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Last updated: 04 April, 2024

Since Steven Spielberg’s smash hit film Jaws in 1975, the great white shark, carcharodon carcharias, has both fascinated and terrified us in equal measure.

Cage diving offers a safe – if still nerve-wracking – means to see them up close. When they turn up, they’re surprisingly unthreatening and curious, to the extent that some tour operators now allow you to free dive with them (i.e. without the cage). NB rather you than us.

Here are the best places in the world to find out for yourself…

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Close up of great white shark head just outside of the cage


Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Bucket List Experience

The Neptune Islands Marine Park is one of the world’s best and most accessible great white hotspots. Full-day cage diving tours depart year-round from Port Lincoln (and some include swims with sealions). In winter months, opt for 2-5 night liveaboards to allow for unpredictable weather and reduced daylight hours.

Best for ages: 18+ | £300 | 1-5 days

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Cape Town

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Bucket List Experience

Spacious speedboats leave Kleinbaai harbour (two hours’ drive from Cape Town) in the early morning, setting course for Dyer Island and the famous ‘Shark Alley’. At time of writing, sightings are less than they used to be following the arrival of two orcas…

Best for ages: 13+ | £100 | 5

Guadalupe Island

San Diego, California, United States of America (USA)

Bucket List Experience

This remote island off Baja California, Mexico, offers the best great white diving in the world, with almost guaranteed sightings, excellent visibility up to 40m and a pleasant water temperature of 18-20°C.

Best for ages: 18+ | £3,500 | 5+ days