diving geyser island, south africa

Geyser Island dive guide

Geyser Island diving

Geyser is a small island near Dyer Island. It is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals which attract great numbers of sharks. A 100 foot (30 meters) wide shallow channel separates the two islands; it is called Shark Alley. This area is great for diving with sharks and watching great white shark breaching. The best season to see many kinds of sharks at the same time is from April to October.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Average Water surface temperature: From 15°C (55° F to 65°F).
Visibility often averaging: From 19 to 26 feet (6 to 8 meters) and can reach 49 feet (15 meters) in a good day.
Best time to visit is from April to October
Possible to dive all year round.

Geyser Rock accommodates about 60 000 Cape Fur Seals. As this huge population is attracting the sharks, the shallow channel separating Geyser Island and Dyer Island, the Shark Alley, has the reputation of being one of the best places to have encounters with the Great White Sharks and do cage diving. If you visit the site during the months of April to October, you are bound to see at least 10 different kinds of sharks.

Geyser Island is considered a breeding ground for Great white sharks, so you may see expectant females here. The season from April to September is a good time to watch the sharks breaching. This is one of the extraordinary moments when you can actually watch flying sharks hunting their prey; great motives for photographers. Sharks are present all year long but they have different behaviour during summer so it might be difficult to watch them as they seem to be less interested in food and hunting seals.

Great white sharks have gained the reputation of being man hunters, but studies have proved that indeed sharks need protection and they are not as dangerous as they are portrayed. But of course caution is still necessary when dealing with sharks, because some human behaviour may send the wrong message to the sharks. To ensure that the diver gets a close encounter with the shark without taking unnecessary risks, cage diving is organized. There are certified and experienced dive operators who are specialized in cage diving. You dive in the safety of an aluminium cage. You do not need special training to cage dive, but you should be able to feel comfortable with the idea of going down into the water in a cage. Precautions are taken to ensure that you are secure and on the other hand the sharks are protected by respecting their natural habitat and their habits. We should be aware, that if we want to enjoy the wonders that nature puts at our disposal, we must also take care to observe without disturbing.

Last but not least, huge numbers of southern right whales arrive at this spot every year in July. They come to mate and calve. Most likely you can watch these huge mammals from shore or boat as they spend most of the time on the surface. Best time to view wales is during the months of August, September and October.

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