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“Amazing Experience”

Great White Shark Tours
Ranked #1 of 21 Tours in Gansbaai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 time when Great White Shark fishing was allowed, Brian caught Great Whites, some weighing more than 1 tonne.Today, he dearly regrets this and now spends his time and efforts in finding the great beasts to be observed and photographed at close range. Brian has worked with the Great Whites for 18 years and has only had 6 non-sighting days in the last 10 years.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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14 reviews
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“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Great White Shark Tours provided me with an absolutely amazing experience. Getting up close (despite the cage) to this great predator was an adrenalin rush. I was apprehensive at first but once in the water (which was cold) I got used to it. I was expecting “snuba” gear but holding your breath and sinking to the bottom of the cage with an indication which direction the sharks were coming from was perfect. Viewing these beasts from the deck was also great and I got lots of terrific photos.
This is the only tour operator that our Cape Town B&B (Derwent House – see my review) recommended. If you don't have car they are happy to pick you up (added reasonable cost).
Great White Shark Tours are also very concerned about comfort and safety - they rescheduled my trip for next day because of rough water swells when others were running trips and were more focused on trying to make a buck.

Visited June 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
“Excellent”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

The white shark cage diving alongside wonderful crew of Marine Dynamics,it was a memorable experience

Visited June 2012
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Blantyre, Blantyre, Malawi
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“The words "Oh My God" would not sum up this experience”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is an amazing experience. Give yourself plenty of time to leave Cape Town if driving yourself. We had a beautiful sunny day for this so made it all the more perfect. Brian was super and is a great character. Has a great sense of humour. The facilities are brill and the boat is very well laid out. We had 9 great whites around us and they were getting bigger and bigger the more that came to the boat. Standing on the boat looking down at the sharks is amazing and great for getting amazing photos. Piece of advise is do not be the first group into the cage. Use that time to photograph or video the sharks as they come in for the bait. Also the longer you leave it the more sharks you get to see once in the water. We were lucky to have calm water but I would say it is miserable for those on a rainy and choppy day. Will definitely do this again. Well worth doing again.

Visited June 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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476 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
“Great company, awesome captain, fantastic sightings!”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

Husband had been wanting to go shark cage diving for some time and we were happy to make it a reality on our trip to South Africa.

Pros:
- professional crew and booking staff
- friendly, informative captain (seemed to genuinely care about each passenger and make sure they were comfortable and having a good time)
- lowest rate on cage diving (at least that I could find)
- breakfast before heading out, snacks on board and lunch (warm chicken soup) upon return
- awesome, awesome, awesome shark encounters (I know this isn't necessarily a reflection of the company and/or crew/captain, but it seemed they really knew what they were doing and how/where to find the sharks)
- safe operation

Cons:
- nothing!

Also, we were staying in Cape Town so we used the shuttle provided (at additional cost, R300 each) and that ended up being enjoyable as well. On the way back the driver stopped in Hermanus (or somewhere around there) so we could watch the Southern Right Whales (never seen them before...pretty cool) and then later at a great overlook/viewpoint.

Visited June 2012
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Shark Cage Diving”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

Well run great white shark cage diving, experienced crew and captain. Our family enjoyed the trip to the sharks and saw plenty! Rough seas on our day- but it did not hurt our fun. We suggest attendees know if they can handle the seas and watch the weather and sea conditions. They provided a nice breakfast and lunch and good advice. Great adventure!

Visited June 2012
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