We had a very early pick up time of 4am and quite a long drive outside of Cape Town, but it meant we didn't lose a whole day. The staff kindly agreed to attach a trailer to the minibus and take our suitcases as we were changing hostels that day, and they made sure we were home in plenty of time for something we had booked for later in the afternoon. A very nice breakfast was provided upon arrival. We had planned to buy an underwater camera for the experience, but were very shocked by the cost just to rent the camera and keep the SD card! It would probably be cheaper to buy one in advance, or a case for your existing camera. The boat was quite crowded and meant that getting changed into the wetsuits was difficult in such a cramped space. Not for the very modest! It was quite challenging to find a matching pair of wetsuit socks/shoes, all were soaking wet and didn't feel very pleasant. The day took a turn for the worse after about 20 minutes when the boat stopped and the seasickness kicked in. The rest of the trip was spent comforting my friends who were chucking up over the side of the boat. Even I began to feel a little queasy despite having very good sea-legs- mainly because of the fishblood and fish head that was being wafted around under our noses. I understand this is a necessary part of shark cage diving, but perhaps something to consider if you're a little faint-hearted. Definitely think twice about this if you suffer from seasickness- anti-sickness pills did not help my boyfriend at all! By the time we got into the water, all fear had been replaced by a desperation to get off the boat. The sharks came very close and it was a thrilling experience! We didn't get any breathing apparatus, but instead held our breath and bobbed down when the people on the boat shouted that a shark was approaching- this worked fine. However, I'm not convinced we had the full time in the water that the previous groups had- as we were the last group, I suspect there was a rush to get back in time and that our time was cut short. However, we still had plenty of time to appreciate the sharks.Overall it was a decent trip- the staff were friendly and helpful, but I'm not sure it was worth all the seasickness experienced.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
September 12, 2013
Report response as inappropriate
I thank you for your review. I am so glad too hear that you had a "thrilling experience" with "friendly and helpful staff" whilst joining us on your shark experience. I thank you as well for the constructive feedback. This will surely assist us in constantly improving on our service levels and high standards that we have set out for ourselves to achieve and maintain.
Regarding the seasickness: Thorough weather checks are done prior to any trip. Our clients safety and comfort is always our top priority. However, seasickness is totally out of our control. Seasickness is totally all in the mind however, we do encourage all our clients to take medication beforehand if they are prone to motion sickness. Another measure against the seasickness is that we provide lollipops on the boat - yes, this truly helps against motion sickness. Thirdly, during our briefing we specifically encourage clients that feel way more seasick than normal to make use of the services of a rubberduck (our "hospitalboat") that will come and fetch them from our shark vessel. At the end of the day, it is the clients choice to stay on the shark vessel because the boat won't be able to return to shore while other clients have also been paying for the full experience.
White Shark Adventures
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.