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Address: 1 Swart Street, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0) 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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Down down down... Amazinggg!

My partner and I were in Cape Town in September 2016, and we were on the fence about shark cage diving for fear of not seeing any sharks. Boy, were we glad that we went for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My partner and I were in Cape Town in September 2016, and we were on the fence about shark cage diving for fear of not seeing any sharks. Boy, were we glad that we went for it! Most of the Gansbaai operators were fully booked when we called the day before but thankfully, there was still availability at Shark Diving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

What a great adrenalin fueled day. A really early start, pickup was in Cape town. Had a very nervous hearty breakfast before we walked down to the launch. The captain traversed the rocky exit out of Gansbaai perfectly. We saw about 6 sharks of which the biggest one was about 4.5 meters. That is about 1 tonne of shark. Had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing day. The guide was knowledgeable and have loads of information about the Sharks and other wildlife . Had loads of time in the cage to see the Sharks. Lovely homemade breakfast and lunch as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend Shark Diving Unlimited. It was a very professional operation , from the prompt pickup at our hotel to the actual dive itself. The operators were friendly and prompt in responding to our email inquiry. None of the other companies bothered to respond. Food was good and the Sharks did their part! I got great photos and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Would recommend to all 100% The staff were very friendly and helpful and couldn't do more to make your day more enjoyable and "relaxing". Very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions and have photos taken. Will be going back again one day in the future. If I could give more than 5* I would've

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

"Down! Down! Down!" Those are the words you wait to hear with excitement when on the tour. The crew alerts you and tells you when to "dive" - that's when you get to see the sharks up close as they (yes, a couple of them) swim pass the cage and sometimes towards the cage with gaping mouth. It was an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Transportation, Breakfast and lunch with refreshment are provided which is excellent, amazing journey through Cape Town for about 2 hours with beautiful scenery and nature. Perfect spot where you find the great whites, expert instructors (the best in this business) for safety and knows how to bring the sharks close to you. Sharks already started to come even before we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Staff is very friendly and instructions are clear. Everyone can do this! You don't need to have diving experience. Just step into the cage and follow the instructions. Experience to see white sharks that close is unique!

Thank Marianne V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We wanted to experience this, but not feel like we are part of a tour group. Several locals recommended this company above all others and they were correct. Everything was fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Shark Diving Unlimited were great from start to finish. We were collected on time from our hotel in Cape Town, and were welcomed by a tasty breakfast in Gansbaai. Unfortunately the tide wasn't our friend and we were delayed by several hours, however we were kept entertained by the staff who showed us around the bay. When Mother Nature finally... More 

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