White Shark Diving Company
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime… View the majestic great white shark in its natural habitat with White Shark Diving Company.
Our daily boat tours offer you the opportunity to come up close and personal with one of the most feared and mysterious ocean predators on the planet – the great white shark. It’s a unique encounter that reveals how beautiful and graceful these animals are in their environment.
White Shark Diving Company is one of just eight shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai – a Western Cape town known as the great white shark capital of the world, and a prime place to study these enigmatic creatures. Our boat takes 22 passengers on a 15-minute ride to Dyer Island, home to over 50 000 Cape fur seals – which are a favourite food source of the great white. We anchor near a deep ocean channel just off the island known as Shark Alley, where on 90% of our trips we have great white sightings.
But White Shark Diving Company is not only a shark cage diving operator – we are also deeply committed to conservation, and actively involved in the preservation of great white sharks and other ocean creatures, as well as the greater marine and coastal ecosystem…
We contribute funding towards the research and development of the Sharksafe barrier – a sustainable, non-lethal and non-invasive alternative to detrimental nets and drumlines, which has the potential to save the lives of countless sharks and marine species each year. Now in its final phase of testing, the Sharksafe Barrier has so far shown 100% effectiveness at keeping sharks out of a designated area, while still allowing other marine creatures to easily and safely move through it.
WSDC also supports a white shark population study using dorsal fin ID photographs and genetic analysis conducted by Dr Sara Andreotti and the Shark Specialist Group of the University of Stellenbosch, all of which thus far has produced some groundbreaking but concerning results. (URL)
More recently, we are supporting the South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) in their #PimpTheSharkLab campaign and acoustic tagging programme. SASC are dedicated to the long-term monitoring of elasmobranchs in Walker Bay (Hermanus), and are working on unparalleled research projects to improve understanding of overall ecological functioning in the area.
We have also recently launched a volunteer programme to develop our research and education initiatives further. Through this, we are assisting the Shark Specialist Group with their groundbreaking research by playing a vital role in data collection, as well as conducting our own studies of shark and ray diversity and abundance, fish biology, marine debris accumulation and change in rocky shores. The programme is a fantastic platform to educate budding scientists and give them an opportunity to interact with sharks and gain some research skills for their future studies or endeavours. (URL?)
Social responsibility is also important to us at WSDC and we support various outreach initiatives. We make school visits to give presentations and organise field trips, as well as community beach clean ups to raise awareness on marine pollution amongst the local community.
Our ultimate aim is to ensure the survival and wellbeing of great white sharks and of our marine environment. We are passionate and dedicated to what we do and provide a once in a lifetime educational experience for those who want to come face to face with the ultimate ocean predator, the great white shark.
REASONS TO CHOOSE WSDC:
- South Africa’s most experienced Shark Cage Diving crew
- 100% safety record
- Custom built shark cage diving boat with up to a 22 passenger capacity
- Smaller groups provide a personalised, more exclusive experience allowing us to provide more private charters than any other company.
- If no sharks are spotted on your trip, we will provide you and your party with free trip