The shark cage dive takes place out at Dyer Island, roughly 15 minutes by boat from Gansbaai. The island is home to a colony of over 50 000 Cape Fur Seals – the white shark’s favourite food and primary source of nutrition. Running between Dyer and neighbouring Geyser Rock is a channel of ocean so frequented by great white sharks that it has been dubbed ‘Shark Alley’. This is where we anchor for an up-close encounter with great whites. The cage is dropped at the diving site and guests are allocated diving gear. Guests take consecutive turns in the eight-man floating cage to experience thrilling underwater views of this majestic apex predator. When not in the cage, passengers can enjoy sightings of the white sharks and other sea life from the viewing deck of the boat. The great white shark is a surface feeder and thus all the activity takes place on or very close to the surface, so surface viewing from the boat is excellent. We have a 95 – 98% sightings success rate across the year, although as with all wildlife, sightings can never be guaranteed.
A truly unique experience
We have been operating for 20 years with a 100% safety record
We limit the number of passengers on White Shark to 22 people in order to provide more shark cage viewing time and a more personalized, exclusive experience
WSDC is fully committed to the preservation of white sharks and our marine environment as a whole. This is reflected in our various conservation and social responsibility initiatives, including our volunteer programme
If no sharks are spotted on your trip, we will provide you and your party with a voucher for another trip
Our adventures have been captured on various local and international television documentaries About White Shark Diving Company
White Shark Diving Company is more than just a diving company – we are deeply committed to conservation. We are one of just 8 cage diving operators based in Gansbaai – the ‘Great White Shark Capital of the World’.
White Shark Diving Company is a founding member of the Great White Protection Foundation and has been a leading voice in the call for operators to collaborate in protecting the dwindling number of sharks and other marine species off the coastline of South Africa.
A crucial part of our initiative is to educate local and international visitors about the conservation plight of the great white shark. We run daily trips to educate guests about great white sharks and our current conservation initiatives. Our cage diving trips give visitors the opportunity to see great white sharks in their natural environment, where their grace and beauty is most evident.
We are holders of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award from 2014 to 2017
We have been operating for 20 years with a 100% safety record
We limit the number of passengers on White Shark to 22 people in order to provide more time for shark cage viewing and a personal, exclusive experience
White Shark Diving Company is fully committed to the preservation of great white sharks and our marine environment as a whole. This is reflected in our various conservation and social responsibility initiatives, including our volunteer programme.
We have shark sightings throughout the year, however, please bear in mind that sightings of wild animals can never be guaranteed. In the unfortunate event that you do not have shark sightings during your trip, we do not offer refunds but we will provide you with a non-transferable voucher (valid for two years) allowing you to join us for another trip free of charge on a date of your choice (dependent on availability).
Our adventures have been captured on various local and international television documentaries
Shark Cage Diving Trip
Duration: 1 day
Price: R1, 850
Adult divers: R1, 850
Non-divers (viewing on board): R1, 600
Children (12 years and younger, viewing on board): R1, 050
Get your adrenalin pumping with a shark cage diving trip where you will be closer than ever before to one of nature’s most astonishing creatures.
Shark breaching trips
Shark Breaching/Diving Combo Trip
Duration: 1 day
Price: R2, 950
Adults: R2, 950
Children (12 years and younger, viewing on board): R2, 350
Breaching activity takes place during the South African winter months, June – August, and our shark breaching and diving combined trips are only offered during the breaching season.
Experience a day out on the water and witness an once-in-a-lifetime sight – a great white shark breach. Breaching is a hunting technique of the great white shark whereby these majestic creatures propel their entire bodies out of the ocean in pursuit of their prey.
Shark cage diving trip
3 Day Package
Destination: Cape Town, Gansbaai
Duration: 3 days
Price: R10, 000
The three-day package consists of multiple shark cage diving activities, transport and accommodation of your choice. Price R5 000 to R10 000 depending on package selection.
Shark cage diving package
5/7 Day Package
Destination: Cape Town, Gansbaai
Duration: 7 days
Price: R20, 000
With this comprehensive luxury package, you can enjoy shark cage diving and a variety of alternative activities such as a tour of the Cape Winelands or go sightseeing South Africa’s Big 7 at a game reserve. Price R13 000 to R25 000 per person depending on package selection
White Shark is a 12 meter long sea-cabin cruiser Cat It has been custom built to the specifications required in the shark cage diving industry.
She is the most recent boat built in the shark cage diving industry with the most modern design and requirements installed.
Engines: The new 4-stroke outboard – with 4.0 litre displacement, a 24-valve V6 power head with dual overhead Suzuki, offers more speed, more acceleration and more performance than any outboard ever made. It’s the world’s strongest cams, with variable valve timing, and a new streamlined lower unit that slices through water like a hot knife through butter. There has never been so much power in an outboard.
However the real reason White Shark Diving Co uses these outboards is due to the eco-friendly nature of their emissions. The ultra-low emissions can hardly be noticed. In fact you can hardly notice the engines when switched on.
The White Shark Diving Co. operates in a responsible and eco-friendly way. The Great White Shark is not harmed in any manner, nor is the environment polluted. White Shark Diving Co complies with a strict set of safety regulations, required by the South African Government Department of Labour.
Our crew consists of a Dive master, Level 3 Medic and a Skipper with SAMSA authority, who are trained to handle any emergency situation that may arise whilst out at sea.
Safety precautions include emergency and evacuation flow charts in the Skipper’s cabin as well as a step-by-step emergency manual, maintenance plan and equipment checklist.
The White Shark Co complies with a strict set of safety regulations required by the South African Government Department of Labour.
The boat, cage and diving equipment are inspected and surveyed by SAMSA, DEA – Oceans and Coasts, and by our crew on an on-going basis.
Aside from shark diving and viewing, we also provide our guests with the following services and facilities:
Light meals and refreshments
Curios and clothing available for purchase
We are also able to organise the following: a unique fly-in option for the executive traveller from Cape Town International Airport to Gansbaai
Join us for the experience of a lifetime and volunteer with one of the few Conservation-Focused Shark Diving Companies in SA!
Be trained as a marine research assistant, interact with sharks and gain essential research skills for your future career!
Contribute towards meaningful research projects working towards protecting sharks in South Africa
Students, Post-Graduates, Early-Career Scientists, Marine Biologists and Passionate Conservationists are encouraged to apply!
Our volunteer program offers a unique opportunity to get involved with meaningful research studying Great White Sharks and other shark species in the Great White Shark capital of the world, as well as contribute towards white shark marine conservation in South Africa.
Since the Great White Shark population in South Africa is at potential risk of extinction with numbers believed to be around 300-500, our White Shark research focuses primarily on monitoring the numbers of these apex predators in our waters, with the aim of obtaining another population estimate within the next two to three years. We are using dorsal fin identification to identify and closely monitor the different individuals we are observing each day, and building a comprehensive database of fins photographed.
With other shark species also threatened or vulnerable due to over exploitation, we are also conducting studies to learn about these species in particular the endemic shark species we have in South Africa. We currently know little about these species; hence the aims of our research are to obtain baseline data on sharks in our area, including their diversity, abundance, movement patterns, and habitat use and growth rates. Secondly, in the long-term we will be assessing the health of their populations and determining whether local fishermen play a role in shark population decline.
Participants in the program will assist with data collection and data management for the projects outlined above. Volunteers will gain a considerable amount of sea experience and valuable research skills, both on our cage diving boat and dedicated research vessel.
Daily activities include cage-diving trips, shark tagging trips (from our research boat and from the shoreline), snorkelling for sharks in the kelp forests, beach clean ups, equipment maintenance, video analysis, data entry and dorsal fin ID analysis. Volunteers will get to interact daily with our scientists and learn all about Great White Sharks and other marine wildlife in our area. Participants will also have the opportunity to interact with the local community by supporting our shark conservation, education and outreach projects.
We endeavour to make your time with us a personal and career building experience, providing extensive training in all projects and tailoring the volunteer program to meet your individual needs. Included in the program are several chances to be involved with cage-diving activities and come face to face with the magnificent Great White Shark in an unforgettable diving experience!
About Marine Conservation South Africa
Shark Cage Diving Family
The marine volunteer programme start date is on the 1st of each month, and departure date is the last day of the month. We offer volunteer positions for a minimum of two weeks up to a maximum of three months. Check out our white shark marine volunteer brochure and find out more today!
Opportunities are available all year round; the only time we do not take on volunteers is from the 15th December to 1st February.
One night’s accommodation in CT on arrival
Transfers from and to Cape Town international airport
Transfers to and from Gansbaai (the project site)
Transport provided for all programme related activities
Accommodation in our volunteer house
All food basics
Welcome pack (including hoodie, t-shirt, cap, buff and shark USB with White Shark footage)
Waterproof deck boots to use for the duration of your stay
Trips on our White Shark cage diving tourist boat
Tagging trips on our research boat
Opportunities to cage dive with white sharks
Practical training in all running projects
Training in fin identification and analysis
Training in ethical handling, angling and tagging techniques
Training in boat handling skills
Outreach activities e.g. beach clean ups and school talks
Some excursions organised on bad weather days
Not Included In the Package
Visa (if needed, RSA allows most countries to enter on a 90 day tourist visa – we can offer assistance if needed.)
medical and travel insurance
Any additional lodging in Cape Town prior to the programme or on departure, if required.
A trip to Cape Agulhas – the southernmost point of Africa.
A visit to Betty’s Bay to see the Stony Point penguin colony
A visit to the local heritage site Klipgat Cave
Hikes in the local area
Horse riding trips in the local area
Shopping excursions and wine tasting in Hermanus or Cape Town
River boat cruises along Stanford River
Surfing or SCUBA diving
Visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Waterfront in Cape Town
Offshore dive past Cape Point to see blue and mako sharks can be arranged
Dive to see seven gill sharks in Cape Town can also be arranged
A trip up the East Coast to do the highest bungee jump in the world
Note that any horse riding tours, SCUBA dives arranged, or equipment rented for surfing etc. will be at the volunteer’s own expense. Personal excursions up the Garden Route or to other tourist attractions are also at your own cost, but don’t hesitate to ask if we can assist with your planning.