We meet at 7am for 8am launch, and meet at 11.30 for 12.30pm, at our Crew House, 14 Geelbek Straat, Kleinbaai Harbour, Gansbaai. The time depends on whether your booking is for a morning or afternoon Cage Dive, (we can be flexible for an exclusive charter).
Here you will register, and have fresh percolated coffee and continental breakfast. A short safety briefing will follow, and you will be taken by our Sharky shuttle service to the small Kleinbaai harbour, which is a few minutes to the launch area to board our vessel Lady T. The boat ride to the area known as Shark Alley is approx 10 minutes, where we will attach our floating Shark Cage. Our experienced crew scatter a scent trail into the water to attract the White Sharks which are sometimes circling ‘Shark Alley’ for seals. Our bait consists of natural marine product and there is NO Shark ingredient at all.
During this time, we prepare the first guests assisting them into their wet suits, and diving equipment that we provide. These include diving masks, hoods, snorkel, and boots and then into the Shark Cage.
Usually you will see the Great White Sharks immediately, however, depending on currents and weather there may be a waiting period which is rare.
The first four divers are assisted into the cage that is suspended on the water surface and tied alongside the boat. Our skipper will hover just above the cage and signal which direction the sharks are coming from, as well as assist divers with any possible matters that arise, particularly if they are uncomfortable and wish to exit the cage.
DVD of day-trip: On request we can arrange to have a videographer on board to capture your experience of the day.
The cage is suspended on the surface of the water right next to the boat. Once the sharks arrive and feel comfortable with the boat and cage in the water, the first divers get dressed into (5mm wet-suits, hoody, bootie, mask and weights) and slip into a 4 man cage, ready to see these magnificent animals face too face. Our Skipper will be standing above you on the boat, and he will let you know when the shark is within your viewing range, and which direction he is coming from, he will then advise you to hold your breath and go down, your head is just below the surface of the water.
Seasons: All year round.
Water and weather conditions: The water temperature ranges from 12C – 16C. Visibility is usually 6-8 meters, but can go up to 12 -15 meters on a good day and down to 2-3 meters on a bad day.
Items you will need on the boat: If you are prone to motion sickness, ensure your pharmacist recommends a pill prior to your trip.
- Warm jacket or windbreaker
- Sun block
- Cap or hat
- Swim suit