see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature and other factors so all year round. Trips are weather dependent and not species dependent.
Our vessel is a 36 foot catamaran, specifically built for cage diving and viewing the sharks from the surface. A dry cabin, soft cushioned seats and a flush toilet ensure your comfort at sea. Our vessel complies with all safety requirements and Great white shark permit conditions. We send the boat for annual safety inspections at the South African Maritime Safety Authority. Safety equipment includes life jackets, first aid kit, radio and cellular phone.
A small group of guests on board allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage accommodates four guests comfortably. It is fixed to the boat and sits just above the water surface. NO DIVING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.
For those who are scuba certified, AIR is available upon request. This needs to be confirmed when booking your trip. Please inform us prior to booking.
Safety is a priority. All shark cage diving is done under the auspices of experienced crew who have first Aid & oxygen management, scuba & commercial skippers’ qualifications and have expert knowledge of the behaviour of sharks around the cage.
Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop for a light breakfast. Guests are welcomed aboard White Pointer II. A full safety and weather briefing is given before departure.
Depart for Seal Island or Cape Point based on time of the year and sea conditions.
Arrive at Seal Island/Cape Point. Based on what the weather is doing, we will decide on the best spot to weigh anchor and begin attracting sharks to the vessel.
The cage is then deployed where it floats next to our vessel. Once a shark approaches our boat, bait is kept in the water to keep the shark around long enough for identification, viewing and cage diving purposes.
If the weather conditions are favourable, guests will be readied for cage diving. Safety precautions and operational procedures are then explained to any guest wishing to enter the cage. It is important to know that the sharks come very close to the boat so it is not necessary to dive in order to see them. Those not wishing to dive will have excellent views of the sharks regardless.
Trip duration is +- 3- 4 hours depending on the weather conditions and shark activity.
No children under 8 years of age. Children are prone to seasickness as are adults, however the affect of seasickness on children is much more pronounced with dehydration being a factor. Children also have a lower threshold for pain and discomfort.
Children 10 years old + will be allowed into the cage on the basis that parents vouch for their aquatic experience.
Transfers. A quote is required for any transfers outside of the Cape Town central area.
Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement
Guests or SpectatorsDivers and surface viewers pay the same price.
Please note: Sharks are completely wild animals and as such sightings and behavior cannot be guaranteed. We will use our best knowledge in order to give you the most realistic expectations before making a booking.
Dive gear including mask, snorkel, weight belt and wet-suit (5 mm – sizes from small to XXXXXXL). Light breakfast, coffee / tea, passionate crew, educational booklet, light meal aboard, snacks & refreshments.
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