• Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa with Marine Dynamics. Experience the exceptional and come face to face with a great white shark! 

  • The exact world record white shark is a contested issue, but chances are it is between 6-7m. In Gansbaai, the largest white shark ever caught was at Danger Point and measured up to 5.9m.

  • If you see a white shark in the water don’t panic. Chances are high that the shark has already detected you and isn’t interested. White shark attacks are normally associated with poor visibility, so avoid murky conditions.

  • White sharks have a unique system called a “counter current heat exchange”, which keeps their body  tempreture +/- 7C above the surrounding water temperature. 

  • All sharks have an incredibly unique system on the tip of their nose called the “ampillae of Lorenzini”. These are small pores filled with a gel that transmits the electrical currents in the water to the shark’s brain so that it can assess its environment.

  • White sharks give birth to live young (not eggs), and they give birth to 6-8 pups at one time. Pups are usually between 1.0-1.5m in length and are born with teeth.

  • Body language has been a well documented form of shark communication and has identified body arching, jaw gaping, and other postures as specific social tactics.


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Daily Blog 18 November 2018 | Cage Diving South Africa

Author: Marine Dynamics (Shark Cage Diving Company)
Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai, a small harbour town, part of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. This area is known as a hotspot for the Great White Shark and the best place in the world to see and dive with these iconic creatures in their natural environment.

Guest Comments:

“Truly the best day of my life and an absolute dream come true. Incredible staff!” – Morgan

“Despite Orca hunting Great Whites and scaring them off, this was a trip of a lifetime. The professionalism, efficacy, tending to all needs and of course cage diving with Copper Sharks, seals, stingrays. Thank you!” – Sophie

“A lifetime dream come true! What an amazing experience with a crew to match! Education, experience and fun at its finest – Thank you!” – Justine


Location: Joubertsdam

Water Temperature: 18.2°C + 17.3°C

Depth: 8.m + 9.m

Visibility: 1m + 1m

Conditions: A wonderful, windy day on the Atlantic.

What an incredible morning in the shallows! With the wind scheduled to pick up in the afternoon, we set out bright and early on the first tour of the day to make the most of the morning. When we arrived at the dive site, we were thrilled to see that the visibility had improved substantially from yesterday. Our divers were also in luck with slightly warmer water and to top it all off, brilliant shark activity. We had to do almost no waiting for our first Copper shark to come up to the boat and then we were treated to epic shark watching and diving all throughout our time on anchor. The sharks just kept coming up and showing off, much to the delight of divers and crew alike. The ocean really was abuzz with activity, with us getting to see a huge flock of Cape Cormorants heading out fishing, as well as a few other species around the boat itself. Whilst enjoying our active Copper Sharks, a massive Short Tailed Stingray emerged from the depths, launching itself at the bait and giving us all a great look at it’s strange looking form. This stingray hung around for the rest of the trip, even inviting a fellow ray up to come and check us out too.  We also had a super cool Cape Fur seal around who seems to be using Slashfin to help her catch her Mullets. She pushes the fish against the boat before gobbling them down, and a couple of us were lucky to witness this towards the end of the tour. Gorgeous sharks, curious rays and one pesky Cape Fur Seal made for an incredible trip out on the water.

For our second trip we headed out of the harbour once more with quite a strong wind blowing from the east and a bit of choppy waters around us. Nonetheless, our guests were thrilled to start our little adventure. Once we got to the dive site divers quickly jumped into their wetsuits and were ready to enter the cage. The sharks appeared as soon as the cage was safely attached to the side of our boat. It was an incredible sight: Copper Sharks were extremely active, not leaving a single person indifferent to their presence. They hung around the boat for the whole time of our trip and the divers were aflame by their performance around the cage. Almost at the end of our trip Short Tailed Stingray decided to come and say hello to our guests, showing of its impressive spiracles behind its eyes. Unfortunately, we had to head back to the harbour leaving all the beautiful wild animals behind.


Great White Shark Cage Diving South Africa

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book and pay online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.

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