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Shark Diving Unlimited

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Gansbaai, South Africa
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About Shark Diving Unlimited
Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education initiatives of all shark species around our coastline Owned by Michael Rutzen who has been working with great white sharks since 1994. Four years later Mike began freediving with great white sharks and is now known worldwide as one of the few people who is able to interact with these magnificent predators outside the safety of the cage!Breathtaking images of Mike have been featured in numerous magazines and documentaries including BEYOND FEAR (National Geographic) and SHARKMAN (Discovery). Mike’s aim is to portray positive images of great white sharks in order to dispel the ‘JAWS’ myth.Mike is a PADI Instructor and the only person in the world qualified to teach the prestigious Great White Shark Distinctive Specialty PADI course. He is a qualified skipper, First Aid instructor, qualified rebreather, nitrox and commercial diver. Your skipper Frank Rutzen has spent his life on the ocean from Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Western Cape. He has worked in the great white shark cage diving industry since 1995 and has a passion for wildlife and an extensive knowledge of the Dyer Island marine ecosystem.Nsunda is a qualified South African tour guide and qualified scuba diver. He will help you with all your diving equipment needs and make sure that your day runs smoothly!Shark Diving Unlimited was the company of choice for HRH Prince Harry, His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt.
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louisetownsend1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Our holiday to South Africa has been cancelled because of CV19 so we haven’t done this trip but have requested a refund. To date I have had no acknowledgement of this request. Very disappointing
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Dennis F wrote a review Mar 2019
Minneola, Florida17 contributions
I've wanted to see great white sharks in the wild for as long as I can remember. When we booked this trip, they were up front and told us that since this in the wild, there's no guarantee that you'll see a great white shark. But it was worth taking the chance. They had transportation available too, since we stayed about 2 hours away it was very helpful. When we arrived, we saw the smiles from the people who had gone on the earlier tour, and confirmed they had seen several white sharks. We were excited, and it paid off. We got to see several of them in the water, up close. It was unreal, never imagined I would have that chance. They provided all the needed equipment, and we had a great time. Even my wife and her cousin who were on the fence about it ended up loving it. Drinks and food were provided, and there were showers back at the shop so we could get cleaned up for the long drive back. Worth every penny.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Paddy wrote a review Jan 2019
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVED This experience from the very start. We woke up early around 3:30am to be greeted by our driver Andy who went above and beyond even showing us some natural sites on the way home. We arrived at gaansbai around 7am for some lovely breakfast and signing of our lives as expected with an experience such as this, We then boarded the barracuda along with about 12 other people, we was well instructed and told of all snacks and refreshments and that with wild animals we may not see anything but hopeful as we was we did eventually see 11 sharks and one huge stingray, was amazing, 7 people per cage and i simply couldn't get enough. An experience I would certainly do time and time again as you never know what your truly going to get. Thank you to all the team who worked tirelessly to get the sharks attention :)
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Date of experience: January 2019
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de m wrote a review Jan 2019
6 contributions10 helpful votes
No recommendations to this one. First they forgot to tell me the starting time for the next morning, so I had to write several times and call them. Then I bought a video they made from the trip and paid, but they didn’t send me the link as promised. Oh - and we didn’t see a white shark either, which may not be their fault, but it makes the experience complete. You better stay away from that company.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Horsemcshane wrote a review Dec 2018
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It has been a lifelong dream for us to see Great White's in their natural habitat. We travelled 16hrs to see them. We did not. Actually we didn't even see Mr Mike Rutzen!! We understand that they are wild animals and they won't work to our itinerary, but it would have been nice if we had been told more when making the booking about the possibility of zero sightings. The service was slow and slightly unprofessional from top to bottom. We feel that this is a case of "you get what you pay for". We will plan another trip, but i think we will spend a little more and hire a more professional outfit, most probably on a private charter who are experts in finding the great white. We would even be willing to spend a few days at it to ensure the once in a lifetime sighting. In summary, Our experience was disheartening and sad. We would advise other punters to be very aware that they may not see the great white if they book with Mike Rutzen's outfit, whatsmore they probably won't even see Mike! He's probably away where the actual sharks are!!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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