And it's not all about the sharks. Cape Fur Seals, Jackass Penguins and a wide variety of sea birds are commonly seen. From July to November, Southern Right Whales are spotted almost every day, and Dolphins are occasionally seen too.
If coming from Cape Town (which is often the case) it is an early start to get to Kleinbaai (near Gansbaai) on the Cape South Coast, and exact times vary due to tides and sea conditions. You will normally head out at 09.00-10.00, returning mid-afternoon. We only use ethical operators, ideally smaller operations, very professional and safety conscious, and always departing from Kleinbaai to save you a lot of travelling time in the boat. Sharks are seen on a very high percentage of trips, but can't be guaranteed.
It is recommended that you book well in advance and allow a reserve day (if you are very keen!), in case of adverse weather conditions. You will be exposed to the open sea while travelling to and from the islands so if you are prone to seasickness we suggest you take precautions. No experience or scuba certification or equipment is required.