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Two mighty oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, meet at the Cape and the resultant differences in sea temperature promotes a huge diversity of marine life.

Just minutes outside Cape Town, you will be ‘flying’ through forests of kelp, rising twelve metres to the surface and providing a protective mantle for many species of fish, and exploring abundant reef walls and caves – home to species such as corals, sea anemones, sponges, seafans and nudibranches. However, the Cape's greatest highlight for divers are its great white sharks, which are best seen from April to September. Late winter sees the whale migration, including southern right and Bryde's whales.

Most days you will also see dolphins, seals and penguins. The Cape Peninsula is also known as the ‘Cape of Storms’ and the local wreck dive sites offer a diversity of wrecks. With an excellent chance of seeing great white sharks, you are in for the dive of a lifetime. Great white shark tours are year-round, the most exciting encounters are often from April through September when the sharks are particularly active in their feeding patterns.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: great white shark, southern right whale, Bryde’s whale, fur seal, cow shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Great White Shark Diving Weekend

This is one of our most popular adventures for thrill seekers. Enjoy the exhilarating and unforgettable experience of sharing the water with these incredible predators in South Africa on two days of cage diving.

  • When to go: Apr-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 5 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,375 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Cape Town Extravaganza

A great trip idea showcasing the best of Cape Town above and below the water, including encounters with amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and some fabulous diving, including great white shark encounters.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Breakwater Lodge

The Breakwater Lodge is a premier Cape Town hotel in the heart of the city’s V&A Waterfront development. It offers affordable accommodation in a spectacular setting overlooking the bay and up to Table Mountain.