Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai
Beauty or Beast? Come watch, touch and decide for yourself!
Image: Great White shark swimming above the water.
Ever looked a Great White Shark in the eye? Or fantasized about gliding through the ocean by holding unto its dorsal fin? Well, if this is on your Bucket List, Gansbaai is the place to be.
Image: Aerial photo from a drone of Gansbaai and the Gansbaai old harbour.
This little coastal town on the southern tip of Africa is now regarded as one of the best shark cage diving spots in the world. True to the slogan Africa is not for sissies, it is also the first and only place known where people dive freely without any form of protective gear with these graceful creatures in their own natural habitat.
Image: Big Great White Shark swimming past during a shark cage dive in Gansbaai.
Getting close and comfy with a Great White Shark in its own surf and turf has been described as THE ultimate adrenalin injection. Sure, it might not be everybody's cup of tea, but it’s guaranteed to cause a storm in um, another place than a teacup!
Image: Seals lazing and baking around near Kleinbaai in Gansbaai
The rich sea life in this area, including a colony of up to 60 000 Cape Fur Seals that live just off the Kleinbaai coast, provides an ideal natural feeding ground and home for these elusive and (wrongly?) feared predators of the ocean.
A shark cage diving trip (or even a cageless dive) under the guidance of qualified and informed shark experts, is an enriching and fascinating experience and guaranteed to change one's perspective of these animals forever.
Image: A Great White shark gently swimming past during a cage dive in Gansbaai.
Gansbaai also boasts two world-famous "shark whisperers" who studied and recorded the behaviour and interaction of the Great White Shark since childhood. André Hartman and Mike Rutzen have recorded numerous videos and films for the international circuit about their endeavours and interactions with these animals - mainly to create a greater worldwide understanding of, and empathy for the Great White Shark in order to prevent them from becoming extinct.
Great White sharks have been called many names: Beast. Man-eater. White Death. Killer-machine. Jaws. But are they? If there is one place in the world where man and shark co-exist in total harmony thanks to mutual respect, understanding and knowledge, it is in Gansbaai. Come watch, learn, partake and decide for yourself.
Image: Shark cage dive on a great visibility day at Gansbaai