Great White Shark Tours
Great White Shark Tours
4.5
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
We are a shark cage diving operation in Gansbaai, SA, offering guests white and copper shark cage diving and surface viewing. The company was founded more than 20 years ago by local legend Brian McFarlane, a professional diver and skipper who was involved with the sea, diamond diving, fishing and great white sharks for most of his life. Apex Predator, a custom-built boat, was awarded Blue Flag Status, implying that the boat is fitted with all the modern amenities to give guests a comfortable experience safely suitable for the sea conditions in the area where we are legally permitted to do shark cage diving. Imparting passion & knowledge to staff and crew, Brian has instilled respect for daily encountered marine wildlife enabling them to give guests with a truly memorable bucket list shark diving experience. 5* Tripadvisor reviews confirm our commitment to uphold marine tourism ethics thereby establishing Great White Shark Tours as one of the industry's leading white shark operators.
Gansbaai, South Africa
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menonr365
Edisto Island, SC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Cage Diving in South Africa is a must do activity, and I recommend Great White Shark Tours. The entire experience was fantastic... ease of booking, prompt response to queries prior to trip, well organized trip including breakfast/lunch, excellent staff and crew. Thank you!
Written 11 January 2020
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Hello menonr365, Thank you for this beautiful, positive review of your shark diving adventure! You have certainly motivated the whole team perceiving each of their contributions to your trip as adding value! We are all thrilled that we could make your experience memorable. Warm Regards from the whole team.
Written 13 January 2020
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emerinciakrus
Atlantis, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Experience was great,staff is very friendly,helpfull,supportive and comfortable to be around with,and the food was very delicious and beautiful. Thank You Very Much For A Beautiful Experience. And I've learned alot on this, trip,(My 1st time on a boat,and I still see alot of water around me)beautiful
Written 3 February 2020
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Dear emerinciakrus, We cannot express our appreciation enough for the trust you put in our company to take you on this very first experience on the water and then even in a more unfamiliar habitat as encounters with sharks! Every one of us is delighted that we lived up to your expectations in such a manner as to create beautiful lifetime memories. Thank you for all your kind words. Warm regards from the whole team
Written 5 February 2020
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Matthew
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This Great White Shark Tour was a great adventure for someone who wants to experience sharks in a less stressful setting or for a beginner just starting out. Felt safe in the cage and we were lucky to see some sharks. As with nature, it can be unpredictable, but with the skilled experience of the crew, they were able to lure a couple Copper Sharks to us! The sharks were so close that you could touch them, though strongly not advised! Even though we did not see any Great Whites, as they are unpredictable, the experience overall was still brilliant as a whole!
Written 8 April 2020
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Ahu K
Istanbul, Türkiye78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
I went great white shark cage diving with Brian McFarlane and his team. They picked me up from my hotel in Cape Town and after about a two hour drive, got on his boat as a group of about 20. The boat ride took about 15 minutes. The diving experience was about 15 minutes in the water (about 11 degrees - but the wet suites they give you are nice and thick!) but we spent about 2 hours at sea for everyone to be able to dive. On the way back, you have the option of buying their recordings of the day on DVD. The team is very professional and it is a great experience. It takes about a full day of your time in Cape Town but it's definitely worth it. One more thing off the bucket list!
Written 10 June 2014
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ClaireCMac
Perth, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
http://www.sharkcagediving.net/the-trip/
Yesterday I took my husband shark cage diving as early birthday present for his 40th. He hasn't stopped raving since. What an awesome experience it was. We were in the water for a while to start with as the sharks were near another boat but once we got their attention it was all on. It was surprisingly not as scary as I thought it would be in the cage. It was more terrifying watching from the deck.
The whole set up is like a well oiled machine. We were picked up on time at our B&B in Cape Town. The minibus was comfortable. Breakfast had heaps of choice and plenty of munchies on board the boat too. My stomach did flip when the wind changed direction but thank god I planned ahead and swallowing Blackmores ginger beforehand.
Currently we live in Perth, Western Australia so I guess we will see these great whites passing our coast in a few months time. Hopefully the WA government will have put a stop to their proposed cull of Sharks that get too close.
I highly recommend anyone to do this trip as it a once in a lifetime experience to be so close to these Majestic creatures.
Written 22 January 2014
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Road41041626108
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
What an awful experience.So, after the three hour trek to Gansbaai from Cape Town and after being asked to pay the full amount we are THEN told by the staff that they haven’t seen great white sharks for months... Ok, that’s not their fault BUT we know other companies that respect their patrons and tell them that before hand and let them make the decision to go on the tour or not. Not after bringing them three hours from their hotel and making them pay. Strike one. Now comes the sexual harassment... I was with my husband on our honeymoon and he was in the cage after I decided I didn’t care to go in more than once since the sharks weren’t great whites and honestly of no interest to me. I’m in a bathing suit naturally and one of the staff members asked for a hug. I laughed it off, that’s fine. Then he snuck up on me and put his hand on my lower back. Again, creepy but I brushed it off. Then he told me he had a special going that he would like to offer to us. I said ok what is it and he said “I will give you and your partner a free trip if you jump in the water.” I was confused and asked him to explain and then he said “the catch is you have to take off your bathing suit and go in topless” I was baffled and disgusted. I then decided better to just go to the top deck of the boat and stay there the rest of the trip because I was uncomfortable and angry. These are the types of disgusting humans they decide to hire to take tourists around. Utterly shocking. My favorite part is the same guy’s very pregnant wife and toddler were waiting for him when the boat docked. Strike Two. Then to add to it the “lunch” that is promised is the same coffee and like two croissants they offered in the morning. Strike three.I am so sad that this is the company we decided to go with and waste an entire day of our honeymoon and a lot of money with. Beware of this company. Never again.
Written 22 December 2018
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Dear Road41041626108 We apologise unreservedly for your less than satisfactory experience on the tour. This is the first time in the twenty-two years of our operation that a complaint of this nature has been reported and we to assure you that we will investigate it in detail and take corrective action where necessary. Thank you for providing your description and photo by email which we will use in our investigation. As far as the lack of Great Whites is concerned, you will note that our website has been amended and highlights the present lack of Great White Shark activity in our area. Finally, regarding the lack of our customary adequate lunch, we had to improvise the best our resources allowed because of an unannounced total blackout of electricity(load shedding). Sincere regards from the management and team.
Written 27 December 2018
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Julie K
Chico, CA350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
AMAZING VIEWINGS! I have wanted to dive with Great White Sharks since I was a little girl. This trip did not disappoint. The whole crew is knowledgeable and friendly. We had a number of different sharks come very close to our cage during the dive. The view from the top deck was breath taking. It was almost as exciting to watch the sharks approach the cage from the top deck as it was to dive. SO many exciting moments!!! This trip was beyond expectation. Brian and his crew are exceptional! I got the video and cant stop watching! BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! <3
Written 20 January 2017
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ShannaB3
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
This is a once in a life time kind of experience and if you want to do it you should make sure you book with the best and that is Brian McFarlane and this crew out of Gansbaai!!! We were staying in Cape Town and the company arranged for a prompt pick up early the morning of the dive and off we went. The crew was extremely knowledgeable and safe, not once did we feel in danger. You each get loads of time in cage, even though at first I thought this would not be the case. There is even the chance to get back in a second time, which a few people did. We managed to see 7 good size Great Whites with one extremely large female!!! I would recommend going on one of these trips, just because the chance doesn't show it's self to often!!! BUT....please take medications for sea sickness!!! You are in the open water and it can get pretty rough, better safe than sorry!!
Written 21 November 2013
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Girl Eat World
Singapore, Singapore85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
Arranging trip with Great White Shark Tour was super easy and hassle free. I booked my trip through internet and just showed up the day of. We waited about 30 mins before everyone showed up. We then had breakfast, made our payments and a short briefing session before we were on our way out to the sharks alley, which was about 20-30 mins by the boat. It took another 15 mins for the crew to pick a good spot, but once they started chumming up the water, we were surrounded by 3-4 great whites within five minutes.

The crew was extremely helpful in ensuring we all got a great view of the sharks. The water was very cold so you don't want to put your head under water when the sharks aren't around, and the crew did a great job of warning you when you should go underwater. I had one of the sharks charge at the cage right in front of my face!

It's a weather-dependent activity, but when we went (Nov 6, 2012) the weather couldn't be any more perfect
Written 13 April 2013
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Glad you enjoyed your trip with us! Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for choosing GWST ! See you soon The Shark Team
Written 17 April 2013
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Ton.k
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our experience with Great White Shark Tours is positive, the people are very anthusisastic and helpfull, the boat is very nice with plenty of room for everybody.
During the trip there is food, snack and drinks plenty.
But the first thing we heard when we arrived at there office was that our trip was cancelled because there were to few people to join, that's not something you wanna hear when you just made a 11 hour flight just to visit them.
We could shift to monday but that's not allways possible when you make a one week trip.
Then we found out that there were no Whites around for months because of the visiting orca's and that there boat was not allowed to visit Dyers island because they have not permit for that season and visiting Dyers island was one the main reasons we booked the two trips.
I understand that all these cage dive organisations wanna make some money but please be open over what you really can expect, we fly half the world over to visit you.
If the great white is not on the top of your list then the dive is a fantastic experience with Coppersharks, seals and beautiful dolphins.
Written 13 February 2020
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Dear Anthonie57, Thank you for the enlightened review of your shark diving experience. You have certainly given us room for thought which we will take to heart as we are always looking for ways to improve for better customer experience. Enjoy the delightful memories of the marine wildlife we were privileged to encounter during the trip. Kind Regards from the whole team.
Written 29 February 2020
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