Sharklady Adventures

We offer cage diving & surface viewing trips twice daily. Surface viewing for non-divers is excellent from the boat. No diving experience necessary for breath hold diving.

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Shark Diving Trips

Sharklady Adventures offers small exclusive shark diving trips and educational tours twice daily. This means that the trip is more informative AND you’ll have more time in the cage. We are committed to being a responsible and eco-friendly operation. We do not interfere with the sharks and we do not pollute the environment. Sharklady Adventures complies with the strictest code of conduct and safety for our clients, our boat, and the great white sharks, as laid down by local Marine & Coastal Management.

Sharklady Adventures conserve and protect the sharks and all marine life on our coastline. We are dedicated to creating awareness of Great White Sharks through education, especially to the local children who are the future of our country. Shark cage diving is an awesome experience from both above and below the surface. Getting close to this most magnificent apex predator leaves you feeling exhilarated to say the least. Get to know the Great White Shark a bit better and book your Shark Dive. Our Mission Statement

Owing to massive negative media Publicity over the years, the Great White Shark has become one of the most maligned, misunderstood, even hated animals on our fragile planet.

It has been pursued, hunted and indiscriminately killed, over the years, to the point where its continued existence hangs in precarious balance.

If we can dispel some of the hype and myth, and the fear which surrounds this magnificent creature, and even if through our operation, we only introduce some element of objective perspective to the people that we come into contact with, then we have, at least, made some contribution to maintaining the natural balance in at least one ecosystem, in our communal home, Earth.

What We Do

We are committed to being a responsible and eco-friendly operation that offers small, exclusive White Shark diving trips and educational tours. This means that the trip is more informative AND guests have more time in the cage. We offer cage diving & surface viewing trips twice daily. Surface viewing for non-divers is excellent from the boat. No diving experience necessary for breath hold diving. Breakfast and light lunch included. All diving equipment supplied. Tour is +/-4 hours. Sharklady Adventures crew are all well trained and experienced on the sea, and qualified. There is a Marine Biologist on board along with Kim.

Who Is The Shark Lady?

In life, we come across many different people during our journey. We are after all, different threads interwoven in the fabric of life. Yet sometimes, just sometimes…we have the good fortune of meeting someone extraordinary. Someone whose passion, dedication and beliefs set them apart, someone who strives tirelessly to educate and create awareness of creatures who cannot speak for themselves. Someone who has made a difference to the lives of a much maligned and misunderstood animal, the great white shark, and has dedicated her life to changing misconceptions and garnering respect for this beautiful apex predator…that someone is the Sharklady, Kim Maclean.

The towns of the Gansbaai, Kleinbaai and Hermanus and the marine creatures swimming in the waters off their coast are very fortunate to have her in their midst.

Kim Maclean, the Sharklady, has been passionate about sharks and other marine creatures since a very early age. After matriculating at Cape Town High School in 1978, Kim applied to the Department of Sea Fisheries and was accepted as a technical assistant in various sections including demersal, pelagic and southern oceans.

Kim was the first woman allowed to join the research teams at sea for the Department of Fisheries, who had until then had not allowed women at sea. Kim did so well that she was regularly sent on research missions for the department, including several to the Antarctic and a highlight was when she was chosen to go to Marion Island on the maiden voyage of the Sea Fisheries’ new boat, The Africana.

After six years of service with Sea Fisheries, where she qualified as a technical assistant in oceanography, Kim had the opportunity of working with Dr Leonard Compagno at the South African Museum, assisting with research on great white sharks where she remained for two years until moving on to work with the White Shark Research Project tagging great whites.

The research work had a life changing effect on Kim’s life as it gave her new insight and understanding of these incredibly beautiful creatures, which are generally very misunderstood. Kim realized that she had to teach and inform the public the truth and purpose of the great white shark in the marine eco system.

When the new and world renowned Two Oceans Aquariums on Cape Town’s Waterfront was in its planning stage, Kim was chosen out of 350 applicants as an aquarist and collections diver. During this time she completed the difficult scientific class IV diving course and assisted in collecting a plethora of different species of fish including ragged tooth sharks.

In 1992, Kim’s lifelong dream became a reality when she pioneered white shark cage diving and surface viewing in South Africa, founding her successful and very popular shark diving company, Sharklady Adventures. Sharklady Adventures has an absolutely fantastic reputation throughout the world. Kim, and the Sharklady Adventures team, is arguably the most experienced operators in the industry and to date have taken thousands of tourists out to sea to have the wonderful experience of viewing the magnificent great white shark up close.

Small, Exclusive and Informative Shark Cage Diving Trips

Sharklady Adventures offers small exclusive shark cage diving trips and educational tours twice daily. This means that the trip is more informative AND you’ll have more time in the cage.

We are committed to being a responsible and eco-friendly operation. We do not interfere with the sharks and we do not pollute the environment. Sharklady Adventures complies with the strictest code of conduct and safety for our clients, our boat, and the great white sharks, as laid down by local Marine & Coastal Management.

Sharklady Adventures conserve and protect the sharks and all marine life on our coastline. We are dedicated to creating awareness of Great White Sharks through education, especially to the local children who are the future of our country.

Shark cage diving is an awesome experience from both above and below the surface. Getting close to this most magnificent apex predator leaves you feeling exhilarated to say the least.

Get to know the Great White Shark a bit better and book your Shark Dive.

Company History

Kim Sharklady has been operating since 1992 (21 years). We have a 100% safety record.  She was involved with extensive research Programmes with Great Whites, and was one of the first to Tag Great Whites in South Africa.

Sharklady Adventures was founded by Kim ‘Sharklady’ MacLean in 2001 with her passion for Great White Sharks and her dedication to care, protect and educate people about them. The company has thus always initiated and participated in educational and conservation projects within the community.

2011 was an iconic year for Sharklady Adventures and the shark cage diving industry. The first permanent official 5 year permits were issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs. Previously permits were allocated according to an exemption system from year to year. The industry has grown into a professional industry and collectively established the Great White Shark Protection Foundation. Kim is the Chairperson of the foundation and has a direct communication to Government representing the Industry and Research issues.

Sharklady Adventures is proud to be a part of this industry and looks forward to another 20 years of dedication to the Great White Sharks.

What the Company Does:

Our Motto Is To

Care, Protect and Educate

We are committed to being a responsible and eco-friendly operation that offers small, exclusive White Shark diving trips and educational tours. This means that the trip is more informative AND guests have more time in the cage.

We offer cage diving & surface viewing trips twice daily. Surface viewing for non-divers is excellent from the boat. No diving experience necessary for breath hold diving. Breakfast and light lunch included. All diving equipment supplied. Tour is +/-4 hours.

Sharklady Adventures crew are all well trained and experienced on the sea, and qualified. There is a Marine Biologist on board along with Kim.

Education

On arrival at our Education centre in Kleinbaai, you will enjoy a talk given by the Sharklady on the anatomy, characteristics and behaviour of the Great White Shark. On display is a model of a 4.5 meter Great White that was moulded from a real great white that died and was washed up on a beach. The model will help in the explaining of the anatomy of the Great White and the Sharklady will point out characteristics that you will be able to look for once you are out at sea. As Sharklady Adventures started cage diving in South Africa and it is our mission not only to allow you to view the Great White in its natural environment, but that you will learn the importance of the apex predator not being a man-eating monster, but rather an animal with a vital role in the marine eco-system.

The Crew

Sharklady Adventures is owned and headed by Sharklady, Kim MacLean. As reflected in Sharklady’s biography she is multi talented and highly qualified in her field. Her experience and relevant qualifications put her in a league of her own when it comes to understanding Great Whites.

Sharklady Adventures crew are all experienced on the sea, and Sharklady has invested in their training, so that they too can benefit with additional qualifications to ensure your safety and that of the sharks. Kim is adamant that feeding the sharks is not allowed on her boat and will not in any way harm or hit the sharks.

Sharklady Kim’s passion has ignited within her staff the same professional feeling that she has, and developed their skills and knowledge working with Great White sharks and cage diving.

Kim Maclean’s Safety Tips for Travellers to South Africa

·               Never leave your handbag under chairs or on tables when dining outdoors, make sure it is firmly secured, this includes your cell phone

·               When tanning, ensure you are properly covered with Sun Screen; the South African Sun can be deceivingly dangerous, particularly on overcast days.

·               When visiting an ATM, be vigilant and cautious, never give anybody your pin number, check around you, decoys are used; fainting tactics to distract you, your card can be swapped without you realizing it.

·               Keep too busy well lit streets at night

·               Do not leave luggage unattended

·               Limit the amount of cash you carry on you

·               Never give your card to a waiter, ask them to bring the portable credit card machine to your table when dining out

·               Keep your car locked and valuables locked out of sight in the boot, never leave a child, animal or adult locked in the car whilst on an errand.

Environmental Tips

·               Tap water is safe to drink

·               South African Sun is harsh, use good sunscreen and wear a cap/hat

·               Treat the sea and mountains with respect

·               If hiking, ensure somebody is notified where you are going, wear good hiking shoes, hat, sun screen and always carry enough water with you

·               Do not feed baboons or other wild life, and do not approach animals, as they are wild and if threatened will attack you

·               Conserve water and recycle where possible

·               Never throw away plastic bottles or Cigarette butts, as fires can start quickly

Other Useful Information

·               Electricity supply: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz

·               Tipping is customary (10% is a rough guideline)

·               Banking Hours: 9.00am to 15.30 Weekdays, 9.00am to 11.00am Saturdays, and Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Things to Do
WATER ACTIVITIES:

Shark Cage diving, Whale Watching by Boat, Sea Kayak, Cave Tours, Canoeing, River Rafting, Fishing, River Cruises and Swimming

LAND BASED ACTIVITIES:

Hiking and Walking, Horse riding, Quad Biking, Paint Ball, Canopy Tree Tours, Bird Watching, 4 x 4 trails, Sand boarding, Mountain Biking, Golf, Tractor Rides, Tours or Blue Flag Beaches, Shabeens, African Township tours, Stony Point Penguin Colony, Botanical Gardens, Nature Reserves.

AIR ACTIVITIES:

Paragliding, and Whale Watching, Helicopter tours

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

Wine, Beer and Cheese tasting, Arts, Crafts and Antique Shopping, African Curios, Kapula Candle factory, Museums, Sightseeing and many other great tours.

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