10 of the best: wildlife encounters - 4. Cage diving with great white sharks
The encounter: Experience a breathtaking underwater brush with the fearsome stars of Jaws diving in a steel cage in Shark Alley, off South Africa’s Dyer Island, near Cape Town.
What’s involved: Dyer Island is one of the world’s best locations to encounter great whites as it is home to 50,000 seals, their main food. Trips to Shark Alley include viewing the sharks from onboard the boat and diving in the cage. Divers should hold a minimum of PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent qualification and have logged 40 dives.
Do it: Regaldive offers a great white shark diving extension with its six-night East Coast Shark Diving holiday from £2,144 for both. The four-day Gaansbaai extension includes an extra three nights’ accommodation, two days’ great white cage diving, a guide and transfers.