Welcome to Gansbaai


The nearby village of De Kelders (on the road to Gansbaai from Hermanus) is a great spot for secluded whale watching. Shark boats leave from the harbour at Kleinbaai.


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Gansbaai activities

$202.35 Water Sports

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

Pickup from your centrally located Cape Town hotel, and then relax in comfort during the approx. 2-hour journey.On arrival in Gansbaai, your driver will drop you off to enjoy breakfast (or lunch if your tour start time is delayed due to bad weather) at the shark-diving center, known as the Great White House. During this time, you'll meet the expert guides who are leading you on your adventure and be fitted for your diving gear.Board the specialized diving boat and enjoy an exhilarating 20-minute boat ride to Dyer Island. Your captain will stop in the optimal spot, and then the onboard team will tempt the great whites to the boat with bait so you’ll get a fantastic view of the sharks before heading into the shark-diving cage. The boat will stay anchored for approximately two hours, depending on the shark activity. Your cage is attached to the boat and will stay just a few feet/meters below the water’s surface during your dive, which means it’s quick and easy to get out of the water as soon as you want. While you’re on board the boat, hydrate and refuel with the included drinks and snacks. Once back on shore, enjoy a light refreshment at the Great White House, where you can purchase a professional video of your once-in-a-lifetime experience, if you wish.Your experience concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Cape Town.

$173.59 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cape Town Sealife-Watching Tour from Gansbaai

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Dyer Island, Western CapeMuffin and Coffee on arrival, 2 hour boat ride, light lunch includedDuration: 2 hours

$131.35 Water Sports

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing in Kleinbaai

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productOverviewItineraryGalleryMap*The trip starts anything between 6.00 and 12.00 in the morning from Kleinbaai harbor, a short drive from the village of Gansbaai. Please note, however, launch times may vary due to the tides and expedited sea conditions both of which the skipper can only determine the day prior to the trip. *You will be personally be notified, between 17:00-18:00 on the day before your dive about the meeting time at our crew house in Kleinbaai. This notification will be sent to the contact number or email address provided when the booking is made. Arrival time is 1 hour before the launch time.* After a continental breakfast (with no greasy foods to reduce seasickness), indemnities are signed, payments made and a safety briefing given. *After a short 2- minute walk down to the harbor, you will board our luxurious, very safe, custom build catamaran, Apex Predator for the 5-mile voyage to Dyer Island or the anchor spot where that latest great white shark activity has been reported.*The trip at sea is about 4 to 5 hours, depending on the weather and the shark activity.* After dropping anchor, the crew will begin attracting the great white sharks with a specially formulated ‘Chum’ mixture, made from completely legal ingredients. It has taken owner/operator Brian MacFarlane years to perfect this mixture and is a highly-guarded trade secret. *(MANDATE AGAINST THE USE OF SHARK PRODUCTS - Great White Shark Tours (Pty) Ltd do not feed the sharks, nor use any part of a shark product in their ‘secret chum mixture’ and have signed a mandate to this effect.) * Once the Great Whites arrive, you will have the excellent photographic opportunities from the boat as these spectacular apex predators are surface feeders and will swim right into the chum line. *The crew will also now start dressing you for the cage in diving suits and masks for that moment you have been anticipating for a lifetime- a face to face encounter with a great white shark!Duration: 6 hoursLocation: Great White Shark Tours, Gansbaai, Overstrand, Overberg District, Western Cape

$163.30 Water Sports

Shark Alley and Gansbaai Harbour Shark Dive Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productGansbaai is one of the the wold's best spots to see great white sharksDuration: 1 dayLocation: Gansbaai Tourism, Gansbaai, Overstrand, Overberg District, Western Cape

$319.50 Water Sports

Gansbaai Shark Cage Dive with Private Transfer from Cape Town

This tour boasts a fantastic itinerary, including: Drive to Gansbaai on the scenic N2 with the Atlantic Ocean on the one side and mountainous terrain on the other. Upon arrival in Gansbaai, there will be a briefing, a breakfast, and then up to three hours of shark cage diving. After your dive you will be served a light lunch while watching the video recorded during your dive.You will then return to Cape Town on scenic route R44. Note that departure times for this tour are fixed, but drop-off times are flexible.Please noteTransport to and from Gansbaai will be in a private vehicle, but when you reach the boat base in Gansbaai you will be joined by other people on the boat. There may be 20 people on a boat at a time. Should you wish to enquire about a private boat for you and your partner or group, this can be arranged at an additional cost, which can be paid directly at the boat base company. Please advise at time of booking so that we can arrange for this to be done and advise you of the additional cost involved.

$134.28 Water Sports

Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

Shark cage diving from Kleinbaai harbour. The largest concentration of Great White Sharks on earth. See sharks all year around. Climb into a impenetrable floating cage and feel the adrenaline pump through your veins as a shark swims towards you, opens its mouth and bares its big sharp teeth.Not brave enough to plunge into the shark diving cage for a little adventure with the great whites? This is not at all a problem. Non-divers enjoy viewing great white sharks from our boat without diving. You get an amazingly clear view of these magnificent predators while viewing from the boat. They look literally like submarines gliding past. Great white sharks are surface feeders and our shark handlers are trained to bring them up-close-and-personal against the side of the boat. Their heads and jaws are clearly visible.The bay also plays host to large numbers of whales between June – November. The whale numbers often match even those of the famous territory of Hermanus. While on the subject of Marine mammals… schools of up to 500 dolphins make a spectacular site and are often seen in the bay. All of this makes shark diving in Gansbaai, a unique and sought after experience.