Welcome to Shark Diving Unlimited. Home of Mike Rutzen and choice shark cage diving operator for people like Brad Pitt, Matt Daemon, Prince Harry and many more celebrities.

Shark Diving Unlimited is a fully licensed shark cage diving operator and not a bookings agent. We receive our permits from MCM (Marine and Coastal Management) and we are approved by the Department of Environment and Tourism.

Shark Diving Unlimited is situated in the Great White Shark capital of the world, Gansbaai, and is only 2 hours from South Africa’s mother city, Cape Town. We are the only PADI Dive Centre in Gansbaai and we specialise in Great White Shark diving and viewing. No diving or swimming experience is needed to partake in our daily activities. Our experts specialize in locating and diving with Great White Sharks and we guarantee that your Conservation/Education Experience will be jam-packed with excitement. Shark Diving Unlimited is internationally renowned for its above average and exceptional success rate.

Great White Shark Cage Diving

Barracuda at Work

Join Great White Shark expert Michael Rutzen, world famous for free diving with Great White Sharks on one of the highest rated Conservation/Education Experiences in the world. Seeing the greatest and one of the oldest animals on the planet is truly a unique, awe-inspiring and a humbling experience. Most people arrive with fear and trepidation and leave with admiration and a newfound respect for these majestic animals. Experience the thrill of being underwater and surrounded by Great White Sharks! Feel the exposure of freediving while remaining safe inside the cage, or participate from the boat and see the Great White Shark in all its magnificence. Trips are weather dependent, last approximately 4 hours and your launch time will be confirmed well in advance of your trip. Meet for breakfast at the crew house, a picnic lunch and soft drinks are packed on board Barracuda. Towels and Diving Equipment is provided & there are hot shower facilities at the crew house.

Diver inside the Shark Cage Divers with Great White Shark
Great White Shark from the Cage Shark Cage Diving on barracuda

You DO NOT need to be a qualified diver to enter the cage as we use a simple breath hold technique. And children as young as 12 years old are also allowed to get into the cage. Special certificates are printed for every child that joins us for a Great White Shark Cage diving trip. Shark Diving Unlimited is committed to show you Great White Sharks in the most environment friendly way possible. We DO NOT offer any adrenalin rush trips and only use this opportunity to observe these magnificent animals for conservation minded excursions. Our videographer will make a movie of your trip that is available immediately after your return to the Crew House. This Movie will also be accompanied by one of our world class documentaries Sharks – Man Eaters or Misunderstood that aired on the BBC, and was made in conjunction with Blue Planet Aquarium and the Editor of the England Dive Magazine. Traditional home made vegetable soup, home baked scones, muffins and homemade bread is also served after the trip. There will be a screening of your daytrip movie and one of five of our documentaries. Launch times will be confirmed well in advance before your trip and alternative arrangements are made in case of bad weather. Despite our 99.99% success rate, these are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed. However in the unlikely event that we don’t find sharks we will offer you a free trip!

Great White Shark Breaching Trips

Great Whtie Shark Breach

Definitely the best nature experience you can have. No other natural event even comes close to this. Seeing the true power of a Great White Shark is most probably the only experience that will stick in your mind for the rest of your life.

When a one ton shark projects out of the water with such tremendous speed and force that it clears the water by two metres you can’t help but feel small. Yet you only realize a few minutes later that you have just been a part the best experience this world has to offer.

It is common belief that White Sharks only breach around Seal Island in False Bay. This is not correct and only a marketing strategy followed by operators in the False Bay area.

We have at times had over forty breaches in one morning in Gansbaai around Dyer Island. Mike Rutzen was the first to capture this amazing spectacle from both underwater as well as from the air. This amazing footage can be seen in the Great White Shark A Living Legend documentary.

Great White Shark BreachGreat White Shark Breach
Great White Shark BreachGreat White Shark Breach

A seal like decoy is pulled about 30 – 40 metres behind the boat. As the boat is cruising at a reasonably slow speed, everybody awaits anxiously for the moment of truth. With lightning speed a shark jumps out of the water, with great precision and accuracy it takes the decoy time and again.

This event should not be missed and these breaching trips are run between May and August every year. Great White Shark breaching trips can be combined with your Shark Cage Diving trip or run separately. A Maximum of 8 people can join Mike Rutzen and his team for this event, and should be booked well in advance.

Let Shark Diving Unlimited take you on an adventure of a life time. Come on a Shark Breaching trip and see what we are taking about.

PADI Great White Shark Speciality

The PADI Great White Shark Distinctive Specialty Course runs for 3 days, costs £1000.00 and includes:

  • 2 great white shark cage dives.
  • 1 Scuba-Orientated kelp dive with Cat Sharks
  • 3 night’s accommodation (4 star).
  • All meals inclusive (picnic lunch on the boat).
  • Transfers to and from Cape Town. Pick up from guest house to harbour.
  • PADI certification card
  • 2 Evening lectures, hosted by Michael Rutzen.

Topics covered include the biology, ecology, behaviour and conservation of the Great White Shark.

PADI - Great White Shark Distinctive Speciality Card

Michael Rutzen is world renowned for being one of the few people in the world who has the knowledge and expertise to interact with great white sharks outside the safety of a cage! This course does NOT teach you how to free dive with great white sharks and at no time will you dive outside the cage with them! However Michael’s presentations are supported with breathtaking footage showing the complex social structure, body language and feeding behaviour of this awesome predator. If you thought you knew all about great white sharks think again! If you are a shark fanatic then this is the course for you! Students who complete this course are invited to sign up for the amazing opportunity to do Shark Diving Unlimiteds Advanced Cage Dive! Book early to secure your place! RATES

SHARK CAGE DIVING RATES

Shark Cage Diving Cost: R1350 (Per Person) Transport (Optional) R350 ( Per Person) Included:

  • Breakfast (Before Trip)
  • Picnic Lunch (During Trip)
  • Softdrinks and Water (During Trip)
  • Lunch (After Trip)
  • All Diving Equipment
  • Dry Towels

Daytrip DVD & Documentary (Optional After trip) R380

SHARK BREACHING RATES

Shark Breaching Trip Cost: R8000 (Per Group Max 8 People) Transport (Optional) R350 (Per Person) Included:

  • Breakfast (Before Trip)
  • Picnic Lunch (During Trip)
  • Softdrinks and Water (During Trip)
  • Lunch (After Trip)
  • All Diving Equipment
  • Dry Towels

Daytrip DVD & Documentary (Optional After trip) R380