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Great White Shark Tours

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Address: 8 Swart Street | Kleinbaai, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Phone Number:
028 384 1418
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08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The owner and founder Brian McFarlane is a professional diver and skipper...

The owner and founder Brian McFarlane is a professional diver and skipper who has always made a living from the sea. He started diving for perlemoen (abalone) at a young age, then moved on to become a commercial fisherman for 6 years and spent another 6 years diving in search of wrecks along the southern coast of Africa. This was followed by the diving for diamonds from the sea-bed for the next 20 years.He has become a local legend with his fascinating tales about the sea and underwater experiences. During the time when Great White Shark fishing was allowed, Brian caught Great Whites, some weighing more than 1 tonne.Today, he dearly regrets this and now spends his time and efforts in finding the great beasts to be observed and photographed at close range. Brian has worked with the Great Whites for 18 years and has only had 6 non-sighting days in the last 10 years.

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Worth the try!

The only thing surprised my dad in law in our two-week SA trip. Amelia is friendly to contact us for arrangements, and all the guys on the boat are brave and professional. We were... read more

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Shanghai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only thing surprised my dad in law in our two-week SA trip. Amelia is friendly to contact us for arrangements, and all the guys on the boat are brave and professional. We were told that we saw 7 kinds, but sorry they are all sharks to me that can't tell who's who. They looked after us so considerately that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What'a not to like?! I could type a glowing review and tons of adjectives, but even that laundry list would still understate the fun and pleasures of GWST. As has been said it's“great value and experience of a lifetime”. The staff was professional, safe, and knowledgeable. A top service to match a top spot. I've came up with a surefire... More 

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Mombasa, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We managed to see 5 different great whites..it was an amazing experience...all the other boats had been there before us but no one saw any sharks.we went and i think that chum mixture really worked and the first shark came in about 15 minutes...the other boats came around us then...they serve good breakfast but dont eat too much as you... More 

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo cage diver, Yes, our 20 odd years of attracting white sharks to our boat have proven to be to the advantage of our visitors! We are indeed glad that you enjoyed the adventure and appreciate the time you took to write this review of your trip. Hopefully, we might see you again sometime in the future. Kind Regards for... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The staff was professional, safe, and knowledgeable. They take their work very serious and have a true respect for the wildlife.

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo Dear Cage diver, Thank you for a beautiful complimentary review of your trip! We are most excited about your perception of our company's respect for the marine wildlife. Hopefully, you will join us again in the future for another shark cage diving adventure. Kind Regards for the GSWT team. More 

Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing trip,we spent 3/4 hour out on the water,saw 8 sharks,loved the cage experience,with breakfast and lunch included-great value!

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Thank linda m
Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo Linda, By all accounts, it sounded like a brilliant day! We are so glad you enjoyed this cage diving experience and appreciated the time you took to write this review. Kind Regards from the GWST team. More 

Newport
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This attraction was part of my Exodus Garden Route Trip and recommended by our excellent guide Justin Barr. The whole event was brilliantly organised from the moment you arrived at the quay side office to when you left after the trip. Their was a safety briefing and an opportunity to practice inside a dummy cage, food and drink was provided... More 

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo Michael, It is such a great compliment to any operator in the shark cage diving industry when rated as a highlight in of the tour. That is indeed saying a great deal! We appreciate the complimentary comments and wish you safe travels home! Hopefully you will visit us again. Kind Regards from the team. More 

Hermanus, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is so much fun and thrilling to see the sharks. Not scary like a lot of people make it out to be. Very safe in my opinion and professional staff. They serve nice snacks on the boat as well. It was more fun seeing the sharks from the boat than inside the cage

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Thank RiesCor
Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, We are so glad that you had lots of fun and all the myths about "jawsome" great white sharks have been dispelled! They are indeed the majestic apex predators you encountered on your tour. Thanks for sharing your experience with us all. Warm regards for us all. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very friendly staff. Great food, great boat. The shark experience was amazing. Even though it is a gamble whether or not you will see sharks we were able to see 7 different sharks because these guys know where to go at different times. It was very safe and educational.

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo Dave, Isn't nature just amazing? Every day at sea is a gamble and it is more often than not that the 20 odd years of experience at sea and with sharks resulted in an incredible trip! We are sure glad you took the gamble because, in the end, it was all worth the priceless memories that were created. Thanks... More 

Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The staff the staff was friendly, helpful, and experienced. Plenty of snacks and drink on the boat. Help was provide with wetsuits, weights, and masks. I knew going in the a South African summer water visibility would be a issue, and a t was....about 1 meter. I still had a great time, viewing the great whites from the boat was... More 

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo cage diving friend, Thanks for sharing your exciting shark cage diving experience, and the beautiful compliments about our company, with the world here on Tripadvisor. We are so glad that you approached the adventure with the right frame of mind regarding the summer sharks because as you so correctly pointed out, surface shark activity is truly spectacular! We hope... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had booked our shark diving long time ago. I dived with another company 2 years ago but the TripAdvisor ranking made me book at Great White Shark Tours. But our trip were cancelled due the fact that there havent been sharks in the area for the last 7 days. Maybe because there were killer whales in the area and... More 

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hallo René, We appreciate the honest guest review of a situation over which we have absolutely no control.! You have also highlighted the power and importance of sharing your trip experiences here on Tripadvisor! Traveller' insights are most important and we take our reviews and ratings very serious. Thanks again for your unbiased opinion of an unforeseen phenomenon. We hope... More 

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