Welcome to Shark Diving Unlimited

Shark Diving Unlimited is  the leading shark cage diving company in Gansbaai, South Africa.  Located just outside Cape Town, it is owned by “Sharkman” Mike Rutzen, known for his National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries.   We are a family owned and run company, and pride ourselves for our personal service, smaller groups, more time in the cage and less time feeling like a number.  Much of the company’s profits are put into conservation and protection of the Great White Shark, which is “Vunerable” in Africa.  Shark Diving Unlimited is a  licensed by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs’ Branch of Oceans and Coasts. We are situated in the Great White Shark capital of Gansbaai, just 2 hours from Cape Town. We are the only PADI Diving Centre in Gansbaai where we specialise in Great White Shark cage diving and viewing where no prior experience is needed . . . Read More →

Marine Conservation

South Africa was the first country to protect the great white shark in 1991. The result of the protection is that of the cage diving industry. In 1998, the Bill to re-open Great White Sharks to commercial fishing was tabled, and the government decided to dismiss the application and collect revenue from  . . . Read More →

What our Clients say

“I had the most amazing time experiencing great white sharks up close. The Shark Diving Unlimited team were really great and helped me understand their cause as well as give me insight in shark land.” – Sandy T, Trip Advisor.

Diver with Great White Shark - Gansbaai

Research Projects

The first real and substantive research on the Great White Sharks only started in 1998, after the government decided to keep the species closed to commercial fishing. All legitimate research in South Africa is done by the Department of Environmental Affairs: Branch – Oceans and Coasts, Republic of South Africa, one of the leaders in Great White Shark research worldwide and they currently have 4 research projects active on these animals. They are all under the guidance of the top predator team of the the Department of Environmental Affairs: Branch – Oceans and Coasts, Republic of South Africa, led by Mr. Mike Meyer. 

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