Ultimate ocean safari from Gordons Bay
Ultimate ocean safari from Gordons Bay
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En résumé

  • Niveau sportif
    Débutant
  • Langues parlées
    anglais
  • Durée
    6 h
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Description de l'activité

This is by far the most popular excursion on offer for white shark encounters. This outing combines white shark natural predation, white shark breaching and cage diving - the ultimate adrenaline rush all in one excursion!

Seal Island in False Bay is the only venue on the globe that can offer such a combination trip with a high degree of success during the peak season, which is from mid-March through to mid-September.

False Bay is the place to be, if you are a wildlife enthusiast, interested in witnessing the white shark in totality. Allow the expert team to guide you there and give you great insight of the natural behaviour of great white sharks in their natural and unspoilt environment. You'll also get to witness the amazing predator/prey interaction between white sharks and cape fur seals.

Seal Island in False Bay is home to the flying white sharks as portrayed in the very popular, "Air Jaws", that was shot on location. If you see these animals at work, hunting for their prey, it will leave you in no doubt why they stand at the top of the food chain in our oceans.

The excursion
The crew will be gathered at the crew house in Gordons Bay for coffee, muffins, admin and a briefing while it is still dark at + - 6.00am. The boat will then depart for Seal Island at around 6.30am to arrive approximately 45 minutes later, while the oncoming day is just starting, allowing you to have a good all round view of the area surrounding the Island. It is during this early period of dawn whilst the light is still weak and light penetration into the water is still bad, that the sharks make the most of the prevailing conditions. You'll spend about an hour just hovering around, waiting, as the light grows, to see some surface action. The moment you see some action, you'll race over to get a closer view and to witness natural predation taking place.

Because of the very unique topographical nature of the sea bottom around Seal Island, the sharks go down to the bottom in waters ranging between 20 and 35 meters deep and patrol the outer perimeters of the island and adjacent area. They wait for Cape fur seals to either leave the island to go and feed, or to return to the island to go and rest after a long hard hunt. Once a shark then either see's or senses an overhead seal that is swimming on the surface, it will rush up from the deep to attack the seal with stealth, surprise and speed. Its momentum causes it to sometimes fly 2.5 meters high completely out of the water. This style of hunting often results in incredible dogfights on the water surface between a white shark and its fleeing prey. In many cases the very nimble and acrobatic Cape fur seals, escape the initial attack. But sometimes, even their best efforts can not keep them safe from escaping the hungry white shark in hot pursuit. It is a real privilege to witness nature, at its best.

After spending some time attempting to see natural predation taking place close-up, you'll put your own "seal" into the water and tow it around 20 to 30 meters behind the boat. This then often results in the sharks mistakenly attacking our decoy "seal" at full speed from below, resulting them to BREACH the water approximately 30 meters behind the boat. This is an amazing sight to see and will leave you gasping for air. Obviously this also affords incredible photographic opportunities for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

After about an hour of attempting to get a breach, the team usually go on anchor, putting a minor scent trail in the water to attract sharks to the boat. At this point the cage will be lowered, commencing the surface viewing around the boat and the actual cage dive. The excursion duration is usually around 6 hours. All the diving equipment needed, is provided.

This combination trip in other words allows guests to see the sharks in all their glory, giving you insight of what it is capable of.

12 ans minimum
Politique d'annulation: 
stricte1) Si vous annulez plus de 30 jours avant la date prévue de l’activité
→ Vous êtes automatiquement remboursés à 100%

2) Si vous annulez entre 30 jours et 10 jours avant le départ de l’activité
→ Vous serez éligible à un remboursement partiel de 50%

3) Si vous annulez 10 jours ou moins avant le début de l’activité
→ Aucun remboursement ne sera possible
Itinéraire

Summer meeting times are:
- 6:00am
- 1:00pm

Winter meeting times are:
- 8:00am
- 1:00pm

Pré-requis

No diving or swimming experience is needed. The cage is attached to the boat at all times and you will always be at arms length of the crew.

Conditions particulières

If you are prone to motion sickness, please take sea-sickness tablets beforehand. Take one the night prior and one again an hour before commencing the excursion.

You may purchase a disposable underwater camera from Shark Adventures.

How big is the cage and how many people can it take in one go?
The cage is 3.5m long and can take up to 6 divers at a time.

How long do you spend in the cage?
Roughly 30 to 45 minutes.

Do you feed the sharks?
No you do not feed the sharks, but you can chum the water.

What is chum?
Chum is a combination of minced tuna and sardines with fish oil, this is mixed with sea water, then gradually thrown in the sea to create a chum slick. The chum slick represents a carcass of a dead tuna and the sharks enter a scavenging mode.

Are the cages safe?
Yes, the cages are made from galvanized steel and have all passed the specifications set by MCM (Marine and Coastal Management).

Do sharks attack the cage?
No, the sharks do not attack the cage and are not even remotely interested in the people in the cage.

Comprend
  • All necessary cage diving gear
  • Towel
  • Light lunch, snacks and refreshments on board
A prévoir
A prévoir
  • Warm clothing and windbreaker
  • Swimming costume/shorts
  • Waterproof camera
Lieu de RDV
11 Faure Street Gordons Bay, 7150 Itinéraire
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