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“Great weather, great staff, great equipment just no sharks :(”

African Shark Eco-Charters
Ranked #3 of 24 Tours in Simon's Town
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Join shark expert and naturalist Rob Lawrence for a personalize true shark experience.Certified "Fair Trade in Tourism", we offer eco-friendly shark cage diving and great white breaching trips in Simon's Town.Small groups only Scuba Diving offered with no dive experience needed. A truly amazing experience.
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Right from my first Enquiry through to disembarking today I can honestly say that the service provided from African Shark Eco Charters has been fantastic. The boat was well equipped & there wasn't a large number of people on the boat. The transfer was on time, clean (even had little pillows as it was an early morning pick up!). We headed out early & there was a massive amount of fog which cleared fully around 9am (we left at 6am). No breaching sightings :( we toured around the island once but because of the fog we didn't see much. We then anchored up & the crew got to work. Sitting on the top deck we did miss some of what was being said to the others in the cabin downstairs but we got the gist of things. After 1 hour the boat next to us had a very small shark surface then go away. 2 hours from anchoring we had a 'drive by' small shark cruised in below the surface then just as quickly cruised away - most didn't see it. The whole 'come hoping not expecting' really is what you have to go with, but it is super disappointing not to have any serious sightings or option to get into the cage - the joys of Mother Nature & wild animals. The staff were really great about it though & did offer a fee reduction.
We did see thousands of seals and birds.
It's an easy drive, if we did it again we'd absolutely drive ourselves & spend the afternoon taking the drive down to the cape & lunching in Simons Town. Ample parking & a great seaside vibe :)
Definitely bring a beanie, gloves, warm jacket & windsheeter jacket. It was cold first up.
Even though there were no sightings, if booking again I'd 100% book with these guys :) a nice day in the water

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AIRJAWS, Owner at African Shark Eco-Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Thank you for your lovely review. Its really much appreciated.

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Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We went out on the boat today . We got out early to arrive as a shark had just breeches and caught a seal . The crew was completely engaged with the 12 customers on the boat . They thought of all the details including snacks , water , blankets , towels and knowledge . The captain runs a tight ship to keep everyone safe and engaged . The team reported it was a light day on shark sightings but we interacted with 4 of them . We also saw dolphins and whales . It is very cold on the boat so come prepared with layers of clothing . I also highly recommend being ready for sea sickness if you have any past history . Overall a once in a lifetime experience by our group .

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AIRJAWS, Owner at African Shark Eco-Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2016

Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it.

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Reviewed 11 August 2016

This is one unforgettable, intimate and exhilarating experience! I believe implicitly that anyone interested in the natural order of things should see the Great White Shark in the wild. It is the only way to truly appreciate the magnificence, raw power and grace of this rare and misunderstood shark. Just seeing one of these behemoths is a privilege and an emotional one at that for anybody who knows anything about these mysterious, misunderstood monsters of the deep. And with ASEC, we were fortunate enough to see four in one afternoon!

That afternoon 9 guests were welcomed aboard the 36 foot Blue Pointer 2; a vessel sporting two 300hp engines and capable of accommodating 12 passengers excluding the friendly and very experienced four crew members. Rob, the captain and one of the pioneers of shark cage diving in South Africa, is well aquainted with the waters around Seal Island (renowned for it's Great White Sharks) and alone contributes over 20 years of experience in the industry. Before setting off we were all offered snacks and refreshments while Leigh, the crews' marine biologist, took us through an introduction and briefing that was detailed and informative.

The culmination of spectacular scenery and birdlife during the 20 minute boat ride to and from Seal Island alone made the afternoon well worth the effort. Once anchored, the crew went to work, attracting these silent behemoths and prepping each of us with full body wetsuits and goggles. Then we waited for nature to do her part. The suspense and excitement on the boat was almost tangible. Once the first shark appeared the rest of the afternoon passed rather quickly and everyone on board seemed to be thoroughly revelling in the experience. In total we had enthusiastic enquiries from four different sharks, including one from a large 4.5m female, so everybody got ample "cage time". When you're not in the cage you also get a great view from the top of the boat.

I would recommend this experience to everyone and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

In short:
1) The limit of 12 guests allows for more time in the water with the sharks (more "cage time").
2) Access to a regulator means you don't have to hold your breath.
3) The crew are very friendly and knowledgable. Chat to them.
4) The scenery is breathtaking.

Lastly:
1) If you're in any way prone to seasickness take the pills. It is the ocean.
2) If you have never used a regulator, practice breathing before submerging.
3) "Come in hope rather than expectation". It is nature after all.

4  Thank Paul D
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AIRJAWS, Owner at African Shark Eco-Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2016

Thank you for your in depth and comprehensive review. We really appreciate it and I am very sure it will be very helpful to many future guests wanting to join our trips.

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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I did the morning shark tour recently. I was collected from my hotel on time and driven into Simon's Town for the morning dive. We departed for seal island on time but with 16 people not the 12 max that is advertised. The vessel is old and has no luxuries whatsoever unless you include the toilet. When we arrived at seal island one of the crew asked how many would be diving and then sized each of us with a wetsuit. There were males and females getting changed in the wheel house (which has no privacy from each other / or others on the boat) which i sensed was uncomfortable for the ladies. One of them decided not to dive because of this. The dive lasts about 3 hours and we were fortunate we saw 2 sharks but we saw no breaches. There were snacks that consisted of muffins and bread rolls with cheese and ham etc. I'm not sure how many other shark dive operations there are but probably not many which would explain the average condition of the boats.

2  Thank Ric M
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AIRJAWS, Owner at African Shark Eco-Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

Thank you for your review.
Our boat is licensed for 12 guests. 12 is what we take, NOT 16. 16 INCLUDES THE CREW. You had 12 guests aboard your trip.
The boat is EXACTLY THE SAME as all the other shark boats in False Bay. It is a working shark boat NOT A LUXURY Liner. As I said its the same as the other boats.

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Reviewed 4 August 2016

Excellent "once-in a life-time" outing. The six of us booked this because 1). the company limited the number on the boat to no more than a dozen for increased "cage-time", 2). they have a scuba air line down into the cage so you don't have to keep surfacing for air and 3). it's only a 45 min drive from Cape Town.

After being accompanied out to Seal Island by a huge pod of dolphins (60-70+), we anchored up near two other boats, one a research craft from the nearby university, the other having already attracted a Great White.

After running through safety/operating procedures and getting kitted up in wet suits (not easy), the first four of us slipped into the cage as the shark approached our boat. Initially its quite daunting, and with the scuba breathing line to think about too, but you do soon get into the swing of things. Our first shark was about 15ft, slid past very closely and stayed around us for the next 10 mins or so. We four (the max in the cage at any one time) got out of the cage and the next 4 got in (we were able to get back in later in the trip for a second time). We climbed up on top of the wheelhouse and got a fantastic, birds eye view when another, larger shark approached some time later.
We were lucky enough to see three Great Whites in total, the latter being upwards of 20ft, but as we were made aware, come in hope rather than expectation.

The crew were great, very knowledgeable and there was no pressure to go in the cage if you didn't want to - indeed, 3 on our trip "stayed dry" throughout.

There were soft drinks and sandwiches/muffins provided and a toilet area to change in. The water was cool rather than cold but not uncomfortable. Didn't really notice it when a huge shark is eyeballing you from a couple of feet away.

Would highly recommend this if its something you've always wanted to do; a great time out in beautiful surroundings.

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AIRJAWS, Owner at African Shark Eco-Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2016

Thank you for your review of ASEC.
So glad you had a "once in a life time" outing. Glad to help you tick off your bucket list.

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