Daily Blog 06 June 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Guest comment: “Great adventure. Really exciting. Staff are fabulous and so helpful!” – Veronica

Great service. A awesome experience seeing not only the sharks but also the Humpback whale. Keep the hard work up!” – Aba + Kat

Amazing! Everyone was so helpful and kind. The sharks were fabulous of course. Thank you!” – Paul + Laura


Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 16.0’C + 16.1’C
Depth: 10.0m + 10.9m
Visibility: 4.0m + 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 12 + 7
Conditions: Clear day with a slight wind and little to no swell.

This mornings’ trip had to launch from Gansbaai harbour due to the tide constraints in our usual launching area of Kleinbaai however the conditons were fantastic today so a trip around Danger Point was seen as a nice ride with the chance to enjoy the local scenery and possibly spot some other marine animals and sea birds. This is just what happened on a massive scale, perhaps we could say a “whale-sized” scale, as we made our way out something was making large splashes in the distance. It turned out to be two smaller sized Humpback whales which we were able to watch as we slowly cruised around the point. These whales put on an amazing show with multiple and syncronized breaches as well as fluke and fin displays. What a way to start the morning and our trip but onto the main attraction…the sharks! Once on anchor in the Geldsteen we didn’t have long to wait for our sharks to arrive and they just kept coming. The largest of the trip was a 4.0m female, very clean in terms of scaring and whilst her size was impressive she was not one to stick around and soon disappeared from view. The most active sharks of the day were ones we have been seeing around the area for quite some time now including two males approximately 3.0m in length, “PJ”, “Cutfin” and “Tum K” and a new addition for the last few days, a juvenile with a damaged pectoral fin on the right and hook and line trailing from the left side of its’ jaws. The lovely clarity of the waters around the Islands mean’t that our divers could enjoy the view of the White sharks under the water much easier than when we struggle with the areas visibility (which we struggle with often unfortunately) and the active behaviour of todays’ sharks allowed for exciting views from the boat. Before heading back to land we paid a quick visit to Shark Alley and Geyser Rock to see the Cape Fur seals.

The second trip of the day was an exclusive for a family visiting from The United States of America. This trip enjoyed the same active sharks from this morning, seeing them from both the cage and the boat.

A truly spectacular day out on the waters surrounding Gansbaai! 

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then White Shark 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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