Great White Shark Cage Diving

Are you courageous, or insane enough to have a close and personal encounter with a Great White, Tiger or even a Bull shark – the three deadliest species in the world - in their own natural environment? If the answer is yes, then there are plenty of dive companies that will be more than happy to oblige you. Diving with sharks inside a cage is believed to be the greatest thrill ever for any diving and shark enthusiast, particularly when a huge Great White curiously cruises right next to your cage and eyes you up so close that you could touch it (not that we advise you to do so).

Arguably the most feared animal under the sea, great white sharks have a notorious reputation. Growing up to 7 meters long and weighing over 3,000 kg, these pre-historic monsters can easily rip prey apart using powerful jaws armed with hundreds of serrated teeth. Great white sharks are ambush predators, silently sneaking up on their victims from below at speeds up to 35 mph.

They can even breach out of the water, soaring into the sky. These sharks feast on tuna, rays, dolphins, seals, whales, sea turtles, and even birds. Along with an excellent sense of smell, they have a special 6th sense that can detect an animal’s electromagnetic field. However the great white’s history of human attacks is what gives many people nightmares — or galeophobia, fear of sharks.

Cage shark diving has become a very popular activity in South Africa, and there are a few commercialized areas where you can see these astonishing creatures of the deep. Your heart is guaranteed to pump faster than normal when you practically come in close contact with the sea’s most breath-taking predator. Cage shark diving in South Africa is a completely safe activity, and you don’t need to have any diving experience to take part. Before you go into the ocean, you will be given some health and safety training and be advised on how to use all the necessary equipment. Then you’ll be ready to go! According to experts, the best time to go cage shark diving in South Africa is between May to October; nonetheless, great whites are usually seen all year round.

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