This is no aquarium!! Our shark cage diving expedition begins with a light breakfast in Gansbaai followed by a brief orientation on the day’s activities ahead where we will experience one of the most exhilarating days of our life! If we are not up to jumping in the cage we can get a brilliant view of these spectacular predators from the upper deck of the boat. We will have the opportunity to view from the deck or to participate in a shark cage dive as the sharks make their appearance. Time permitting, the boat will visit Geyser Island en route, to view the Seal Colony. All equipment will be supplied.
Today started with a 3:30 am wake up call as we were to be picked up by our driver at 4:15.
Our driver was there right on time,Saballo, (Sabs is what he wanted to call him). He told us more about the black African's and things like living in a shanty, we had noticed satellite dishes on shanty's as we traveled around, he was saying that they had prepaid power and it would not be surprising to find a 51 inch TV inside them.
We stopped at a servo just before getting to Gansbaai where yet again another terrible coffee, Sabs asked me how it tasted so I gave him the truth "it was shit" I said, so he went in a got a coffee and agreed with me.
We arrived just on sunrise to this small village, with a few boats with these cages at the back of them. Sabs took us to Shark Diving Unlimited - PADI dive resort, this was just the shop for the resort would be my guess.
Nathan asked where he could buy a white pointer's tooth, as they are a protected species, there was no way that he could buy one was the response. So instead he got to hold a couple that they had.
We got instructions on what was going to happen and things we would be doing, by this time you could really see Nathan's excitement on doing the dive.
So we all walked down to the boat and climbed about, we steamed for about half an hour or more. We all put on wet-suits and boots while the cage was lowered into the water and tied securely to starboard side of the boat. For someone that took months of convincing to do the dive it would be had to believe that he was first in the cage without a mask and weight belt he was so eager. We were both in the first group of seven in the cage, the visibility was terrible you could see no more than one to one and a half meters in front of you. We climbed out for the next group to get in and Nathan was still excited. I decided that Nathan would be the photographer on the boat for us as I spent most of my time on the port side, which was named the sick bay, I would like to point out I was not among the first 5 of us to make use of the sick bay, but I became a good spotter of sharks as they moved under the boat, from the port side to the starboard side, I saw lots of little fish like herring on this side of the boat for some reason. I will leave the pictures to say what we saw.
After the dive, we went back to the shop and had a munch on bread, soup and muffins. Sab's then took us the scenic route to the airport, Nathan and I missed a lot of it as we both fell asleep. When we stopped at a servo Nathan taught Sab's a saying, it was "my back teeth are floating" he got great enjoyment from that saying and seemed eager to pass this on to others, hard to think that Nathan might be a trend setter, we will never know if it caught on.