The Dive

The shark cage dive takes place out at Dyer Island, roughly 15 minutes by boat from Gansbaai. The island is home to a colony of over 50 000 Cape Fur Seals – the white shark’s favourite food and primary source of nutrition. Running between Dyer and neighbouring Geyser Rock is a channel of ocean so frequented by great white sharks that it has been dubbed ‘Shark Alley’. Sharks move between Shark Alley and Die Dam and our boat anchors in these areas for up-close encounters with great whites. The cage is dropped at the diving site and guests are allocated diving gear. Guests take consecutive turns in the eight-man floating cage to experience thrilling underwater views of this majestic apex predator. When not in the cage, passengers can enjoy sightings of the white sharks and other sea life from the viewing deck of the boat. The great white shark is a surface feeder and thus all the activity takes place on or very close to the surface, so surface viewing from the boat is excellent. We have a very high sighting success rate across the year, although as with all wildlife, sightings can never be guaranteed.

The Boat

White Shark is a 12 meter long sea-cabin cruiser Cat. It has been custom built to the specifications required in the shark cage diving industry. She is the most recent boat built in the shark cage diving industry with the most modern design and requirements installed.

She is equipped with the most environmentally friendly outboard engines with reduced emissions: The new 4-stroke outboard – with 4.0 liter displacement, a 24-valve V6 powerhead with dual overhead Suzuki, offers more speed, more acceleration and more performance than any outboard ever made. It’s the world’s strongest cams, with variable valve timing, and a new streamlined lower unit that slices through water like a hot knife through butter. There has never been so much power in an outboard.

However the real reason White Shark Diving Co uses these outboards is due to the eco friendly nature of their emissions.