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“Well run, Exciting trip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Great White Shark Tours

Great White Shark Tours
Ranked #1 of 22 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.
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Well run, Exciting trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Even in the off season we had a good viewing of ~8 sharks. Our Captain worked hard to make sure we had some action- Captain and Crew were professional and helpful. The cage and boat felt very safe and well managed- once we were there we weren't nervous at all. I had to email to confirm our pickup time in Cape Town via minibus, but they responded promptly and we were picked on right on schedule. Overall, a very memorable and exciting experience.

Visited February 2013
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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear ttsalinas

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on your experience with GREAT WHITE SHARK TOURS. We appreciate your feedback and hopefully are able to welcome you or your friends back again.
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“Exciting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

The Captain and crew were wonderful , professional and keen to ensure everyone had a great experience. Seeing the sharks in a natural environment was a fabulous thing.

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Robert

Thank you for your feedback, we would love to see you back again sometime soon.
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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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“What a fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

My wife has always wanted to go shark diving. Following a dive in an aquarium in Durban she wanted the real thing. So whilst in Cape Town I came across Great White Shark tours and booked.
Everything was professional from start to finish. A minibus. Collected us from our apartment early morning and drove us to Brian's premises at Gansbaai where we enjoyed a plentiful continental breakfast I think he must have been feeding us for shark bait in case he did not have enough! Information was available on sharks at every table.
Breakfast was followed by a very informative safety briefing as well as advise on the usage of the cage. From this we were taken to the Apex Predator for a very what turned out to be a very enjoyable day and a wonderful experience.
The crew could not have been more helpful and were very conscious of the welfare for all onboard.
Although not very confident in the water I decided that I would also try the dive for I felt that we were in capable hands.
We were kitted out in wet suits, gloves and bootees and provided with masks. the crew assisted us into the cage and called instructions out every time a shark came close. What a fantastic experience! My wife went in the cage at least three times. However I could not persuade my mother in law to go in I think that the crew were entertaining her too well
Lunch was provided on board in he form of sandwiches and drinks.
After a while the water became murky and it was decided to abandon the dive. Instead of heading back to shore we were treated to a viewing of seals on an island further out before returning for hot drinks and a viewing of a DVD taken of the day.
Eventually we were returned to Cape Town.
What a fantastic day out! Our thanks go out to Brian McFarlane and his staff for making the experience so memorable.

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Sharky41, Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Dear Dennis

Thank you for your detailed feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to post your review of your experience. We take great pride on the service we deliver and certainly am pleased to hear you were taken care of by our team.
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“Brilliant day out we will never forget!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Cage diving off Gansbaai with Brian Mcfarlane; what a fantastic day we had. I would highly recommend this to everyone. It was so good we wanted to go back the next day to do it all over again. We were lucky to have good visability and saw 10 different Great Whites ranging in size from 1.5m to 5m. The way Brian was acting you would have thought it was the first time he had seen sharks as he was so excited and passionate about them. We were picked up in the morning and taken to Gansbaai where we were supplied breakfast and then briefed. Lunch and drinks were also supplied on the boat whenever wanted. Wetsuits are supplied as the water is FREEZING. The staff were very helpful and safety is taken very seriously.

Visited January 2013
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“Surreal yet fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

This trip is something we will never forget. The staff, boat and of course the sharks were awesome. We saw 12 different sharks ranging from smaller young ones to a 4.5m female. From the time we arrived the staff were helpful and informative. There were32 on the boat which seemed a lot but we were out with the sharks for over 3 hours and got plenty of time in the water. Would highly recommend the larger boat and they provided everything that you need and the trip is much more substantial. A must do whilst in S Africa.

Visited January 2013
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