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Great White Shark Tours

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8 Swart Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
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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 over 21 years.
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8 Swart Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We decided to take a second go at shark diving after we were somewhat disappointed from our trip in Simon’s Town. The trip with Brian and his crew (who were all awesome) far exceeded our expectations! Everything is so well organized from the arrival, breakfast...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Christopher, We are really glad you gave shark cage diving a second try as it is ( and should be) an incredible experience! How grateful we are that our company "exceeded your expectations" and you now have so many memorable moments experienced in the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic experience, from arranging the trip from jhb to arriving, always kept in touch with us as per what the wheather will be like to finishing the day with a hot cup of coffee off.More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, We are extremely happy that you chose our company for your great adventure with white sharks! Logistics can be a schlep but is such an important part of travelling and can make or break a memorable holiday! Thank you for the appreciation you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The group was great! They were awesome with my son who wanted to get in the cage also. The communication before about conditions and shark activity was top notch! Highly recommend.More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello guys, Thank you for this incredible review of your shark diving adventure and especially the trust you put in our team to take your son into such an unfamiliar and scary environment as a shark cage! Educating the next generation to become much-needed ambassadors...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service by the captain and the crew. We were the only boat to see a White Shark the day that we went out, so that really speaks to how knowledgeable they are about the sharks. I cannot recommend this tour operator enough!More

Thank Elizabeth W
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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Elizabeth, We are sincerely grateful for your amazing trip review and the high recommendation of our company. Many a time the crew's 20 + years of experience of the sharks and their behaviour has proven to be to the advantage of our guests. It...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our trip was great! From the time we walked in, and were provided with a good breakfast and hot coffee. All of the staff were very professional, and gave us good instruction. The crew on the boat worked hard to find a shark for us...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello fellow shark lovers, We are very grateful for your amazing review of a nail-biting experience with the apex predators of the ocean! It is so important to our crew to ensure you enjoy safe, memorable encounters with the great white sharks because while sharks...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a brilliant day with Great White Shark Tours, we were lucky enough to see two sharks on our trip. The staff were great and really wanted you to enjoy the day and get the best view of the sharks, it was an unforgettable...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, The whole team wants to thank you for the time you took to review your shark diving trip, the highly appreciative kind words about us all and the recommendation of our company as a shark cage diving operator of choice. We are really glad...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we saw wild sharks pass besides us 3 times adn it was indeed a wonderful experience. though we felt little puky with water sickness but it was a life time experience. kids below 12 years is not advisable but we had taken our 10 year...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Vivek P, We are so glad the great white shark sightings gave you all goosebumps! Sharks are magnificent creatures who deserve to be appreciated, more so in their natural habitat! Thank you for trusting your little one to our care. We are firm believers...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Premier experience. Was picked up at my hotel. Drove us out to the bay area. Feed us a delicious breakfast. Gave the safety review and what was expected of each of us. We then made our way down to the “APEX PREDATOR” our boat for...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello dear friend, We are so glad that you filtered this adventure through a lens of win-win so that in spite of the disappointment of no white shark sightings, you still regard the day as a " thrilling adventure"! We highly appreciate the recommendation and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely awesome seafood,what was most striking was their prices and more than ample quality of a seafood platter for two!!!!! WHAAT this amount of food for two people?The service impeccable.Here the waiter a male gent very knowledgeable abt the entire conservancy setup with regards to...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello dear visitors, Even though this review is obviously not meant for a shark cage diving company, we thank you on behalf of the town of Gansbaai. We are all proud inhabitants of this little seaside village who has won a coveted global accolade for...More

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kourosh k
5 July 2018|
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Hi Thanks for the inquiry, We definately can accommodate you all. We have a 40 seater, with an eight man cage. Please contact us on 083 300 2138 or book online. Regards Letitia Hayes
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John R
30 June 2018|
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Hi John, Our boat Apex Predator is licenced to take 40 passengers, BUT we only take about 32 to 34 passengers max. We have a 8 man cage and the boat is very spacious. It is always difficult to predict the sharks, but we... More
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Andrew A
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Hi Andrew Thanks for the request. We will be able to pick you up at the Tintagel, but unfortunately do not do drop offs in Stellenbosch. The closest is the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. Please feel free to email... More
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