White shark cage diving is done in South Africa at places such as Mosselbaai and Gaansbaai in the Cape and strictly regulated by the authorities in accordance with international standards. You do not have to have any previous diving experience to go on one of the cage dives, you just get a short course on safety and taught how to use the equipment provided. International travellers to SA can fly into Cape Town International airport and from there hire a car to drive to one of the coastal towns that offer the great white shark diving experience, Gaansbaai being the closest one to the airport at roughly a 2 hour drive.
The great white shark diving experience in Gaansbaai involves leaving the shore in a boat out to Dyer island. Dyer island has become one of the best unique places in the world to view this awesome creature in its natural habitat and the chances of seeing one are extremely high. It is a well known feeding ground for them due to a huge colony of Cape fur seals living and breeding on the island and on rare occasions they can actually be seen breaching out of the sea when feeding on the seals. Gaansbaai itself is a small fishing community village with a few restaurants and bed and breakfast accommodation available for tourists visiting the area.
Whale watching is also enjoyed from the various viewing points in and around the village of Gaansbaai during the spring months in SA when the great southern right whale comes to give birth to their young in the waters of the Cape. Other activities enjoyed in this area include surfing, hiking, sailing, kite boarding, diving and bungie jumping and is not far from the famous Garden Route of the Cape which has an abundance of activities and things to do. Mosselbaai, the other town popular for cage dives is further up the coast along the N2 highway. For those who like a bit of an adrenaline rush and do not mind being up close and personal with one of these awesome creatures of the sea, white shark cage diving in South Africa is an unforgettable adventure experience.