Monthly Archive: March 2009


There is No better way to experience Great White Sharks than within the shark diving cage, attached to the boat! You don’t need a scuba diving qualification to go shark cage diving as you don’t need air tanks.

The cage is of the floating-variety and is custom-made with 12mm galvanised steel mesh. The sharks cannot get inside and they don’t try. The cage allows you to enter the sharks environment safely and enjoy the exhilaration of being only centimeters away from these mighty beasts.


If you can’t bear the thought – surface viewing is almost as thrilling! Either way – check out our brilliant shark cage diving special for backpackers!

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COAST to COAST (THE guide for backpacking in South Africa) say:

Hermanus Backpackers just gets better and better, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the live wires Braam and Hayley.

The bright,clean and cheerful Hermanus Backpackers is a lively, spirited place with relaxed vibes. Overlooking the ocean and beautiful Kleinrivier Mountains, it’s close to town and sea and not on the main road. Apart from the incredible facilities, their excellent staff will entertain you with their legendary swimming pool parties and fun and games at the funky bar.

They offer heaps of really fun activities, you can also go whale watching or cruise to an island to see the fabulous seals and penguins. And hey, if the whales that frequent Hermanus aren’t exciting enough, try playing “bait” and cage dive with Great White Sharks!

They provide duvets, linen, off-street parking, lockers, bike hire, laundry, DSTV, cheap Internet and lashings of hot water! Their nightly braais are excellent value at R70. The house is large enough to accommodate both party animals and people needing a little tranquillity, so you’ll always find the right spot to suit your mood.

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You’ll be absorbing the wonders of the Atlantic Ocean while your crazy buddies put on their diving gear and you’ll suddenly catch a glimpse of a tail or fin, but more often than not you are surprised by the sudden appearance of this magnificent animal as it approaches the boat.


Surface viewing - shark cage diving


Often the shark will come right to the edge of the boat where it is close enough to touch. The Great White will swim gracefully around the boat absorbing all the smells, motion and light, providing surface viewers with many excellent photo opportunities. At the same time the divers in the cage can appreciate this beautiful animal face to face.


If you’ve got the guts, this is the point at which you’ll go shark cage diving to get an even closer view of the Great White Sharks…

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Hey There Backpacking Fraternity!

Penquins near Hermanus

Welcome to the new Hermanus Backpackers website!

Well, the website is nearing completion with just one or two new and interesting ‘bits’ to come…

Should you have ANY suggestions on improvements or exciting widgets… Please DROP US A LINE!

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