One of the highlights of our trip to South Africa was with no doubt the possibility to see White sharks. We were so excited about it. The first thing we did when we arrived to Hermanus was going to the tourism office and ask about the white shark cage diving tours. And they told us that there were no tours available. That was such a downer, but we decided to try the next day in the tourism/booking that is on the Harbour. So we wake up early and went straight there. The girl in that office was very helpful and she did find us a place in a boat that was leaving at midday.
Ok, I won't lie, I did not go into the cage, I was happy just taking pictures of the sharks from the outside, and I think I got my best shot of the trip:
My sister and cousin did the cage diving and they really enjoyed it. You could read the excitement and the adrenaline in their faces and the enthusiasm of the experience lasted for days. I was happy too, I had a really good spot to take pictures and soon I realized that it was quite difficult to take a good shot. You have to be fast and also the reflection of the sun in the water wasn't helping much.
This seal silhouette was used to attract sharks to the cage. The boat crew called her Gladys, and poor Gladys received some good bites...
And here is the vision of my sister and cousin from the cage.
It was difficult to take pictures from the cage because you have to many things to think and do at the same time. Basically, this is how it works: you are floating inside the cage and when the boat's crew see a shark coming they shout: Down!!! Then you must dive holding your breath and try to find where is the shark, which is not easy.
We stayed in the boat for around three hours. Before leaving they served us lunch and they put us a video explaining some safety rules and how was the cage diving working. I do recommend you to take some pills to avoid sea sickness , as you stay quite a long time on the boat. And they served us hot drinks and cakes when we arrived, while we were watching the video they took of the trip.
The whole experienced is quite expensive, I think it cost us around 1300 Rands per person, which is a lot, but it is once in a lifetime experience, and I don't think any of us regrets it. After all, I think South Africa is the only place were you can do this, and white sharks are just so amazing and fascinating.