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Shark Cage Diving

©SA Tourism©SA TourismAlthough South Africa is one of the best places in the world to come face to face with a white shark, and there are a number of well run operations, the shark cage diving industry is in a bit of a shambles. After years of controversy there is still no definitive legislation, but there seems to be some progress. Operators, in combination with Marine and Coastal Management (MCM), have come up with a code of conduct and, while there are, at present, no permits for shark cage diving, MCM have issued exemptions (which are, in effect a permit) to certain operators.

Many people feel that baiting of any wild animal is not good practice, and there is a belief that chumming for sharks may contribute to an increased incidence of shark attacks. For this reason, some people boycott the shark cage diving operations. But one of the local shark diving operations was recently granted Fair Trade in Tourism accreditation, so you work it out.

There are three main areas in which you can experience an encounter with this superb predator – False Bay in Cape Town, Gansbaai, on the Southern Cape coast, and Mossel Bay on the Garden Route. Of these, Gansbaai is the most popular, and most populous, with quite a few boats all lined up next to each other in 'Shark Alley'.

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