Shark Centre

Apex Shark Expeditions HQ

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Our Shark Centre is located in the Simon’s Town Waterfront Centre (Board Walk Centre) in the picturesque village of Simon’s Town, one of South Africa’s oldest towns, situated 35km outside Cape Town centre, 5 minutes from Boulders Beach and 15 minutes from the Cape of Good Hope. The village is renowned for its rich maritime history and is home to the South African Navy. Simon’s Town is an attraction in its own right, so set time to fully explore it.

Our headquarters are positioned within a minute walk from the Simon’s Town pier, where our shark cage diving trips depart. Above our centre is the Quayside Hotel, perfectly located for your stayover. The spacious double fronts Shark Centre is the meet and greets point prior to your trip.  Freshly baked croissants, fresh fruit and yoghurt with coffee and tea are served before making your way down to the boat.

The Shark Centre houses a range of stylish sharky merchandise including beanies, t-shirts, caps and jackets. Be sure to leave some space in your suitcase.

Coffee is always on the go and you, our guest are welcome to relax, check in online, have a biscuit and browse the wall of fame.

Opening Hours are 9:30 to 17HOO every day of the year except Christmas and 1st January.

Boulders beach close to Shark Cage diving Cape Town

More about Simon’s Town

Start the day with an audio tour to get a sense of the lay of the land. The tour starts at the station, takes in the “historic mile”, and ends in the village centre where all activities are based. The tour is narrated by the local author Maureen Miller. At under R30 ($2), this trip is super affordable.


The audio tour ends within ambling distance of our favourite place to grab a bite. The Sweetest Thing offers an exceptional array of mouth-watering cakes, pastries, pies and sweet treats that are proudly local.


Visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is high on everyone’s must-see list and you simply can’t leave without saying hello to our monochromatic friends. Boulders is a part of the South African National Parks and all along the penguin viewing path you’ll be able to see penguins in their natural habitat. At Foxy Beach you can also have a swim with the penguins!

Once you return from Boulders, you should have some time to explore the village before lunch.


Work up an appetite for lunch with Simon’s Town’s most affordable entertainment. The Simon’s Town Museum, SA Naval Museum and Warrior Toy Museum have collections that will have you reminiscing.  You can delve into the heart of the Muslim community’s heritage by visiting the Heritage Museum in King George’s Way.

The Warrior Toy Museum in Simon’s Town will take you down memory lane. 


On Jubilee Square, you’ll find the statue of the Great Dane Just Nuisance who is a legend in these parts. Enlisted in the 1930s, Just Nuisance is the most famous dog in Naval History. There’s also a special display for him at the Simon’s Town Museum and his grave site on Red Hill is also a frequent stop for visitors.


Visit the Jubilee Square for all kind of craft and souvenirs and pop by the Little Shop on the Square for more. There’s also a great selection of vintage, second-hand and charity stores along the main road, so keep your eyes and ears open for a bargain or ten.

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27 June 2023

Next trip 28 June

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