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Great White Shark Tours

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8 Swart Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
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The owner and founder Brian McFarlane is a professional diver and skipper who has always made a living from the sea. He started diving for perlemoen (abalone) at a young age, then moved on to become a commercial fisherman for 6 years and spent another 6 years diving in search of wrecks along the southern coast of Africa. This was followed by the diving for diamonds from the sea-bed for the next 20 years. He has become a local legend with his fascinating tales about the sea and underwater experiences. During the time when Great White Shark fishing was allowed, Brian caught Great Whites, some weighing more than 1 tonne. Today, he dearly regrets this and now spends his time and efforts in finding the great beasts to be observed and photographed at close range. Brian has worked with the Great Whites for over 21 years.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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8 Swart Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome experience! We saw 4 big whites. It took a while but we could see them! The crew was helpful and very nice!More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Pri N, Thank you for the incredible rating you gave your shark cage diving experience! Your patience paid off when you saw the incredible sight of a great white shark so close- a truly awesome experience! Thank you for the highly appreciated kind words...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunately to go out on a sunny & warm day in May. Received a friendly & professional reception upon arrival, and after being offered a nice breakfast we went out on the boat and enjoyed an amazing experience seeing the sharks. The boat...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello WalkerBay323, We appreciated the time you took to review your shark diving trip and even more the kind words you expressed about our whole shark cage diving operation! We are glad the you enjoyed this amazing experience of close up encounters with great white...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw white shark and other brown ones. The company is very professional and has good equipment. Had the possiblity to go into the kage me 2 times, my wife 3 times. So we could watch a lot of them. They produce a video from the...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Klaus, Thank you for your frank and refreshing response to your shark cage diving trip. We are delighted by your appreciation of the extra time in the cage and your pure enjoyment of the great white sharks and the bronze whalers sharks you and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience seeing the great white sharks! It was fun and exciting to see the sharks--especially from the boat. I have to say that going into the cage was anticlimactic. Vision is poor so what you see is limited. If I had to do it...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello prairterr, Thank you for the 5-star rating and sharing your shark ( cage) diving experience! Surely it will help others who are still contemplating whether to do this No1 bucket list adventure or not. A Great White Shark is an impressive creature by any...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent trip going shark cage diving. Crew members were knowledgeable and informative about the boat and sharks.More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Chelsea, Thank you for your awesome review of your shark diving trip and the great appreciation of the shark info that the crew shared! Enjoy those priceless memories you made on the boat and in the cage. We hope you will visit us again!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lot of fun and found the sharks pretty quickly. Everything about the cage and the wet suits etc was explained well and I never felt unsafe.More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello karenmW238TU, It is great to know you had a great day with lots of and never felt unsafe during your shark cage diving trip. We regard it as very important to keep the guests informed throughout the trip because we want them to relax...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we stayed on the boat, because the water was too cold, and it was a wonderful experience !!! Thank youMore

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello danieladilo, Thank you for showing such appreciation and for taking some time to tell us about it! We promote surface viewing alongside cage diving as observing shark action from the boat is quite frankly, spectacular! Do visit us again- perhaps when the water is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was great we got to see several sharks. All of the staff was very professional and there we no surprises, everything was as it was said on their website.More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello jessicarawn, Thank you for this valued feedback about your shark cage diving experience. We regard it as a priority not to create unfulfilled expectations that leave our guests with a let down feeling! We appreciate the recommendation and are sure you will enjoy those...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The overall shark cage diving experience was absolutely fabulous...The team was absolutely professional is their plan and execution. We got some excellent citing of the Great White Sharks. The team ensured complete safety of all individuals and we in fact got to go 2 to...More

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Sharky41, Guest Relations Manager at Great White Shark Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Anjanill, We are very thankful for this awesome review of you shark trip and the appreciative mention of services rendered by the crew, as well as the logistics of the boat and equipment that did not disappoint! Thank you for bringing the communication problem...More

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Adam L
21 May 2018|
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Response from Sharky41 | Property representative |
Hello Adam, I could not give you a better answer than the two above (Thank you for the answers and the appreciative words). Gansbaai is the only area in the world with great white shark action all year round. However, as... More
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apimente
27 April 2018|
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Response from sharsEssex | Reviewed this property |
When you book the tour they can include transfers. The visibility was very good and saw 2 different sharks. You will have a fantastic time! Enjoy 😊
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Haley D
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Response from Andlyn50 | Reviewed this property |
My advise would be to e mail the company for the info you require , but it is a great experiance not to be missed ,and the company are very profesional
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