Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Small Groups

Half Day trips, 45 minutes from the city center

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We offer the best of the best shark cage diving trips in various locations, the most popular being Cape Town and Gansbaai.

To make it easier to choose the location that best suits your requirements, we have listed the differences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does shark cage diving in Cape Town differ from other locations, and what makes it such a unique experience?

Shark cage diving in Cape Town is a unique experience due to the diverse species of sharks that can be encountered in the waters such as bronze whaler sharks, seven-gill, mako and blue sharks. Another unique aspect of shark cage diving in Cape Town is the location of the dive site, which is close to Seal Island. Seal Island is home to 65 000 cape fur seals, and should weather and time allow,  a tour around the island after the shark cage diving trip completes the diversity of marine life one can see on a shark tour.

What is the typical duration of a shark cage diving excursion in Cape Town, and how many people are usually on the boat?

The duration of a shark cage diving tour can vary depending on the tour operator and the location of the dive site. Most tours typically last between 3-4 hours from start to finish, including travel time to and from the dive site. The number of people on the boat can also vary depending on the size of the boat and the tour operator. Most boats used for shark cage diving can accommodate between 20-40 people. However, some operators, like Apex Shark Expeditions host small groups for an intimate experience with fewer participants.

How does shark cage diving in Cape Town contribute to shark conservation efforts, and how can I support these efforts while participating in this activity?

Shark cage diving in Cape Town contributes to shark conservation in several ways. Firstly, it helps to promote awareness about the importance of sharks in the ocean by allowing people to witness these animals in their natural habitat and appreciate their beauty and importance within the ocean ecosystem. Additionally, Apex records data on the sharks and the environment on every trip we do. This information is provided to the scientific community for research which leads to shark conservation.

If you are interested in supporting shark conservation efforts while participating in shark cage diving in Cape Town, here are a few things you can do:

  1. Choose a responsible tour operator: Select a Cape Town shark cage diving tour operator that follows sustainable and ethical shark tourism practices.
  2. Learn about shark conservation: Take the opportunity to learn about the sharks and their role in the ecosystem. Understanding the challenges facing shark populations in Cape Town can help inspire action towards their conservation.
  3. Reduce your impact: Consider making environmentally conscious choices in your daily life to reduce your impact on the ocean ecosystem, such as reducing plastic use or supporting sustainable fishing practices.
  4. Support shark conservation organizations: Consider donating to organizations that support shark conservation efforts, such as Apex. When booking your trip, there is an option to add a conservation fee.

By taking these actions, you can help contribute to shark conservation efforts while enjoying the thrilling experience of shark cage diving in Cape Town.

 What should I wear and bring with me for a shark cage diving tour in Cape Town?

  1. Swimsuit: Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for ease of changing into the wetsuit provided. If you get cold easily, consider wearing a second skin.
  2. Sun protection: Bring sunscreen, lip-ice, a hat, and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun.
  3. Warm clothing: Even though the water temperature might be relatively warm, it’s still advisable to dress in layers, especially during the winter months (June-August).
  4. Bring a towel to dry off after the dive.
  5. To capture the incredible underwater experience, consider bringing a Go Pro, or we sell waterproof pouches for your phone. Take your own videos and photos.
  6. Seasickness medication: If you are prone to seasickness, take medication or wear a sea band to help prevent it.

How safe is shark cage diving in Cape Town, and what precautions are taken to ensure the safety of participants?

Shark cage diving in Cape Town is a safe activity as it is conducted responsibly and with safety measures in place. Most tour operators follow strict safety protocols to ensure that participants have a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some precautions that are typically taken to ensure the safety of participants:

  1. Qualified guides: Tour operators typically employ experienced cage diving guides who are knowledgeable about shark behavior and can provide guidance on how to observe the sharks from the cage.
  2. Sturdy cages: The cages used for shark cage diving are designed to be sturdy and strong.
  3. Safety equipment: Participants are provided with life jackets.
  4. Safety briefing: Prior to the dive, cage divers are given a comprehensive safety briefing that covers how to enter and exit the cage, as well as what to do in case of an emergency on the boat.
  5. Weather conditions: Tour operators monitor weather conditions closely and will cancel or postpone the dive if conditions are deemed unsafe.
  6. Code of conduct: Many tour operators follow a code of conduct that promotes responsible and sustainable shark tourism practices.

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27 June 2023

Next trip 28 June

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