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Cape Town Shark Dive

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
3 days
From: $ 320 $ 107 / day
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  • Enjoy Shark cage diving
  • Explore Cape Town, including stunning beaches, the Cape of Good Hope the Cape Peninsular Nature Reserve, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and of course Table Mountain

Short Description

Embark on a 3 day Cape Town Shark Dive Tour in South Africa and cage dive with Great White Sharks. As an established marine park, the area around Dyer Island off South Africa’s south coast is one of the most exciting sites to dive with the Great White Shark. Attracted by the 50,000 Cape Fur Seals that live on the island, sharks are commonly seen here and our sightings success is very high. Your dive takes place from a launch boat, in a submerged cage and allows for fantastic views! While you need to be competent in the water, no dive experience is required and there are equally great photo opportunities from in the boat should you wish to stay dry! Our comfortable accommodation in Cape Town is an ideal base to explore this amazing city from whilst on your adventure travel tour.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cape Town
End City Cape Town

Trip Includes

  • All tour highlights
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Shark dive transfers
  • DVD from dive
  • Services of a comercially licenced shark dive crew
  • Transfer to or from Cape Town International Airport

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Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

Accommodation: Comfortable Boutique backpackers hostel with shared facilities

Please Note: Our operator is in possession of a valid White Shark Cage Diving Operators Permit (issued by government), enabling us to work within the Dyer Island nature reserve area (copy of permit available upon request). Only long-standing operators, who are in compliance with certain safety regulations and code of conduct, are entitled to this permit. All our facilities are closely inspected by authorities on an annual basis, ensuring maximum safety for all our guests

This first day is an arrival day in Cape Town. Your accommodation is in a lively part of the city, near to some of its attractions. After checking in, the remainder of the day is at your own leisure and you can explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. The reception can suggest things you might like to do, depending on time. ‘Must sees’ in Cape Town include stunning beaches, the Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Peninsular Nature Reserve, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and of course Table Mountain, which dominates the skyline with its regular tablecloth of cloud. In the evening, why not try one of the many city restaurants offering a wide range of seafood, African and European Cuisine. Cape Town has a buzzing nightlife with a host of trendy bars and clubs and many relaxing waterfront cafes.

Day 2: Shark Dive, Gansbaai

Meals included: snacks

Accommodation: Comfortable Boutique backpackers hostel with shared facilities

Leaving Cape Town early we travel down to the southern coast at Gansbaai, a mere stone’s throw from the most southern tip of the African Continent. Along the way you we have time to eat our packed breakfast. On arrival in Gansbaai we board our boat and are given our briefing on what to expect when we are out on the open water. Approximately 12km offshore is Dyer Island, which, due to a number of geographical reasons, offers a great shark habitat and regular sightings. In addition to this, a colony of approximately 40,000 Cape Fur Seals inhabit a neighbouring island and other species such as Cape Gannets, Cape Cormorants, Jackass Penguins, whales and dolphins are also frequently sighted. Together, this creates a rich feeding ground for Great Whites and on a scale that supports these mammals in large numbers. Our journey towards these islands takes approximately 30 minutes. Once anchored in the channel we have a safety briefing before making use of a securely designed 6-man steel cage, which floats on the surface, with divers no more than 1m below the surface. You will have the choice of using a mask and dipping below the surface of the water to see the sharks or use a regulator and air if familiar with scuba diving equipment. If you do not wish to get in the water once you are out there, this is not a problem. White sharks are surface feeders, providing brilliant surface viewing from the safety of the boat’s deck. Our shark handlers are trained to bring the sharks close to the side of the boat, where you’ll get great views of their heads, jaws and immense size.

Please Note:

Each crew member is highly qualified in his/her specific field and together has more than 15 years experience working with Great White Sharks. Crew qualifications consist of; A1 (1) commercially licensed skippers, level 3 Medics; Satour Registered specialized tour guides; Dive Masters and qualified shark handlers. All our crew have done SAMSA  compliant Fire-Fighters and Life-Raft Courses and our skippers are licensed with ICASA (the Independent Commission Authority of SA), as well as SAMSA (SA Maritime and Safety Authority). A step-by-step emergency flow chart is available inside the cabin of our vessel, at all times. Each boat goes out with a professional underwater videographer who films the encounter on a high quality DVD (above and underwater). This is available for purchase at minimal cost at the end of the tour, to show friends and family back home. Snacks are supplied on the boat and then we return to Gansbaai in the afternoon, full of stories of what we have experienced. Our shuttle bus returns to Cape Town in the late afternoon, early evening and the evening is at your leisure to enjoy Cape Town’s nightlife

Day 3: Cape Town – Day of Leisure

The tour finishes after breakfast today. Airport transfers can be arranged. Please speak to Acacia or your local agent.


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Had a good time!

Just come back from my amazing 34 day Zanzibar to Cape Town trip. It flew past - I had such a good time. Sam and Julius, my trip leader and driver, were awesome, really helpful and funny and had lots of interesting stories to tell. Had a great group too and have so many fantastic memories. From the white sands of Zanzibar, the smiling, waving children of Malawi, walking with lions and swimming at the top of Victoria Falls, gliding through the reeds of the Okovango Delta in a mokoro, elephants wandering through the campsite, seeing all the wildlife drinking from the watering hole at Etosha, skydiving over the Namibia dunes in Swakopmund, climbing up Dune 45 through the mist only for it to clear with the sunrise to going up to the top of Table Mountain and feeling on top of the world in Cape Town. Really want to go back and I've only been home a day. If you are hesitating about booking - just go for it! I loved every second, well maybe not taking down tents at 5am but practically every second! Acacia are a really good company, our truck seemed so much nicer than some others who didn't even have lockers inside the truck. I will be back to do the Kenya to Zanzibar leg of the trip at some point in the future and know I won't even bother looking at another company to do the trip!
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Optional Activities

  • Robben Island day tour
  • Two ocean aquarium
  • Table Mountain cable car (each way)
  • Paragliding
  • Wine tours 
  • Township tours 
  • Shark cage diving
  • Surf Lessons
  • Sky diving
  • Whale watching(seasonal)

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Minimum 1 Person



Accommodation is at a comfortable boutique backpackers with shared facilities and swimming pool near the city and Close to bars, shops and a short walk from the ocean. Easy to get to by local transport and is just off the Main rd, Green Point

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by You If You wish to cancel your booking You must inform the Company in writing (signed by the person who signed the original Booking Form) sending such written notification to Basement Unit, 23A Craven Terrace, London,W2 3QH. Cancellation will be effective on the day it is received by the Company.The following charges,in addition to your deposit and where applicable the gorilla and chimpanzee permit moneys, will be payable by You, depending upon the number of days prior to departure date when the Company receives notice of cancellation. Date when Written Advice Percentage of Holiday of Cancellation Received Fee Payable

If  56 days or more prior to departure, then Cancellation fee is Deposit

If 42 to 55 days prior to departure, then Cancellation fee is 35% Tour Price forfeit

If 28 to 41 days prior to departure, then Cancellation fee is 50% Tour Price forfeit

If 14 to 27 days prior to departure, then Cancellation fee is 75% Tour Price forfeit

If Less than 14 days prior to departure, then Cancellation fee is 100% Tour Price forfeit

Additional Information:


Minibus for transfers, 57 foot motorised catamaran with inside and outside seating, toilet, viewing deck and  life rafts. 

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Airport taxes


One airport transfer


Optional activities

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