BEST TIME OF THE YEAR: October to May
DIVE QUALIFICATION: None
TIME: Trips depart Simon’s Town Small craft harbour @ 06h00 and return at 16h00 depending on shark activity.
WEATHER DEPENDANT: All trips are weather dependent and are subject to cancellations based on bad weather. In this event a full refund is offered.
For the first time in Africa; Dive The Big 5 offers you the opportunity to come face to face with various predators of the deep. This is an opportunity that has no match. The blue water predators that we are searching for are the magnificent Mako Shark and the Blue Shark. These creatures rule this blue world known as the pelagic zone. From October to May each year the warm Agulhas current sweeps along the east coast of South Africa bringing with it its clear blue water that teems with life.
It is when this clear blue warm water arrives that we head off in search of our blue water predators. Not only the Sharks, but also large Yellow Fin Tuna (that we have successfully dived with) as well as their smaller relatives the Long Fin Tuna. Our adventure truly begins when head around the Cape of Good Hope, better know as Cape Point the place were the two oceans meet. We will venture out anywhere from 15 to 30 nautical miles in search of our elusive quarry.
For naturalist wanting a bit of everything then this is a must, because from the moment we get out of False Bay we start to see wildlife that land lovers will never see, a multitude of pelagic birds can been seen including Skuas, Terns, Shearwaters, petrels, penguins as well as the possibility of seeing up to six different species of Albatross. Whales and dolphins of many species are also regular visitors on our run out into the deep.
Using the latest high-tech sound equipment emitting low frequency sounds, we attract these masters of the deep right up to our vessel. Here you will have the opportunity to view these animals gracefully swimming around our boat or if you want to dive and are qualified to do so you will be accompanied by one of us into there world. Other shark species that have been spotted include Thintail threshers Smooth as well as Great Hammerhead Sharks, these species are rare and should not be expected on a regular basis. Mako sharks have the ability to make prodigious leaps out of the water and this can been observed if you are lucky.
The Mako shark has long been feared as a man-eater, yet our experiences have proven this otherwise, it is with its magnificent cobalt blue dorsal surface and snow white belly truly one of the most beautiful creatures of the ocean.
While we wait for the sharks to arrive we have regular visitors to the boat; Long fin and Yellow fin tuna game fishing is a good way to pass the time.
The average sizes of the Mako’s are around 5ft but we do get visitors of up to 10ft+, observing any Mako is a truly fantastic experience.
Blue sharks respond the best of all to our sound equipment and on regular basis we have dozens of Blue sharks and a couple of Mako’s around our vessel, making for a magnificent sight. Blue sharks are afraid of very little and will approach diver with a lot of interest, only satisfied after a close inspection that you are not a food item; this is great for photos and memories.
These two species of sharks are truly the great BLUE WATER PREDATORS.