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“We saw Great White Sharks, but.....”

Sharklady Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sharklady Adventures offers small exclusive shark diving trips and educational tours twice daily. This means that the trip is more informative AND you’ll have more time in the cage.Sharklady Adventures is a permit holding shark cage diving company run by Kim 'Sharklady' Maclean. Kim pioneered shark cage diving in South Africa in 1992 and is committed to being a responsible and eco-friendly operation. We do not interfere with the sharks and we do not pollute the environment. Sharklady Adventures complies with the strictest code of conduct and safety for our clients, our boat, and the great white sharks, as laid down by local Marine & Coastal Management.Sharklady Adventures conserve and protect the sharks and all marine life on our coastline. We are dedicated to creating awareness of Great White Sharks through education, especially to the local children who are the future of our country.
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“We saw Great White Sharks, but.....”
Reviewed November 15, 2010

Our experience with Sharklady Adventures began when our booking with Unreal Dive Expeditions was handed off to Sharklady Adventures.

We booked our trip through the Unreal Dive website which advertised a full day trip in Shark Alley between the mainland and Dyer Island, where there are Cape Fur Seal and seabird colonies. The trip was supposed to include breakfast, and dinner on our return, as well as sandwiches and refreshments on board. We were expecting the opportunity to have a few sessions in the cage with the sharks. (We subsequently found out that Unreal Dive Expeditions do not have a boat, and so book all their customers with other operators. See review for Unreal Dive Expeditions)

We arrived at the joining point advised by Unreal Dive, which turned out to be Sharklady’s “White Shark Embassy”. We still thought we were going out with Unreal Dive. We were asked to pay the Unreal Dive price for the trip prior to going and following a cup of aging coffee and a safety briefing we left for Kleinbaai Harbour and the boat.
The boat was quite small, and was overloaded with 21 guests plus crew. (The Sharklady website suggests party sizes of around 12 to 15.) It turned out we were the second trip of the day, so we were not getting a full day trip. We each (4 at a time) only had one dive in the cage which lasted about 30 minutes; we did see Great White Sharks, in the cage and out on deck, and generally had a good experience. We were, however, nowhere near Shark Alley, or Dyer Island, so no seals and no seabirds. Also no scuba or snorkels provided for the dive, as well as other minor shortfalls.

We only worked it out later that we had been with Sharklady and not Unreal Dive, the name on the boat was the giveaway!

I emailed Kim MacLean (Sharklady) on my return to the UK and explained my disappointment with the trip she had provided in comparison with trip advertised on her website and for the higher than advertised price I had paid. She agreed with me and suggested a 50% refund which I accepted. This offer is still outstanding and has now been withdrawn. All a bit disappointing.

Sharklady accepted bookings from Unreal Dive knowing that she could not provide the service the customer had booked. On our trip, Sharklady did not provide the service advertised at the time on the Sharklady website either.

So if you are keen to go Great White Shark cage diving, which I can thoroughly recommend, even after my somewhat disappointing experience, my recommendation would be to use one of the operators affiliated to the Gansbaai Tourism Bureau (http://www.gansbaaiinfo.com/ ) who do have boats, and do “what it says on the tin”!

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