Experience the awesome sight of great white sharks up close and personal with the peace of mind that comes from having suitable shark cage diving insurance.
Shark Cage Diving is, without any exaggeration, one of the most incredible experiences you can have in your life. Coming face to face with the ocean’s most feared predator, the great white shark, in its own environment behind the safety of steel bars is an adrenaline rush that you’ll never forget. What’s truly remarkable about seeing great white sharks while shark cage diving is how graceful and, yes, beautiful they are, in their own way – seeing nearly one ton of shark move so effortlessly through the water is mesmerizing. While shark cage diving is not nearly as dangerous as it appears, you should have shark cage diving insurance – ie travel insurance that explicitly agrees in writing to cover you for shark cage diving as part of your policy.
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The term shark cage diving is a bit of a misnomer, because you don’t have to be a certified diver to go shark cage diving. Typically the shark cage is suspended just below the surface of the water, with the top of the cage actually level with the boat, so you can slide into the cage directly from the boat’s stern – and climb directly out of the cage back onto the boat too without ever being in the water unprotected. Nevertheless, having shark cage diving insurance is important – the risk of a great white shark actually harming you during a shark cage diving trip is minimal, but shark cage diving insurance can cover you for any incidents – such as falling over in the cage – and also for more ordinary problems like hurting yourself on the boat to and from the dive spot and so on.
The most popular places in the world to go shark cage diving with great white sharks is South Africa, Guadeloupe and south Australia. I’ve been shark cage diving in south Australia with Rodney Fox Expeditions, run by the famous shark conservationist Rodney and his son Andrew. The video above is one of several I shot while in the shark cage – you can see more videos and read my account of cage diving with great whites for Asian Diver magazine. Rodney is the only great white shark cage diving operator to offer the chance to scuba dive with great whites. They have a second cage on a hydraulic winch that is lowered down to the sandy bottom 15 metres below. The guests are inside the cage all wearing scuba gear (but no fins, as you simply remain standing upright). Being in the cage on the reef means that you are right in amongst the great white sharks as they cruise in to investigate and they also pass overhead, which is an awe-inspiring sight.
Having suitable shark cage diving insurance provides peace of mind to let you fully enjoy this unique encounter with one of the world’s most fearsome but fascinating creatures.