Shark Cage Diving
Although clearly not for the faint-hearted, shark cage diving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, not to be missed, especially by those who like to live life on the edge.
Allowing you to get up close and personal with the ultimate ocean predator, shark cage diving is a, necessarily, well-executed and supervised hobby. Whilst no experience is required if you want to go down in the cage, it is essential that your tour guide and instructor is well-trained and that you consent to being properly instructed.
Generally, a custom-made, floating cage is used, which is attached to the boat at all times. Sharks cannot get inside and they usually don’t try to. The cage floats right next to the boat and is easily accessible from the boat, so you can climb out at any time.
The cage is designed so that intrepid divers are able to take their own photos, and you can capture a few memories of this exhilirating experience. Your chosen shark cage diving operator will supply all diving equipment, including wetsuits. All shark cage diving is done under the auspices of experienced crew who have first aid and scuba qualifications, along with expert knowledge of the behaviour of sharks around the cage.
Sharks are drawn closer to the cage by the use of small amounts of bait (usually tuna). No sharks are purposefully fed and no sharks are pulled directly towards the cage.
The high season for shark watching in the Western Cape takes place during the winter months – from April to September. May and June are the months where most shark activity takes place in and around the Western Cape coastline.
In rough or murky water, it may not be useful to use the cage, but viewing from the boat is still a brilliant experience, offering you some excellent photo opportunities.
Live a little on the edge of life, and experience the ocean’s predators in their natural habitat.
View our Shark Cafe Diving Accommodation.