Shark Cage Diving Cape Town plus Boulders & Cape of Good Hope Tour (Incl. transfers)

Cape Town

If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa due to COVID-19 which means you are unable to travel, then FREE cancellation applies up to 14 days before trip date.

Activity Description

Your full day tour starts with a pick up from you hotel in Cape Town or surrounds. The exact time will be confirmed with you the day before the trip. Travel to Simon’s Town is just 45 minutes from Cape Town where you will meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop. Guests are welcomed aboard White Pointer II. A full safety and weather briefing is given before departure.

Our shark tours to either Seal Island or Cape Point both offer very different opportunities. Possible shark species can include Seven gill cow sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue sharks and Great white sharks. The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip.
Whales, dolphins and many species of sea birds are often encountered on this adventurous expedition. As we adopt an eco style of operating our trips, going to sea with Apex is like going on a safari game drive and we will try to take in as much marine wildlife as possible on our trips

Once we arrive at Seal Island or 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.The shark trip duration is +- 3- 4 hours depending on the weather conditions and shark activity and you are are invited for complimentary tea / coffee and biscuits at the Apex shop upon your return.
There are many good restaurants in Simon’s Town to have lunch. Salty Sea Dog offers good old fish n’ chips and the Lighthouse Cafe serves up delicious one of a kind dishes which you will want to come back for. Lunch is for your own account.

BOULDERS BEACH PENGUIN COLONY
Five minutes outside of Simon’s Town, you will reach the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – Home to the African Penguin. Experience these delightful birds up close in their own habitat. The sandy, compact cove with large boulders, offers a home to waddling penguins & their nesting areas. It is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay which has increased the supply of small bait fish, which form part of the penguins’ diet. Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old.
Thereafter wind your way through the most beautiful scenery to Cape Point.

THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
Cape Point, a World Heritage Site, and protected Nature Reserve is the only place on the planet where one finds an area of vast natural beauty, world renown for it natural vegetation and rich bio-diversity.
Part of the Cape of Good Hope is not the southern tip of Africa, despite lying at the south-west corner of the Cape Peninsula, just a little south of Cape Point on the south-east corner.
This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra.
There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches.
The area is of rich cultural and historical significance and includes monuments to early explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias. The Two Oceans Restaurant is a good option for lunch.
Drop off at your hotel is +- 5pm.

Arrangements

ProviderApex Shark Expeditions
Duration9 hours 30 minutes
WhenAll year round everyday except for Christmas and New Year's day. We see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature and other factors. Trips are weather dependent and not species dependent.
WhereWe will pick you up in the Cape Town area. Please indicate where you would like to be picked up.
WeatherWeather permitting. The safety of you, our guest will not be compromised, and the skippers decisions is final.
What to WearWarm clothing in winter: June to September – Closed shoes, long pants, waterproof jacket and cap / beanie. Summer: October – April – a wind breaker, cap / hat. All year round – bathing suit. Bathing suit (donned under your clothing to facilitate changing into your wetsuit aboard)
Things to BringDress in layers, warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf, hat/cap, polarized sunglasses, towel, bathing costume, sun block & camera. If you are prone to motion sickness, we recommend Sturgeron or Dramamine tablets. Take one the night before your trip and another one and a half hour before we are scheduled to meet. For your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you do not over indulge in alcohol the night before as this may result in you being very sea sick the next day.
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guests permitted on the vessel.

Requirements

Minimum Age8 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

The Cape Of Good Hope entrance fees.
Qualified passionate crew
Light lunch, snacks & refreshments.aboard the vessel
Dive gear including mask, snorkel, weight belt and wet-suit (5 mm – sizes from small to XXXXXXL).
Coffee / tea and biscuits (what would teatime be without biscuits)
e – educational booklet
Hotel and accommodation transfers for Cape Town and surrounds.

Exclusions

Boulders Beach and Penguin entrance fees It is not necessary to enter the facility as the penguins are easily viewed from the boardwalk. This stop is usually +- 15 minutes due to time constraints.
Meals not specified.
Surcharge if you are staying outside of the Cape Town area.

Notes

This land leg of this tour rate is based on a minimum of two guests. Should you be a solo traveller, we can still offer you the land tour portion of this trip should you wish pay double the rate.

No children under 5 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.

Times are subject to confirmation the day before.

If you would like a private shark or land tour, please request a quotation.

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. Should no sharks be sighted, we offer a voucher for another trip.

CREDIT CARD REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE BOOKINGS
A person must possess a credit card (Amex is not accepted).
The credit card has to fully authenticated (3D secure)
Enabled to make international payments (Please notify your bank)
Sufficient funds on the card
In the event of a payment failure, please contact your bank for authorization & Apex.

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