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Cape Town Shark Cage Diving
Shark Bookings is the number one booking office for shark cage diving in Cape Town and greater South Africa. While South Africa is home to a number of great locations for shark cage diving, it’s the Cape Town region that enjoys global recognition as one of the most spectacular diving locations on earth.
Why book with Shark Bookings?
- We have 13 years of experience in shark cage diving
- We check the weather daily and inform you in advance of bad weather
- If the weather is poor, we offer alternatives to ensure you have the best trip possible
- Our head office is located at the harbour where we keep an eye on the boats
- Should you receive a better price, contact Shark Bookings and we will offer the same price relative to service and quality experience
Shark cage diving in Cape Town
Located in the Western Province of South Africa, Cape Town is one of the most diverse cities on the continent. Well known as one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, the region is famous for its biodiversity and various natural landmarks. Cape Town also falls within the Cape Floristic Region and as a result, ecotourism has become an integral part of local culture.
There are a number of popular shark cage diving locations in Cape Town, but it’s the sheltered area of False Bay that draws shark enthusiasts from all over the world.
False Bay – Seal Island
- Seal Island
Seal Island lies in the region of False Bay and is one of the world’s most famous natural history locations. The small land mass is located just 5.7km off the northern beaches of False Bay and is named after the community of Cape Fur Seals that occupy the island. Because of the dense population of seals, the island attracts the ocean’s apex predator – the great white shark – making Seal Island one of the only places on earth where you have the chance to witness multiple predatory events and social interactions between both species.
- Great white shark behaviour
Shark enthusiasts frequent Seal Island to view the predatory phenomenon known as ‘breaching’. Breaching is a predatory technique employed by great white sharks whilst hunting seals, and involves the shark launching an attack from beneath the surface and hurling itself out of the water with the seal clamped in its jaws. Seals that enter the ‘Ring of Death’ – the area where the sharks circle the island – will most likely be picked off quickly by the great white shark. Breaching is truly a spectacle to behold.
Peak season for shark cage diving
Though it’s possible to view great white sharks throughout the seasons, the peak season for great white shark sightings at Seal Island runs from June to mid-August; however, sharks are spotted around Seal Island as early in the year as February. June is peak season for shark cage diving in Cape Town while July and August are favourable months to witness breaching activity. Every winter, great white sharks congregate at Seal Island to feed on Cape Fur Seals. The arrival of the sharks is no coincidence, as it coincides with the period when the younger seals venture out for their first feeding.
The shark cage diving experience
Guests booking shark cage diving in Cape Town will meet the crew at Simon’s Town Pier before departing for Seal Island. The trip from the pier to Seal Island is usually a 25 to 35-minute boat ride.
Upon arriving at Seal Island, the crew will anchor the boat and start to chum the water to attract sharks to the vessel. Shark Bookings promote ethical shark cage diving, ensuring that the sharks are never purposefully handled or fed anything that may have a negative impact on their natural environment or behaviour.
Once sharks begin to arrive and approach the vessel, divers will enter the cage which is then lowered into the water. Submerged behind the thick bars of the cage, the divers will enjoy their first face-to-face encounter with the ocean’s apex predator – the great white shark.
Shark cage diving Q & A
Still not sure about shark cage diving? Don’t hesitate to contact Shark Bookings with any questions or concerns. For now, take a look at some of our most common shark cage diving Q&As.
Q: What is the best time to view great white sharks?
A: Cape Town destinations like Seal Island, False Bay are most active from the month of February to late September. Peak season generally runs from June to mid-August and offers rich opportunities for shark cage diving and breaching experiences.
Gansbaai has permits to operate both at Shark Alley and Dyer Island in the winter months (April – September) and by the beach in the Summer months (October – March) The water is warmer and the visibility is better in the winter months and in the summer there are still plenty of sharks around but they are normally close to the beach where the visibility is less. The water temperature in the summer is colder due to the prevailing South East wind that blows the Indian Ocean away from the coastline allowing the cold Atlantic Ocean to dominate.
Q: Is the cage safe?
A: Sure! The cage is constructed using galvanized steel and is equipped with a number of flotation devices designed to keep it afloat. If that’s not enough, the cage is attached to the boat with solid ropes and closed from the top.
Q: Isn’t shark cage diving unethical?
A: Not if you book a shark cage diving package with a reputable company. When practised properly, shark cage diving is considered a conservancy effort as it challenges people to change their perspective of sharks. With proper guidelines and regulations put in place, shark cage diving can do wonders to raise awareness about the delicate state of great white sharks in Cape Town. All of the research projects to date have actually proved that the shark cage diving does not change the behaviour of the Great White Sharks and they do not relate the boats to food. In recent studies sharks were tracked over a few days and actually lost interest in the boats over time.
Q: Do I have to get in the cage?
A: Of course not. Great white sharks are active at the surface as well and can be observed from the safety of the boat.
Q: How long do I wait until the sharks approach the boat?
A: Patience is a virtue in the shark cage diving world. In peak season, you may wait only minutes until a shark appears and on some days we wait for up to or over an hour to see a shark. This is a wild experience in a natural environment and at the end of the day it is up to the shark to decide to visit the boat.