2018 Itinerary White Shark / Sand Tiger Shark “Raggie” Combination.

3 full day’s cage diving with the Great White Sharks in Gansbaai, The Great White Shark Capital of the World.

3 dives on Aliwal Shoal with the Sand Tiger’s (Raggies). 

Please remember, this is purely a “suggested itinerary” and we can add / reduce it any way you like, by increasing / decreasing the number of days spend diving at any of the above locations.

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Best time of year: July through October.

Please note, the Great White’s as well as the “Raggies” have not read this timetable and have no idea where they are meant to be and when!

The combination of diving with both the Great White Sharks and Sand Tiger Sharks or “Raggies” as they are locally known with the added opportunity of also encounter Dusky’s, Black tips and Bull Sharks as well! This shark dive must undoubtedly be the “shark junkies” all time dream. This is possible in South Africa with Dive The Big 5. Join us on this unforgettable shark dive.

Please note: The Great White Shark activity takes place on or just below sea level. Full scuba gear is not required for Great White Shark cage diving, as the 6 man cage is attached to the side of the boat and no diving certification or experience is necessary. Your head and shoulders are above sea level until the dive master gives the call to let you know that the Great Whites are approaching. You then submerge your head and shoulders below sea level for the close sightings of the Great Whites, as they swim towards and past the cage. A diver spends about 20 / 30 minutes in the cage at any one time. After all the divers have had a chance in the cage, those wishing to have a 2nd go in the cage are more than welcome, time permitting. Snorkel equipment and the “breath hold” method are the most popular options, as experience has shown the sounds and bubbles from the regulator are found to be distracting to the extremely sound sensitive Great Whites. Should a diver want to use air and a regulator, he / she must be a certified diver, and must advise us in advance, as this is not carried on board. When you are not in our 6 man cage, refreshments are enjoyed while viewing the Great Whites and other sea life from the viewing deck.

Also…, you’ve come this far to dive. Why not take advantage of being in Africa and spend 3 days on safari in the world famous Kruger National Park. We have a 2 night / 3 day safari special for all divers travelling with “Dive The Big 5”.

Cost based on two divers sharing
Cost

Cost based on two divers sharing

ZAR 20 830 per diver sharing
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Non-diver cost based on two people sharing, diver with a non-diver
Cost

Non-diver cost based on two people sharing, diver with a non-diver

ZAR 10 700 per non-diver sharing with a diver.
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Cost based on singe diver
Cost

Cost based on singe diver

ZAR 26 590 per single diver
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Cancellation policy:

  • Full refund in the event of the dive being cancelled due to bad weather.
  • Should we launch the boat for the dive and during the course of the dive the skipper decides to return to shore due to unfavourable weather conditions, there will be no refund.
  • The skipper’s decision is final and is based purely on your safety and comfort.

 

NB When diving anywhere in South Africa or Mozambique please don’t expect to do more than 2 dives a day. By noon, along the entire east coast of southern Africa the wind tends to pick up quite a bit, causing white caps on the ocean and making diving conditions difficult and even dangerous. As all dives are drift dives, it’s very difficult for the skipper of the Rubber Duck to spot the buoy in rough conditions and even more difficult to spot individual divers as they surface after their dive. The first dive of the day is usually scheduled for sunrise with the second dive of the day being scheduled after surface interval time and breakfast, at about 10h30. By noon, when the wind has picked up, all dives for the day have been completed. If by chance there is no wind, then a 3rd or even 4th dive might be possible, but this is very unlikely. The wind tends to drop by about 17h00, and if it does, then there is the possibility of a night dive. But this can only be confirmed on the day, at about mid-afternoon.

Other “bits & pieces” of interest:

The cage is an 8-man / woman / person, cage, subject to change, and groups of divers spend roughly 20 minutes in the cage during their 1st “dive” session, thereafter they take it in turns for subsequent turns in the cage. Exact times spent in the cage differ from day to day, depending on the number of divers on the boat, and obviously shark activity. No point being in the cage when there are no sharks about! The number of divers, surface viewers is limited to 22, excluding researchers and crew, which allows each diver more cage time and a personalised on-board experience. The boat is licensed to carry 30 people maximum. When you are not in the cage, on-board refreshments can be enjoyed whilst viewing the Great Whites and other sea-life from the upper sun-deck.

Itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice.

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