Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving Cape Town

Immerse Yourself in the Excitement: Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town

Experience the thrilling adventure of shark cage diving in Cape Town! Get up close and personal with these majestic creatures as you dive into the crystal-clear waters off the coast of Cape Town. Feel your heart race as you come face to face with sharks in their natural habitat. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating experience of shark cage diving in Cape Town!

Just a short 45-minute journey from the bustling city centre of Cape Town, you will find yourself in the picturesque coastal village of Simon’s Town, eagerly waiting to embark on this awe-inspiring adventure. Brace yourself for captivating encounters with these majestic sharks, as they gracefully come into view right before your eyes.

Essentials of Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town

Location: Our base is in Simon’s Town, located in the picturesque False Bay, renowned for its maritime history and breathtaking scenery. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town city centre, where better to go Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town?

Trip Schedule: We offer two daily shark cage diving excursions, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, each lasting approximately 3.5 hours.

Safety Priority: Our experienced crew prioritizes safety, ensuring careful monitoring of sea conditions and avoiding outings in adverse weather. Your shark cage diving trip in Cape Town is to be a pleasure, so your comfort and safety is prioritized.

Diving Options

Scuba Diving via Hookah System: No prior experience required; explore shark cage diving in Cape Town and the underwater realm without holding your breath.

Surface Viewing: Opt for the spacious viewing deck if you prefer to stay above water, offering an excellent vantage point to witness the action.

Seal Island: The Epicentre of Shark Activity and shark cage diving in Cape Town.

Destination: Venture to Seal Island in False Bay for our shark cage diving adventures, selected based on seasonal variations, shark activity, and weather conditions.

Encounters with Various Shark Species:

Bronze Whaler Shark: Common sightings of these sleek sharks, known for their light bodies and long pectoral fins, reaching up to 3.3 meters in length. The most energetic and thrilling sharks to go shark cage diving in Cape Town with.

Blue Shark: Sleek predators inhabiting deep temperate and tropical waters, migrating long distances from New England to South America. Beautiful in blue, this is shark cage diving in Cape Town with a difference.

Mako Shark: Renowned for speed and agility, makos are formidable hunters in the ocean.

Broadnose Sevengilled Cow Shark: Intriguing creatures with seven gill slits, thriving in both shallow and deep waters. These sharks are pre-historic and indigenous to False Bay waters, making your Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town a must do.

Great White Shark: Occasionally gracing us with its presence, the great white stands as the ocean’s most feared and misunderstood predator, so when shark cage diving in Cape Town, this is a rare and awe inspiring sight.

Book Your Extraordinary Shark Cage Diving Trip in Cape Town Today.


06h30 Sharp on the Simon’s Town Pier.

From designated pick-up points in and around Cape Town – special transfers can also be arranged.

3.5 Hours at sea

Small groups – maximum 12 plus crew

5  divers – No experience necessary – 20 minutes’ cage time

Snacks, muffins and fruit, enthusiastic and experienced crew, all scuba dive gear and tea/coffee. 

Shark Cage Diving Cape Town Information

  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Sun block and Hat
  • Beanie and scarf
  • Your swimming costume
  • Camera 
  • Take sea sick tablets
  • Do not over indulge in alcohol the night before as you will be horribly sea sick.

Please Note:

We have a very high success rate, but we are working with wild animals. Please be aware of this, so you do not arrive with unrealistic expectations. Shark sightings and activity are never guaranteed and even during peak season, there may be days when the sightings are lower than expected.

All our crew are highly qualified and have spent years working on boats and with sharks.

Please Note: We do not allow children under the age of 8 to come along as it’s a long day at sea for them. Shark cage diving is allowed for children older than 10 years and must be with a parent and at the skipper’s discretion, (depending on ocean conditions). 

Children are not recommended to join us on the Blue and Mako Shark Trips, as it’s a full day at sea. Please ensure your child takes seasick tablets the night before the shark trip and in the morning, at least an hour before boarding the boat.

Simon’s Town, sometimes spelt Simonstown, is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa and is home to Naval Base Simon’s Town, the South African Navy’s largest base. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been a naval base and harbour. 

Things to do in Simon’s Town

  • Visit the penguins at Boulders beach
  • Go Kayaking
  • Go water biking 
  • Snorkelling in the Kelp Forest
  • Scuba diving or snorkel with seals
  • Scuba diving at the various wreck sites in False Bay
  • Walk up to Just Nuisance’s grave
  • Have fish and chips on the pier

Bronze Whaler Sharks
African Shark Eco-Charters is now diving with the beautiful Bronze Whaler Sharks. The tours are very exciting and the sharks are interactive around the boat. This makes for a great shark diving trip.
Bronze Whalers are also known as “Bronzies”, or Copper Sharks. With the decline of the Great White Shark in the areas, these sharks have now been spotted more frequently in False Bay. We have been seeing them on our day tours in the summertime. They can reach up to 3.5m in length, but we generally see sharks around the 2.5m mark.

Broadnose Sevengilled Cow Sharks
Over the last few years, we have seen a distinctive increase in Broadnose Sevengilled Cow Shark sightings around Seal Island. This is an astounding shark to dive with, as it is primitive looking and has calm slow movements. This shark was primarily seen in Cape Town in the shallows and in the stunning protected reefs in the Kelp forests along the Cape Peninsula marine reserve. However, in the last few years, they have moved to Seal Island and we have been privileged to be able to dive with them on our shark cage diving tours.

Hammerhead Sharks
It’s not often we see hammerhead Sharks in False Bay, but we have seen a few of them on our day trips when the warm water has pushed into the bay. They are named for the distinctive shape of their heads. It’s a great privilege to see them in False Bay.

Sting Rays
Occasionally we have been graced by Short-tailed Stingrays. We love these weird-looking creatures. They are the largest stingrays in the world and can reach upwards of 2.1m across and 350kg in weight.

Did you know that you can see African Penguins on Seal Island? There are not a lot of penguins found on the island. Their numbers vary, but we roughly see around 50-80 penguins. They are very cute and happily live with the Cape Fur Seals.

Whale Watching
Whales are often seen on our trips in False Bay. We see Brydes whales, Southern Right whales and Humpback whales. We have also spotted Orca’s on our trips, especially the infamous shark eating “Port” and “Starboard”.

Great White Sharks
The iconic shark of all sharks is the Great White Shark. They are known and famous in False Bay to breach out of the water when hunting and catching their prey, which is the Cape Fur Seals. This behaviour is known as breaching or as we call it “AIRJAWS”. This behaviour is predominately seen in our peak season which is our Wintertime, with peak seasons being June, July and August.

Short Fin Mako Sharks
This extremely fast pelagic shark can be found on our Blue and Mako shark trips off Cape Point. This is a full day trip. We can go anything from 5-20 miles off Cape Point in search of warmer “blue water” where they are found. They are also known as the Blue Pointer or just Mako Shark. They are classified as endangered.

Blue Sharks
These open ocean sharks are found in temperate to tropical waters. They are long pointy sharks, of a blue shade on the top with white underneath and have long pectoral fins. They are also called the Great Blue Shark. They are most frequently seen on our pelagic shark trips.

Cape Fur Seals
Seal Island is heaving with Cape Fur seals. Depending on breeding season, the rock can boast anything from about 40 00-70 00 seals. They are large muscular seals, extremely noisy animals and bleat like lambs.

Common Dolphins

These beautiful sleek dolphins can be found in their hundreds in False Bay. We see them on many of our shark trips.

So, now that you know what False Bay has so much to offer, it’s like going on a marine safari!
Book your spot now for the trip of a lifetime!

Shark Cage Diving is one of the main reasons that people come to Cape Town. And cage diving is what we offer! Book with us in Simonstown.