Afternoon Shark Trip Simons Town
Please note: 6 or more people are required in order for a trip to run. Should we not be able to fill the minimum requirement, we will try to accommodate you by moving you to an alternate trip to suit your itinerary.
Now available all year round! Our trips run from Simon's Town, which is only 40 to 50 minutes from Cape Town.
With numerous shark species in the False Bay area, we do not only dive with White sharks. The species you will encounter is determined by the time of year you join us. With the Great White season, generally falling between February / March and August / September.
Our afternoon shark cage diving trips are made up of groups between 12 and 18 pax, depending on the time of year we go to the island.
Dive time averages around 20 minutes, depending on shark activity. If there is sufficient time and all guests have had an opportunity to dive, a second dive is allowed, but this is at the skippers’ discretion. Our crew is highly trained and safety is of utmost importance.
Transfers available at an additional Cost. Return transfers from designated pick-up points in and around Cape Town. Should you require a transfer from another area, please ask as we are able to arrange this for you too.
Duration: Approx. 4 hours from arrival. The afternoon shark cage diving trip meets at 11h40 for departure around 12h00 and returns at approx.16h00 weather depending.
How many divers in the cage? 4/5 for comfort and shark activity
Do you offer scuba? Yes. All diving equipment is supplied and the hookah method is used.
Does using scuba affect the sharks coming to the boat? No. We would not use any equipment which would reduce the chances of viewing sharks!
Please Note: We have a very high success rate, however as with all wild animals, shark sightings and activity can vary from day to day. Please be aware of this, so you do not arrive with unrealistic expectations.
11h30 Meet at African Shark Eco-Charters payment office to pay for your trip.
We are situated next to the Post Office in Simon’s Town Boardwalk Centre, Wharf Road, Simon’s Town.
Our boat is the Blue Pointer. You will be welcomed aboard by one of our friendly and helpful crew members and a full safety briefing will be given as well as the expected weather forecast for the day. An overview is given about what the trip entails and what is to be expected.
We do an inspection lap of the island giving information on the animal and bird life that is found on Seal Island. We then select the best spot to anchor with regard wind and swell direction.
The cage is lowered into the water to free up the working area on the deck. A bait line is put in the water as well as the "carpet seal" decoy. Every precaution is taken not to injure the shark. We do not feed sharks, nor touch sharks. We are NOT an adrenaline outfit.
Then it’s time to get up close and personal with the sharks.
One of the several on-board guides will interact with the clients during the course of the trip to supply information and answer any questions the guest may have.
You will still have excellent views of the Great White Sharks from the viewing deck, should you chose not to dive.
We have a cooler box with muffins as well as fruit and cool drinks.
15.30 We start to head home to Simon's town. This may be earlier depending on shark and weather conditions.
We have a cooler box, with muffins as well as something healthy; fruit juice, bottled water, fruit and something for the not so healthy; coke, crisps, sweets and chocolate.
All dive equipment supplied.
We are able to cater for vegetarians. Any special requirements eg Kosher, vegan and Halal etc, please self cater. We are unable to cater for that.
Must have at least a rudimentary swimming ability.
What to bring
* Rain / wind jacket / warm clothing / swimming costume.
* Sunblock and Hat
* Camera (we rent GoPro's. Please book in advance We also sell disposable underwater cameras).
* Please take a seasickness tablet the night before your trip and another on the morning of your trip, if you are concerned about motion sickness.
What to wear
Jacket and warm clothing.
Bathing suit under your clothing.
Sensible closed shoes.
Pick up from accommodation in Cape Town (if arranged) to Simon's Town Pier Wharf Road- Simon's Town.
Meet at African Shark Eco-Charters Shop to pay for your trip. We are situated next to the Post Office in Simon’s Town Boardwalk Centre, Wharf Road , Simon’s Town
Simon's Town Pier- Wharf Road Simon's Town or return to hotel (if arranged).
PLANES & TRAINS DON’T WAIT ~ NOR DO BOATS!!
If you are late and miss the boat, you will be charged in full as a “no show”. Please make sure you know where we are situated.
A 50% deposit is due to secure the booking for 5 or more guests.
Exclusive Hire & Groups 5 or more
16-30 days prior to start date 50% cancellation fee
15 days before start date – 100% cancellation fee
Individuals & Groups less than 4
Less than 7 days -50% cancellation fee
48 hours before the start date – 100% cancellation fee
Should the trip by cancelled by ASEC, there will be no charge and we will refund 100% of the deposit.
VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
A 25% deposit secures your booking. A 50% deposit is required for bookings of 5 or more, and this will be deducted form the credit card supplied.
Payment will be settled in full after your trip and you are welcome to pay by cash (ZAR only please) or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only please) on the day.
Please note that there will be an additional 2.5% surcharge if paying by credit card.
DISCLAIMER and ASSUMPTION OF RISK for African Shark Eco-Charters
Section 1. I the client, as a participant on a trip with African Shark Eco-Charters (here after referred to as ASEC), have been informed that ASEC makes every reasonable effort to safeguard me, my family, and my belongings.
However, by reading and signing this booking form, I acknowledge and appreciate that during the boat trip or tour and related activities in which I am participating with ASEC and its agents, employees or associates, certain risks and dangers exist which are inherent in boat trips, shark viewing and diving and associated activities with ASEC.
I agree to contact ASEC the day before to confirm that the trip is going. I understand that if I fail to contact ASEC and do not arrive, then I acknowledge that I/we will be charged in full as a “no show”.
I acknowledge and appreciate that these risks include but are not limited to loss or damage to personal property, personal injury or fatality to myself, my spouse, family members or friends. Damage to or loss of property, personal injury or fatality may occur due to ocean swells; sea conditions; the capsize of the boat; collision with other water craft, log, whale, or other object in the ocean or on shore; falling into the ocean from the boat or falling or slipping while walking on or off the boat or pier, climbing into or being helped out of the shark cage, being bumped in the shark cage.
I acknowledge that it is no fault of ASEC if I possibly become sea sick and have been advised to take the necessary precautions such as motion sickness tablets or patches etc.
Damage to or loss of property, personal injury or fatality may also occur due to vehicle accident while riding in vehicles operated by ASEC, its agents, employee or associates.
In consideration of and as part of payment for the right to participate in ASEC’s trips or tours and the services arranged for me by ASEC and its agents and associates, I certify that I have the necessary swimming skills and ability to participate in this activity, and do voluntarily participate in this boat/ shark trip and the related activities with knowledge of the dangers and risks involved, as stated above.
By my signature on the booking form, I accept and assume responsibility for myself or a minor for whom I have legal guardianship, for injury, fatality and/or loss of or damage to personal property and expenses thereof as a result of my participation in this activity, except to the extent such damage or injury may be due to the gross negligence of ASEC. I hereby agree to assume all responsibility for myself, my property and those for whom I have legal custody and hereby release and discharge ASEC and its owners, crew, employees, representatives and agents from all claims, demands, and rights or causes of action for injuries or damages of any description which may occur as a result of my participation on this boat/shark trip. If I am signing this agreement on behalf of another person, I certify that all representations are true with respect to the participant and that I have the full authority to bind that person to the terms of this agreement.
Section 2 ASEC and/or its associates and employees act only as agents for the client in making arrangements for trips, accommodation, travel services with tour guide services, for vehicle shuttle services, and accepts and assumes no liability or responsibility whatsoever for any damages, injuries, fatalities, losses, or delays due to any cause whatsoever, whether to person or property in connection with such services and/or arrangements. ASEC shall not be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are aboard shuttles, trains, buses, vans, or private passenger cars which are not operated by ASEC and each trip member hereby agrees to release ASEC from any and all liability in connection therewith.
Participants are strongly advised to have personal medical insurance, along with baggage and camera insurance. It is understood that if emergency evacuation should become necessary, the expenses are the sole responsibility of the participant and not that of ASEC. ASEC is not responsible for the safety and security of client vehicles or personal property left in vehicles during the course of any ASEC trip or related activity. ASEC reserves the right to accept or decline service to any person.
Section 3 I hereby agree to permit ASEC employees and other guests to take photographs and make film records of the trip without further recourse or compensation to me. I understand and agree that such photographs and/or film records may be used for commercial and/or promotional purposes.
Section 4 I acknowledge and appreciate that great white sharks are wild animals as with all wild animals there is no 100% guarantee that I will see sharks. I acknowledge that no refunds will be made for non-sightings and will make no attempt in contacting ASEC, VISA or MASTERCARD or bank in attempt to be refunded. I appreciate that ASEC will offer me a voucher for another shark trip in which I may sell or give away should I not be able to participant on a further trip.
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