If the thought of swimming with sharks has you excited rather than terrified, you’re in luck. There are many places to encounter these often misunderstood predators, with Cape Town, South Africa being the best place for shark spotting.
As a well-known shark hotspot, the waters of Cape Town’s coastline are home to many different shark species. False Bay in particular is where the famous ‘flying’ Great white sharks are found. These sharks prey on marine species such as seals, which are found in abundance near Seal Island. The sight of a huge Great white launching itself out of the water after its prey is not one you will forget easily. While swimming with sharks such as Great whites is not possible without the safety of a cage, the chance to view these giant creatures in their natural habitat is one that every nature enthusiast should experience at least once in their lives.
Swimming with Sharks – What to Expect
There are many different options to consider when swimming with sharks, and depending on the type of sharks, you can either cage dive, snorkel or scuba dive with sharks in Cape Town. Some of the best ways to come to face with sharks include the following:
- Shark cage diving with Great white sharks – due to the size of Great white sharks, diving with a cage is essential. Forget about what you have heard on TV or read in the papers however – white sharks are not the dangerous beats they have been made out to be in the movies. Curious by nature, these sharks are also graceful and beautiful to watch… even if you are watching from the safety of the cage.
- Swimming with Blue and Mako sharks – snorkelling or scuba diving with the Blue and Mako sharks pelagic waters is as close to swimming with sharks as it gets. These sharks are smaller than white sharks, and are known for their inquisitive natures. The Blue shark is blue in colour, with large eyes and a rounded snout. The Mako shark is the fastest shark in the ocean, and will dart in amongst the fish and Blue sharks during your dive.
- Diving with Sevengill sharks – you can do this dive on snorkel, but scuba is the best way to experience these ancient looking sharks. Also known as Cow sharks, Sevengills prey on Cape fur seals, which can also be found in large numbers during these dives. On scuba, you will have the chance to swim with these seals along with sharks, with large numbers of both to be seen in the water on any given dive.
While swimming with the ocean’s largest predator is sure to get the adrenalin pumping, it is also important to remember to keep safety first in mind. Don’t ever attempt to swim on your own in known shark areas, and rather book your shark experience through a reputable dive company that will have you swimming with sharks safely in no time at all.