Once in a Lifetime Chance Shark Cage Diving in Gaansbai with Marine Dynamics

There are not a lot of places in the world where you can be mano-a-mano with one of the biggest predators in the deep sea.

The Great White shark is typically not something you think about swimming with but if you’re an adrenaline junkie, like facing your fears and coming away with bragging rights, cage diving should be high on your list of things to do when going to South Africa.

A day prior to your cage dive, Marine Dynamics reached out to us by phone to confirm your start time because they need to account for things like water conditions.


We’re given a full briefing about the incredible conservation work that the organization is doing, about the Great White shark, and what we’re to expect in the waters.

Once we get the go-ahead from the captain and everyone is ready with their swim suits, we make our way out of the Great White House.

The boat ride out to towards Dyer Island and the dive spot is a quick 20 minutes but a thrill of a lifetime from where we were sitting. They give us waterproof jackets for a reason.

As part of the first group to go in, we suit up with the help of the crew. We very much appreciated the dry and not-so-smelly wetsuits.  This is a full wetsuit including hood and mask.

We take a deep breath of air and drop into the water to see if we can catch a glimpse.  It’s a Copper shark! I completely lose track of time at this point.

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