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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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Ticket off the bucket list and surpassed all hopes!!

Cant fault any aspect of the your! Good breakfast & lunch after but the shark diving blew me away!! I was lucky enough to get an epic pass if a huge great White being expertly... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cant fault any aspect of the your! Good breakfast & lunch after but the shark diving blew me away!! I was lucky enough to get an epic pass if a huge great White being expertly bated so to bite just infront of the cage! Being nature we had a couple of hours without a shark but this was no problem,drinks... More 

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

Hi Philli, This is what we call having the WOW! factor. We call ourselves privileged that we could take you to this spot where you could tick this experience off your bucket list. Thanks a lot for the kind review, it is very much appreciated! Hope you will do another shark cage diving adventure with us in the future! Warm... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had been wanting to try shark cage diving for a few years and finally had the opportunity today. And I could not have had a better experience! We were lucky enough to see several sharks close up. Also managed to get some great pictures/videos...to make friends at home jealous and family at home scared!

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

Hallo Tom, We are delighted that you enjoyed the shark cage diving experience! Hope the guys at home will be inspired to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Looking forward to your next cage dive with us! Warm regrads from the GWST team. More 

Sao Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A day to remember for the rest of our day! It's an unique experience, with qualified people and equipment!

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

Hallo Gilde, Yes, that phrase will be stuck in your head forever! Luckily is will be associated with good memories! Thank you for the appreciation you expressed about our company. We hope you will visit us again in the not too distant future. Kind Regards from the GWST team More 

Walvis Bay, Namibia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Brian and his team went out of their way to make the trip a one in a million experience. From the warm greeting by Chrissie and the wonderful breakfast spread to the personalised briefing by the Skipper of note Brian to boarding the boat to the trip out to the shark area to the cage sightings - saw nine different... More 

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

Hi fellow cage diver, Thank you so much for a wonderful review of your whole bucket list experience. It is greatly appreciated by the whole team! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the whole adventure so much and that we could add value to this long anticipated shark cage diving adventure. Fly the flag -cap- high when you next discuss... More 

craigavon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you want to go shark diving, then I recommend this company. We were on the first dive and the wet suits were dry (not like others) and on coming out of the cage, hot towels were waiting on us. It's a really professional organisation and the staff are really informative and friendly. We only saw 2 sharks and were... More 

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Dortmund, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

perfect service before, while and after the trip and we were lucky to look in the eyes of the great white shark

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

Hi there cage diver, Thank you for the time you took to review your cage diving experience! Looking in the eyes of a great white shark is simply an out of this world experience! We are so glad you had the opportunity to experience it and that you chose our company to get you this close! We are looking forward... More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I had been out with Brian a few times in the past and had a great time. We were back in SA on holiday once again and I had decided to take my 9 year old son Oliver this time. He had the experience of a life time and got to see 3 different great whites close up! If you... More 

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

Hallo Mark & Oliver, Welcome back, dear friend. We are thrilled that you brought the next generation of conservationists with you on this dive. Both because we need the young voices spreading the message to protect their legacy. AND the confidence your have our company to entrust your son to us in this unfamiliar environment. Thanks for the recommendation, it... More 

Niceville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went out on a trip March 8 and had a fabulous experience. The company texted and emailed me confirmation that the trip was a go the day before and identified the time that I would be picked up at my Cape Town Hotel. The van picked me up early AM and transported me and 11 others from various hotels in... More 

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

Hallo Rick, Thanks for the brief summary of your shark cage diving adventure. We are honoured that you choose us and greatly delighted that we could add value to this once-in-a-lifetime experience! We appreciate the recommendation! Please visit us again some time in the future for another diving experience! Wark reagrds fro the GWST team. More 

Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great company to tick this off your bucket list! I liked the whole experience of being picked up, welcome at in Gansbaai, and watching the sharks jump at the bait. The company is ethical and does not feed the sharks to condition them. They are also very involved in monitoring the sharks.

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

Hi Shark Cage Diver, Thanks for caring about these apex predators as much as we do! We live by a code of responsible marine tourism and will always endeavour to make the interactions with the sharks in a sustainable manner that will be in the best interest of these animals. We are privileged that we can count you amongst our... More 

Brasilia, DF
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the fact we felt a little frustrated because we thought we could have a better visibility of great white in green waters of Gans the boat, the office, all the equipament and also the team were really good. Not cheap but Recomended.

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

Hi there Rafaela, Every time we notice the poor visibility, we wish we had some manner of control over it!. But alas, if we could control the forces of nature, we would interfere with the marine wildlife. Thus, for the benefit of the ocean, humankind and the planet, we can only offer the safest adventure to encounter these apex predators... More 

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