Marine Dynamics Shark Tours
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DISCOVER & PROTECT. We are a multi-awarded Ecotourism and Conservation Enterprise guaranteed to rock your boat in more than one way!

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5-star cage diving and shark conservation‚Äč

Marine Dynamics Shark Tours is the ONLY shark cage diving company in South Africa that is truly making a difference through research, conservation and education, and protecting the animals and environment on which it relies for a living. Every trip includes an onboard marine biologist educating clients on the iconic great white shark. African Responsible Tourism Award winner Marine Dynamics is Fair Trade Tourism certified with Blue Flag certified vessels and provides logistical and financial support to the owner established Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Marine Dynamics lives by the motto of ‘Discover and Protect’ and believes that “YOUR CHOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.”  Marine Dynamics believes that #ScienceSavesSharks and has white shark specialists studying the iconic great white in order to drive conservation decisions for the species.

We specialize in a 5-star service and meet in the thatched-roof lodge, The Great White House.  Here, you are treated with breakfast or lunch before your dive, clean showers and bathrooms, as well as travel planning for the rest of your stay.  Above all, we guarantee best value for money!

  • Client safety is our top priority
  • We have over 1000 "Excellent" reviews on Trip Advisor
  • Our purpose-built vessel, "Slashfin" offers the most space per person in the industry
  • Stainless-steel marine grade GoPro friendly cage
  • Guaranteed clean and dried wetsuits for every diver
  • Marine biologists on every trip
  • Dedicated professional wildlife videographer on every trip

Marine Dynamics sister company, Dyer Island Cruises, offers whale watching and eco trips. Don’t miss a visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - Free entrance with a penguin feeding time at 3pm

We recommend booking well in advance for the shark cage diving experience due to demand. If there are no shows and cancellation within 7 days of departure there will be a 100% cancellation fee.

In the event of illness, hospitalisation, accident or death (with the necessary proof and discretion of management) a full refund will be considered.

Sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed. In the event that there is no shark activity while on a shark cage diving tour with Marine Dynamics, then a 25% refund will be granted. We can guarantee a marine biologist on board who will educate you on our favourite apex predator. Remember that YOUR CHOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE and you can be assured that by booking with us you are assisting in the research and conservation of the great white shark. Should sea and weather conditions unexpectedly change while at sea, it may affect your time to dive in the cage. However, if a shark has been sighted from the boat, we will consider that a successful trip. Be assured that this would be unusual as our team does regular weather checks.

Do I need a diving certificate?

Nope, if you can take a bath, you can cage dive with white sharks - it is only breath holding!  The cage is attached to the side of the boat above the surface, but extends 2.0m below the surface of the water.  As a shark approaches, you will be instructed where to look and when to go down to see the shark swim right by.

Can I go outside the cage?

Don't be silly.  There is no cage-free white shark diving in South Africa for your own protection and for the protection of white sharks.

Do I need to go into the cage to see sharks?

No.  Our purpose built vessel, Slashfin, has a high viewing deck which makes it possible to see sharks from above.

Do I need to bring a wetsuit/mask/weights/towel?

No, all you need to bring is your swimming suit, sunscreen, camera, and layers of clothing in case the weather gets chilly at sea.  We provide you with all of the above, cleaned and dried guaranteed!

What are your age restrictions?

This is conditions specific.  Our youngest shark enthusiasts have still been in diapers!  On the other side of the coin, our oldest cage diver record is set at 100 years young!  Our facilities onboard and onshore allow us to cater to almost all.    

Does cage diving benefit sharks?

Like all wildlife activities, it depends on the operator.  Every client that dives with Marine Dynamics directly supports white shark conservation by automatically contributing to the local registered non-profit, Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

What time will the sharks arrive?

When the sharks want to.  Every trip is different because various conditions effect shark arrival times.  We sometimes wait and we sometimes spot sharks before we even get the cage in the water.  

How long does a trip last?

Trip lenghts depend on shark activity, weather conditions, tides, and more.  When planning on doing a cage dive, plan on this being a day-long activity.  Typically, trips last 3-4 hours.  

Do we see other sharks?

While there are many other sharks in the area, none except the white shark are naturally surface hunters, so all the sharks you see while on a cage diving trip are white sharks.  

Can you pick me up from Cape Town?

Yes!  Our shark shuttle runs return trips to Cape Town city centre daily.

Are you feeding the sharks?

No.  We use a scent trail of fish products called 'chum' to attract the sharks in the area to our vessel.  Once nearby, we keep the sharks' short attention span by using a bait and seal decoy.  While it is possible for sharks to get the bait, this is not done with the intention of provisioning them.  

When is peak viewing season for white sharks?

We consider our winter months, April - September, the best time of year to cage dive with white sharks because they are at the seal colony where water is clearer and there are many more sharks!  However, winter is also the worst time of year for weather, so plan a few possible days during your holiday for your cage dive.

Should I take anti-motion sickness medication?

If you are worried about it - Yes, we recommend it!  Anti-motion sickness medication is inexpensive and easily available over-the-counter at any South African pharmacy.  Another tip - don't drink before your dive!!

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Blog Posts

Daily Blog 03 September 2018

Daily Blog 03 September 2018

Published: 04 Sep 2018
By: Marine Dynamics Shark Tours

The Slashfin crew and our first group of eager guests were launching into a stunning sunrise over the bay.  ...

Daily Blog 15 August 2018

Daily Blog 15 August 2018

Published: 16 Aug 2018
By: Marine Dynamics Shark Tours

Three days off the sea and our team were itching to get back on the water to see what was waiting out in the b...

Daily Blog 17 July 2018

Daily Blog 17 July 2018

Published: 18 Jul 2018
By: Marine Dynamics Shark Tours

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Daily Blog 28 June 2018: Shark Diving Gansbaai

Daily Blog 28 June 2018: Shark Diving Gansbaai

Published: 29 Jun 2018
By: Sarah Munro-Kennedy (Guiding Biologist)

A shark to the left, a shark to the right; that’s what we call afternoon delight!

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