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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town provided by Marine Dynamics

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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town
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Tour snapshot
Cage dive in search of great white sharks near Dyer Island, off Gansbaai
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
35
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    35
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Feel the adrenaline rush on a classic Cape Town experience: cage diving with sharks, including the iconic great white. After pickup from your hotel, travel to Gansbaai, eat breakfast, and get fitted with warm diving gear. Your captain will anchor near Dyer Island to maximize your chances of a shark encounter from the safety of the cage, while the onboard marine biologist explains what the animals’ behavior means.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Learn about sharks’ habits and behavior from a marine biologist
  • Get a second trip free if there’s no shark activity on the day
  • Comprehensive tour includes hotel transfers, gear, and breakfast
What to expect
  • This exciting shark experience begins from your central Cape Town hotel. Start at the Great White House, Gansbaai’s shark diving center, where you’ll eat breakfast, and meet your guides for the day. After eating, get fitted into the appropriate diving gear. Climb into the specialized diving boat, complete with a shark diving cage, for the 20-minute trip into the ocean. Your captain heads for Dyer Island, choosing an ideal place to stop for the dive. The cage is secured to the side of the boat, and during the cage dives it stays a few feet (meters) below the surface of the water. This means it’s easy for you to get out of the water at any point when you want to. The boat stays anchored in this diving spot for roughly two hours, depending on shark activity. During that time, there are drinks and snacks for you aboard the boat. After the boat returns to Gansbaai, enjoy light refreshments back at the Great White House. You can choose to buy a professional video of your shark cage diving experience (own expense). Your experience concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Cape Town.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn about sharks’ habits and behavior from a marine biologist
  • Get a second trip free if there’s no shark activity on the day
  • Comprehensive tour includes hotel transfers, gear, and breakfast
What to expect
  • This exciting shark experience begins from your central Cape Town hotel. Start at the Great White House, Gansbaai’s shark diving center, where you’ll eat breakfast, and meet your guides for the day. After eating, get fitted into the appropriate diving gear. Climb into the specialized diving boat, complete with a shark diving cage, for the 20-minute trip into the ocean. Your captain heads for Dyer Island, choosing an ideal place to stop for the dive. The cage is secured to the side of the boat, and during the cage dives it stays a few feet (meters) below the surface of the water. This means it’s easy for you to get out of the water at any point when you want to. The boat stays anchored in this diving spot for roughly two hours, depending on shark activity. During that time, there are drinks and snacks for you aboard the boat. After the boat returns to Gansbaai, enjoy light refreshments back at the Great White House. You can choose to buy a professional video of your shark cage diving experience (own expense). Your experience concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Cape Town.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5659SHARKCAGE
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All diving gear and towels supplied
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up from hotels, guesthouse, backpackers, vacation rentals and any other points within Cape Town city center.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • You must contact the local service provider to confirm your exact pickup time
  • It is recommended that you wear a swim-suit underneath your clothes
  • This tour typically departs at 9am, however if the weather conditions are bad in the morning, the tour will leave in the afternoon; this will be confirmed by the tour operator close to the day of your tour
  • Please note: Sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed. Every experience that guests have w, is educational from start to finish. The local supplier works with wild life and nature and sightings are never guaranteed. If a shark has been sighted from the boat, they will consider that a successful trip. If there is no shark activity while on a shark cage diving tour with the supplier, then a voucher will be offered. This voucher is not transferable – your name and passport number will be recorded on the voucher. The transfer fee is non-refundable.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Light refreshments
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All diving gear and towels supplied
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up from hotels, guesthouse, backpackers, vacation rentals and any other points within Cape Town city center.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • You must contact the local service provider to confirm your exact pickup time
  • It is recommended that you wear a swim-suit underneath your clothes
  • This tour typically departs at 9am, however if the weather conditions are bad in the morning, the tour will leave in the afternoon; this will be confirmed by the tour operator close to the day of your tour
  • Please note: Sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed. Every experience that guests have w, is educational from start to finish. The local supplier works with wild life and nature and sightings are never guaranteed. If a shark has been sighted from the boat, they will consider that a successful trip. If there is no shark activity while on a shark cage diving tour with the supplier, then a voucher will be offered. This voucher is not transferable – your name and passport number will be recorded on the voucher. The transfer fee is non-refundable.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
229 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Stacey W
3 contributions
Nov 2021
We booked this trip as part of our honeymoon in South Africa. We were picked up in Cape Town by a driver and taken to Gansbaai. The staff were very knowledgable and at no point did we ever feel nervous. The weather was perfect on the day and were lucky enough to see plenty of sharks. It is truely a once in a lifetime experience!
Written 4 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peyton Bolles
9 contributions
We loved our shark cage diving experience with Marine Dynamics! If you are coming from Cape Town be aware that it’s an early wake up call! Our driver picked us up a 4am and then proceeded to pick up other guests over the next 30 minutes before we headed to Gansbaii. It is a long drive but it’s actually a beautiful drive on the way back.
We lucked out and had beautiful weather!
We were warned that they hadn’t seen a great white since June but they told us there was a high chance we would see bronze whaler sharks.
There was a lot of great information given on there conservation efforts in the area, which I really enjoyed hearing. Everyone was able to get a decent amount of time in the cage and we saw about a dozen bronze whalers! What an experience !
They provide sandwiches a chips on the boat and have soup ready for when you get off of the boat.
On the way back, we were lucky enough to be part of a baby penguin rescue mission and had about 30 baby penguins come back with us on the boat as Marien Dynamics also does penguin conservation.
My husband and I had a great time and it was a perfect honeymoon activity, but is also a great family activity or even solo adventure as well.
Written 2 December 2021
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Ian S
Trenton, NJ59 contributions
Nov 2021
We booked through a third-party (Apex) who sent up to Marine Dynamics for our cage diving tour. I'd recommend going direct through Marine Dynamics if you're looking to dive from Gaansbai.

We had a transfer from our Cape Town hotel direct to the harbor. While there weren't any great whites (not the time of year), don't despair or think that you will be missing out. We had a dozen bronze whaler sharks that ultimately surrounded the boat and were amazing to see up close. Marine Dynamics did a great job or getting everything organized, from wetsuits to cage time to transfers. The boat captain was also able to spot a mother whale and calf and a humpback dolphin on our way in after the dive.

Overall a great experience.
Written 28 November 2021
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Murray E
4 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
Highlight of my trip to Cape Town.
It is a long drive from Cape Town but worth it and using their own transport means the boat won’t leave without you! Utterly spectacular experience with an excellent company.
Written 22 November 2021
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Sightsee646289
4 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Maybe our expectations were too high, or we felt misled by the emphasis on the great whites on the website, but to only be told during the briefing that great white sightings are extremely rare these days was quite disappointing. I think the website needs to be revamped to reflect what the experience really is ie a boat trip with bronze whaler sightings and an emphasis on educating people about conservation. I don’t doubt there are occasional great white sightings, but I get the distinct impression these are few and far between. Customers should be made more aware of this before they commit to the trip and invest significant time and cost. We based our decision on the fantastic marketing spiel on the website eg best place in the world for great white sightings. The Aussie marine biologist is amazing and seems to do several jobs at the same time, genuinely caring for her customers and passionate about sharing her vast knowledge. The broader team were nice and friendly as well.
Written 2 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your feedback. Our team appreciates honest feedback from clients to make sure we improve where we can to ensure the best possible experience. We do however have information on our website specifically addressing the white shark behaviour, since the natural Orca predation in the Dyer Island ecosystem. During 2017, our website's home page was updated to state the following message: Marine Dynamics enjoys sightings of great whites, copper sharks (bronze whalers) and even the occasional stingray at our vessel. Great White Shark behaviour is less predictable post orca predation in 2017. Daily blog of sightings is available. All content on our website is the property of Marine Dynamics. The Great White shark will always be the main attraction yes, but we explain to our clients that this is nature we work with and that wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This is specifically mentioned in our Terms and conditions available on our website. Our communication stays transparent by publishing daily blogs with recent sightings, available since 2012. Our senior White Shark Biologist has also published several blogs on our website to address white shark activity since 2017. Marine Dynamics supports the owner established Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Educating people about conservation is not just another add-on to our services. This is the backbone of our operation. We have published an article to explain how Shark Cage Diving in South Africa protect the Sharks (Available under the Save the Ocean tab on our website): White shark cage diving has been recognised as a vital conservation tool, critically important for the species’ conservation in Southern Africa where it is a highly threatened species. Marine Dynamics is a company that is doing our very best to minimise the impact on the environment across the board and being recognised internationally for doing so, winning responsible tourism and conservation awards and being referenced in case studies. As such, we appreciate the necessity to protect our wildlife. We encourage tourists and tour operators to work with responsible shark cage diving operators and we live by our slogan of “YOUR CHOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.” We feel sure that if the boats were not on the water every day monitoring them, that these incredible animals would be poached extensively. Research of the great white shark is key to their survival. If we understand the pressures on this species, we can help drive conservation decisions on a government level and the level of research supported through this industry is internationally and nationally recognised. Read the full article by visiting our website. Thank you for your positive feedback regarding our Marine Biologist on board and the rest of our team. We strive to offer only the best service to our clients. Updating our website with recent and accurate information is an ongoing project and our team continues to review and adjust or add more information where necessary.
Written 15 August 2021
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Allen H
Little Rock, AR155 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
From the time reservations were made, this was nothing but a pleasurable experience! Although we didn’t see a Great White (one reportedly showed up the very next day and following days), I didn’t leave disappointed. The shark cage diving experience will be an everlasting memory and Marine Dynamics has everything to do with making it a great memory.
Written 21 March 2020
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Hi Allen Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for understanding that this is wildlife we are working with. Happy that the Bronze Whaler sharks and our crew played their part in your great memory. Hope to see you back on board for a chance to see the Great White sharks. Kind regards Team MD
Written 22 March 2020
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saxon
2 contributions
Mar 2020
It was a wonderful experience indeed. The pick up was right on time, our driver Sallie was great. The breakfast on arrival was delicious, the staff members were so professional and helpful, the tour itself was out of this world. We saw a Great White - Yay.😊😊
Would definitely recommend to all.
Written 12 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hey there! Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a wonderful review ! It's due to our ever growing community such as yourself that we can continue doing what we do best, discover, protect and educate ! We are so happy that you had such a wonderful time and we hope to see you on one of our boats soon again ! Kind regards, Team MD
Written 14 March 2020
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Johan_Andice
White Bear Lake, MN21 contributions
Feb 2020
We had a great experience with this company. Their friendly driver picked us up right at our hotel. They fed us a bit of breakfast and gave us instructions before we left for the boat and a short trip across the bay, which was gorgeous, almost out of a movie. They made sure everyone got a chance to go into the water and were very friendly, even helping with the wet suits when we had issues, and giving everyone either tea or hot cocoa after we went in (very nice after the very cold water). We were lucky and saw a great white! Seeing other sharks won't really prepare you for how large these are in real life!
Afterward they gave us some soup to warm up and drove us home. To give you an idea how helpful they were, one of us left his glasses on the bus, and the bus driver turned around after delivering the other clients (who were all over Cape Town) to bring it back for us. Very friendly people and a beautiful ride with an awesome experience, I highly recommend it.
Written 8 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Johan! Thank you so much for this amazing review! We strive to give you the best experience possible and are so happy you enjoyed it so much! The beauty of this little place we call home and our sharks never ceases to amaze us ! Thank you so much for choosing us as your choice makes a difference ! Kind regards, Team MD
Written 9 March 2020
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Extravagant_12
Somerset West, South Africa45 contributions
Feb 2020
What a Day, What an Experience, & What a Team!
A group of us decided to brave the waters and go shark cage diving.

Well...
Marine Dynamics offered an exceptional experience from the very first welcome right through till the very end. Not a moment was forgotten and Thank You Liezel for the encouragement and for enabling us to share this very special event.

Kelly and her Team were just perfection.
The epitome of Passion, Professionalism and of Love for the mystical ocean. They really made everyone feel so comfortable and cared for.

Its no surprise that Marine Dynamics has all their awards & accolades.
They are all well-deserved!!

This a must and will highly recommend it to all !
Written 3 March 2020
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Thank you for this stellar review! Our team appreciates your feedback and recommending our shark adventure. Hope to see you back on board with us again. Warm regards Team MD
Written 4 March 2020
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Giovanna M
1 contribution
Feb 2020
From the pick-up to the arrival the team was so knowledgeable and the service is great. The chat and breakfast before heading to the sea were really good and set the mood and the expectations.
The tour itself is great if you are lucky to see the white shark and even if you are not, as you will see other types.
Will definitely recommend.
Written 2 March 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful review. Kind regards Team MD
Written 4 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great Experience!
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A close shave!
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Bucket List item ticked off
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Awesome Shark Cage Diving experience!
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Lucky for us we saw Sharks
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