Location: Various locations from False Bay to Aliwal Shoal in South Africa

South African Endemic Shark Photography Expedition

The ultimate quest to photograph all of South Africa’s endemic shark species

Shark Diving in South Africa 2022

If you are a serious shark fan and want to photograph as many sharks as possible, we are running a very special South African Endemic Shark Expedition in February 2024.
This expedition will start on the Indian Ocean side of South Africa in Port Elizabeth. From there we will move to Plettenberg Bay, then False Bay, and finish with some exploratory diving on the wild west coast of South Africa. At each location we will conduct chummed reef dives to photograph different catsharks including rarely seen Tiger Catsharks, Lined Catsharks, Brown Shysharks, and Natal Shysharks.

The trip will include four days of diving in the Western Cape because of the sheer abundance and diversity of shark species in that area. In False Bay alone, we will probably  encounter Leopard Catsharks, Pyjama Catsharks, Puffadder Shysharks, Dark Shysharks, Spotted Gully Sharks, huge Broadnose Sevengill Sharks and Tiger Catsharks. We will also spend a day offshore diving with Blue Sharks, and Makos.


Diving with all of South Africa’s accessible sharks and some that are usually completely inaccessible!


February 4-16 FULL

$6995 per person double occupancy

$7995 single occupancy

Andy Murch

Pyjama catshark diving in False Bay, South Africa
Leopard catshark diving


Comfortable hotels or lodges in Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Simonstown, and the west coast.

Experienced open water divers only.

Water Temp: 13 – 20º C (7 mm suit recommended)
Water visibility: 5 – 30 meters


    • 12 Nights in a variety of comfortable hotels.
    • Airport transfers (Port Elizabeth and Cape Town)
    • Transportation between lodges along the coast of South Africa.
    • 11 days of baited dives. 2-3 dives each day
    • Professional Shark Diving Guides
    • Weights and tanks
    • Breakfast at the hotels and lodges
    • Pack lunches & drinks on the boats


  • Flights
  • Dinners
  • Alcohol
  • Dive gear
  • Crew gratuities
Evan's Peak, South Africa shark diving.
Puffadder Shyshark diving in Simonstown.
Raggedtooth Shark diving in South Africa.
Leopard Catshark with reticulated pattern.
spotted gully shark diving in False Bay, South Africa
Diving with endemic catsharks on the South African Shark Safari 2019.

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Diving with puffadder shysharks in Cape Town
Leopard catshark diving in South Africa
Diving with blue sharks near Cape Town
Puffadder shysharks
Shark dive in South Africa
Sevengill shark, False Bay, South Africa
Leopard Catshark, False Bay, South Africa.
Diving with makos in South Africa.
Diving with puffadder shy sharks on the South African Shark Safari 2019.

Photo © Andy Murch

Tiger Catshark diving
Brown Shyshark - Haploblepharus fuscus
Tope Shark diving in Port Elizabeth.
Puffadder shyshark diving in False Bay, South Africa.
South African raggedtooth shark diving.
Diver with a brown catshark in False Bay, South Africa
A unique ‘once only’ opportunity!

We will be visiting a variety of destinations that are already on the diving map, but none of the local operators have experience in attracting endemic catsharks and other shark species. We will be traveling with the crew from Shark Explorers who have been successfully conducting baited shark dives in False Bay for many years. They are as excited as we are about the opportunity to chum for sharks in never-before-chummed spots along the coast of South Africa.


Day 1
Arrive in Port Elizabeth and transfer to the Lodge.
Day 2-3
Dive Port Elizabeth’s beautiful reefs to look for raggedtooth sharks and rare shyshark species.
After our second morning of diving in P.E. we will transfer to Plettenberg Bay
Day 4-5 Dive Plettenberg Bay to look for Raggedtooth Sharks, shysharks, and catsharks. After our second morning of diving in Plettenberg Bay we will transfer to the Quayside Hotel in Simonstown
Day 6-9 Dive False Bay with Sevengill Sharks and a variety of catsharks, shysharks, and spotted gully sharks. On the best weather day, we will head off Cape Point to chum for blue sharks and makos.
Day 10-12 Exploratory diving on the South Atlantic coast of South Africa; specific dive locations to be decided. This is a rarely dived area where we hope to see sevengill sharks, yellowspotted catsharks, and more on pristine reefs.
Day 13 Transfer to Cape Town Airport
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