WSDC is one of the best deals on a once-in-a-lifetime experience that one could ask for. I had previously priced the Guadalupe island Mexico cage dives with white sharks and they're several orders of magnitude more expensive than this.
The crew is knowledgeable and very capable and managed to attract and identify several species of shark, including two white sharks which they managed to get very near the cage. I say that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience because I think that everyone curious about these magnificent animals owes it to themselves to do it at least once. However, I am hoping to go back again next time i'm visiting my relatives in ZA. The animals are breathtaking and have surprising degrees of individual personality and there's a marine biologist on board to answer questions you may have about behavior, home range, diet etc.
There is also a professional photographer who gets footage from outside the cage that is going to be better than anything you're going to get on your gopro without doing something unsafe and prohibited like sticking your hand out of the bars. Just pay the reasonable 350 ZAR for the thumb drive (shaped like a white shark) at the end and you'll have the best footage of the day in addition to whatever you snapped.
The experience is safe, comfortable, affordable and extremely good value. I thought the food and coffee were quite good too - although I only mention this because having read some of the other reviews I honestly can't believe this even figures into the experience, but someone was very upset that no bacon was included at breakfast. I suppose that's the sort of person who would complain that the Chilean Sea Bass served at Jurassic Park had bones in it?
For those coming from Cape Town, the drivers will likely collect you between 4 and 5 AM, but you can get another 2 hours sleep on the way to Gaansbai.
I was slightly skeptical going into this experience that we'd even see anything, since there are plenty of days that these animals will not be cooperative or the conditions won't. All in all, I couldn't be happier with the experience and the people. From start to end, this was well done, well organized, efficient and the end result was truly unforgettable and genuinely awesome.
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