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In South Africa, we are privileged to have access to great white sharks …
if you know where to go, and when.

Great White SharkThe general public, too, can enjoy great white sharks face-to-face. Observing and diving with these creatures under the correct conditions and guidance is a wonderful experience. Even ‘anti-shark’ people return from an expedition or diving trip with love, and certainly respect, for the great white.

White Shark Projects is without doubt the most successful white shark diving organisation in the world: Working in the unique marine area off the southern Cape coast, our skippers log more contact with great white sharks than anyone else worldwide.

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Assocations and Memberships


Our Boat and Crew

Catamaran - Shark TeamShark Team is an 11-metre, 4-ton catamaran with all the latest electronic and safety equipment. The boat was custom-built for shark diving, so there is plenty of space for everyone to view the sharks in comfort. While she can take 30 passengers, we have limited our licence to a maximum of 20 passengers plus crew to ensure client comfort. The company complies with strict regulations laid down by Marine Coastal Management and local governing authorities. We carry comprehensive public insurance and passenger liability. All safety equipment, first aid and life raft are on board as well as toilet facilities.

White Shark Projects has set a bench mark for responsible tourism in the industry. This involves sharing the country's natural and cultural riches, whilst contributing positively to the preservation and growth of the local communitiy and environment. White Shark Projects support sustainable job creation and upliftment projects and foster ecological awareness among surrounding communities.

The expectations of clients are met by excellent customer service, good value, and operational efficiency. Our crew and staff are distinguished by their functional and technical expertise combined with hands-on experience – ensuring our clients effective and professional service.

In order to meet the individual needs of clients, our White Shark Projects staffs of 21 members maintains a range of qualifications. Our knowledgeable and efficient boat crew operates with the benefit of 15 years’ experience in great white shark research, conservation and ecotourism. Staff members have also completed various courses in site guiding, first aid, PDP driving skills, diving, and customer service.

Social Responsibility

Swop-shop social programWhite Shark Projects is a responsible tourism operation that sets a benchmark in its commitment to community development and upliftment. We are deeply involved in the social, economic and environmental needs of our surrounding communities.

Recording and research

Dorsal fin of a Great While SharkThe conservation and educational departments are enhanced by a student education programme and white shark expeditions. We are actively involved with the research projects of the South African Shark Conservancy. White Shark Projects has implemented a dorsal fin tracking programme whereby individual pictures of the 3 dorsal fins of Great Whites are taken and fed into a database. This will aid in identifying the population dynamics of the Great White Sharks in the Gansbaai area.

White Shark Projects works in partnership with the Great White Shark Protection Foundation of South Africa and is a registered member of the South African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), Cape Town Tourism, Open Africa Routes, Cape Town Information Centre, Gansbaai Tourism Bureau and SKAL International, as well as certified with Fair Trade in Tourism. White Shark Projects and its responsible tourism operation were recognised when we received the International Ecotourism Award from SKAL International, as well as the Imvelo Award for Responsible Tourism in 2008. We have also been shortlisted for the World Travel Awards as well as the SA Welcome Awards 2009.

Exceptional professional and personalised service coupled with extensive industry knowledge make White Shark Projects the ideal choice for an once-in-a-lifetime experience that will captivate your imagination and make you return for more.

The White Shark Projects diving and viewing centre offers day trips, overnight packages, team-building activities, incentives, VIP trips and group bookings.

Your day with White Shark Projects

Please note: Due to tides and collection schedules, we can only confirm exact collection times at 16h00 on the day prior to your tour.

The best season for viewing

Dyer Island is a good place to see sharks all year round. So, weather permitting, our tours run every single day. But the prime viewing time is in our winter months when the sharks have a particularly active feeding pattern. The following guide is based on our observations over the past 8 years. Allow for an overlap between seasons.

Peak season: April to October (99% success rate) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
High season: November to December (90 – 99% success rate)
Intermediate season: January to March (80 – 90% success rate)

Water temperatures vary between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius (60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit) during our peak and high season and between 10 and 16 degrees Celsius (50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit) during our intermediate season.

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