2018 Itinerary: 4 Day Great White Encounter out of Gansbaai

Please remember, this is purely a “suggested itinerary”, and we can add to it any which way you like.



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Best time of year: April through November or until the Cape Fur Seals starts to pup.

Please note, the Great White Sharks have not read this timetable and have no idea where they are meant to be and when!

This 4 day itinerary is aimed at the shark enthusiast who wants to spend time experience the Great White Shark in all its glory. Please remember that the Cape, the area where the Great Whites are found in great numbers, is also known as the “Cape of Storms”. For this reason alone, it is advisable to spend at much time as possible in the area so as to ensure that you get out to sea in order to maximise your time with these magnificent creatures. Please remember, if you can’t launch the boat due to adverse weather conditions, we guarantee that you will not get White Sharks. Please also remember, that after a storm has passed through, it takes a day or two for the sea to settle. If you get into the cage immediately after a storm, it’s like being in a tumble dryer, just a bit chillier. All you are likely to see is foam, foam and more foam and get bruised from head to toe. Also, the sharks know this, and they tend to stay out at sea, and not come close to shore and the rocks. 

This itinerary can be shortened or lengthened according to the clients requirements.


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”.

Other “bits and pieces” of interest:

The cage is a 3 man / woman / person cage, subject to change, and because the total maximum of people licenced to be carried on our boat is 18 including crew, cage time is never a problem. Divers  spend roughly 20 minutes in the cage during their first dive session; thereafter divers take turns for subsequent dive sessions. Exact timing differs from day to day, depending on the number of divers on the boat and shark activity.

Great White trips out of Simon’s Town are aimed more at the purist and shark lover wanting to spend more “intimate” time with the animals, say two to three days at least, opposed to the trips out of Gansbaai, which are aimed more at the “day tripper”, been there, done that, got the T-shirt.

Great White Shark Cage Diving

Expected water tempratures in Gansbaai