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“There is a reason they are ranked #1” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great White Shark Tours

Great White Shark Tours
8 Swart Street | Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, South Africa
+27 28 384 1418
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Ranked #2 of 19 Activities in Gansbaai
Type: Adventure
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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.
Richmond Hill Ontario
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“There is a reason they are ranked #1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

After reading many reviews here on Trip Advisor, I decided to choose Great White for my first experience with Sharks - I was not dissapointed. Apart from getting up at 5.30 am for my 6.10am pick up - everything was perfect.

This is not the cheapest option in town, but I would argue it is probably the best value if you are looking for experience (and a large boat). Staff were friendly and knowledgable and food/drink was plentyfull (water, sandwiches, chips, power bars, and even some candy which helps if you are feeling a little sea sick).

Today we had 18 on the boat (about 1/2 capacity) so plenty of options to jump in the cage to see the Great Whites. Be prepared for a visit to see the seals - fantastic but the smell is something I guarantee you will never forget.

The team take their job seriously but still have fun with the tourists. Great t-shirts available post trip ($150 R) and the video of the day is a little touristy ($250 R) but much better than renting an underwater camera and taking a few shots while trying to keep yourself underwater.

Best views of the sharks is achieved by getting as far down in the cage as possible (ie sit at bottom). Wetsuits are great at keeping you warm, although a little tough to get on (and off).

Overall the trip is worth the loss of sleep - crossed it off the bucket list.

CC

Visited May 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Thank you so much for choosing us and for taking the time to write a review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope you will return for another trip very soon!

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“What a day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

There are several companies offering Great White shark diving. I chose this because of the money back guarantee, nice boat, good homepage, excellent TA reviews and safety record.

Drove to Kleinsbaai by my self. Were a bit early, but were welcomed and the fixed me up with some coffee. The first hour of so is for paper work, safety instructions, and a light breakfast.

The Apex Predator was a nice boat. There were almost no waves the day we went. After the chumming we had to wait before the Great Whites appeared. In total a think we saw about 10.

Got good help with putting on the gear and getting into the cage. Were in the cage several times, as we rotated a lot. Was really fun when the sharks came very close to the cafe. When all had seen enough sharks we the boat visited Duiker Island for a look at the sharks' food.

In total - a great day! Highly recommended.

Visited April 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for the lovely feedback Janao!

We are so happy that you picked us and that you enjoyed your trip. We hope you return again sometime soon!

Warm SA Regards
Team GWST
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Memorable day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We chose this operator because they were rated No.1 on TripAdvisor and they certainly lived up to their reputation.
The warm reception on arrival and the knowledgeable and passionate crew contributed to making this a truly memorable day.
Seeing sharks so close up and personal has changed my view of them and just as with all wild animals I have a healthy respect for sharks now rather than just fear them.
Thank you to Brain and his team Gert, Eric and Dira for all their efforts that went into making this a special day.

Visited April 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for choosing us and for taking the time to give us some feedback Debsanne!

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you back again very soon.

Best wishes
Team GWST
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Canberra, Australia
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“Excellent Value for Money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We picked this company after inspecting the boats and cages of a number of operators at Gansbaai beforehand. On the day we had fantastic weather, calm sea, a well drilled team, better than average visibility (about 4 - 5 meters) for that spot and time of the year and enough big sharks to keep the cage dwellers happy. My wife did not go in the cage but in the fine conditions she saw enough from above the water to make her day. I particularly liked (1) the way Brian was monitoring everything and quickly adjusting the program and dive location to maximise the experience for all the divers; (2) the care shown by the team for the well-being of the sharks; (3) assistance in getting in and out of wet suits as well as in and out of the cage; and (4) the breakfast beforehand, lunch on-board and afternoon tea on completion. All in all a fantastic, unforgettable day. We will definitely be back again on our next visit to SA (when the sharks have moved to Shark Alley and the visibility is better). I will be bringing a thermal vest to fit under the wet suit and a pair of diving gloves.

Visited April 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
Thank you for the feedback "Old-Buddy", the team really appreciate hearing back from clients! Hope to see you back soon again, thermal vest and all!

Cheers
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“Excellent tour and once-in-a-life time experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Arranging trip with Great White Shark Tour was super easy and hassle free. I booked my trip through internet and just showed up the day of. We waited about 30 mins before everyone showed up. We then had breakfast, made our payments and a short briefing session before we were on our way out to the sharks alley, which was about 20-30 mins by the boat. It took another 15 mins for the crew to pick a good spot, but once they started chumming up the water, we were surrounded by 3-4 great whites within five minutes.

The crew was extremely helpful in ensuring we all got a great view of the sharks. The water was very cold so you don't want to put your head under water when the sharks aren't around, and the crew did a great job of warning you when you should go underwater. I had one of the sharks charge at the cage right in front of my face!

It's a weather-dependent activity, but when we went (Nov 6, 2012) the weather couldn't be any more perfect

Visited November 2012
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Glad you enjoyed your trip with us!

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for choosing GWST !

See you soon
The Shark Team
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