It was with great excitement that my son and I headed out early in the morning from Mosaic Private Sanctuary Lodge in Hermanus to Gansbaai to experience our first Great White Shark dive.
On arrival at Marine Dynamics we were immediately made to feel welcome. We enjoyed a breakfast and a briefing about our excursion. A walking distance to the boat, we made our way to the dock.
Each trip has a well-trained crew to include a Marine biologist on board. Our boat was a 46 ft catamaran which can accommodate about 40 persons. The ride was smooth and the scenery out toshore beautiful with the white beaches stretched around the bay.
We were fitted with clean, dry wetsuits and masks. Our journey from shore took about 20 minutes before we dropped anchor. En-route we spotted dolphin and a range of seabirds. The dive cage was hoisted to the side of the boat. It was not long before we spotted two great whites circling the boat. We climbed into the cage and the crew shouted out directions as to where we could expect the sharks to approach us.
The adrenaline rush is just amazing on your first viewing. These majestic creatures leave you in awe to see them in their natural habitat, up close and personal! We went into the cage twice on our trip and eventually viewed six great whites.After the shark dive the captain took us through Shark Alley, a seal colony and a “McDonalds” for the shark swimming through. It was quite something standing at the bow of the boat and watching a great white swimming in the clearest water and a seal shadowing it from behind – almost teasing the great white! We then headed back to shore and enjoyed a bowl of soup at the Great White House.
All contributions go towards the protection of the Great White Shark in Gansbaai, South Africa.We browsed the lovely gift shop for souvenirs and then headed back to Mosaic Private Sanctuary Lodge.An incredible and memorable adventure!