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“Really Cool Experience”

African Shark Eco-Charters
Ranked #3 of 23 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 22 July 2017

This was the last experience of a memorable trip to Africa. Our first encounter was to check in and pay. The woman at the counter had a great sense of humor about us signing the waiver about losing limbs or life. You are asked to check in early enough so you don't miss the boat, but they give you a coupon for a place nearby (within sight) for coffee. We had that and time to shop before our departure. Plan for an entire morning or afternoon and bring a good camera.

The "host" of our tour also had a great welcoming attitude. I was a little hesitant on our way out on the boat, as the crew seemed preoccupied, but they were. They opened up during our trip and all was great. There is a cooler of drinks and snacks, help-yourself style, which came in handy for some inevitable sea sickness.

There is not an abundance of prep talk, which is fine. You can ask anything you want. We were there during winter, so the sharks were plentiful. It was exciting to be able to see them so close. The crew is good about sharing information and genuinely seem to enjoy what they do. One of them was good about telling us to suck on "sweeties" which would help with the motion sickness. "Sweeties" or candy was included in the cooler and really did offer some relief.

There is ample time to view the sharks, either from the cage or from the boat. They bring you by Seal Island and we were treated to a bonus whale sight, which was an awesome way to end the tour.

Boats from other, similar tours seem to work together rather than competitively, and assure your trip is what you want it to be. Great experience.

Thank Namgah
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

I was lucky to have a wonderful day, clear water and got to see many sharks. The team was very professional and kind. I really wanted to see big great whites and these were smaller ones, but you never know if you'll even see any. And Im lucky I even got the chance to see a few. And the crew was awesome, they had a bunch of snacks for us and the service really good. It was cold (July) but the suits did their job and I guess I was so excited i didn't even feel it

1  Thank Dominique B
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

I went on a shark dive trip on July 5, 2017. The crew was professional, personable, and knowledgeable. I got to go in the cage a few times. And eventually got some great views/shots of a Great White. It was an unforgettable experience that I hope to do again some day. They really want everyone to see a shark and did a great job of making that happen. Thank you!!!

1  Thank Christa R
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

We took a shark cage diving trip in early July--which is supposed to be a good time to go, but we tried to set expectations low

We ended up being fortunate to have ample shark sightings throughout the entire trip! We went out with a small group and everyone had plenty of time in the cage. A few of us (including me) got seasick, so those with stronger stomachs took the opportunity for return trips in the cage. Even when you're not in the cage, you get the chance to take photos from above and see the sharks as they approach, so you are never bored.

The whole trip was professional but relaxed. We felt very safe and welcome.

After the diving we took a circle around Seal Island and another boat radioed to let our captain know there was a whale! A Southern Right Whale. We were able to see him twice when he surfaced to check us out.

I would happily do this trip again. Wonderful experience.

1  Thank fuleco7
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

I was with a group and we had booked pretty last minute ( the day before!) - we booked after we heard that there were some shark activity the previous day. We were sent an email of what to prepare for, including taking sea sickness medication as needed.
On the day of the adventure, we arrived in Simon's town around noon, and was met by a beautiful day. The total excursion took about 4 hours, and we were met by a very professional crew who were knowledgeable about the shark's habitat.
We were told that there were shark sightings in the morning, but after waiting for about 3 hours on the boat, no sharks came. Some of us had already changed into the wetsuit, and the crew let us jump in the cage just to see what it's like even thought there were no sharks.
At the end of the day, we were presented with vouchers to come back again within the year (that were transferable, so I plan on selling it online). Unfortunately, our time in Cape Town didn't allot another day for us to spend another day, but it was a nice gesture even though it wasn't the crew's fault that no sharks showed up.

Thank Lisa C
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