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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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Shark Diving Unlimited

Basic breakfast at arrival. We had an introduction speech then went on the boat. We were around 20 + the crew. With 5 less, would have been more comfortable. We had the pleasure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Cape Town, South Africa

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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I’m a bit of an adventure chick, I like to try activities that are a bit out of the ordinary and this was excellent. So on our South African honeymoon, after some paragliding off Table Mountain I was ready for SHARKS!!! We were picked up at our hotel in Cape Town by a funny and friendly driver who was surprisingly... More 

Thank Nadine F
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Basic breakfast at arrival. We had an introduction speech then went on the boat. We were around 20 + the crew. With 5 less, would have been more comfortable. We had the pleasure having Mike as skipper and while he is not spontaneously talkative, once one asks him questions and jokes with him, he opens up and gets more communicative.... More 

Thank Divico73
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just like others, shark diving is one of my top bucket list to do if im in South Africa. It was booked through our private guide and we have no idea that this company is own by the famous Mike Rutzen until i see a few superstar pictures on the wall and start googling about the company. Overall trip was... More 

Thank SingaporeYoungCouple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like so many others, shark cage diving is up there on our bucket list. And of course, Gansbaai is synonymous with sharks so it was an obvious choice. We contacted Shark Diving Unlimited, as the conservation aspects and expertise of owner/manager Mike Rutzen were very appealing. Our dive trip was arranged for a Tuesday morning, with the phone contact (... More 

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Rota, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

First attempt at a cage dive for some great whites. Nature didnt cooperate as the visibility was poor and the sharks uncooperative, not the company's fault as this is part of the risk with nature tours. regarding the company though- need a better organization. When we arrived there was no one greeting us and letting us know what the itinerary... More 

Thank Manodedios
Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Just returned from a trip with Shark Diving Unlimited, and I am less than impressed. The good: our driver picked us up ahead of schedule in Cape Town, was super friendly, and stopped for a bathroom/snack break each way. There was a decent breakfast available when we arrived in Gansbaai. Lunch on our return (not on the boat as their... More 

Thank Jennifer W
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I truly enjoyed seeing the sharks out in the water. I get that not every boat will get to see these animals, and sightings may be brief. However, when it came to the service, I felt a little disappointed. I would have appreciated a little explanation of what to expect: have your swimsuit on before getting on the boat, we'll... More 

Thank Sarah I
Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We went out on the boat on November 24, 2015. First the good. Nice to have some breakfast and coffee waiting when you get to the dive centre and lunch when you finished, that was a nice touch, and delicious too. Laura greeted each of us and has the personality to make a business like this work. She was very... More 

Thank bcguy123
Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The level of service and professionalism is absolutely not that of international standards - in Africa with African standards. The breakfast consisted of coffee and old bread rolls and some muffins and mini quiches. Lunch was some corn, leftover breakfast and some fruit. The boat was overloaded, the videographer was the guide too, and we understand that we are dealing... More 

Thank Richard E
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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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