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Marine Dynamics is an award-winning, ecotourism and conservation company based just outside of Gansbaai, in Kleinbaai, South Africa. Marine Dynamics invites you to join them on an adrenaline filled, shark cage diving adventure where you will come face-to-face with one of the ocean's greatest predators. Passengers can choose to dive with Great White Sharks or stay on the boat and enjoy the chance to spot the Marine Big Five (sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins). Each shark cage diving trip can comfortably accommodate up to 40 passengers at a time and takes around two to three hours.More Info
5-star cage diving and shark conservation
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!
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
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!!
Terms and Conditions: Marine Dynamics Shark Tours and Dyer Island Cruises boat
based whale watching.
PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Should we cancel a trip and you have already paid, you will be refunded. Please cancel 7
days in advance as per our cancellation policy. Should you not arrive for your trip, you will be
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 voucher will
be offered. This voucher is not transferable – your name and passport number will be
recorded on the voucher. If a shark has been sighted from the boat, we will consider that a
In the event of illness, hospitalisation, accident or death (with the necessary proof and
discretion of management) a full refund will be considered.
The vehicle transfer fee is non-refundable.
CONSERVATION & EDUCATION
We can guarantee a marine biologist on board who will educate you on our favourite apex
predator and other shark species seen.
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.
Our trips are weather dependent and times can vary. We will confirm the time you need to
be with us the afternoon prior to your trip once we have done a detailed weather check.
Should sea and weather conditions unexpectedly change while at sea, it may affect your
time to dive in the cage. (this would be unusual as our team does regular weather checks.)
Do you have any of the following medical conditions our crew should be aware of?
Epilepsy/ Seizures, Asthma, High Blood Pressure/ Heart conditions, Diabetes, Other?
Please inform our reservations team, so we can take good care of you.
Guests must sign an indemnity form prior to the activity thereby acknowledging that the
activity is undertaken at own risk. Any unaccompanied minor (under 18 years of age)
requires the indemnity to be signed by a parent/legal guardian prior to the activity.
Our indemnity reads as follows: I am aware that cage diving, shark diving and boating are
potentially hazardous activities, and I am voluntarily participating in these activities with
knowledge of the danger involved and hereby agree to accept all the risks of injury or death.
I further understand that by signing this document, I am releasing any claims I have against
Marine Dynamics Tours (Pty) Ltd, or any other person employed or otherwise associated
with them, from liability, property damage and or wrongful death arising from the boating or
diving activities that I wish to engage in. I understand that I am responsible for my
participation in the boating and or diving activities engage in. I understand that in the event
that there is no shark activity while on a shark cage diving tour with Marine Dynamics, then a
voucher will be offered. This voucher is not transferable – your name and passport number
will be recorded on the voucher.
WHERE TO FIND US:
Search for Marine Dynamics on Google Maps.
Venue: The Great White House in Ganbsaai, Kleinbaai.
Sunscreen, bathing costume, comfortable closed shoes, warm clothing – it can be chilly at
sea. Please take your SEA SICKNESS pills the night before and again two hours prior to the
trip. We are legally not allowed to sell any medication.
All trips are subject to weather conditions and times may vary accordingly. Upon the
confirmation of any booking, it shall be regarded that the client has read and accepted all the
terms and conditions contained herein.
All terms and conditions are subject to South African Law & Jurisdiction.
A STARRING ROLE - PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL:
We take photographs, films and videos (including in electronic format) of our guests during
the excursion, and may use such photographic, film and video material for the purpose of
any advertising or brochure productions, which the client irrevocably gives his consent
thereto, and without any consideration being payable to the client.
This morning we headed to the shallows for our sharks! And with the sun climbing and the heat increasing... ...
Today we went out to sea a little later than usual...
This morning the sea was flat as we headed out to our dive-site in The Shallows.
We started our day early in the morning before the wind picked up.