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“Most wonderful day with Captain Brian and the wonderful staff at Great White Shark Tours” 5 of 5 stars
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Great White Shark Tours
8 Swart Street | Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, South Africa
+27 28 384 1418
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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.
Port Charlotte, Florida
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“Most wonderful day with Captain Brian and the wonderful staff at Great White Shark Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

If I could give this tour 10 stars, I would! Everything about this experience was wonderful, from the first contact with Chrissie, via email to our actual day on the water. She patiently answered all of my many questions and even suggested the best day for our dive. I was a little reluctant, since i had gone on a dive the year before with another company in the area, and had not had the best experience. However, my day with Captain Brian and Great White Shark Tours, erased all of that and the day was so fantastic that we are planning to make this a part of our tour each year.
Captain Brian's vast experience and love for what he does clearly shows throughout the day. The experience was so authentic that my husband and I returned with a sense of awe and respect for these magnificent creatures.
And as if our perfect day on the water wasn't enough, our driver stopped so we could observe several Southern Right Whales that had recently arrived from Antartica. While we were watching the whales, Captain Brian walked up to join us. Clearly his life's work is also his life's passion and one gets the feeling that sharing it with others is what he loves best.

Visited July 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review and for taking the time to post one! We appreciate that very much.

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us and we are very much looking fwd to welcoming you back next year!

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“Can't Say Enough Good Things”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

High recommendation for the staff and crew of Great White Shark Tours. We had some flexibility on our day to come, and we called the office to ask them our best options. They looked at the weather that was upcoming and we booked based on their suggestion. We ended up with perfect sun and low wind. Brian is an excellent captain and the crew was great with all the (often squealing) passengers. My 12-year-old daughter had wanted to do this and she went down twice and it was one of the highlights of her trip to SA. Thanks Annamarie for helping us sort our ever-changing booking. Two big thumbs up.

Visited June 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
We are so glad that you and your daughter enjoyed the experience and we hope you will visit us again soon!

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“One off the "bucket list"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

After researching several dive charters before leaving for SA, I settled on Great White Shark Tours run by Brian McFarlane. Brian is one of the true iconic figures in the Great White shark area, with years of knowledge. He's responsible for a lot of the "Shark Week" footage that is seen. We had an early departure as a front was coming in, but we made it to Dreyer Island in calm seas and anchored. Within what seemed like minutes we had several juveniles around the boat, then some big males at 13-14ft. The crew were excellent in getting divers in and out of cage and calling out the direction of the sharks. They gave us as many dives as we wanted which in our case was 3 dives at between 20-30 minutes in the cage. Fabulous experience with a great organization

Visited June 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us! We hope to see you back for a return visit again soon!

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“Amazing, Fantastic, Awesome Adventure Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Sharks Sharks Sharks is what we went to see and we saw plenty of them (7 females and 1 male) up close and personal. Excellent crew, did everything possible to give us maximum fun and an awesome experience of a lifetime to see the beautiful creatures majestically. I went through a lot of reviews on tripadvisor and choose this particular tour operator and i got my money's worth of it. Brilliant, must do while in Cape Town.

Visited May 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Thank you so much for choosing to dive with us and for taking the time to post a review Manu!
We are so glad we could make your experience a memorable one!

We hope to see you again soon.

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“AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We loved our shark diving experience, it was the most amazing cold experience I will ever stay cold for! It was so relaxed and enjoyable and the food was so tasty after a day of diving! The crew knew some of the sharks which was quite nice to hear about how they have tacked the where abouts of a few, they are very passionate about their job, it was lovely to hear. I would definitely do it again and I know my boyfriend would too, I would recommend everyone to do this experience at least once in your life.

Visited April 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip CatJens and we're sorry that you were cold, our ocean's water does tend to be a bit chilly around here, which is why the sharks love it so much.

Hope to see you again.

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