamous ‘Shark Alley’ for more marine life watching (time and weather permitting)
  • Back to Kleinbaai office for a farewell warm soup

NOTES

  • Group size: Min 2 – Max 8 (in diving cage) and 34 on boat (capacity 40).
  • Age restrictions: Minimum age: 7 (Child price is USD100)
  • Difficulty: technically easy, need to be comfortable in water.
  • Inclusions: breakfast and lunch, marine biologist guides, visit to African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, lecture on great white sharks, snacks & drinks on board, warm soup.
  • Technical equipment provided: Weather jacket, wetsuit, life vest, boots, snorkel mask.
  • Exclusions: Return transfer from Cape Town or Hermanus, professional video footage of the experience (optional, extra charge).
  • Voucher info: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this experience.
  • Local operator information: Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Cancelation policy:: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Sharks are wild animals and there is no guarantee even if great chances to see them. In the event of no sharks on tour a 25 percent refund will be provided.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera, tripod and spare batteries
  • Bathing costume
  • Warm wind-proof clothing
  • Anti-nausea medication in case of sea-sickness
  • Underwater camera / or underwater case
  • Dry bag
  • Suncream

(Please inform us if you have any medical condition that could affect you during the activity).

There are few places in the world that offer the opportunity to come face to face with a great white shark, we happen to have access to one of them. The great white shark is a fascinating and often misunderstood marine animal. The shark’s popularity may come of no surprise considering its size and interesting characteristics. If you’d like to see this magnificent creature in person, you’re in luck! You have come to the right place! We are here to offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, let’s go shark cage diving.

Here at Wildthentic we make sure to secure the best locations in order to ensure that travellers get an authentic experience. This activity takes place in none other than Dyer Island waters; a small island located Southeast of Hermanus in the Western Cape on the Garden Route, and hosting a large colony of African penguins; 25,000 pairs. You will go shark cage diving in a perfect place otherwise known as “Shark Alley”. Appropriate right? What makes this location so unique is its connection to a colony of 60,000 Cape fur seals that live in the nearby Geyser Rock. These seals happen to be the favourite meal of the great white shark. What is most interesting is that these animals are there because of the area’s impressive ecosystem. This allows for travellers and divers to see more than just sharks. You will have the opportunity to witness an array of exotic marine life such as whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and penguins.

You will have access to marine biologists and expert crewmembers. The staff will keep you safe and well informed. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the sharks, their habitats, and their habits. You will get to see biologists in their field of expertise. You will learn how the great whites hunt and hide as well as how they feed, breed, and breach.

Another aspect that sets our form of travel apart from the rest is our dedication to sustainable travel. We ensure that we as well as our travellers invest in the local economy and support the marine conservation efforts including projects like African penguin nesting or shark research or environmental education, to name a few.

The best time to visit is without doubt the South African winter months, from May to August, the most active time for the sharks and best migration period for Southern Right whales and bottlenose dolphins.

Copyright Henni Otto

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