Daily Blog 05 January 2016 (Trip 1, 2 + 3) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Guest Comments: “Fantastic! Fun and informative; we didn’t get to see a shark but such is nature. Looking forward to next time!” – Woodhead Family

“No sharks but nice boat trip with friendly staff. However we did see a seal and stingray. We will be back!” – Samantha + Daniel

“One shark. Good trip, friendly staff. wesome seeing White shark so close up!” – Georgia


Location: The Shallows
Water Temperature: 18.6

Depth: 9 m

Visibility: 2.5 m

Number of Sharks: First Trip (0 Sharks) – Second Trip (0 Sharks) – Third Trip (1 Sharks)

Conditions: 1 m swell. Low wind, very hot.

The day the sharks left town… We started chumming the water just like any other day, but today was different.. there were no sharks at the boat or any other boat in the bay. The first two trips waited and waited, the hour’s ticked by yet still no white shark or anything else for that matter showed up except a Cape Fur Seal who passed quickly. On the way home from each trip we scouted out the area right behind the breakers in case we could see a shark on the way back to harbour.. but no luck. We did however, see a Cape fur seal feeding on a large fish in the shallow water near the beach. The third trip made its way out to our anchor spot in the shallows, we tried for a while but it was the same story… no sharks to be seen anywhere. So, in a bid to find any shark in the bay, we upped anchor and headed to the Island, which is usually not where we find the sharks very commonly at this time of year. We chummed for another couple of hours, then just as we were about to call it a day, in much clearer waters than the shallows the most beautiful 4 m male white shark cruised in passed our cage. This beautiful mature male didn’t hang around very long, it was a fleeting visit, but we found him patrolling the Kelp wall outside shark alley. It is a very unusual occurrence in Gansbay to not find any sharks for two trips in a day. But it was great to get to show this amazing and mysterious creature to our guests after a whole day of searching. 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book and pay online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.


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