I remember being spooked by the movie Jaws ever since I watched it when I was at a very impressionable age.
Every time I would sink into a bathtub filled with water and bubbles on the surface I would get a flashback of the movie and empty the water out immediately! Now an opportunity to see a shark up close is definitely something which gives you goose bumps just thinking about it. The latest rage in adventure sports is, believe it or not, shark diving.
Cape Town is the magnet for adventure lovers who seek to get a high on the adrenaline rush they would get from coming face to face with a shark. Somewhere around the southernmost tip of the African continent beyond about 8 kilometres in the sea lies the nucleus of white shark activity now known as Shark Alley.
The closest island, Dyer Island, is one of the rare epicentres of grouping of white sharks who feed off the marine life on Geyser Rock, which is a smaller island very close in proximity. The chances of seeing white sharks preying on African penguins, dolphins, and cape fur seals are exceptionally high around these areas.
For the daredevils amongst you, you can hop into a secure 6 man steel cage which floats on the surface. Since white sharks are surface feeders, the cage will not go more then 1 meter below the surface level. There will be a tube going up to the boat which enables divers to simply suck on the tube to breath fresh air.
No scuba diving qualification is required, just bring you stellar heart with you and keep your eyes wide open to look into the beady eyes of a white shark almost one on one. For the faint hearted amongst you, it is highly likely that you could see a white shark from the safety of your boat as they constantly graze the surface of the water.
Of course, I can proudly say…I saw the sharks up close albeit with a barrier in between!