GREAT WHITE SHARK
Getting up-close and personal with one of the ocean’s apex predators is to witness the embodiment of power, grace and menace. Great white sharks can reach 6m in length and are capable of launching attacks on unsuspecting prey, like fur seals, with enough force to launch their two-tonne bodies out of the water. South Africa is one of the best locations for reliable sightings. Operating from the fishing village of Gansbaii, a three-hour drive southeast from Cape Town, boat trips visit the 60,000-strong fur seal colony at Dyer Island and Geyser Rock where Shark Alley is patrolled by great whites. Cage diving is available year round, but aim for winter (May-September) when underwater visibility is at its best – and always choose a reputable operator.