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Address: 1 Swart Street, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0) 82 441 4555
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Description: 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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Melbourne, Australia

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A warm welcome was followed by an informative briefing before heading out to the boat. The weather was rough and this was one of the only companies sailing. They explained that it would be completely safe but that some people might feel sea sick and what to do if that happened. The experienced crew found an anchorage near shark alley... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Wow, what an amazing experience... the guides were fun and interactive, we had a stunning dive with some beautiful great whites, and we're really taken care of. Highly recommended experience :)

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Good service from the tour operator. Didn't feel touristy unlike some others we encountered. Thoughtful to keep warm breakfast spread n soup prior n after the tour concluded. Gave every1 an equal opportunity to view the sharks both in the cage n in the boat and they did a great job of luring them. The great whites of course never... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Let me start by saying that I am fascinated with sharks and was so excited to finally get to see whites up close. I chose Shark Diving Unlimited because it was Mike Rutzen company, and seeing his documentaries I thought the trip would be fun and informative. Don't expect Mike to be there though. I booked well in advance with... More 

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Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I had read such great things about Mike Rutzen and his work with great white sharks I assumed his shark cage diving operation would be top notch. Well, it wasn't and although we saw about 6-7 14ft great whites the dive group was so large it made for a very unpleasant experience. From my research, many operators take large groups... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Sometimes you forget some of the attractions you visit on holiday, until you see a photo to remind you. This isn't one of those places. The bracing (polite for very cold) sea is tempered slightly by the provision of wetsuits, but does nothing for the chill you get dropping into the green murky sea to the imagined haunting "Jaws" theme.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Where do I start :) This is the 2nd time I have had the privilege to go Shark diving with Mike and his amazing team. it all started with the professional and quick responses from the team prior to booking and arriving at the base camp in Gansbaai. Once I had booked with them I basically got everything i needed... More 

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