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Shark Diving Unlimited

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1 Swart Street, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
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Not a happy camper

Very disappointing, not the experience of seeing a shark but the overall experience and everything... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Candice W
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All my dreams come true

The 0430 start was well worth it as my 13 year old son and I had a dream come true. Great whites up... read more

Reviewed April 9, 2018
Justin S
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Shark Diving Unlimited specialises in conservation and education initiatives of all shark species around our coastline Owned by Michael Rutzen who has been working with great white sharks since 1994. Four years later Mike began freediving with great white sharks and is now known worldwide as one of the few people who is able to interact with these magnificent predators outside the safety of the cage!Breathtaking images of Mike have been featured in numerous magazines and documentaries including BEYOND FEAR (National Geographic) and SHARKMAN (Discovery). Mike’s aim is to portray positive images of great white sharks in order to dispel the ‘JAWS’ myth.Mike is a PADI Instructor and the only person in the world qualified to teach the prestigious Great White Shark Distinctive Specialty PADI course. He is a qualified skipper, First Aid instructor, qualified rebreather, nitrox and commercial diver. Your skipper Frank Rutzen has spent his life on the ocean from Kwa-Zulu Natal to the Western Cape. He has worked in the great white shark cage diving industry since 1995 and has a passion for wildlife and an extensive knowledge of the Dyer Island marine ecosystem.Nsunda is a qualified South African tour guide and qualified scuba diver. He will help you with all your diving equipment needs and make sure that your day runs smoothly!Shark Diving Unlimited was the company of choice for HRH Prince Harry, His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt.
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  • Average9%
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1 Swart Street, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointing, not the experience of seeing a shark but the overall experience and everything prior. My email after booking said to arrive by 7am to have coffee and breakfast and launch the boat at 730am and the phone call said we'd be on the...More

1  Thank Candice W
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

The 0430 start was well worth it as my 13 year old son and I had a dream come true. Great whites up close and personal was just so exciting. The sheer beauty and grace of these animals is something to behold a mere few...More

Thank Justin S
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

One thing I LOVED about Shark Diving Unlimited; they did not give up! We went with a couple of other boats out but after a long while, (Patience is the name of the game), the other boats turned back and went to shore but not...More

Thank Anne N
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Great experience from the pre dive talk through to the dive itself. Although we saw numerous sharks, the largest being a copper shark, we didn’t see a great white due to the time of year. Although the water was quite murky, the team ensured the...More

Thank Stuart B
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We were lucky enough to see a big great white shark and a copper shark but purely by chance. There were 3 boats in the shark sighting area and the shark went to only 2 boats. The people on the third boat saw nothing. The...More

Thank Anthony C
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

We booked this at the last minute - thankfully there were a couple of spots open. The sharks took their time finding us but we saw a few of them in the end. They came very close to the boat. Beware if you are prone...More

Thank Naji A
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Had the best experience cage diving with Shark Diving Unlimited! All the team was very professional and friendly, I loved that we weren't packed as sardines in the boat (saw some boats going out with as many as 50 ppl), which gave us that extra...More

Thank fracs86
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We spent two whole days trying to see sharks and they were not at Gansbaai. People have not seen sharks for weeks and, even in this case, company didn't stop selling packages.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Shark Diving Unlimited run a good show. The breakfast is good, the boat you go out on is fine, the staff are friendly and the afternoon tea when you get back is nice. My only suggestion, and this goes for all the shark tour operators,...More

3  Thank Nathan F
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

We went out with Shark Diving Unlimited during a time when shark sightings were far and few between. In fact, the original company we had booked with cancelled on us due to such limited sightings. As shark diving has been a bucket list item for...More

1  Thank megstar819
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