I was looking at my photos in iPhone and saw my videos in our last trip to South Africa. So I figured to post it today to share with you my most daring adventure!! And this is also dedicated to one of our family members all the way from New York who’s also planning their shark cage diving in South Africa. Maybe it will do a little bit of convincing for her to actually do the dive. 🙂
We were planning our birthday trip this year and thinking where to go. We had two weeks off from work and decided to split the two weeks in two different countries. How we decided where to go will be posted in a different post but right now I will share this unforgettable experience that I honestly want to go back and do it again.
Mr. B’s dream is to do the shark cage diving. We’ve done our research and the most suitable country for us from all the places to do the shark cage diving is South Africa. The other places to do the dive is in Australia, Mexico and the Bahamas. Philippine passport holders require visa to enter South Africa (I will post about how to get visa for South Africa) but their process and requirements were a lot easier to fulfill than the rest of them.
How did I arrange the booking and where did I start?
I did all the booking myself without any travel agent but I did check with travel agents to compare prices. We first searched the best Shark Cage diving company there is in Gansbaii, South Africa, this activity is a little bit risky after all. After careful considerations we chose to book with Marine Dynamics.
Why Marine Dynamics?
Actually all of the companies are great and I’m sure they are safe but what differs Marine Dynamics from them is that they have a Marine Biologist on board which means they also educate their clients of the Great White Sharks activity and environment. So not only they are safe there are also experts on board who can help you if you have any questions about the sharks. They not only provide services for shark cage diving but they do promote conservation of these animals including whales, penguins, dolphins and seals. With that under their mission we know we are in the best shark cage diving company. Plus you get hot chocolate after the dive! Yum.
Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises are BEE Level 1 companies and boast Fair Trade in Tourism certification and are heavily involved in a number of marine research, conservation and education projects covering the Great White Shark, whales, seals, dolphins, penguins and other marine bird species. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust was established in 2006 to manage these and other projects. We feel that the White Shark and its environment have to be protected as a whole.
We stayed at White Shark Guest House. It was just opposite the Marine Dynamics head quarters and a 10 mins walk to the boat. I booked through Booking.com and the guesthouse owner, Rene, is just wonderful. She prepared everything for us. From airport transfers, to booking with Marine Dynamics and restaurant reservations. I have no words for her, she’s really amazing. And the view from our room is impeccable.
The activity starts at 8 in the morning. Expect the weather to be really cold. It was 6 degrees in the morning and the water temperature when we did the dive was 10 degrees. Also, you will change your wetsuits out in the open on the boat so prepare yourself for that as well. I don’t know how else to describe the experience. Only that it is something I will never forget in my entire life. And I’m sure when I have my own kids, I will take them there and let them experience this. We wish to go back during the whale season and do the diving again!
Enjoy the video below. The whole dive last around 15 to 20mins. You can do it twice if there is still time. I regret not doing it again the second time, so if you could, do it! Trust me do it again the second time. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Im in a bit of a hurry. 🙂 Til next adventure!