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Last updated: Wednesday, 30 March 2022
People come from all over the world to see sharks with White Shark Diving Company (WSDC), the number 1 adventure experience in Gansbaai, according to TripAdvisor reviews. And WSDC, which is also involved shark research and conservation, is offering specials on this bucket list experience, on standard and private charters experiences.
Seeing a great white shark in its natural environment is a life-changing experience. Image: WSDC
R400 OFF + UP TO 50% OFF A PRIVATE CHARTER
Visitors mostly come for great whites, but you’ll also see a variety of other shark species, like bronze whaler and 7-gill cow sharks. WSDC currently has incredible group, seasonal and local specials on offer (you can always find these on its website home page).
Mention CapeTownMagazine and you’ll get R400 off a standard shark-cage diving and viewing trip (it’s usually R2 200), plus there are very competitive rates (up to 50% off) for private charters, which include a free hookah air supply.
The 7-gill shark is a little elusive, but WSDC’s people are skilled at finding them. Image: WSDC
SWIM WITH A SHIVER OF COPPER SHARKS
Gansbaai is known as the great white capital of the world, and there are also many other shark species there. Swim with schooling bronze whalers (also known as copper sharks) – they grow up to 3.5 metres long and it’s not unusual to have up to 30 around the cage.
And while you’re out looking for sharks, you’ll also come across a lot of other aquatic life, like whales and dolphins (sometimes in big pods). It’s worth noting that you’re most likely to see great whites in winter.
Bronze whaler, or copper, sharks often gather around the boat in shivers. Image: WSDC
SUPPORT CONSERVATION WITH YOUR ADVENTURE
Diving with sharks in their natural habitats is one of the most thrilling experiences you can imagine. You’ll dive from a 12-metre custom-designed, sea-cabin-cruiser catamaran, built to industry specs for safety and also recently refurbished.
White Shark Diving Company has held the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame certificate of Excellence for 6 years running and has been operating for 24 years – that’s a lot of experience and satisfied customers.
WSDC’s boat has recently been refurbished and trips out on sea are more comfortable than ever. Image: WSDC
The company is also deeply committed to conservation. It’s a founding member of the Great White Protection Foundation and contributes data to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment that contributes to shark conservation in South Africa. The studies it contributes to are crucial to understanding the role these remarkable predators play in the marine ecosystem.
Dorsal-fin identification is one way to track the movements of these mysterious and powerful creatures. Image: WSDC
WHEN + WHERE TO GO
White Shark Diving Company is open: Monday to Sundays, 8am to 9.30pm
Find it: 9 Kus Drive | Kleinbaai | Gansbaai | Western Cape
Contact WSDC on: 082 559 6858, firstname.lastname@example.org, @whitesharkco
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO IN NEARBY HERMANUS
One day of sharks not quite enough? Volunteer and contribute to conservation.
Find out more about the fascinating hunter, the great white shark.
Hermanus is the area’s most arty town, and every first Friday of a month galleries open in the early evening.
Spend Saturday browsing and supporting crafters at the Hermanus Country Market.
See what else you can do during the weekend and week ahead.