Join Date: Oct 2007
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In Hermanus, 2 nice ladies from the travelling office were awaiting us as David ordered them to arrange all thing necessary, the great stay in the apartment hotel, great restaurants and else. I must say that for a Swiss prices for good hotels and restaurants are cheap in comparison here in SA. People are very, very friendly and except for internet access away from normal hotels everything is great. One thing to mention is the fact that sometimes you have to drive 200 kms to get to the next gaz station. Planning therefore is important. (Botswana must be 500kms in that respect)
Hermanus is a little town about 25'000 people and its most known for whale watching and great white shark diving. David previously organized a whale watching boat trip for today, and John and Barry joined him.
Since I have been diving many years before having the kids with the help of the nice travel agency lady I was able to catch 5:30 morning shuttle to the diving location on Gaansbay were a crew with a specialalized boat was awaiting me to go cage diving with the great white shark. Sadly enough I had to go alone as my wonderful friends assured me that "5:30 in the morning would be to early for them...." !
Dear friends let me tell you that this was of my best days ever. The sea was very rough to go out on that about 30 minute boat drive with huge, huge waves, that alone a intense experience. Once the boat ankered in 12-18meter deep water 3 km' offshore on a far away coastline they started to put the "fishsoup" in the water to attract our white friend. As soon as he showed up we went in the diving suit into the cage to follow the sharks from underwater.
I have dived with many kind of sharks in tropical seas but the pure size of those whites are especially underwater without comparison. They are so elegant, come suddenly out of nothing, extremely fast and hammer into the cage while trying to get those tunafish heads presented by the instructors via rope, turn sideways away and slap the cage again with the huge man large tailfin. The cage is only about 1 meter 50 in thickness but around 3 meter high. So when he turns and passes sideways along the cage while furiously trying to grasp that tuna head the breast fin comes sometimes accidently and partially into the cage. That's a chance to "handfeel" the white baby. After all we identified 5 different great whites coming along to greet. Downside: After being about 60 minutes in 14 degrees water, although with a 7mm rubber body on...I was done. All those interested go and do it also...its a lifetime experience as Gaansbay in SA is the ONLY place in the world where you can see great whites all year long without seasonal lags.
Present: 365 GTB/4, Scud
Past: 250 GTE, 250 PF (2), 275 GTBsn, 330 GTC, 456GT, 550, 360Stradale, 430Scuderia, F40, F50
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