Great white sharks are probably the most powerful predator in our oceans, and their attraction for divers and shark lovers is just as powerful. Our range of great white shark diving trips take you to the best and safest locations to come face to face with these magnificent animals.
Why our great white shark dving holidays are so successful
Where to see great white sharks
Great whites sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) are primarily found in temperate coastal waters, although are known to roam far and wide across our seas and oceans. While known to inhabit many regions in the world, there are three main areas for exceptional encounters with great white sharks: Australia’s Neptune Islands; Isla Guadalupe, off Mexico’s Pacific coast; and Gaansbai in South Africa.
South Africa is famous for the breaching great white sharks found around seal island and the adrenaline driven dives from Gansbaai. The large seal population keeps great white sharks in the vicinity throughout the year. The unique topography of the region often causes the sharks to leap and fully exit the water when hunting the seals - a very memorable and special moment if you are fortunate enough to witness it!
Isla Guadalupe in Mexico, is praised around the world for the high visibility offered to divers wanting to get up close to the formidable great white sharks. Divers are usually presented with 30 metres visibility providing perfect photographic moments with the kings of the ocean. The endemic Guadalupe fur seals that breed only on the one island are an additional bonus for those who visit this beautiful location.
The Neptune Islands in Southern Australia have gained a reputation for some of the most memorable great white encounters in recent years due to the beautiful waters and inquisitive nature of the sharks. Divers can experience a plethora of marine life in the locations around the great white sharks which only adds to the excitement of cage diving. Those who decide to be in an ocean floor cage can often have the added bonus of encounters with rays and large groupers.
Due to their immense power and status as the apex predator of our seas and oceans, the only safe way to be in the water with great white sharks is by cage diving. While encounters are thrilling and set the pulse racing of even the most hardened divers, diving with great whites is a pursuit which can be enjoyed by all levels of diver and even those with no prior diving experience.
Do I need to be an experienced diver?
Not at all. Many cage dives cater for those who have no scuba diving experience or qualifications. Attached to the side of the boat and at the surface of the water, many cage dives only require a snorkel or holding your breath as a shark passes.
Some locations require diving qualifications as the cage is completely submerged and sometimes descended to the seabed where scuba equipment is needed.
Is cage diving safe?
Cage diving is incredibly safe and essential to dive with great white sharks. The cages are made from strong metal frames and many cages are covered with a metal mesh have lids. Cages are connected to the dive boat via lines and are continuously supervised by experienced crew. Most cages are secured to the side of the boat for security and easy access for those wishing to watch the sharks in their natural habitat. Occasionally cages are lowered deeper into the water, and sometimes to the sea floor, but they remain connected to the dive boat.
Our cage diving holidays provide some of the most breath-taking forms of underwater adventure. Witnessing these alluring, magnificent, and vulnerable animals is an experience that never leaves those who embrace it.