Shark Cage Diving (45 minutes self-drive from Cape Town)
- About 4 hours
We operate a half day tour 45 minutes from Cape Town to see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature and other factors.
We operate half day shark tours to either Seal Island or Cape Point as both offer very different opportunities and visibility. Possible shark species can include Seven gill cow sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue sharks and Great white sharks. The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip.
One of our areas, Seal Island, False Bay is famous for the predation of Great Whites on Cape Fur seals The area and this behaviour have been featured on many documentaries including Air Jaws on the Discovery Channel with Chris Fallows, our owner, as co-host.
Reasons to Choose Apex as your shark cage diving operator:
- We are an official licensed Shark Cage diving Operator with crew certified specifically for this industry
- We provide SCUBA for certified divers on request – however NO experience is required for breath hold
- We offer the smallest group size of any shark diving operation in South Africa by 50%. ( 12 pax only
- We have achieved the Five star excellence certificate from TripAdvisor 6 years in a row
Whales, dolphins and many species of sea birds are often encountered on this adventurous expedition. As we adopt an eco style of operating our trips, going to sea with Apex is like going on a safari game drive and we will try to take in as much marine wildlife as possible on our trips As trips are based on natural events every trip is different and sightings are not guaranteed.
Our vessel is a 36 foot catamaran, specifically built for cage diving and viewing the sharks from the surface. A dry cabin, soft cushioned seats and a flush toilet ensure your comfort at sea. Our vessel complies with all safety requirements and Great white shark permit conditions. We send the boat for annual safety inspections at the South African Maritime Safety Authority. Safety equipment includes life jackets, first aid kit, radio and cellular phone.
A small group of guests on board allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage accommodates four guests comfortably. It is fixed to the boat and sits just above the water surface. NO DIVING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. For those who are scuba certified, AIR is available upon request. This needs to be confirmed when booking your trip. Please add this request under ‘notes’. Safety is a priority. All shark cage diving is done under the auspices of experienced crew who have first Aid & oxygen management, scuba & commercial skippers’ qualifications and have expert knowledge of the behaviour of sharks around the cage.
Meet the crew at the Apex Shark Expeditions shop for a light breakfast. Guests are welcomed aboard White Pointer II. A full safety and weather briefing is given before departure.
Depart for Seal Island or Cape Point based on time of the year and sea conditions.
Arrive at Seal Island/Cape Point. Based on what the weather is doing, we will decide on the best spot to weigh anchor and begin attracting sharks to the vessel. The cage is then deployed where it floats next to our vessel. Once a shark approaches our boat, bait is kept in the water to keep the shark around long enough for identification, viewing and cage diving purposes. If the weather conditions are favourable, guests will be readied for cage diving. Safety precautions and operational procedures are then explained to any guest wishing to enter the cage. It is important to know that the sharks come very close to the boat so it is not necessary to dive in order to see them. Those not wishing to dive will have excellent views of the sharks regardless.
Good to know
- Trip duration is +- 3- 4 hours depending on the weather conditions and shark activity
- No children under 8 years of age. Children are prone to seasickness as are adults, however the affect of seasickness on children is much more pronounced with dehydration being a factor. Children also have a lower threshold for pain and discomfort
- Children 10 years old + will be allowed into the cage on the basis that parents vouch for their aquatic experience
- Sharks are completely wild animals and as such sightings and behaviour cannot be guaranteed. We will use our best knowledge in order to give you the most realistic expectations before making a booking
- Light lunch, snacks & refreshments onboard
- Dive gear including mask and snorkel
- Weight belt and wet-suit (5 mm)
- Coffee / tea and biscuits
- E - educational booklet
- Transfer (this is the self-drive option)
- Warm weather jacket
- Beanie & scarf
- Polarized sunglasses
- Bathing costume
- Sun block
- Motion sickness pills
- Layer on layer
- Warm and water proof clothing in winter
- Wind breaker, cap / hat in summer
- Closed shoes
A once in a lifetime experiance that blew us away. The team are amazing and words can't explain this incredible time with these powerful animals.
Renee and Bernie are amazing!! I had only two days in Cape Town and they set me up with a shark dive for the following day with less than 24 hours notice. They were so kind and accommodating with my schedule, and when I couldn’t get a dive in Cape Town with Apex, they quickly booked me a dive in Gaansbai with a sister company. They were on hand at all times in case I had any questions and were super easy to communicate with. Love Apex and cannot recommend them enough to set you up with a once in a lifetime experience!
We had a fantastic experience with Apex. They brought us out for ~3 hours for cage diving with sharks and had a perfect time. They're clearly professionals at this and took care of everything; we just showed up and had a great time. We saw 3 different sharks and had plenty of cage time. Would highly recommend to everyone!
I have not had the pleasure of going shark diving with these guys, but it is on my bucket list. However, I have purchased two photos from Chris and Monique and they are both amazing. I get so many compliments about the photos, and I love how they are scientists as well as tour operators. I am planning to go back to Cape Town for a holiday and shark diving with these guys is number one on the list.
Apex Predators staff and crew were beyond amazing. my shark cage dive experience was amazing. The crew were very informative and very hands on from helping us get into our wetsuits to taking videos and pictures. I got to see how they chum the waters as soon as we anchored and not even 5 minutes we had sharks all around our boat. Great white sharks have been a rare sighting, but we got to see 1 at least that circled our boat out of curiousity. we were surrounded by copperhead sharks around 8-9 in different sizes at any given time. Going down in shark infested waters was the 2nd most amazing thing I have done. The crew was very focused on peoples safety at all times and very friendly. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY FOR ITS CREW AND PROFESSIONALISM. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR SUCH AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.
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The guest can cancel free of charge until 14 days before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 14 days before arrival.
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