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Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Cape Town

Activity Description

We operate a half day tour 45 minutes from Cape Town to see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature and other factors.

During to August to May we operate half day shark tours to either Seal Island or Cape Point as both offer very different opportunities and visibility. Possible shark species can include Seven gill 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.

Between the months of June/July.One of our areas, Seal Island, False Bay is famous for the predation of Great Whites on Cape Fur seals The area and this behavior have been featured on many documentaries including Air Jaws on the Discovery Channel with Chris Fallows, our owner, as co-host.

Reasons to Choose Apex as your shark cage diving operator
- We are an official licensed Shark Cage diving Operator with crew certified specifically for this industry
- We provide SCUBA for certified divers on request – however NO experience is required for breath hold
- We offer the smallest group size of any shark diving operation in South Africa by 50%. ( 12 pax only)
- We have achieved the Five star excellence certificate from TripAdvisor 6 years in a row

Whales, dolphins and many species of sea birds are often encountered on this adventurous expedition. As we adopt an eco-system 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 As trips are based on natural events every trip is different and sightings are not guaranteed.

OUR BOAT
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.

CAGE DIVING
A small group of guests on board allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage accommodates five 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 add this request under ‘notes’.
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.

5 – 10 DAY PACKAGE TRIPS
If the sharks are your main reason for visiting South Africa I would recommend booking a longer stay if you have the time and budget. This will allow for bad weather as well as give you the most opportunities to see what you would like to. Please enquire directly to info@apexpredators.com for additional info and rates.

If there is no availability in Cape Town, we offer shark cage diving trips to Gansbaai, 2 hours from Cape Town. Transfers can be arranged. Please click on the Gansbaai product button for more info and availability.

Arrangements

Duration4 hours
WhenWe 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.
WhereGuests meet at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop at Quayside Centre, Wharf and Main Street, Simon’s Town. Our vessel, White Pointer II departs and returns to Simon’s Town Pier, Wharf and Main Street, Simon’s Town.
WeatherWeather permitting. The safety of our guests 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. In 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 BringWhat to bring? Dress 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 SpectatorsDivers and surface viewers pay the same price.

Requirements

Minimum Age10 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

InclusionsDive 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.
ExclusionsTransfers unless you have selected one of the transfers on the check out page. A quote is required for any transfers outside of the Cape Town central area.

Notes

Morning Itinerary

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. At no point are the sharks purposefully fed or handled and all efforts are made to prevent the sharks from making contact with our vessel.
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.

CHILDREN

  • No children under 10 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 12 years old + will be allowed into the cage on the basis that parents vouch for their aquatic experience.

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.

Customer Reviews

The most amazing experience I've ever had. Apex was brilliant from start to finish! I would recommend them over and over again! I can't wait to go back for round 2 one day! - Erin Furney


We had such a great time. The boat crew was amazing and made this trip a memorable one. Though we didn’t get to see any Great White Sharks the Seven Gill Shark was stunning. An experience I will never forget and will definitely try again. The crew was able to answer all our questions and were a wealth of knowledge we couldn’t get enough of. - Jason Karas


We had an amazing experience and although we were unable to see any great whites the opportunity to be up close with another apex predator was exceptional. Our tour was cancelled and we were grateful to be rescheduled the next day. The entire team was great and the crew in the boat did all they could to make sure we all enjoyed and got the most of our time. Thanks much!! - Laura Czekala


Excellent service by the office staff as well as the boat crew. The attention to detail as well as ensuring that we have a great experience was met by everyone. - VIRAL DESAI


Absolutely Amazing. I booked about a month in advance. Got got to Cape Town and called to confirm my dive experience and was told they didn’t have me in for the next day but the day after, which is not what I had booked online. I’m assuming this was due to time change and it actually being +1 day from Canada Time. When I talked to them on the phone- they were more than accommodating and got me in on the day I had originally booked for. I was told not to expect anything and that Shark numbers were low. They were very honest about this with me over the phone. When I got to Simons Town the next day and got on the boat- I was instantly happy and excited. The boat staff were absolutely phenomenal. We ended up seeing the largest pod of dolphins I’ve ever seen in my life- hundreds of them! Then the Great White Shark Came within 15 min of dropping anchor at Seal Island. I can’t even find the right words to recommend this to someone- even if you don’t get the opportunity to see a shark, it is 100% worth it. Thank you Apex for this truly humbling and rewarding experience. Great Whites are truly a beautiful animal and to be so close... just wow! - Leteshia Gust




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