06 May 2011 by Roy Barford

Great white shark tours coming into season

Image courtesy gaftels

In South Africa, the winter months between May and October are the best for great white shark viewing. The Western Cape is known as one of the world’s top destinations for shark diving and boat tours, so start planning that trip.

Shark thriller, Dark Tide, which stars Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez, was filmed in various parts of the Cape in 2010 and is due for release in the next few months. Much of the filming was done in False Bay, with villages like Simon’s Town making appearances.

False Bay is the setting for some of the most memorable shark videos and photos. Seal Island, which is some 16km offshore from Simon’s Town, is home to more than 75 000 Cape fur seals, which means that there are always great white sharks circling is search of sustenance.

Shark thriller, Dark Tide, which stars Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez, was filmed in various parts of the Cape in 2010 and is due for release in the next few months.

On a boat trip to Seal Island, you may see great whites breaching out of the water, presenting amazing photographic opportunities. These tours usually cost around R250 and last several hours. Read more about shark tours in Cape Town on Cape Town Tourism’s website.

If you are really adventurous and want to get in the water with the sharks, you can take a cage diving tour. Gansbaai, which is 2 hours from Cape Town, is probably the most popular destination for cage dives, with numerous operators offering tours from Cape Town.

One of these trips will cost between R1200 and R2000 during peak season, and generally this includes transport to the site, the use of all required equipment and lunch afterward. Read about why my stingy younger brother believes the experience is good value for money.

Category: Adventure, Wildlife

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