3 DAY / 3 DIVES GWE PACKAGE

GANSBAAI – CAPE TOWN – SOUTH AFRICA

MEET WITH THE GREAT WHITE SHARK IN THE GREAT WHITE SHARK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

DIVE THE BIG 5’S 3-night / 3-mornings (at least 4-hours) cage diving with the Great White Shark.

Including: All transfers; accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; a light lunch after the dive; Full equipment hire.

 Suggested itinerary based on 2019 rates:

Full year 2019:

On a flight, and time to be advised, own arrangements, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 on arrival at Cape Town International Airport, (IATA airport code (CPT)) for the 2-road road transfer to Gansbaai. Afternoon free. Overnight at Saxon Lodge, in Gansbaai, in a single, standard, en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

www.saxonlodge.com

Included:

Meet & greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town (CPT)
2-hour road transfer from Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town to Saxon Lodge – Gansbaai
Overnight accommodation at Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai, in a single, standard, en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis

Excluded:

Domestic air into Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town (CPT)
Items of a personal nature
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Gratuities.

Full year 2019:

At a time to be advised the previous evening, on your arrival at Saxon Lodge, you will be collected from Saxon Lodge by a representative of Dive The Big 5, for the 4.5 kilometre or 10-minute road transfer to Kleinbaai Harbour, where we launch the dive boat. On arrival at White Shark Projects Dive Shop, in Kleinbaai, the crew will welcome you, and another continental breakfast is served. In Africa, you don’t starve! After the 2nd light breakfast you will be given a safely briefing by the skipper and crew, and you will then walk the 100 meters or so, and board the dive boat, Shark Team, a 36 ft custom-built Catamaran. Once all are aboard, the Shark Team is pushed, by the tractor, into the ocean, life jackets handed out, and off you go for the 20-minute boat ride to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. Exactly where you will drop anchor depends solely on the Skipper & DM. Remember, they go daily, weather permitting, and they know where the best place is to drop anchor in order to get the best viewing. Shark Team will spend between 3-4 hours in the vicinity of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, looking for Great Whites. Shark Team accommodates a maximum of 20 divers and / or non-divers (surface viewers,) and 5-crew, including a videographer. As soon as the anchor has been dropped, the crew of Shark Team starts “chumming” in order to attract the Sharks to the boat. Chum can be likened to a “watery” fish soup, made up of mashed sardines, other fish, and fish-oil. The “bait,” attached to a long piece of rope, is then thrown into the water, and the idea of the bait is to hold the Sharks attention, after it was been attracted to the boat by the chum. As the Great White approached the “bait”, the crew draws the bait up, towards the cage, with the 6-divers in the cage. Quite a thrill.

The idea is not to feed the Great White’s, so the crew try not to let the Great White get the “bait.” Once the shark swims away, the crew start all over again, trying to attract the Great Whites to the divers in the cage. And so it goes on…….. There are only 6-divers in the cage at any one time. The divers spend about 20-30 minutes in the cage, sharks permitting. Thereafter, the next group of 6-divers enter the cage, and so it goes on……..

Water temperatures vary from between 10°C to 20°C depending on the time of year, and the viz:- anything from zero to “top to bottom” which could be between 10 and 20 meters. All dive gear, including a “dry” 7mm wetsuit, as well as light snacks, cool drinks, juice, and water are available throughout the morning activity.

After about 3-4 hours at sea, in the vicinity of Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, the Skipper will up anchor, for the 20-minute return boat ride back to Kleinbaai Harbour. On docking at the pier, you will disembark and walk the short distance back to White Shark Projects Dive Shop, where a bowl of hot soup and a selection of breads and rolls await you. On board the Shark Team is the resident videographer, who has captured the entire morning activity on film. Whilst you are enjoying the soup and rolls, the videographer is editing the film, which you can then purchase in the form of a USB stick @ ZAR 350. After the morning activity, White Shark Projects will transfer the divers and non-divers back to the accommodation establishments in Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, Hermanus, and onto Cape Town. The rest of the afternoon is free. As you are staying at Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai, it’s quite easy, and safe, to explore the town on foot. There are many local restaurants and pubs in Gansbaai, and Dave and Caron, your hosts at Saxon Lodge, will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Overnight at Saxon Lodge in a Standard en suite room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Included:

Breakfast
Return road transfer from Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai to White Shark Projects Dive Shop in Kleinbaai
3-4 hours at sea cage diving and or surface viewing with the Great Whites, Sharks and weather permitting
Full equipment hire
Services of a qualified Skipper
Services of a qualified DM
Services of a videographer
 Hot soup and bread and rolls on return to the dive shop.
Overnight accommodation at Saxon Lodge in a Standard Room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Excluded:

 Video of the morning’s proceedings
 Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Additional touring & entry fees
Gratuities.

Full year 2019:

After breakfast at Saxon Lodge and the road transfer to White Shark Projects Dive Shop in Kleinbaai, a second breakfast, and the mornings Great White cage diving. After the dive and a light lunch, White Shark Projects will transfer you back to Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town or to a central location a location in downtown Cape Town. End of services.

Included:

Breakfast
Road transfer from Saxon Lodge in Gansbaai to White Shark Projects Dive Shop in Kleinbaa
Light breakfast on arrival at White Shark Projects Dive Shop
 3-4 hours at sea cage diving and or surface viewing with the Great White’s, Sharks and weather permitting
 Full equipment hire
Services of a qualified Skipper
Services of a qualified DM
Services of a videographer
Hot soup and bread and rolls on return to White Shark Projects Dive Shop
Road transfer from White Shark Projects Dive Shop in Kleinbaai to a central location in down-town Cape Town.

Excluded:

 Video of the morning’s proceedings
 Lunch, Dinner, Bar
 Overnight Accommodation
Items of a personal nature
Additional touring & entry fees
Gratuities.
Onward Flights

Costs for the trip:

Cost based on two persons sharing, divers or non-divers:

ZAR 12 365

per person sharing.

Additional nights can be added to the suggested itinerary above, as follows:

Including; transfers; accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis; Great White cage dive, weather permitting; full equipment hire; a light lunch after the dive.

ZAR 3 025

per person sharing.

In order to do this cage dive, you do not have to be a certified diver. Non-divers can get into the cage and experience the thrill of meeting a Great White Shark face-to-face. If you are dubious about getting into the cage, it’s also a thrill viewing the “action” from the “safely” of the viewing deck.

If you are prone to getting seasick, please ensure that you take your anti sea sick tablets at least 2-hours before you are due to board the dive boat, and again, when you get aboard.

Expected water temperatures:

Between 10°C and 20°C. The water is warmer during our winter months (May to September) than during our summer months (October to April) due to the effect of the Agulhas Current.

 Success rate taken over the past 15 years:

Peak Great White season is between April to October. (99% success rate.)

High Great White season is between November to December. (Between 90 – 99% success rate.)

Intermediate Great White season is between January to March. (Between 80 – 90% success rate.)

Please remember, the Great White’s have not read the above, so they have no idea of “seasons!”

What to bring:

  • Bathing costume.
  • Warm jacket and / or fleecy lined wind breaker.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun screen.

Although weather checks are done prior to every trip, if bad weather prevents us from launching the dive boat on any particular day, clients will be informed, and if possible, an alternate day and date can be negotiated, failing that, an entire refund is given.

Gansbaai Weather

If a strong wind picks up whilst we are at sea and a return to shore is required for the safety of the passengers and crew, no refund is given, but we will graciously offer a voucher for a complimentary trip. The Skippers decision is final and is in the passenger and crews interest.

Please keep in mind that we are dealing with wild animals, in their natural environment, so sightings cannot be guaranteed. Refunds are therefore not considered in the event of no Great White Shark activity, however, a second tour will be offered free of charge.

Please note: Planes and trains depart on time. So do our transfer vehicles and our dive boats!

Water Temperatures in Gansbaai

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