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“Unbelievable experience”
Review of Shark Experience

Shark Experience
Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Bluff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Have you always wanted to go cage diving with great white sharks? Join Shark Experience for a shark diving trip of a lifetime! With over 30 years diving experience in the southern part of New Zealand and qualified dive instructors, 100% safety record operating out of Bluff and Stewart Island, you could not be in better hands and we look forward to taking you on one of our shark cage dives! The waters around Stewart Island have over 100 great white sharks (a Department of Conservation estimate) - so you are likely to see a few! You may also see a variety of other spectacular wildlife such as whales, seals, penguins, albatross and more... This is the only NZ operation with an on board dive instructor
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 4, 2013

What an amazing experience.
Mike was an awesome captain and we felt totally safe the whole time.
The equipment was great and there was no problem finding a suit and booties that fitted.
The cage itself was reassuringly solid and Mike explained all the safety features so it seemed really natural to jump in feet from a Great White.
Quote of the day had to go to Mike with: "Now the sharks aren't waiting for us under the boat, we could be here for an hour or all day waiting…….. SHARK!"
Can't guarantee everyone would get a shark in 10mins but it made our day.

Thank LeighandMikeyT
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Although we had a week of waiting until the weather got better it was worth the wait. We had 3 sharks and a couple of swims with them. The sharks took a while to come in but it is wildlife after all. Water was pretty cold so if you have a dry suit take it with you! Very enjoyable day, shame about my silly flu! thanks guys

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Myself and two friends flew from Auckland to Southland to Scuba Dive in a Cage with Great White Sharks. There were 4 Great Whites about 4 metres long (13 Foot) which spent hours with us, very up close and personal.! I am an experienced diver, but this was exceptional.

Mike Haines and Karwyn run a legal, professsional business, based in Bluff, where they took us out near Stewart Island, an hours boat trip away. At all times I felt safe, trusting the shark cage, Mike's knowledge and experience with scuba, boating and sharks. Mike and Karwyn were very friendly and hospitable, taking great care of the 3 of us, including feeding us, hot drinks, etc.

You do need to be aware that the seas of Foveaux Strait can alter with the weather, so you may need flexibility with your booking, until the swell drops again. Mike can't control the weather, but he does his best to accommodate bookings. We did have to reschedule, but it was well worth it.

I definitely recommend you book with Mike Haine's Shark Experience.

Thank Fiona T
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