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Shark Diving Unlimited

1 Swart Street, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
+27 (0) 82 441 4555
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Gansbaai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education initiatives of all shark species around our coastline Owned by Michael Rutzen who has... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Pakse, Laos
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Professional company, no complaints there. Free food before and After. We saw MANY sharks, but there's no real adrenaline and it's hard to see underwater even with mask. Plus, they chum the waters constantly, so you get nasty fish guts in your mouth. Also beware seasickness, it took out half of my friends.

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Oakville, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was one of the best experiences of my life. The whole trip was amazing! The team we had that brought us out was fantastic. You have no idea how amazing and exciting it is to be face to face with a Great White. I wish we were able to go out for a second trip before we left beautiful... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A very good company, which provided all the information and structure we needed for a very enjoyable afternoon. You can not ensure there will be lots of sharks just hanging out and waiting for you, but that´s part of the game, and having that consciousness just make the moment you spot then much nicer! We saw about 5 or 6... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This was the highlight of our South African trip. Going down in a cage with massive Great White sharks circling you. Just incredible. Still remember the guide yelling Down, Down, Down, and being face to face with a great white shark. Unbelievable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Our group of friends went Cage Diving Friday, 25 April 2014 with SDU. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had, the team we went with was friendly and very knowledgeable, we were fortunate enough to see 3 BIG sharks and everyone on board had enough time in the cage for the viewing! We will definitely be... More

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Miami, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

If you want to see great white sharks, and loads of other marine life to and from the cage location, SDU are the ones to go with! Life changing experience, with friendly, knowledgable staff and of course the one and only Mike Rutzen! Cage diving with Shark Diving Unlimited with great white sharks is something everyone must do and we... More

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Fuelman1
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I was initially excited by our visit to Gansbaai for this attraction. An early rise in Cape Town, a two hour drive couldn't deter that. On arrival, discovering we were from Perth, Australia (very topical on the shark front as 11 people have died on our coastline since 2000) the guide wanted to know if we'd signed a petition to... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I get it, these guys need to create a culture of shark love, or they'd go out of business. But they were a bit heavy on the "have you signed the petition against shark-culling in Australia???" Bit heavy on the "sharkman" idolisation of their founder. We were their to do a shark dive and that bit was light on. They... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I managed to do a cage dive with this company in Gaansbai. I was very impressed with the professionalism and service. Within 5 minutes of arriving at our location we had the first whites circling and in our time out there we had 5 to 6 different sharks

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We chose to go on this trip as part of our honeymoon, and I must say it was well worth it! My wife although in her own words "Doesn't do boat trips" thoroughly enjoyed her experience. The team were amazing with outstanding service. We were collected from our door, taken to Gansbaai for the trip and returned back to our... More

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