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Shark Cage Diving


Activity Description

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.
Marine Dynamics enjoys sightings of copper sharks (bronze whalers), visiting great white sharks and even the occasional stingray at our vessel. Great White Shark behaviour is less predictable post orca predation in 2017. Daily blog of sightings is available. All content on our website is the property of Marine Dynamics.

Please note that the Conservation Fee is compulsory. Please check the Add-on and specify the number of adults and children during the booking process. The booking will not be successful if this add-on is not selected and accounted for all members in the group.

Unlike bungy jumping or sky diving, the adrenaline rush from shark cage diving comes from being face to face with our ocean’s top predators.

The experience puts you in their territory while the safety of the activity allows you to be an observer and learn what these sharks are really like. An onboard marine biologist will educate you about these amazing predators.

Shark Cage Diving is safe for children and elders and gives the whole family a wonderful opportunity to bond in a fun environment surrounded by experts and researchers.

After this once in a life time experience, you’ll find yourself buzzing with excitement and adrenaline. You will have had the opportunity to come up close and personal with one of the oceans most majestic and foreboding creatures.

Here is a brief breakdown of what to expect once you arrive:
• Before the trip guests meet at THE GREAT WHITE HOUSE in Kleinbaai
• You will receive breakfast or lunch and register your wetsuit size
• Guests receive a pre-trip safety briefing about what to expect during the trip and a biological background on great white sharks
• We then take a 200m stroll down to the harbour to board Slashfin
• Travel time to Dyer Island is approximately 20 minutes, with the shallows being a short 10 minute ride (where we anchor depends on where the sharks are)
• On average, we anchor for 2 hours, but this depends on shark activity, conditions, as well as number of divers
• Weather permitting, we take a quick trip through the infamous Shark Alley
• Lastly, a debrief in the Great White House and a celebratory beverage to toast the occasion!

Why We Are Different:
• A dedicated marine biologist on board every trip
• Our Boat (Slashfin) is the largest in the industry (most deck space per customer) and was purposely built for shark cage diving and includes two restrooms, and an upper deck for the ultimate viewing and photography experience when not in the cage.
• A fully licensed Restaurant and Crew House, aptly named the GREAT WHITE HOUSE, which includes facilities such as: 2 marine rooms where professional safety and informative briefings are given before each trip + separate ladies/gents/handicap restroom facilities with a 5-star rating + curio shop
• We guarantee clean, dry wetsuits (a rarity in the industry)
• Our crew receives as many compliments as the Great White Sharks, with more combined experience than any other Shark Cage Diving crew.
• You will leave with great memories and a deep appreciation of this majestic animal.

Thank you for paying the conservation fee, your money goes directly towards the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, enabling us to do research, monitoring, attend to marine animal strandings, rehabilitation- and marine conservation work. This would not be possible without your conservation fee. This fee, ensures that the whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and African penguins of the Dyer Island Eco System, will be here, not only upon your return, but your children and grandchildren’s return.


DurationOpen Ended
When7 days a week year round, subject to availability and weather conditions. Only closed on Christmas day and New Year. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before.
WhereThe Great White House, Gansbaai
WeatherThe service is weather and tide dependent. Time slots are not confirmed times. Please ensure that you make the whole day available as times can only be confirmed the day before and is not negotiable. You will be advised the day before what time your trip will go out.
What to WearBathing Costume, warm clothing (it is cold on the water when the wind blows), tackies / sneakers, wind breaker.
Things to BringCamera, Sunblock, Sunglasses, Bathing Costume, Anti Nausea medication (should seasickness be a concern- recommend that it is taken the night before and two hours prior to the trip).
Guests or SpectatorsGuests can wait for their party at The Great White House Restaurant where they can purchase drinks, meals and shop for curios.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


A Shark Cage Dive / Viewing guided by a marine biologist, a light meal (breakfast or lunch depending on time of trip), refreshments on board and soup and bread on return is included.
Equipment such as wetsuits, booties, masks and towels is provided. Life jackets and waterproof jacket is alo supplied. Enjoy a hot water shower on board Slashfin.
A video link of your experience is included in the price.

ExclusionsSunblock and Swimwear


All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.
Please allow enough time for transport from Cape Town (3 hours) and Hermanus (1 hour) when travelling to Gansbaai. Please be aware that there are road works en route and waiting times are included in the above travelling times.

Customer Reviews

Excellent trip from start to finish. We were lucky enough to see a Great White whilst on our trip but even if we hadn't, the trip was still brilliant. Although not directly part of Marine Dynamics, the welcome received by all the team at the Great White House was exceptional. They made us feel at home from start to finish. - Ben

Super Tour, wir haben 7-10 Bronzehaie gesehen. Den Weissen bekommt man nur noch selten zu sehen. Die Haie werden mit Fischol angelockt. Das ist wohl auch der Grund das dem einen oder anderem mal unwohl wird. Jedenfalls ein einmaliges Erlebnis und nur zu Topen wenn man Tauchen geht und Haie sieht. - Thomas

Amazing experience, bit sad I didnt see any great whites, but 12 bronzer whalers not a bad morning work. The staff where very professional great team work ,very knowledgeable. Big tick off my bucket list. - Julie

The greeting at venue and breakfast was great. Our guide was very informative and everything went smoothly. She was very helpful and friendly I find that the group was too big for the boat with the staff aswell. It was difficult to move around and also because everyone about got seasick it was a struggle to deal with that. But the staff was great and made sure everyone got the best treatment and the experience was amazing.. Thank you! - Bernadette

Super experience. Bon accueil avec boissons chaudes et lunch, debriefing puis recuperation des gilets de sauvetage et parkas et en avant l'aventure. Petit temps de traversee puis ancre larguee. Nous avons vu plusieurs especes de requins, notre guide nous a donne plein d'informations et l'equipage etait tres sympa. Plongee en cage incroyable, on pourrait toucher les requins tellement ils passent pres de nous. C'est une experience inoubliable. Une petite boisson chaude et douche chaude a la sortie de la cage, car l'eau etait tres froide. Etant les derniers a passer, il a fallu vite se rhabiller donc nous n'avons pas vraiment eu le temps de profiter de la boisson chaude. En revanche, au retour, boissons chaudes et soupe ont ete proposees, delicate attention pour se rechauffer. - Audrey

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