Cage diving with Sharks

Cage diving with Sharks

Shark cage diving started around 1990–1991 at Dyer Island, Gansbaai, situated close to the southernmost tip of Africa. Initially used for research observations, cage diving developed into a funding generating venture. Other individuals noticed a niche market and several started offering the same service to tourists. Commercial cage diving has since spread to other areas of southern Africa, Mossel Bay in 1993, and most recently False Bay in 1996. At present there are ten cage diving operators, taking out an estimated 4,000 divers annually.

The great white shark is the most feared creature that swims free in our oceans and South Africa hosts one of the largest populations worldwide. Little is known about this monster of the deep. These sharks are shy creatures and are not wanton killers, but attack with calculating care. Very seldom does it rush in and attack its prey on the first pass but prefers to examine its prey fully before the attack. These sharks need and deserve our protection, along with every other creature and plant on this planet. Dyer Island has become known as one of only two unique areas in the world, where the chances to view the great white shark, rises exceptionally high.

The area where the diving takes place is called " Dyer Island " and roughly one hours cruise from the harbour. Dyer Island is a breeding ground for cape fur seals. Between 30.000 and 40.000 seals come here every year to breed. November is the prime season when all the females drop their pups, after which the males arrive and the cycle starts all over again. Dyer Island is actually made up of two islands and the channel between these two islands is where all the diving takes place. It is approximately 5 metres deep, and 80 metres across. Visibility is usually quite good but can be affected by the tide, although the channel is generally protected from the wind. There are seals everywhere, just waiting to become lunch... The best time of the year to dive with the great whites is from March to August.

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White Shark Ecoventures Provide Cage Diving With Sharks

White Shark Ecoventures invites you cage diving with great white sharks in the aptly named "Shark Alley", near the fishing village of Gansbaai, South Africa.
PO Box 50325, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town South Africa 8002
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Telephone numbers:
Tel:+27 21 532 0470
Fax: +27 21 532 0471
Cape Town: International 0027 21 465 1718 National 021 465 1718
Gansbaai: International 0027 28 384 1380 National 028 384 1380
Mobile: International 0027 82 822 6290 National 082 822 6290
Boat: International 0027 82 773 9130 National 082 773 9130
Fax: International 0027 28 384 1381 National 028 384 1381
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Shark Adventures Also Provide Cage Diving With Sharks

During peak season for cage diving with white sharks in South Africa, Shark Adventures offer you a choice of two venues. Each venue, namely Seal Island in False Bay, "Home of the flying sharks, as in Air-Jaws", and the famous Dyer Island near Gansbaai, has its own well earned reputation. Shark Adventures is a Shark Cage diving tour operator specialising in exciting sea-based activities. Our team is experienced and professional, with over 30 years on and in the open sea.
Contact Shark Adventures
Visiting Address: 11 Faure Street, Gordons Bay, 7150 Cape Town South Africa
Postal address: PO BOX 65, Gordons Bay 7151
Head Office: +27 21 856 4055
Mobile : +27 83 225 7227
Fax : +27 86 627 0374
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Downhill Adventures Also For Cage Diving With Sharks

Downhill Adventures are the Pioneers of Adventure Activities in Cape Town, South Africa. Won the World Sandboarding Championships. They use of a securely designed 6-man steel cage, which floats on the surface, with divers no more than 1m below the surface. Experienced divers are able to dive on scuba while inexperienced divers are able to enjoy the same experience on snorkel. Snorkeling is equally comfortable and safe. Cages are built to hold two, four or even six people, so you can get to experience the sharks with the whole family.
Contact Downhill Adventures:
Visiting Address:
Shop 1 Overbeek Building - Cnr Kloof, Long & Orange Street - Cape Town - South Africa - 8001
Tel: +27 21 422 0388
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