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White Shark Diving Company

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Gansbaai, South Africa
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About White Shark Diving Company
White Shark Diving Co specializes in exclusive GREAT WHITE SHARK adventure tours in Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa. Rated #1 by industry peers, we strive to deliver excellence by being the only Shark Cage Diving Company to offer exclusive & private tours with limited seating capacity for extra comfort, safety and dive time! We are the exclusive carrier of all International Celebrities, VIPs and Sporting Teams. White Shark Diving Company have been advocates for the protection of the Great White Shark species; by pioneering sustainable methods of practice, founding and funding scientific research initiatives and being a key player in the development and implementation of The Great White Shark Protection Foundation of South Africa.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from US$123,30
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Katie C wrote a review 22 Jun
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Incredible! Staff was amazing, and made us feel so safe and comfortable. We were nervous at first, but the cage is very secure, and we never felt threatened once we were underwater... only in awe of their beauty! They get so close, and we made eye contact! Eeeek! No great whites for us-- just bronze whaler sharks, but they were so majestic. We used a regulator to breathe underwater while we gazed submerged. So grateful for this experience. The videographer/guide from Alabama was awesome! Loved our time with White Shark Diving Company!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Peter G wrote a review Apr 2022
Newton le Willows, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
What a wonderful time we had. We were warmly greeted by the staff at the centre and Paul (1) and Lynne immediately set about putting us at ease using humour and gentle encouragement - the big hugs were a bonus! A yummy muffin and some coffee helped to line the tummy before the trip. The briefings were short, to the point and very helpful, telling us what to expect out there. Boarding the boat was straight forward and it was then eased down the slipway and we were soon on our adventure. We shortly reached our area and set about finding a suitable spot to drop anchor. Paul (2) then explained how the sharks are attracted to the boat using chum (a fishy bait), the use of a draw line and how to enter the cage, which by now was in the water and tied to the side of the boat. We donned wetsuits and started the wait. Excitement bubbled as the cry of a shark sighting rang out and a few people clamboured down to enter the cage. The water was very cold, but we soon got used to it. The water was murky, so we couldn't see very far, but were rewarded by two very close encounters with Bronze Whalers. Such a rush! Anyone who was feeling seasick was well looked after and there were plenty of chips and lollipops to help prevent or alleviate any feelings of nausea. Towels were provided. It was also great to have a couple of researchers on board who freely shared what they were doing. and were very knowledgeable about the sealife. All too soon, the cage was loaded up again and we were heading back to the slipway. The helmsman weaved deftly through the rocks before sliding expertly onto the trailer on the slipway. Back in the office we were treated to a deliciously warming lasagna and another hot drink. Friendly farewells and then it was time to head home. I have just downloaded my video, documenting the whole experience, with added extra footage. A great memento of a memorable and worthwhile adventure. Thank you to everyone - the shore crew and the boat crew. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommended. No sharks or humans were harmed at any stage,
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Aileen M wrote a review Apr 2022
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My daughter really wanted to do this for her 21st birthday; I thought she’d lost her marbles. I tried talking her out of it, reasoned and cajoled but her heart was set. So we booked for the 5 of us for the 7th April, but only she and my partner were actually planning on getting in the water. On arrival, however, everyone we met was so warm and welcoming, so knowledgeable and reassuring about all aspects - the sharks, the experience and the conservation that even the biggest scaredy-cat (me) put on her swimsuit. Regrettably, the seasickness got the better of me. Despite the lollipops and advice thoughtfully provided by the crew, I couldn’t get my sea legs in gear nor could I fathom how to simultaneously battle the seasickness and a wetsuit so I never made it into the water. The other 4 members of my party did though, with my daughter being unbelievably smug that she didn’t throw up. She and my partner even chose to go down a second time when offered by the crew. The experience was the absolute highlight of their holiday, rivalled only by the penguins on Boulders Beach. And even though I didn’t make it into the water, I still saw plenty of sharks from the boat. Finally, a shout out to the Pauls and the rest of the crew for being fully prepared for every eventuality over which they had some control - lollipops, water and snacks for seasickness, oilskins for spray, salmon ‘soup’ to attract sharks, for their kindness, advice and reassurance to everyone who wasn’t feeling well and not to mention the hugs and cups of ginger tea once returned to dry land. And somehow too, in between all that also creating a video of the experience as a memento.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from WhiteSharkDivingCo, Front Office Manager at White Shark Diving Company
Responded 27 Apr 2022
Dear Aileen It was such a pleasure meeting you and having you all on board on your daughter's 21st milestone. We're truly honoured that you chose White Shark Diving Company for your incredible adventure and it seems as if we didn't disappoint. We go the extra mile in giving all our guests the most safe, awesome and unforgettable experience and that is evident from the very 1st contact with our team and all the Pauls. :) It's our mission to change the perception that sharks are not the man eating machines as portrayed by the media, but rather magnificent and misunderstood animals in greater need of further research and protection. Thank you once again for your review and recommendation and we look forward to seeing you again. Safety, education, respect and research (while having fun) remain our priority. Best wishes and safe travels Your WSDC team
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Angela Stephens wrote a review Apr 2022
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The trip was absolutely amazing - very well-planned and fabulous, friendly staff. We were collected from our hotel (on time) by Paul who was the perfect driver - informative and willing to answer all our questions. On arrival we were greeted by (another) Paul whose humour and banter was welcomed during our pre-trip coffee and muffin. The safety briefing by (yet another) Paul provided the essential information. The boat sped across the water with a fair amount of jolting around so travel sickness tablets may be a good idea if you're prone to motion sickness. At shark alley we encountered thousands of sealions (Cape fur seals) whose aroma permeated the air and their antics made up for the fact the sharks were not around today. We still used the shark cage to view the sealions - the water is very cold so bring warm clothes for afterwards. We stayed at sea for a couple of hours before making our way back for delicious lasagne and beverages (Paul making ginger and honey tea for anyone feeling a little queasy!) We all really enjoyed the trip even though the sharks were elusive and the bonus was we receive a voucher for a free trip anytime in the next 2 years as compensation - what fabulous customer service 👏 Well done guys!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from WhiteSharkDivingCo, Front Office Manager at White Shark Diving Company
Responded 27 Apr 2022
Dear Angela Thank you so much for your kind review. It was such a pleasure having you all on board and we're glad you had the opportunity of meeting the majestic and very playful Cape Fur seals in the absence of sharks during your trip, as well as meeting our dedicated and passionate team during your time with us. With all the Pauls, you certainly didn't have a hard time remembering the names. 😁 Thank you for also being so understanding of the fact that we are 100% at the mercy of Mother Nature and what she offers us on the day. Thank you once again for your review and recommendation and we look forward to meeting you again in order to introduce you to the sharks. Safety, education, respect and research (while having fun) remain our priority. Best wishes and safe travels Your WSDC team
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philbreeden wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
Paul and the team made us very welcome and gave us an amazing experience to get close to 8 Bronze Whaler Sharks. A truly fantastic opportunity to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat
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Response from WhiteSharkDivingCo, Front Office Manager at White Shark Diving Company
Responded 27 Apr 2022
Dear Phil It was such a pleasure having you on board. We are honoured that you chose White Shark Diving Company and that you had an awesome time with our crew, as well as these absolutely magnificent sharks in their natural habitat. We go the extra mile in giving all our guests the most safe, awesome and unforgettable experience and that is evident from the very 1st contact with White Shark Diving Company. The efforts of our passionate and friendly and crew and staff evidently did not go unnoticed and we will most certainly forward your kind words to the team. It's our mission to change the perception that sharks are absolutely magnificent and misunderstood animals in greater need of further research and protection and not the ''man eating machines'' as portrayed by the general media. Thank you for your review and we look forward to welcoming you again. Safety, education, respect and research (while having fun) remain our priority. Best wishes and safe travels Your WSDC team
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