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Great White Shark Tours

Gansbaai, South Africa
+27 28 384 1418
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Gansbaai
Owner description: The owner and founder Brian McFarlane is a professional diver and skipper who has always made a living from the sea. He started diving for perlemoen... more » Owner description: The owner and founder Brian McFarlane is a professional diver and skipper who has always made a living from the sea. He started diving for perlemoen (abalone) at a young age, then moved on to become a commercial fisherman for 6 years and spent another 6 years diving in search of wrecks along the southern coast of Africa. This was followed by the diving for diamonds from the sea bed for the next 20 years.He has become a local legend with his fascinating tales about the sea and underwater experiences. During the timewhen Great White Shark fishing was allowed, Brian caught Great Whites, some weighing more than 1 ton.Today, he dearly regrets this and now spends his time and efforts in finding the great beasts to be observedand photographed at close range. Brian has worked with the Great Whites for 18 years, and has only had6 non-sighting days in the last 10 years. « less
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Brian runs a tight ship (no pun intended). He made me feel safe from the getgo with his no nonsense attitude. His crew is efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and made sure that we got our money's worth. Truly worth the money!

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review and for using us Susan! Safety, Friendliness and Efficiency are our top priorities. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your visit with us! Be sure to visit us again when back in SA. Best regards Team GWST More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I went cage diving with my bestfriend in South Africa. We wanted to dive with this company because Brian does a lot for the sharks. The crew on the boat had so much love and respect for the sharks and they told us alot about them. We went in the cage,it was so cold,but exiting at the same time. The... More

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hi Tonje! Thank you so much for choosing us for your Great White Shark diving experience. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope you'll be back for another visit soon! Best Regards Team GWST More

Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Full disclosure up front....I've been dreaming of this experience since I was 5 and watched jaws for the first time and wouldn't take a bath alone until I was 7. I planned out trip to South Africa for almost a year. We had tons of things planned for this trip but seeing a white shark with Brian was the reason... More

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

What a fantastic review, thank you so much Whiskeynewf! We are so happy that we could accommodate you in the end and that you could enjoy the experience with us. We truly hope that you will be back again soon and that the weather plays along the next time you're here! Best Regards and see you soon. Team GWST More

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

How's it Brian, I've had the most extraordinary shark diving trips this week! I especially like the great white female I named patches, because of a square of pokadots on her Tail! The crew was awesome, I will treasure the video always! This is my 5, 6th shark dive and the best ones yet. Dankie von Kanada

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Howzit from SA Fischhunter! So glad you enjoyed the trip! Love the name patches, hope you'll be back to visit again soon and hopefully see her again! Thanks for the kind words. Cheers Team GWST More

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Really great experience; well looked after. Breakfast before the trip and lunch after were provided. Great crew; really friendly. We moved from one spot to another to ensure we saw the great white sharks. My only issue was sea sickness! Having to get into the wetsuit on board was quite difficult but overall fab trip!

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hi Carly! Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We are glad you enjoyed your trip, save for the sea sickness. We do always advise our guests to be sure to take sea sickness tablets before joining us on a trip as most people take a while to getused to the ebb & sway. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

One word: AMAZING!! everyone was really kind and helpfull and they gave us a lot of information about the sharks and their environment. I felt save the whole trip!

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Renee! We're glad that you found the trip informative and our staff will be glad to hear that you enjoyed their company. We hope you'll return for another trip soon! Kind Regards Team GWST More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My son and I had the privilege of going with this company on a shark tour. Outstanding. The service, staff, reception facility, breakfast, boat - everything was excellent. Our morning tour out had a total of 18 sharks come by - fantastic. Great White Shark Tours is really an outstanding company. BE AWARE OF THIS THOUGH: SEASICKNESS. We thought we... More

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Dear Shalom, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We are so sad to hear that you got so sick on the boat and that it hampered your enjoyment slightly.We do always advise our guests to be sure to take sea sickness tablets before joining us on a trip as most people take a while... More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The best experience ever loved it so much, I would recommend this to anyone it was totally awesome. The crew was amazing it was very organised, very friendly, I felt safe most importantly, and our experience was made to be one to remembered. Excellent time. Thank you so much.

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

It is so great to hear that you enjoyed all the aspects of your trip with us Jassy! We do hope to see you again on your return trip to SA! All the Best Team GWST More

Feltham
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have used Great white shark tours for the 3rd year running now and wouldn't dream of using anyone else. The whole set up is so professional and they go out of there way to make your day extra special. This year we did 4 trips in 1 week as the conditions were absolutely perfect and loved everyone of them... More

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the support Chris! We are absolutely delighted to have you diving with us and can't wait to welcome you back again soon! Kind Regards Team GWST More

Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The breakfast, lunch, and snack were surprisingly good. The crew was very professional. The only reason it wasn't a 5 star was that there was not oxygen mask and you had to hold your breath underwater in the cage. This meant tasting the salty water and chum while looking for sharks. Everything else was amazing. They gave us a lot... More

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review

Hi Irene, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We do always advise our guests to be sure to take sea sickness tablets before joining us on a trip as most people take a while to get their "sea legs". Regarding the oxygen - we are not allowed to use constant air and sharks are... More

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