Daily Blog 30 May 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | Cage Diving South Africa

Guest comment: “Amazing experience! I couldn’t believe how close the sharks were. Loved every moment ot it. The staff and volunteers were fantastic!” – Jackie

Unbelievable! This is a lifetime experience!” – Pedro

This trip was a lifelong dream come true!” – Brett + Kelly


Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 15.8’C + 16.3’C
Depth: 12.9m + 13.8m
Visibility: 3.0m + 3.0m
Number of Sharks: 14 + 10
Conditions: Light wind with small, rolling swell and patchy cloud cover.

A chilly, Winter-like morning greeting our first trip guests today as we headed down to board Slashfin and launched towards the Islands. The Geldsteen is one of our favourite places to see the White sharks in Winter and the activity has been cooking the last few days so thats exactly the area we made our way to. Before finding our anchor spot a flash of fin was spotted, this was not a shark but one of the bay’s marine mammal visitors, a Bryde’s whale. A very shy species, we only had small glimpses as it slightly broke the waters’ surface. Onto the sharks, which we had around the boat almost instantly after anchoring. This mornings’ trip was lucky to be graced by the presence of a number of sharks we know quite well including two with satelite tags, a large female known as “Maureen” and a small male known as “Poseidon”. If you are interested in the past movements of these sharks you can see where they have been yourself on the Ocearch website here. We also had one of our own tagged sharks, a juvenile tagged on the 23rd of this month, known as “Raphael”. Fantastic for our divers to see two different methods of White shark tracking in one trip! The stand out sharks of this trip however were a small male known to the team at Marine Dynamics as “PJ”, who really showed off for our third cage of divers and a large female that came in at the end of the trip making some beautifully close passes by the cage. A big congratulations to Tobias and Sonja who are on their Honeymoon and decided that couples that dive together stay together! Also we welcomed back Brian and Cecilia who could not get enough of the White sharks as they not only joined us yesterday but also this morning. A quick stop by the Cape Fur seals of Geyser Rock to finish off a fantastic trip and back to land we went!

Another exciting trip in the Geldsteen! We had sharks straight away. The first shark was a smaller one around three meter with an acoustic tagged shark. In totals we encountered 10 different individuals with the biggest around 4 meter in leght. All sharks who came by were displaying great activity around our vessel Slashfin. The different individuals came and go all the time, but we had sharks non stop. We were spoiled having more than one shark around at some point, how lucky. Just before heading back to the Kleinbaai harbour we were cruising trough Shark Alley.

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage Diving in South Africa, 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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