Daily Blog 05 April 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa
Guest comment: “Enjoyed the experience! Great hospitality, loved seeing he great white!”– Geri
“Absolutely incredible experience from start to finish! All the staff were brilliant and very helpful. A must do life experience!” – Nicola
“Was a once in a lifetime experience! Thank you for the support in every situation!” – Katjia
Water Temperature: 14.7°C + 14.9°C
Depth: 9.5m + 8.6m
Visibility: 1m + 1m
Conditions: Slightly swelly in the morning with changing winds and scattered showers
Our first trip of the day was with our annual Italian research group headed by Primo! We arrived at our anchor site and they began their monitoring programme. We had copper sharks very quickly on this trip, with some excellent activity throughout the trip. We managed to get ourselves a white shark about an hour in as well. This small female with pigmentation on the dorsal fin made a few casual passes and then was off on her way. We moved our anchor towards the end of the trip to try and get another white shark. We got more copper sharks and a stingray, but unfortunately no white shark. Nevertheless a stunning trip all round.
For the second trip it was back to the shallows where the copper sharks seemed to be eager to please today! We had a few copper sharks join us right at the start. And then as we were changing the cage for the second group a great white appeared. This was the 2.5m female with the white pigmentation on the left side of the gills. She glided nicely a few times for this group and we got some amazing views from the boat as well. And off she went to enjoy the rest of her afternoon. We finished out the trip with some more copper sharks and headed back to the harbour.
We hosted an exclusive bachelor group for our third trip. Once we were out at sea and the crew attached the cage to the side of the vessel, our guests climbed into their wetsuits. They were barely halfway into their wetsuits, when the first Copper sharks arrived. Our divers quickly climbed into the cage, and our initial Copper sharks were quickly followed by a host of others. Our divers barely had time to catch their breaths before submerging themselves again to see them underwater. We were briefly visited by one of our favorite white sharks, Clubtail, who made her appareance quite memorable. A juvenile Cape Gannet even came around to practice her diving. At the end of the trip, we showed our guests Dyer Island and Gyeser Rock, where they took a few photos of our resident Cape fur seals - who mostly spend their time sunbathing. Afterwards we headed back to shore, where our group finished their trip with some delicious soup and bread.