Adrenalin-surging ‘shark-cage’ diving adventures with White Shark Projects in Gansbaai

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Whether as a creature of our nightmares or a misunderstood majestic animal, there is something thrilling about the Great White Shark. With White Shark Projects in Gansbaai, you get to encounter them in their deep blue habitat!

As a successful, environmentally-responsible research organisation, White Shark Projects has actually logged the most contacts with Great White Sharks in the world – year in and year out. There are less than 5 000 Great White Sharks in the entire ocean, so it really is very special to be part of this experience!

Established in 1989 and dedicated to the study and conservation of sharks, the company, today, has over 20 professional staff members, whom you will find qualified, well-trained in shark cage diving and very knowledgeable about the sharks.

These include marine biologists and qualified guides. We are also Fairtrade certified and SATSA bonded. We have 5-star facilities- Ocean view luxury lodge with six showers, powder room, separate men facilities and disabled toilet and shower.

The Gansbaai area also happens to be the perfect place to see Great White Sharks as their prey – penguins and fur seals, live on two islands just off the coast.

Geyser Rock and Dyer Island with the infamous Shark Alley running through the middle of both islands. We are also home to Bronze Whaler sharks 65,000 Cape Fur seals, the endangered South African penguin and in season the Southern right whale.

You will be happy to hear that they have put in place the necessary health protocols to protect you from Covid-19 during your time with them.

White Shark Projects activities

White Shark Projects is a great choice for a once-in-a-lifetime shark cage diving experience that will captivate your imagination – both as a diver and non-diver!

Your day begins at the Dive Lodge in Kleinbaai with a tasty, continental breakfast and a safety briefing. Afterwards, wetsuits and other equipment are supplied before being led to one of their boats for your trip.

The boats are designed to offer comfort and the best viewing experience and you will have a skipper, a Dive Master and support crew accompanying you.

With their experience, you will soon locate the sharks, drop anchor, suit up and be lowered in the cage surrounded by sharks. Even those choosing to remain on the boat will get an experience of their lifetime!

Once back on deck, lunch and refreshments will be provided. After three hours out at sea, the crew will then return guests to the lodge for reflection of a meal. And watch the movie of their trip which they can take home with them

Make an online booking HERE.

Reviews from previous patrons

“The best moment I had was watching the shark approaching the cage from the top deck – it was amazing. Great views are from the top of the deck I enjoyed it!!” wrote Washington M on their TripAdvisor page.

Anncath67 added; “We had a massive 4 metre white shark and 2 bronze whaler sharks. Breakfast and lunch is high quality and our lodge and luxurious shower facilities were out of this world.”

White Shark Projects is located at 16 Geelbek Street, Kleinbaai, Gansbaai. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 76 2455 880; email or visit them online at today. Follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.


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