Cage diving with Great White Sharks has to be one of the most exciting things to do in South Africa! Here, I get an inside look at what really goes on at the most notorious cage diving spots in the world: Shark Alley.
Located just 2 and a half hours from Cape Town, off the coast of a small fishing village called Gansbaai, this marine wonderland is one of the best places to see sharks in their natural environment.
During the summer months (October-February) the sharks keep closer to shore and during winter (June-August) they move to Shark Alley, a a narrow channel of water that runs between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. It was here, at Shark Alley, that our boat moored.
What to expect
The day starts out with a safety briefing in Gansbaai, followed by a 20-minute boat ride out to sea. The crew get you fitted with wetsuits and snorkelling equipment while they chum the water to attract sharks. Once they spot a fin, they’ll help you into the steel cage which is attached to the side of the boat, just below the surface.
On the crew’s signal, you duck below the surface and watch as these magnificent creatures glide through the water. It’s not frenzied like you’d imagine, it’s elegant.
After 10 minutes in the water, you swap with the next group and head to the upper deck to watch the sharks from above. It’s simply amazing – one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life!
After an exhilarating day, you head back to the mainland for a sleepy 2-hour transfer back to Cape Town.