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Address: 1 Swart Street, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
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+27 82 441 4555

Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education...

Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education initiatives of all shark species around our coastline Owned by Michael Rutzen who has been working with great white sharks since 1994. Four years later Mike began freediving with great white sharks and is now known worldwide as one of the few people who is able to interact with these magnificent predators outside the safety of the cage!Breathtaking images of Mike have been featured in numerous magazines and documentaries including BEYOND FEAR (National Geographic) and SHARKMAN (Discovery). Mike’s aim is to portray positive images of great white sharks in order to dispel the ‘JAWS’ myth.Mike is a PADI Instructor and the only person in the world qualified to teach the prestigious Great White Shark Distinctive Specialty PADI course. He is a qualified skipper, First Aid instructor, qualified rebreather, nitrox and commercial diver. Your skipper Frank Rutzen has spent his life on the ocean from Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Western Cape. He has worked in the great white shark cage diving industry since 1995 and has a passion for wildlife and an extensive knowledge of the Dyer Island marine ecosystem.Nsunda is a qualified South African tour guide and qualified scuba diver. He will help you with all your diving equipment needs and make sure that your day runs smoothly!Shark Diving Unlimited was the company of choice for HRH Prince Harry, His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt.

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Be prepared for an early start from Cape Town if you are getting the transfer. We got picked up at 4:40 a.m! Breakfast on arrival was really yummy but don't eat too much in case... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful exhilarating experience. This is Sharkman Mike Rutzen's business and the best in the industry. We had a memorable boat trip and dive seeing 3 Great Whites. Friendly and helpful staff, amazing breakfast, can't wait to go back.

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just back from a fantastic morning with shark diving unlimited. We got picked up by the company in a minibus from Cape Town at 4:30 this morning for the 2 1/2 hour drive to the base. When we arrived there was food (egg muffins, cereal, yoghurts) and hot/cold drinks available before we set off. If you get sea sick try... More 

Thank Alana D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be prepared for an early start from Cape Town if you are getting the transfer. We got picked up at 4:40 a.m! Breakfast on arrival was really yummy but don't eat too much in case you get seasick! It only takes about 15 minutes to get to the dive spot, but the water can be rough so be warned. Once... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ask the company what the visibility under water is before you go out. We spent 5 hours, one of them in cold water, hoping to see a shark when we dipped our heads under water. Even though the sharks came close to eat the fish head we could not see them. Best view of sharks was the video the guide... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Food was tasty and we saw lots of sharks, great whites have always been my biggest fear so this was a really thrilling experience. However I feel like they're missing out on a huge opportunity to educate people on these massively feared predators... The skipper didn't tell us anything about sharks or the area, just told us when to get... More 

Thank Kittykattt
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

We got cancelled the morning itself at 6 am after we had to call them. Most likely a great shark diving experience but they need to work on the communication towards their customers

Thank Coen d
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

We went cage diving with these guys and it was great although I didn't get a bit sea sick but we saw plenty of sharks! Highly recommended!

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

Thank you for the amazing experience. Despite having to wait for other people to arrive late to join us for the dive we felt safe and well catered for with the lovely breakfast muffins in particular (would recommend) and soup lunch. A video was also offered but as we'd recently bought a new GoPro and got some great footage we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Due to bad weather, we were unable to do the shark dive on the day we originally wanted. However, Shark Dive Unlimited managed to squeeze us onto an early session at short notice which we were very pleased at. After an early start we arrived to a warm welcome from the staff. They took us through a quick briefing of... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

Very professional crew and we saw tons of sharks! Our trip lasted about 3 hours Pros + Saw lots of sharks + The team was good at pulling the sharks close to the cage for a good view + Breakfast was provided before the trip + Drinks were available on the boat + Wet suits, dry towels, etc we provided... More 

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