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Shark & Marine Conservation Tour

Dive in to one of our most exhilarating and exotic Learning Tours with the Sharks of South Africa!

Worldaway Learning Tours presents a Nature Conservation Based Learning Experience that will take your breath away: the 15 Day Shark & Marine Conservation Tour!

Witness marine life as you’ve never seen before as the 15 Day Shark & Marine Conservation Tour will plunge you into adventure, allow you to learn about rare marine life, and become one with the ocean!

About 2.5 hours from Cape Town, South Africa, the project site is home to the research project you’ll be completing during your two week stay. Each day is full of learning opportunities, aquatic adventures, rare scenic views, and unique wildlife.

These aquatic research excursions will either take you beyond your comfort zone or right into your sweet spot! Adrenaline junkies and marine lovers alike will find everything they need in an Educational Vacation to have the trip of a lifetime on the 15 Day Shark & Marine Conservation Tour.

The first few days will begin the tour with an introductory lecture and a chance to get up close and personal with the ocean life! A cage dive in the harbor, an Ethical Handling and Angling Workshop, and a Research Boat Trip to the Local Penguin and Sea Bird Sanctuary are all part of a magical first three days!

The end of week one has two more cage diving boat trips that bring you within feet of majestic marine life, a snorkeling survey for the research project, and a trip to beautiful Hermanus for exploring and learning!

Week Two of the 15 Day Shark & Marine Conservation Tour starts off with a Day Trip to Cape Agulhas (the southern point of Africa) and Trip 4 on the cage diving boat for more ocean life observation! Dive into your surroundings on wonderful excursions like Fat Biking, Shopping Trips, and a Wine Farm Tour!

Spend time on out on the water on the Research Boat with a Catch and Release Survey, and also create a Video Survey of the ocean life to reflect on your research!

Two HUGE Attractions of the 15 Day Shark & Marine Conservation Tour are the Drip Caves Tour (including a Lecture/Documentary Opportunity)…AND a gorgeous trip to the Betty’s Bay Penguin Colony to witness hundreds of your finest flightless friends!

For a trip like this, the spots will fill up fast! And the amazing part is, No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: anything you need to know, you’ll learn during the tour along the way from our Professional Guides! Make friends with your fellow researchers, stay in high quality accommodations, and experience the most exhilarating Educational Vacation ever!

Sign up today to research, explore, and have the time of your life!

  • Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town


    Arrival in Cape Town at any time.

    Accommodation: In Cape Town.

    Evening: Free time to settle into your new surroundings.

  • DAY 2: Transfer To Project Site & Introductory Lecture

    Morning: Pick up from accommodation in Cape Town early in the morning & transported to Project Site. Arrival at project site 2.5 – 3 hours later.


    Afternoon: Introductory Lecture – Research project objectives, project methods, equipment needed, checklists, safety in the field, data collected, data entry required.

    Evening: Welcome braai/dinner.

  • DAY 3: Cage Diving Boat & Trip to Shop/Store

    Morning: Trip 1 on Cage Diving Boat.


    Afternoon: Ethical Handling & Angling Workshop, Safety on Research Vessel Briefing, Trip to the shop/store.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 4: Research Boat & Trip to Local Penguin & Sea Bird Sanctuary

    Morning: Trip 1 on Research Roat – Catch & Release Tagging Survey & Video Survey.


    Afternoon: Analysis of Video Survey & a trip to local Penguin & Sea Bird Sanctuary.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 5: Cage Diving Boat & Beach Clean Up

    Morning: Trip 2 on Cage Diving Boat.


    Afternoon: Beach clean up & sorting of debris collected.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 6: Data Entry & Snorkelling Survey

    Morning: Data Entry & Trip to local Big Cat Sanctuary.


    Afternoon: Snorkelling Survey 1, plus Facebook Posts & Blog Posts.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 7: Cage Diving Boat & Trip to Hermanus

    Morning: Trip 3 on Cage Diving Boat.


    Afternoon: Trip to Hermanus as well as Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Crazy Golf.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 8: Trip to Cape Agulhas

    All Day: Day trip to Cape Agulhas (most southern point in Africa).

  • DAY 9: Cage Diving Boat & Fat Biking

    Morning: Trip 4 on Cage Diving Boat & Data Entry – Facebook Posts


    Afternoon: Fat Biking.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 10: Research Boat & Trip to Shop/Store

    Morning: Trip 2 on Research Boat – Catch & Release Tagging Surveys & Video Survey.


    Afternoon: Video Analysis & Horseriding on the beach.

    Evening: Trip to Shop/Store & Free time to relax.

  • DAY 11: Beach Clean Up & Wine Farm Tour

    Morning: Beach clean up.


    Afternoon: Wine Farm Tour.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 12: Data Entry & Snorkelling Survey

    Morning: Data Entry – Facebook & Blog Posts.


    Afternoon: Snorkelling Survey 2.

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 13: Cage Diving Boat & Drip Caves Tour

    Morning: Trip 5 on Cage Diving Boat.


    Afternoon: Lecture & Documentary & Drip Caves Tour

    Evening: Free time to relax.

  • DAY 14: Trip to Betty's Bay Penguin Colony

    Morning: Trip to Betty’s Bay Penguin Colony


    Afternoon: Through Hermanus on the way back & Last Facebook & Blog Posts

    Evening: Leaving braai/dinner.

  • DAY 15: Cage Diving Boat & Departure Day

    Morning: Trip 6 on Cage Diving Boat.


    Afternoon: Transport back to Cape Town & Airport.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

Free Time

*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Shark & Marine Conservation Tour (15 Day)

Gain first-hand experience with the infamous Great White Shark!
US$ 3300
  • Comfortable & Modern Apartments w/Daily Breakfast & Lunch
  • Twin Share Room w/Bathroom (Single occupancy supplement: US$500)
  • Shark Conservation Lectures + Marine Ecosystem Field-Studies
  • Weeknight Cultural Activities + Group Outings
  • Several additional exciting group activities and excursions
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • Cage Diving with Great Whites Sharks!
  • including:
  • Professional Dive Boat & Crew, Qualified Conservation Team Supervision, Dive Gear & Study Materials
  • Certificate of Completion

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