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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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went on the trip as two adults and a nine year old child. You should choose this company for many different reasons! All the crew are helpful and professional. They made sure everyone was cared for in a safe and efficient manor. The main reason to choose Brian over the other companies is that on the day we booked... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great experience, great day, great crew, great company!! We loved this tour and were very impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of all of the staff. We are so happy to be able to add this adventure to our trip!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

One of the best experiences of my life. The entire team was so welcoming, knowledgeable and professional. Shark cage diving is essentially a fear-conquering activity for anyone, and we were made to feel assured and safe from the word go. We had clear water and countless sharks... a very eventful day and I highly recommend it! My only advice is... More

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

Oh no Jbuz, sorry to hear that the seasickness got you, however we are glad that you enjoyed the rest of the experience with us and that you felt safe and reassured while in our care. Winter time is the best time for shark viewing as the water is warmer and so much clearer and were glad you were able... More

George, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Awesome experience start to finish - husband got in the cage my son and I were on the boat - you could feel the owner/Captains passion for the sharks as well as making sure we were all as comfortable as possible - within minutes of anchoring there was a sighting of a GW - takes your breath away seeing them... More

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

What lovely words, thank you Kaz! How fabulous that you and your husband brought your son along on the trip, it is great when kids learn from an early age to appreciate and respect Great White Sharks and the Ocean they live in. We are so glad that you all enjoyed your trip with us and hope you'll be back... More

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My entire family is so happy we did this! It is exciting, but we weren't worried about safety at all. The sharks swim extremely close to you and you can truly understand how massive these animals are! I would definitely recommend this company everyone that works here took great care of us! You start the day with a great breakfast... More

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

We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your trip with us Elise! We pride ourselves on our safety record and we are always happy when our guests feel safe and happy in our care. Thank you for the great review, we hope to see you again on your next visit. Best Regards Team GWST More

Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Thanks Great White Shark Tours team you guys gave your best Got more than expected An experience that will last Grant and Sebastian

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

Thank you for the great feedback Grant & Sebastian! Thank you for diving with us and we hope you will visit again when back in South Africa! Best Wishes Team GWST More

Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
1 review
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

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