|Africa Great White Cage Diving
Africa Shark Diving Region
There are two areas, both in Africa's West Cape. One is off Dyer Island, which is near Hermanus, and in Mossel Bay, Garden Route.
Great White Shark Cage Diving Facts
It is important to note that some excursion operators require you to meet at least the minimum diver qualification to enter the shark cage, while others don't, letting even young chidren enter the cage. Regardless, you can have a thrilling experience even if you don't dive. The sharks are bated and feed close to the surface, so you will have ample opportunity to photograph the action topside. If you would like to take a diving course prior to your expedition, you will need to arrive four days ahead and have made the bookings for your expedition and course in advance. Expeditions can be anywhere from one to twenty-one days in duration, the longer tours including a flight to Durban to explore the Kwazulu Natal South Coast regions for encounters with razortoothed sharks, whales, moray eels, rays and others.
The Best Time to Go
The best time to see great white sharks is in the South Africa winter months of May through October, when your chances of the seeing them are 100%. April, November and December, follow, when your chances of seeing them are 70%. In the summer months of January, February and March, your chances are 50%, as the sharks scatter to look for game fish, who have followed smaller fish that have been shoaled by summer South Easter winds. The sharks can still be seen, though, and you can book an excursion.
What to Bring Along
Wet suits in various sizes, scuba tanks, face masks, gloves and all gear will be provided to you, however, if you are a contact lens wearer, you probably will want to bring your own mask with you. Here is a list of what you should bring:
- your SCUBA qualification ID card, if required by your excursion operator
- warm clothes
- waterproof breaker
- towel and sun screen
- camera and film
Booking Your Expedition