Shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa
This is a call to all adventure-seekers! Journey to the tip of Africa, dip your toe in the Atlantic waters, take a dive and stare one of the ocean’s apex predators in the eye… the question is “Do you have what it takes?”
Gansbaai is the Great White Capital of the world as the waters are teeming with Great White Sharks all year round! This makes it one of the only places where people can shark cage dive anytime of year. Since they are in their natural habitat, there is no better way to view these majestic creatures than to drop your body into a cage and be so close you could stroke their dorsal fin (although touching is definitely not recommended!). Time spent in the cage will leave you giddy with excitement and as shark cage diving is a new craze for adrenaline junkies, you will have tales to tell for days. Although every moment is thrilling it is also very interesting to see how they interact with people and to observe their behaviour. Great Whites are elegant; they radiate strength and possess a curiosity that accentuates their personality.
There is little else that compares to being within arms’ reach of an animal that can reach 5 metres and has been around for approximately 400 million years! This archaic creature has endured more than we can imagine, yet now it faces extinction because of people.
Unfortunately, a lot of people ONLY see the teeth. This is a problem because it makes it easy to turn a blind eye when Great White sharks are being hunted to a worrisome degree. Many seem to think this atrocity is justified because Great Whites eat humans, which couldn’t be further from the truth. We aren’t part of their diet. Some people say they are more curious as to what we are, and without opposable thumbs, the only way for this gigantic fish to investigate is unfortunately with their mouth. Once they have discovered that we aren’t on the menu they spit us out, because unlike humans, sharks only eat when necessary and what is necessary.
Shark cage diving is an amazing adventure, but also an epic way to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding these elusive, misunderstood creatures. Many of the shark cage diving operators are well-informed about Great White Sharks and are at the forefront of shark conservation and cutting-edge research. The knowledge you gain from the onboard marine biologists will quell the negative hype around Great White Sharks as you begin to see that they are more than just a pair of jaws.
The nine licensed shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai generally offer breakfast or lunch (sometimes both) and supply lifts to and from Cape Town. Many adrenaline junkies that partake in this adventure make one big mistake, however, they come for the shark cage dive and then they leave. By doing this they miss out on the other natural wonders Gansbaai boasts! They never get to appreciate the gorgeous sunsets, the untouched fynbos surrounding the town, the jovial atmosphere amongst the locals, the copious amount of outdoor activities, and the opportunity to enjoy a hearty South African meal at any one of the fine places to eat in Gansbaai. It is highly recommended that all tourists spend at least one night in one of the many comfortable Gansbaai accommodations and enjoy this adventure town.
So let the adrenaline junkie in you be free as you uncover the truth about Great White Sharks and soak up one incredible adventure after another in Gansbaai…