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Address: 1 Swart Street, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0) 82 441 4555
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Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education...

Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education initiatives of all shark species around our coastline Owned by Michael Rutzen who has been working with great white sharks since 1994. Four years later Mike began freediving with great white sharks and is now known worldwide as one of the few people who is able to interact with these magnificent predators outside the safety of the cage!Breathtaking images of Mike have been featured in numerous magazines and documentaries including BEYOND FEAR (National Geographic) and SHARKMAN (Discovery). Mike’s aim is to portray positive images of great white sharks in order to dispel the ‘JAWS’ myth.Mike is a PADI Instructor and the only person in the world qualified to teach the prestigious Great White Shark Distinctive Specialty PADI course. He is a qualified skipper, First Aid instructor, qualified rebreather, nitrox and commercial diver. Your skipper Frank Rutzen has spent his life on the ocean from Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Western Cape. He has worked in the great white shark cage diving industry since 1995 and has a passion for wildlife and an extensive knowledge of the Dyer Island marine ecosystem.Nsunda is a qualified South African tour guide and qualified scuba diver. He will help you with all your diving equipment needs and make sure that your day runs smoothly!Shark Diving Unlimited was the company of choice for HRH Prince Harry, His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt.

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Amazing Family Shark Cage Diving Adventure!

WOW, what an adventure! We were visiting from Dubai and had this company recommended to me by my brother who is a fan of Mike Rutzen's shark documentaries. We arrived early and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

WOW, what an adventure! We were visiting from Dubai and had this company recommended to me by my brother who is a fan of Mike Rutzen's shark documentaries. We arrived early and had some brekkie ahead of the briefing. It was then time to head down to the boat at the harbour. We headed out to sea as the sun... More 

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New York
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this company through Cape Xtreme, and went on the full day tour with my boyfriend earlier this month. I honestly don't have suoer strong feelings about this. We saw a few sharks, but they were mostly small. I'm a bit irritated that Cape Xtreme told me this is the best time to see sharks, yet Sdu mentioned winter... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly I'd like to say my bad review is not because we didn't see any sharks, because we did.the problems started when we realised how many people where packed onto the boat. It was way too overcrowded, then when on our way out to sea they gave out the wet suits that were shoddy and wet. Then this is when... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on this tour no intending to actually go into the cage. Am I glad I did - there is nothing to fear at all - it is just one of the most fascinating experiences ever. Since then I have been watching the global shark killing with increasing aversion and am an active campaigner (at least through the internet).... More 

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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were the first boat to depart of the six company's licensed to dive in the protected bay and all but the last one to return. Heinrich and the crew did everything they could to provide a safe, fulfilling and fun experience with these unpredictable creatures. After spotting what we think was a humpback whale in the morning, and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Booked via extreme scene (separate review created). Had a great experience with both companies I have waited 20 years to see great white sharks up close and by using Extreme scene I got to see them very up close! At one point I was eye to eye with a 4 meter shark! Pick up point was from Cape Town and... More 

1 Thank Alan E
Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We were lucky and had 5 great whites pass in front of us on our trip. The dive shop customer service was awesome. They took special effort to get us on a trip last minute, provided a full hot breakfast and lunch, provided facilities to shower and towels, and were so friendly. It was rainy and choppy, but i couldn't... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

The staff at Shark Diving Unlimited are very helpful and give you great service. I went on a cage diving trip which was very well run by the team. I also did a breaching trip which was the highlight of the trip to Kleinbaai as we saw a breach happen within the first few minutes. Also the food afterwards is... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had booked shark diving trough Afrika Safari and we had a great experience. We had a really good guide. He was fun and made the day awsome for us, specially helped me alot since i got sea sick. The only problem for us was that the Sharks had taken vacation and it was not many Sharks at home that... More 

Thank angel1302
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were booked with Shark Diving Unlimited through Extreme Scene and had a great experience with both (Extreme Scene review separate). It's about 2 hours from Cape Town in a very comfortable minibus, then there's a breakfast spread and you're out to the boat. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND some sort of seasick pills (non-drowsy). Even if you're a solid citizen,... More 

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