White Shark Viewing
Sharks are surface feeders by nature, ensuring spectacular surface action which often takes place “too close for comfort”! Surface viewers therefore take the pound seat on our specially designed observation platform, with camera’s close at hand.
From the safety of the boat, you are able to photograph your friend/s in the cage and at the same time follow the sharks as they move around the boat and cage. Be careful not to miss out on good photographs. Breaching often takes place in the high season and if you are not 100% ready, you may miss out on a good picture.
1 DAY TOUR
Price: 1 Day Tour – R 1,900.00 p/p including transport or R 1, 500.00 p/p - Self Drive Option
(full day tour, incl. transfers via motor coach) - Rates from 1 Jan. 2017 - 30th April 2018
Should our transfers not be required, please deduct R 400.00 p/p, off the above rate.
July - Nov, land based whale watching is also included in Tour.
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AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER!
Getting into the cage with the sharks around, is truly the most breath-taking experience you will ever live to remember. When feeding actively around the boat, the sharks may occasionally brush their tail against the cage, but NEVER attack the cage. They are very curious though and often come close-up to the cage, taking a closer look at the diver. A personal, eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal, is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going!
- Only children aged 5 and older will be allowed on the boat, under parent supervision
- Only children 10 and older will be allowed in the cage, under parent supervision.
- Children 10 and older pay full price.
- Charge for children 5 – 9 years of age is ZAR 900.00 pp, with an additional ZAR 400.00 pp for transfers from Cape Town
2 DAY TOUR - Highly recommended*
2017 / 2018 Rates: – R 4, 150.00 P/P - (2 days, 1 night, incl. transfers valid from 1 Jan. 2017)
Should our transfers not be required, please deduct R 400.00 p/p, off the above rate.
*Single Supplement ZAR 385.00 p/night.
PEAK SEASON: JUNE to NOV - Whale watching season
Highly recommended in combing a shark cage dive with Whale Watching!!
INCLUDES: 2 days shark diving, 1 night’s comfortable accommodation, return road transfers from Cape Town; breakfast; light lunch, snacks and drinks on board; diving gear / equipment and approx. 4 hours at sea. EXCLUDES: Dinner, towel, sea-sick tablets
ITINERARY - 2 DAY TOUR:
On day 1 you will be collected from your accommodation in Cape Town for the two hour journey to Gansbaai. Formalities, safety briefing, breakfast and coffee is served upon our arrival at the Great White Adventure Centre. We proceed to Kleinbaai harbour and board our boat (Megalodon ll) ready to depart. Depending on shark activity and weather conditions, the duration of the tour out at sea is approx. 4 hours. Snacks and drinks are served on-board the boat and a light lunch is served upon our return to shore. You are returned to your Guest House to freshen up before dinner. On day 2 you will be collected from your Guest House and transferred to the harbour where the boat will await you. After the tour you will be returned to your own accommodation in Cape Town. Please make sure your luggage is ready and packed at your accommodation, before leaving on your shark tour on day two. (Exact times will be confirmed the day prior to the tour).
3 DAY TOUR
2014 / 2015 Rates: – R 6,900.00 P/P - (3 days, 3 night’s, Self-drive valid from 1 Jan. 2017)
Should our transfers be required, please add R400.00 p/p, to the above rate.
INCLUDES: 3 days shark diving, 3 night’s comfortable accommodation, breakfast; light lunch, snacks and drinks on board; diving gear / equipment and approx. 4 hours at sea. EXCLUDES: Dinner, towel, sea-sick tablets
ITINERARY - 3 TOURS :
Every day will start with breakfast at your Guest House, before meeting us at the harbour for another day of adventure! Formalities and safety briefing is completed before we depart on the shark diving tour. Depending on shark activity and weather conditions, the duration of the tour out at sea is approx. 4 hours. Snacks and drinks are served on-board the boat and a light lunch is served upon our return to shore. After lunch, you are welcome to return to your Guest House, to freshen up before dinner. This program will be repeated daily. (Exact times will be confirmed the day prior to your tour)
SELF DRIVE PACKAGES
As there are no public transportation available in Gansbaai, self drive packages are recommended , whenever you intend to overnight in Gansbaai. This will also allow you more flexibility and freedom to explore nearby places of interest along this beautiful coastline, at your own leisure (in between the shark tours). You will also be assured of easy transportation between your guest house, various restaurants, grocery stores, the harbour etc. We therefore strongly advise that you hire a car upon arrival at Cape Town International airport, where there is a 24hr car rental service available. Detailed directions will be supplied to you prior to your departure, ensuring that you know exactly how to get to your destination from the airport.
PLEASE NOTE: When converting your self–drive package so that it includes our daily transfers, you will automatically forfeit 1 night’s accommodation in Gansbaai. This is due to the fact that we return to Cape Town directly after the last day’s tour, and you will therefore no longer require accommodation on the last night. Please deduct 1 night’s accommodation off the package price.
We appreciate the fact that you are coming to a foreign country and may not be comfortable with a self-drive option. We therefore do offer transfer option on the above packages – please ask us about these rates.
TRANSFERS ON PACKAGE TOURS
Please note that our shuttle from Cape Town to Gansbaai only runs on days when the weather allows the shark diving tour to go ahead. Should you be booked on a multiple day package tour which includes our return transfers, you will only be transported to your accommodation in Gansbaai if and when the tour is scheduled to go ahead. Should the weather not allow us to go ahead on day 1 of your tour, our shuttle will not run to Gansbaai and your first night’s accommodation in Gansbaai would therefore be cancelled and deducted off your total tour price. This means that you would have to arrange an alternative night/s accommodation in Cape Town, until the weather allows us to go ahead.
Our Lodge is situated in de Kelders, a prime land-based whale-watching area, and is only a stone-throw away from the ocean. It has a very modern African feel to it and although rated 4*, has many 5* finishes. All suites have their own living room, bedroom and bathroom areas. Bathrooms have corner baths, walk-in showers, hairdryer and toiletries, while the living room boasts a mini-bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, TV (Satellite), DVD and stereo. The bedroom has a king sized bed or two single beds if preferred. Free WiFi is available throughout the house.
This three storey Guest House has a modern African feel to it and every care has been taken to ensure your complete relaxation and comfort. It has unique features such as; big screen television in the bar area, wireless hotspot and internet connectivity throughout. The suites, which consist of a bedroom, living room and bathroom, have all the little extras such as microwave, toaster, coffee / tea facilities, bar fridge, Television, DVD player, stereo, hairdryer, sewing kit, first aid kit, toiletries and more.
Our breakfast menu includes delicious meals such as a full english breakfast, pancakes, health breakfast and the ever popular continental. We offer room service every day as well as a laundry service. We offer a stunning sea view from the top floor but all of our rooms except one are on the ground floor. After a long day out, sit on the balcony with a glass of wine to enjoy the sunset and stunning views over the bay.
Our tours run each and every day of the year, as Dyer Island is a good place to see the sharks all year round. The absolute best season is probably in our winter months, when sharks are particularly active in their feeding pattern. The following guide-line is based on tours we have done over the past 8 years and months may overlap slightly.
PEAK SEASON: APRIL to OCTOBER - Highly recommended, as sharks are most active*
HIGH SEASON: NOV. and DEC. (95 - 100% success rate)
HIGH SEASON: JAN to MARCH: (95 - 100% success rate)
Water temperatures vary between 16 and 20 degrees celsius during our high season, and between 10 and 16 degrees celsius during our intermediate and low seasons.
What to bring:
Towel, warm weather proof clothing, sunscreen and hat, camera and binoculars, sea-sick tablets and dive card.
Map and Directions:
In order to assist you in getting around, we have provided a map of the southern Cape, with the route to Ganasbaai clearly marked, we have also provided directions from Cape Town to the meeting point in Gansbaai.
DIRECTIONS FROM CAPE TOWN:
Directions from Cape Town to WHITE SHARK VENTURES in Gansbaai;
(Please allow 2 hours.) Take the N2 Freeway past the airport and Somerset West. Continue over the Sir Lowry’s Pass towards Hermanus. After passing through the Houwhoek Valley and over the Houwhoek mountains, take the R43 left towards Hermanus. Follow the road through Hermanus and continue out of Hermanus again, towards Stanford. Once you pass Stanford continue for another 20 km, until you enter Gansbaai. As you enter Gansbaai you will be in the main road (police station on the right). Continue with the main road through the town, until you get to a stop sign indicating Kleinbaai/Blompark. Take a right turn here and continue all the way down this road for a few kilometers and over the last stop sign, until you see the ocean right in front of you.
The road now naturally turns to the right and a few metres along you will see a large white double storey building on your right (opposite the slip-way). You will also clearly see our name “White Shark Ventures” in front of the white building. Enter through the front door and make your way up the stairs to the top floor, where we will await you.
NOTE - If using a GPS – DO NOT TURN RIGHT AT DE KELDERS. This is just before Gansbaai. Carry on straight and the road will take you into the main road in Gansbaai.