Cape Town: Day 3

Well friends, we’ve made it to Day 3 of our adventure in Cape Town and this day was a doozy! From the moment we decided on a location for our Eid trip, Barr was adamant about cage diving with great white sharks; I was less enthusiastic, but was ultimately convinced (he should have been a lawyer, I swear). So I accepted our fate and researched the best company I could possibly find to swim with the sharkies – this was the one excursion I didnt want to scrimp on! Marine Dynamics came highly recommended via TripAdvisor (side note: TripAdvisor is the BEST for doing bulk research on a trip, particularly if you’ve never been to the location before!), so I booked us for our all day trip into the depths with the great whites…

The bus picked us up at our hotel and we had a lovely 2 hours drive to Gansbaai. Once we arrived at the Great White House (clever name!), we received our marching orders and safety instructions (keep your hands in the cage when it’s submerged – duh!!). When got on the boat and again – so rocky – the waves were insane. Before we reached the submersion location, there was a whale spotted!

Well, you can kind of see it...

Well, you can kind of see it…

After that, we anchored at the cage and the wet suits went on! (It also got really “wavy” at this point and very wet, hence the lack of pictures by Barr/Abby.) There were about 6 people in the cage at once, submerged off the side of the boat for 20 minutes at a time, depending on the experience at that time. The crew, which I can’t say enough positive things about, created a special (stinky) chum mixture to toss into the water to attract the sharks, as well as a little wooden seal board, and boy did those do the trick! Here you can see one of the sharks going after the fish head (delish!) bait (c/o Marine Dynamics):

A 13 foot shark coming right at the cage (you'll see the cage with SHARK ALLEY just in front of the shark!)

A 13 foot shark coming right at the cage (you’ll see the cage with SHARK ALLEY just in front of the shark!)

When it was our turn to get in, I popped into the cage first and had a minor panic attack, more because of the cold water – brrr! Suffice it to say, the experience in the cage was amazing – we saw plenty of great whites swim right past the cage! When we were pulled out, I immediately changed out of the wet suit, but Barr’s dawdle-y ways paid off and because he hadnt changed out of his wet suit, he got another go in the cage! And man oh man, his second turn was well worth it; the shot above and those below are all from that second experience – way cool.

Panic attack #2 occurred for me watching this go down in front of my husband

Panic attack #2 occurred for me watching this go down in front of my husband

Came right at the cage!

Came right at the cage!

The fin with some coral-y stuff on it

The fin with some coral-y stuff on it

The group for the day!

The group for the day!

Post cage dive - I preferred watching from afar :)

Post cage dive – I preferred watching from afar 🙂

For more reading pleasure, you can check out Marine Dynamics’ blog post about our day as well! Also, some of the other passengers had GoPro cameras and promised us some footage – as soon as I receive it, I will post it – I’m sure it’s incredible. Alrighty, until next time…

3 responses to “Cape Town: Day 3

  1. Wow! What an amazing experience! Love the photos!

  2. where’d you get the chips?

  3. They had them waiting for us! It’s like they KNEW me!