FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE IS MOSSEL BAY?
Mossel Bay is on the world famous Garden Route and is absolutely accessible from either direction along the N2 highway. Mossel Bay is 350km from Cape Town and is very close to all the popular tourist destinations such as Knysna, Oudshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Cango Caves, Wilderness and Natures Valley.
DO I HAVE TO BE A QUALIFIED DIVER?
No. You don’t have to be qualified, nor do you have to be able to swim ( surprised?). The youngest so far was 6 and oldest was 79, and neither was a qualified diver. Think we are kidding right……..?
HOW DEEP DOES THE CAGE GO?
We use a floating cage which is attached to the side of the boat. The top of the cage is well above the water and you can come up to the surface at any time you wish. This is industry standard.
DO WE GO FAR OUT TO SEA?
No. Seal Island is about 10 minutes from port and one kilometer from shore.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SEEING GREAT WHITE SHARKS?
This depends on the time of year. Our annual average per month is 84% in successful shark viewing and diving. You will be informed on the day of current sightings.
DO SHARKS ATTACK THE CAGE?
No, but they can come in really close. Shark cages do not fit into their food chain. They have a good look at you and you at them. The steel cage has a port to allow for good photo work.
HOW LONG DOES THE TRIP TAKE?
We are normally at sea for three to four hours but the trip can be as long as five hours depending on the sharks and other variables.
MY PARTNER DOES NOT WANT TO GO IN THE CAGE. CAN THEY COME ALONG?
Yes. Topside viewing is just as exciting and dramatic. This is a wildlife trip and the sharks are very visible from the surface.
WHAT BAIT DO YOU USE?
We stick to “fishy” products i.e.. the sharks’ normal food source.
HOW MANY PEOPLE GO AT A TIME?
We take a maximum of 18 clients. We have a five man dive cage.
IS THE WATER COLD?
Water temperature is normally between 15 and 22 degrees Celsius, with visibility normally ranging from 4 to 15 meters. A four meter shark and you… water cold?
IS IT SAFE?
The caging is safe and we adhere to a code of conduct as laid out by the controlling body (Marine and Coastal Management). The boat is surveyed annually by the South African Maritime Safety Association, to maintain safety standards and the equipment includes VHF 29 mhz radio, GPS, life jackets, depth and fish finder, life raft etc. Mossel bay is known to have the most stable weather conditions in the country and the sea is normally very calm.