We were booked in for our shark cage dive on Monday which was the first day of our trip in South Africa, (we wanted to get it done first so we could stop fretting about it and relax on the rest of the trip!). It's something my partner and I have both always dreamed of doing but had never thought that we would be able to do. My biggest fear has always been of sharks (thanks to jaws) and I cannot tell you how apprehensive we were about the trip! Due to bad weather the trip was cancelled on the Monday and moved to the Tuesday which was no problem for us.
We self drove from Somerset west which took about 1hr 50 mins and the place was easy to find. We had some breakfast before we left with the crew and other passengers and off we went! It was needless to say what felt like a long boat ride to me where I sat there wondering why I had ever thought that this was a good idea, (really it was about 15 mins).
We arrived at Dyer island which is the home of thousands of seals. The guides started chumming and we waited for the sharks to arrive. After 10 minutes we hadn't seen any sharks but a few inquisitive seals came towards the boat to have a look. The guide said "ah there are no sharks around yet, look how chilled out those seals are", just in time for a shark to hit. We saw it attack the seals, catch, kill and eat one poor unlucky one. It was amazing and as bad as I felt for the seal I knew we were seeing something amazing. And we caught it on film.
Very soon after the first shark came to the boat. Weirdly as soon as I saw it my fear evaporated and was replaced by adrenaline and I couldn't get into the cage quick enough. It was amazing. We saw 8 different sharks in total and there was constantly at least one or two around the cage over the space of 2.5 hours (maybe a little longer).
Everyone got to go in the cage for about half an hour each and we were even given a second opportunity to do it again if we wanted to. To be honest though they came so close to the boat and the surface it was an experience seeing them from there too so really the whole thing was amazing. In the cage, the sharks came so close you could have reached out and touched them, and some were huge! One smaller shark stuck its head in the cage for a brief second right where my partner and I were which was an amazing moment. Having the opportunity to come that close to an amazing predator like that was really a once in a life time opportunity and one I will treasure forever.
Crew were great and we bought the DVD which was well worth it, (it caught the part where one stuck its head into the cage). Great experience, cannot recommend it enough.
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