Visiting Cape Town on holiday, or are you just passing through? Either way you can have an adventure of a lifetime, shark cage diving. The experience is exhilarating and is guaranteed to get the adrenaline rushing through your veins. On this dive you will come face to face with the famous, Great White Shark. As this tour is only a one day excursion it makes it possible for nearly anyone to fit into their tight schedule. If you have the opportunity to do this dive, don’t miss out. The beauty of this experience is that you don’t need to have any diving experience. The safety record is also perfect, without a single major incident having been reported.
The only downside of this experience is that there is not a 100% guarantee that you will have a sighting of a great white shark on your particular dive. However, in the past, there are only a very few days in the year when this has happened so you will have a 97% chance of a sighting. The great white shark is fast becoming yet another endangered species in Africa. There are tour operators out there who are so certain that you will have your sighting, that if you do not they will offer you a free trip whenever it suits you. There is a preferred time for this tour, between April and September where the underwater visibility is at its best. You must also take into account that this tour is subject to weather conditions. This means that at any time when the weather is bad your trip could be postponed to a later date for your safety.
So what is involved and how does the tour work? On the day of your trip, if you do not have your own transport, you will be collected from your hotel, or living quarters, as early as 5 am. This offer will only apply to those that are situated in and around the Cape Town area. You will then be driven to the small coastal town of Gansbaai, where you will be served a delicious breakfast. This trip will only take about 2 hours. Then when everyone is ready you will be given instructions regarding the tour as well as a brief history about the Great White Sharks. You will then make your way to the boat which is moored in the Kleinbaai Harbour.
Book your shark safari in Cape Town at Ashanti Lodge Travel. Then after a short boat trip of about 20 minutes you will arrive at “Shark Alley” where there is usually a good chance of shark activity. The boat will then be anchored and you can prepare for your dive. On the boat you will be issued with a wet suit and a pair of goggles to suit your size. The “Shark Cage” is then lowered into the water to a depth of about 1 metre. You will then be allowed to climb into the cage with 4 or 5 other people and immerse yourself under the water and prepare for a sighting. After you have been in the cage for around half an hour you must return to the boat and allow someone else to enjoy the dive. This is done until everyone on the boat has had a turn and if there is still time available, you may be able to go again. However if you are too afraid to take the dive in the cage you will still be able to see the shark from the boat. The great white shark feeds on the surface which will enable you to take your pictures.
This experience is amazing as you will have the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures close up and in their natural environment. There is also a bonus on this tour available to you; you will be able to see many other forms of sea life as well.
Finally the anchor is lifted and you return back to the harbour. On arrival you will be able to enjoy a warm drink and refreshments and be allowed to view the DVD on the day’s activities. You will then be safely transported back to your hotel and be able to reflect on the day’s activities.