3 NIGHTS/ 3 SHARK DIVE 

SIMONS TOWN – CAPE TOWN – SOUTH AFRICA

MEET WITH THE GREAT WHITE SHARK IN SIMON’S TOWN, AND COMBINE THIS CAGE DIVE WITH A “FREE” DIVE (NO CAGE) WITH ONE OF THE OLDEST SHARKS IN THE WORLD THE BROADNOSE SEVEN-GILL COW SHARK

Including: All transfers; accommodation on a fully inclusive basis (continental breakfast, hot “brunch, dinner); hire of tanks, weights and air-fills (full equipment hire available on request.)

 Suggested itinerary based on 2019 rates:

Full year 2019:

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town, off a flight to be advised, you will be met by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 90-minute road transfer to the quaint, historic naval village of Simon’s Town. Rest of the afternoon / evening free. Overnight at The Mariner Guesthouse in an Executive, en suite, double / twin room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Included:

“Meet & Greet” at Cape Town International Airport; road transfer from Cape Town International Airport to The Mariner Guesthouse in Simon’s Town
Overnight accommodation at The Mariner Guesthouse – Simon’s Town in an Executive Room in an en-suite double / twin room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Excluded:

International / domestic air in to Cape Town International Airport
Breakfast, Lunch, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Additional touring & entry fees
Gratuities.

Full year 2019:

After an early breakfast you will be collected from the Mariner Guesthouse by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 5-minute road transfer to the Simon’s Town Pier where you will be welcomed aboard the dive the boat. After signing the mandatory indemnity form, and introductions to the crew and the other divers, you will receive a quick safety briefing before departing the quay for Seal Island, which is a 25 – 35 minute boat ride from Simons Town. You will spend about 4 hours at sea shark viewing and/or cage diving with the natural predation of the Great White’s, which makes Seal Island so unique.

The Great Whites of Seal Island are now world famous for their highly athletic breaches that they make in pursuit of Cape Fur seals which they hunt in the area. You will observe natural predatory behaviour for as long as possible. However, it is usually the first hour and a half that is the most intense. After this period, a short decoy, cut out in the form of a seal, is towed in order to try to get the sharks to breach. It is a unique way to elicit predatory behaviour and has been very useful to help us learn different strategies adopted by different sharks.

After the decoy tow, an inspection lap is done around Seal Island, which gives you a great opportunity to get close to the 64 000 strong Cape Fur Seal colony that has made Seal Island its home.

The skipper will then choose the best place to anchor up, based on weather conditions, and try to attract sharks to the dive boat. Once a shark approaches the dive boat, a small piece of bait is put in the water to keep the sharks interested around the boat for identification purposes. At no point are the sharks purposefully fed, or handled. We do not use shark livers or any other attractants that may have a negative impact on the environment, and every effort are made to avoid the sharks coming into contact with the dive boat.

dive with cape fur seals

If the weather conditions are favourable, i.e. good visibility and workable seas, the cage is lowered into the water for cage diving. Safety precautions and operational procedures are then explained to the divers wishing to enter the cage.

Light snacks consisting of bread rolls with cold meat as well as a vegetarian option, soft drinks, bottled water and a variety of other snacks are available throughout the course of the morning.

At about 11h30, the boat will arrive back in Simons Town Harbour, depending on the weather conditions and shark activity. The afternoon is then free to explore the beautiful Cape Peninsula. Our operator in Simon’s Town will gladly organise an afternoon’s Peninsula Tour for you @ ZAR 1 750 for two people, This cost excludes entry fees to the following “must see” places of interest in and around the Cape Peninsula:-

  • Cape Point Nature Reserve @ ZAR 135 per person.
  • Funicular return ride to the Cape Point Lighthouse.
  • Table Mountain return cable car @ ZAR 305 per person, return.
  • Entrance fees to Boulders Beach to visit the African Jackass Penguin Colony.
  • Toll fees over the spectacular Chapmans Peak Drive to Hout Bay @ ZAR 42 per light motor vehicle.
  • Seal island boat cruise, once in Hout Bay Harbour, @ ZAR 52 per person.
  • The return cable car ride up to the top of Table Mountain @ ZAR 255 per person.
  • Entry fees to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, said to be the second Botanical Garden to Kew Gardens in the UK.

All above entry fees are subject to change.

All the above are obviously too much to do and see in one afternoon, but can be split between the two afternoons whilst you are in Simon’s Town, after the Great White cage dive. You can also do a walking tour of Simon’s Town, which is a quaint, historical, naval town, whose history dates back to 1810, when the Royal Navy established a naval base there. In 1957, it was taken over by the South African Navy, and to this day, it serves as South Africa’s Naval HQ. Must see’s in Simon’s Town are the Martello Tower, built in 1796, and is the oldest surviving British structure in South Africa, Jubilee Square, which houses a statute of Able Seaman “Just Nuisance” a Great Dane dog, who is the only dog in British Naval history to be awarded a rank – Able Seaman – and on his death, was awarded a full military funeral. You can also walk to the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, visit the Toy Museum, and many other places of interest. You can’t get bored in Simon’s Town. Overnight at The Mariner Guesthouse in an Executive, en suite double / twin room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Included:

Breakfast, or a packed breakfast, depending on launch time
Roughly 5 hours observing the great white in it’s natural habitat including, breaching, viewing and/or cage diving.
Full equipment hire
MPA (Marine Protected Agency) permit
Services of a qualified dive master
Light snacks and refreshments
Accommodation at the Mariner Guest House in an Executive, en suite, double / twin room, on a bed and breakfast basis.

Excluded:

Additional tours, touring & entry fees
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

Full year 2019:

At a time to be advised, you will be collected from the Mariner Guesthouse by a representative of Dive The Big 5 for the 5-minute road transfer to the Simon’s Town Harbour. It is not necessary to check out of the Mariner, as you will return to the Mariner after the Great White cage dive. We will arrange a “late check-out” for you with the Mariner. After meeting the new people on board, and after signing the necessary indemnity forms, you will again depart for Seal Island for another 4/5-hours with the Great White Sharks, weather permitting. On return to Simon’s Town Harbour, you will be returned up the hill to the Mariner, where after freshening up, you will check out of the Mariner. A representative of Dive The Big 5 will then transfer you back to Cape Town International Airport or to a location in down-town Cape Town, destination to be advised. End of services.

Included:

Breakfast
Return transfer from Mariner Guest House to the Simon’s Town pier; 4/5 hours at sea in the vicinity is Seal Island viewing and cage diving with the Great White Sharks, weather permitting
Full equipment hire
Snacks and refreshments
Services of a qualified dive master
Road transfer from Simon’s Town Harbour back to the Mariner
Road transfer from the Mariner to Cape Town International Airport or to a central location in down-town Cape Town.

Excluded:

Additional tours, touring & entry fees
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities
Lunch, Dinner, Bar
Accommodation

Costs for the trip:

Cost based on 2-people going out on the dive boat, whilst staying at
The Mariner in Simon’s Town, weather permitting:

ZAR 16 000

per diver sharing.

What to bring when going out from Simon’s Town Harbour:

  • 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.

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 complementary 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 dive boats!

If you are prone to getting sea sick, 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.

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

Great White cage dive:

 

Including:
Transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, Great White cage dive, weather permitting, full equipment hire.

ZAR 4 790 per person sharing.


In order to do the Great White Shark 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.

No Surface Interval Time (SIT) is required after a Great White cage dive. You can board a plane immediately after a Great White cage dive!

2-tank Broadnose Sevengill Cow shark / kelp forest / reef / Cape Fur Seal combination dive:

Including:
Transfers, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, Great White cage dive, weather permitting, full equipment hire.

ZAR 3 980 per person sharing.


In order to do the 2-tank Broadnose Sevengill Cow shark / kelp forest / reef / Cape Fur Seal combination dive you need to be a certified dive and you will have to do a SIT (Surface Interval Time) before flying.

If you are prone to getting sea sick, 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.

Water Temperatures in Simon’s Town

Useful Information:

Where is Simon’s Town in South Africa

Something to ponder on?

Dive The Big 5 started Great White Shark Shark cage diving since our inception in 1996. Even then, Great White Shark cage diving was a contentious issue! What with cages, chum, bait, shark / human interaction, the sound of a boats motor as an indication to the sharks that they were in for a “free meal”, etc, etc. I could go on for ever.

In the 22-years that we have been offering Great White Shark cage diving we have never had a client get off the dive boat who has not become an ambassador for the Great White Shark! They immediately start spreading the gospel about the amazing creature that they have just been introduced to. The sceptics have all become total converts!

It is Dive The Big 5’s aim to introduce as many people as possible to this magnificent creature, and in so doing, we may just help to save this beautiful, majestic, marvellous creature from extinction.

It’s all about educating the masses, but time, ignorance and human explosion is the key.

Elephant poaching is exactly the same. Join Dive The Big 5 on a Wildlife Safari, and let us take you on a “trunk in hand” elephant encounter. Elephants, like Great White Sharks need as many “Elephant / Great White Ambassadors as they can get!