Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Cape Town

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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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.


ProviderApex Shark Expeditions
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 Boardwalk 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.


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


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.

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.

ExclusionsTransfers. A quote is required for any transfers outside of the Cape Town central area.


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.
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.

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

Very enjoyable trip ,very friendly staff and saw lots of seven gill sharks. Even if you don't fancy going in the cage its still a worthwhile trip. Would recommend. Regards Steve Chapman. - Stephen Chapman

Fantastic experience diving with Apex Predator; a great crew on the boat and very helpful in getting us set up for our dives. We were able to see a ton of sharks up-close - a once in a lifetime experience I highly recommend! - Damien

great. scaryc - charles swartz

Unforgettable experience with a passionate staff! Felt safe and amazed at the same time. - George Barnet

Good morning, it was a very nice experience. I'll be glad to do it again. Thank you for your kindness. Cham. - Cham ZEIN

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