Go Eye To Eye With A Shark!
In a shark cage - no diving experience required. If you can swim, you can Shark cage dive with Sharks.
Shark cage diving typically involves diving in heavy metal cages in the cold waters of the Western Cape, specifically targeting the large great white sharks that inhabit that region.
However, in the much warmer waters of Kwa-Zulu Natal, different species of shark can be found, like Tiger Sharks and Blacktip sharks. Because these species are smaller than the Great White Shark and their main diet consists of small, schooling fish, a much lighter shark cage can be used. There is even the option of getting out of the shark cage for a true shark interactive and unforgettable cage shark diving experience.
This is truly an exciting once in a lifetime experience – bond with family, friends or colleagues as you get close up to one of South Africa’s big marine predators.
Many shark species are being pushed towards extinction through uncontrolled, destructive fishing methods. The sheer lack of compassion, understanding and basic awareness people have of these animals is enabling the slaughter of millions of sharks each year to continue unabated.
We view the cage diving experience as a vital way to connect people with healthy shark populations. The activity is intended to increase the level of focus, awareness, and compassion the public have for sharks.
A typical shark cage dive involves getting into a wetsuit, donning a mask and snorkel and climbing into a floating cage with between 5 and 30 sharks gliding gracefully by the cage walls. Due to the fact that there are mainly Blacktip sharks around these reefs, you are indeed allowed to get out of your cage and interact with these amazing, serene creatures. There has never been a recorded attack on a human by this species of shark.
Is it safe to get out the cage?
Before answering the question you must understand a few things about sharks. Sharks are not big cats! A common mistake most people make when thinking about sharks is that they are just like lions and leopards, that will attack you given the chance. Terrestrial predators (big cats) are designed to hunt using strength, big claws, gravity, and the hunt usually involves a chase and a struggle before the prey is subdued and consumed.
Humans don’t look like fish, seals or turtles!
Contrary to popular belief, sharks have excellent eyesight. Sharks are able to clearly distinguish between colour, shape, and contrast, just as well as humans. This means sharks are able to inspect us visually without having to risk making contact with an animal that they do not recognise or associate with any common prey group.
Sharks avoid confrontation!
Pelagic (open ocean) sharks live in an environment (zero gravity and currents) which enables them to travel vast distances with little effort. This means the animals have no need for established territories and no need to aggressively protect a particular area. This translates through to the animals overall behaviour which means the flight instinct within them is far stronger than an almost non-existent fight instinct.
Vital Information: No diving experience required. You need to be able to swim (just for safety reasons). Seasickness pills if you need them (ask your doctor).
- Price: ~R 950 pp
- Duration: Around 2 hours.
- Max # of participants: This experience is available to anyone from 8-yrs of age up. No diving experience required. You need to be able to swim (just for safety reasons).
- What should I wear? Warm Jacket Sunscreen Towel Swimming costume
- No. participants: This experience is available to anyone from 8-yrs of age up. No diving experience required. You need to be able to swim (just for safety reasons).
- Other Info: Price R 950 includes: 30-minute shark dive tutorial and conservation talk. 1 hour in water interaction time. Gear rental (mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt, and wetsuit). Snacks and refreshments on the boat.
- Value for Money: Fair Deal
- Disabled Friendly: No
- Family Friendly: No
- Team Building Facilities: Yes
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The growing popularity of shark cage diving is testimony to our growing desire for the adrenalin fix that comes with getting close to these magnificent but deadly sea creatures.
Diving inside a cage whilst sharks are swimming just the other side of the bars is not for the feint hearted and, while no previous diving experience is needed, it is definitely not for those looking for something only mildly different to do today. This adventure sport is one of those extreme adventures that is a must for those dedicated to getting the adrenalin pumping at the highest rate possible.
The excursion heads out from port to the pre-determined location and, once in position the tour operator starts “chumming”. This is where a liquid mix of fish ingredients; designed to attract but not feed the sharks, is scattered in the water around the boat.
Once the sharks have gathered and are active around the boat the cage is lowered into the water with the participant inside. The cage floats and is secured right alongside to the boat and can be withdrawn at any time, should the need arise.
The thrill of being down in the water alongside these graceful creatures is unmatched and as images of Jaws and media coverage of shark attacks come into mind the heart starts to race.
But the anxiety is matched with respect and without doubt those that have completed with wonderful activity have secured it in their memory bank as one of the most memorable of days.
A word on Shark Cage Diving:
“I can only think of one experience which might exceed in interest a few hours spent under water, and that would be a journey to Mars.” – William Beebe.
The professional extreme adventure tour operator will have a safe and sea worthy boat, be an experienced skipper and have well maintained scuba and cage equipment.
In addition to apply coating oneself with sunblock, affixing a hat and wearing sun glasses, it is also recommended that warn clothes and a wind breaker are packed for the outing.
Don’t forget to also pack the camera and/or video camera to capture the before/during and after shots, which will be proudly shared with any interested family or friend in the months ahead.
Ensure all your equipment has been properly maintained and checked before departing the shore.
Your skipper is definitely in charge in this outdoor adventure from the time you step onto the boat so ensure you listen up and follow instructions, your life depends on it!
Don’t dangle your toes in the water…
The waters around Stewart Island have over 100 great white sharks (a Department of Conservation estimate) – so you are likely to see a few! You may also see a variety of other spectacular wildlife such as whales, seals, penguins, albatross and more.
Rocky Bay Beach, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, 4180, South Africa
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