Seal Island

Also known as Shark Cage Experience

Sea (Salt water)
2 m (max)
Diver Level
All Divers

Seal Island is one of the most famous places on the planet to see Great White Sharks. It is also the home of the thrilling "Air Jaws" behavior that the sharks use to hunt Cape Fur Seals.

Best Time to Dive

The peak of the great white shark season is the South African winter from about May to October. Sharks are present year-round but the numbers are higher during these months and sighting success is reported to be about 95%.

What You Can See

Great White Sharks launching themselves completely out of the water in a "polaris attack" on the Cape Fur Seals that give the island its name.

Tips & Tricks

Choose a reputable and environmentally responsible operator. For example, Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions follows this Code of Conduct:

  • Must operate in a manner that maintains the conservation of valuable marine species and environment
  • Will not harm or interfere with white sharks in any way
  • Act responsibly at all times
  • Take care at all times not to cause injury or unnecessary stress to sharks
  • Will not encourage abnormal behavior
  • Will not lure them out of water in pursuit of baits or decoys
  • Use fish based products only
  • Will not permit anybody to touch the sharks
  • Bait rope must be made from natural fibre twine
  • Will not intentionally feed or reward sharks with food
  • Will provide valuable assistance with research into white sharks

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From Cape Town, 17 km away.