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

  • 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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Blue and Mako Shark Scuba Diving in Gansbaai

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Blue and Mako Shark Scuba Diving in Gansbaai, South Africa

Our new Blue and Mako Shark Scuba Diving experience is an added bonus to all shark lovers. This pelagic shark tour will transport you to the clear blue offshore waters off the coast of Gansbaai. Join our knowledgeable and experienced team as we set out to scuba dive with the pelagic sharks of the deep blue. You might also be lucky enough to experience the Marine Big 5 on the way to the pelagic diving site.

What you can expect

This exhilarating scuba diving experience offers divers a glimpse into the world of these pelagic sharks. Blue and Mako Sharks are quite inquisitive and naturally interact with divers. Along with the Blue and Mako Sharks, divers will also get a chance to see various fish, jellyfish and other bioluminescent creatures of the deep. During the trip to the dive location we will be on the lookout for various pelagic birds and of course the Marine Big 5 - Southern Right Whales, Great White Sharks, African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, various dolphin species. 


The dive happens off the Dyer Island Eco-system, approximately 50 - 70 km out to sea. The dive is a relaxed viewing experience and great for beginners.

Here is what to expect on the trip

  • On the cruise out to sea, guests will observe many pelagic bird species and possibly the Marine Big 5. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew will tell you more about the spotted species.
  • Dedicated safety briefing video will be shown to divers prior to launching and life jackets will be dressed while still on land. Once we reach the diving site, full kits will be handed out and kit-up will commence.
  • Duration to diving site: 2 hours into the deep sea, where the water starts warming up. Temperatures are ideally anything over 16 degrees.
  • A certified diving instructor will guide the dive to ensure guests get to enjoy the open water and amazing interaction with the Sharks
  • Warm soup and bread rolls will be available during de-briefing once we are back on land.

Here are some details about the trip

Rate: R2500 p/p
Minimum of 4 divers required per trip
Bookings done at: dive@sharkwatchsa.com or +27(0) 799 309 694
Meeting Point: Great White House in Kleinbaai, Gansbaai
Dive Location: Pelagic waters 50 - 70km off Gansbaai coast
Dive Depth: 5 to 10m
Chumming: Yes
Full duration: 6 – 8 hours
The Boat: Show Time is an 11m catamaran that caters for eight divers and three crew members.
Certification: Open Water (Proof Required with booking)
Tour includes:

  • Safety Briefing
  • Guided Scuba Dive
  • Snacks Provided on Boat
  • Full Scuba Gear Provided

What to bring for the trip

Sunscreen, bathing costume, comfortable closed shoes, warm clothing – it can be chilly at sea. Please take your SEA SICKNESS pills the night before and again two hours prior to the trip. We do not sell any medication at our office.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS: Should we cancel a trip and you have already paid, you will be refunded. Otherwise, please cancel 7 days in advance as per our cancellation policy. Should you not arrive for your trip, you will be billed.

Sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed.

WEATHER: Our trips are weather dependent and times can vary. We will confirm the time you need to be with us the afternoon prior to your trip once we have done a detailed weather check.

LIABILITY: Guests must sign an indemnity form prior to the activity thereby acknowledging that the activity is undertaken at own risk. Any unaccompanied minor (under 18 years of age) requires the indemnity to be signed by a parent/legal guardian prior to the activity.

SCUBA CERTIFICATION
: Proof of Open Water certification is required when booking this tour.

VIDEO FOOTAGE: We take photographs, films and videos (including in electronic format) of our guests during the excursion, and may use such photographic, film and video material for the purpose of any advertising or brochure productions, which the client irrevocably gives his consent thereto, and without any consideration being payable to the client.