Nestling at the foot of the Dynefontein Mountains is Gansbaai, an unpretentious village situated between the towns of Hermanus and Pearly Beach on the most magnificent coastline of the Western Cape. Named after a flock of wild Egyptian geese alleged to have settled at the freshwater fountain near the harbour, Gansbaai offers natural, rugged and unspoilt beauty. From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders to the miles of white sandy beaches of Pearly Beach, you will find one of the most unique and astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the world.
Dyer Island, just off the coast of Gansbaai, is the breeding ground of the Jackass Penguin and home to a wide variety of marine bird life. It’s close neighbour, Geyser Island is home to some 60 000 Cape Fur Seals! It is no wonder that the passage between these two island forms the infamous ‘Shark Alley’ and creates an obvious feeding ground for the endangered Great White Shark!
- The minivan from Whitesharkprojects picked us up at our hotel in Hermanus at 05.30 am and drove us to ‘White Shark Lodge’, their home base in Kleinbaai, just 2 miles from Gansbaai.
We had a continental breakfast and discussed current sightings, indemnities, wet suits and equipment before heading off to board the custom built 36 ft, 4 tonne white shark dive catamaran – ‘Shark Team’. Sharks are usually wary at first and we waited a while for them to settle and then the sharkcage wasa lowered int the water. Hélène and I entered the cage in the firdt group (takes 4 – 5 people) and spend about 30 minutes face to face with the sharks !