Dead Clients Can’t Pay

People in general, and travelers in particular, never cease to amaze me. Here I thought climbing into a cage, having that cage submerged into Great White shark infested waters and allowing people on the boat to pour chum all over you and the cage was pretty adventurous.

Then TravelKane comes along and says, in so many words, “Who needs the cage?”!

To my admittedly not-so-adventurous ears that’s about the same level of crazy as saying you haven’t really skydived until you’ve done it without a parachute.

To be fair, TravelKane is open (resigned?) to the idea of being stuck in the cage:

I would like to do an out of the cage dive, but I don’t think there is a tour co option for that and setting up a private dive seems cost prohibitive. So I’m thinking I’ll have to settle for a cage dive.

So how does one go about planning for a trip like this?

Great White shark diving (in cages) are usually done from Hermanus, which is about 1 1/2 hours north-east of Cape Town. When I was there a few years ago … I saw lots of road-side signs advertising cage diving trips. There were also lots of ads for diving operators on the Hermanus tourist website. ~newbluesea

It is an adrenaline rush like no other when you’re inches away from a 15 ft apex predator. However, it is not as dangerous or crazy as many folks will have you believe. These diving outfits are highly reputable and realize that dead clients can’t pay. … My wife thought I was crazy and said she was going to get life insurance on me.. However, once she realized that it was relatively safe and an adrenaline rush, she wanted to do the dive as well! ~bartlettjr17

Dead clients can’t pay. Is that what you said bartlettjr17? Dead clients can’t pay?

Again, I’m admittedly not all that adventurous, but if that sign is hanging on the door right next to “No shoes, no feet, no refund” I’m thinking twice about the activity.

But that’s just me.

Read the thread in its entirety: Great White Sharks in South Africa

Image: “Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark’s in the water.” by Valerie Hinojosa. CC BY-SA 2.0.


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