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Great White Shark Tours

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Gansbaai, South Africa
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About Great White Shark Tours
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.
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If the ocean’s apex predator is on your South Africa bucket list, look no further. Come face to face with great white and/or copper sharks in Gansbaai’s cool ocean waters—or watch from the specially designed catamaran for a discounted price. Divers receive a wetsuit, mask, and weights, plus towels after their cage dive; everyone enjoys a light breakfast and warming lunch. Upgrade for transfers from Cape Town or Hermanus.
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hotr0d715 wrote a review May 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada13 contributions12 helpful votes
I wasted a day going on this tour, and they never said that sharks were not scene for about a month prior. They should have been more transparent and gave data on when was the last shark sighting. If they had done that, I could’ve made a more informed decision. But they prioritized making money over customer experience. If you decide to book, ask when was the last shark sighting.
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Response from Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours
Responded 19 May 2021
Good day hotr0d715 , We sincerely sympathize with the disappointment you experienced on your shark cage diving trip. Incidentally, the way we conduct our daily shark cage diving operations has not changed from before or since your trip as we pride ourselves on being professionals, knowledgeable about the sharks in our area, the seasons and the unpredictability of wildlife. It was unfortunate that we had no white shark sightings for the past few weeks, however, lo and behold, yesterday they spotted a 5m great white female shark, the biggest female recorded (and immediately tagged) in Gansbaai. The tagging by resident marine biologists is part of a non-profit contribution to saving sharks. Copper sharks have been sighted sporadically as mentioned to you in our WhatsApp conversation prior to your dive. Please ask for a sighting update when you book your complimentary trip with the voucher you received after the trip and remains valid for 3 years. Kind Regards from the team.
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Rob wrote a review May 2021
19 contributions7 helpful votes
Superb and unforgettable experience. Wonderful day from start to finish and delighted with how fully the company is oriented towards conservation and respect for the animals. There will definitely be a “next time”!!!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Will wrote a review Jan 2021
Toronto, Canada19 contributions
It was a great day, a little overcast and windy but that made the boat ride a little more fun. The crew was really knowledgeable and they are all there to support sharks and their natural habitat. It is good to know you support a good cause when you are having so much fun. We didn't get to see great whites but we saw a bunch of Bronze Whaler Sharks and seals. They were such beautiful creatures and having them swim right beside you is amazing.
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Matthew wrote a review Apr 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Anthony D wrote a review Mar 2020
Tiberias, Israel80 contributions30 helpful votes
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We booked on advice from our hotel and weren't disappointed. The experience was easy throughout with confirmation and questions answered through WhatsApp and fantastic customer service. We were warned before hand that obviously no one can guarantee seeing a shark. They collected us at 0430 and it was approx 2 Hrs from Cape Town. On arrival there was a good breakfast provided (on the boat there was unlimited drinks, snacks and a sandwich, when you return there's a hot lunch). The boat was excellent as were the crew we got very lucky and got to go down 3 times seeing a shark make a numbers of turns every time. I could of gone in a 4th time but had enough at that stage! The only reason this wasn't a 5 star review was that there could of been a bit more of a continuous narrative or brief while on the boat about the sharks etc. The staff were excellent and had huge knowledge when asked. But if they used the microphone to give regular bits of info that would of kept the momentum up between sightings. Would highly recommend.
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Response from Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Hello anthonydD8455ZX, Thank you for your great appreciation of the whole shark cage diving experience! It is good to read that we mostly delived more than you expected on such a tour. Thank you for your advice about the narrative that should be more integrated as part of the experience and will certainly keep the excitement flowing! We value our client input as we are always looking for ways to better the shark diving experience. Enjoy your memorable moments and do visit us again sometime in the future! Warm regards from the whole team!
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