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Where to Find the Great White Shark in South Africa

Shark Diving Editor | December 1, 2017

The Great White Shark is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The Great White shark is one of the world’s largest known extant macro predatory fish. It is one of the top predators of marine mammals. It is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals, including fish and seabirds. Great white sharks are found in almost all coastal and offshore waters in all major oceans, especially those bodies of water surrounding South Africa and Australia which have water temperatures between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius.


Gansbaai is being named the Great White Capital of the world because it has one of the densest known populations of Great White Sharks. It is best-known for its prime shark researching, viewing and cage diving opportunities. Gansbaai’s economy still revolves around its fishing industry, but an increasingly large part of it now comes from tourism. The main tourist attraction in Gansbaai is cage diving with great white sharks. Great White Shark cage diving trips are offered throughout the year.

The waters off of Dyer Island in Gansbaai are known for their exceptional Great White Shark populations. Dyer Island is situated five nautical miles off the coast of Gansbaai and is arguably one of the best places in the world to get up close with the Great White Sharks. It is named after Samson Dyer, an immigrant from the USA to the Cape Colony in 1806, who lived on the island collecting guano, which he sold to mainlanders as fertilizer.

Running between Dyer Island and neighboring Geyser Rock is the Shark Alley. The Shark Alley is the most highly populated area in the world for Great White sharks, who hunt from the colony of approximately 40,000 Cape Fur Seals inhabiting at Geyser Rock. Shark Alley has been the subject of numerous documentaries, including National Geographic, and makes it the most popular spot for cage diving and breaching. It is also considered one of the best places on earth to study great white shark behavior.

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False Bay

False Bay is a great place for viewing great white sharks. It is just around the corner from the Cape Town city center. A large colony of Cape Fur Seals is found in False Bay making it a favorite hunting ground for the great white sharks. Tourists can get to experience the majestic great white shark up close during a cage dive or watch in awe as these powerful creatures propel themselves into the air while on the hunt for seals. It is best to book shark cage diving trips in False Bay during February to September because False Bay is out of season from October to January.

Great White Shark is attracted to the False Bay region as a result of two oceanic currents, the warm Agulhas Current, and the cold Benguela Current, creating a temperate zone just off the South African coast which provides ideal conditions for the Great White Shark in particular.

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Simon’s Town

Simon’s Town is a quick 45-minute hop around the peninsula from Cape Town‘s city center. It is a beautiful seaside town on the opposite side of the Cape Peninsula. This town features the country’s naval headquarters. There are a number of companies in Simon’s Town which offer various tours, including opportunities to see and dive with great whites, blue and mako sharks, and broad nose sevengill sharks. It is also the base for many shark dive operations to Seal Island. Seal Island lies just off the coast of Simon’s Town and is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals. These seals attract predators like the Great White Shark and the Mako Shark making it a popular destination for shark cage diving operators. The unique Great White Shark Breaching takes place on this island.

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Shark Diving Companies in Cape Town

Shark Diving Editor | July 28, 2017

Shark diving is a big industry in Cape Town. There are many shark diving companies which offer the best shark diving experience and guarantee safe and thrilling adventure. Here are some of the shark diving companies in Cape Town.

Cape Town Shark Diving Companies

White Shark Diving Company

White Shark Diving Company has been operating for 20 years and a proud holder of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016. This company is fully committed to the preservation of white sharks and the marine environment through their various conservation and social responsibility initiatives aimed at educating local and international visitors about the conservation plight of the great white shark. They offer Shark Cage Diving, Shark Breaching/Diving Combo Trip, 3 Day Package and the 5/7 Day Package

Shark Bookings

Sharkbookings has been operating for 13 years now. Their mission is to offer you the best experience possible so you go away with life-long memories of their beautiful sharks. They pride themselves on their services and assures you the best experience.


SharkQuests is an adventure diving operator based in Cape Town with a branch in the USA and has already established itself as a premier shark diving tour operator for Southern Africa. With their intimate knowledge of South Africa’s adventure environs, they deliver a spectacular African experience to each of their clients. SharkQuests offer unparallel adventure, a rich look at Africa’s unique history and culture, breath-taking scenery, and socially unique and entertaining atmosphere as you engage in their adventure tours, one-day trips and shark diving expeditions. They are also proud to present a collection of signature adventure-diving safaris built around the unique natural highlights of Southern Africa.

Apex Shark Expeditions

Apex Shark Expeditions offers the opportunity to experience cage diving and predatory breaching with Great White Sharks, all in one trip. They ensure that every trip is an intimate and insightful experience giving you memories for life. They operate in False Bay, which is one of the most richly diverse oceanic habitats in the world and is made famous by the spectacular hunting behavior of its Great White Sharks.

Shark Diving Unlimited

Shark Diving Unlimited is a fully licensed shark cage diving operator situated in the Great White Shark capital of Gansbaai. They pride themselves in their internationally recognized and exceptional success rate and customer satisfaction. This company is also the base of a well-known documenter and conservation advocate for sharks, Mike Rutzen, also known as the Shark Man for his amazing skill of swimming with these animals. Shark Diving Unlimited offers its client the amazing experience of white shark cage diving, white shark breaching trips, and PADI white shark speciality.

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Marine Dynamics Shark Tours

Marine Dynamics is a Shark Cage Diving company based in Kleinbaai and is a multidimensional and multi-awarded Ecotourism and Conservation Enterprise. A trip with them is a guaranteed to be a combination of goose bumps thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers. provides adventure tours and activities in and around Cape Town and primarily focuses on shark cage diving and surface viewing, shark breaching and scuba diving with sharks. They offer unparalleled customer service and ensures that all our clients are well looked after. Their shark tours include 1 day trip of blue & mako shark dive or 1 day trip of cow sharks & cape fur seals.

Great White Shark Tours

Great White Shark Tours is owned and founded by a professional diver and skipper, Brian McFarlane. This company envisions to provide clients with an unforgettable education trip, diving and viewing great white sharks. They believe that every tourist who dives is entitled to have a great white shark swim past him or her an acceptable number of times.

White Shark Ventures

White Shark Ventures was established in 1991 became one of the first companies to offer shark viewing/diving tours in the channel at Dyer Island. They pride themselves in catering smaller exclusive groups which allow for more space and comfort on board. Their tours are highly educational and they actively participate in documenting valuable research information on great white sharks.

African Shark Eco-Charters

African Shark Eco-Charters is owned and run by shark expert Rob Lawrence, together with his wife Karen and their dedicated team in Simon’s Town. This company is founded on the belief that true passion is when you take what you love and turn it into your work. They are a top shark diving company and they run the safest operation in False Bay. Their aim is for their clients to experience great white shark breaching or cage diving trip in a natural environment. They provide a natural encounter with the great white sharks allowing clients to observe social interactions and the natural predation behavior. Tours include shark cage diving, “airjaws” shark breaching trip, afternoon shark cage diving trip, five-day shark trip, 10-day great white shark tours, blue water predator trips and cow shark diving trip.

These shark diving companies are guaranteed to provide very satisfactory client experience. If you will not be able to see sharks during your dive, another trip will be offered free of charge.

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