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Shark Cage Diving in Hermanus is the most adrenalin packed activity for the whole family! Book at Hermanus backpackers and get great discounts!

Sea Sickness fears? Fear No More!!

Cure for Sea-sickness while Shark Diving or whale watchingWe have the cure for motion sickness or sea sickness (sea sickness cure)

Hayley Van Der Walt shares her secrets…. well, NOT ALL of Them!! That’s just a scary thought!

This article – as posted on gives away a secret many aren’t aware of!!

Are you sick of getting sick?  Is sea sickness holding you back from adventures on the high seas?  You want to sail, go shark cage diving, kayaking with whales and scenic boat trips, but just know that your day will be ruined and unpleasant because of rampant vomiting?


Well, I’m going to share a secret with you.


I’ve worked for 15 years in the tourist industry and our main area of expertise is organising Great White Shark cage diving trips, whale watching boat tours and kayaking trips with Southern Rights whales.  All these amazing, exciting and thrilling adventures are on the infamously chilly and often lumpy, Southern Atlantic Ocean, so we know a few things about vomiting over the side of a boat!


Having booked months in advance, waited and willed the months away, at home, cold and miserable, counting the days until you finally arrive at your destination; that Great White Shark cage diving trip just hours away from departure.  A 3m swell and the smell of chummy fish guts will not deter you initially, the thrill of actually being on board, adrenalin rushing, heart beating wilding with the adventure of it all, you are finally going to see these amazing creatures up close and personal for the first time…


Then your stomach does that sideways lurch, telling you it’s not feeling at all happy, at first you try to ignore it, this is far too important an experience to start feeling unwell.  This is on your bucket list for crying out loud, you will not allow sea sickness to spoil your day… Oh but spoil it will and horribly so, you might well spend the next fours hours hurling yesterdays lunch, last nights dinner and all of your breakfast into shark infested waters.  And will you care about seeing these amazing creatures then? No you will not, you will by now happily pay double the price to be taken off the boat and back onto dry land where you can die peacefully.


All those people who just said, ‘keep your eyes on the horizon’ or ‘apply pressure to your chakras’ they obviously don’t get motion sick, because let me tell you, once you start feeling like crap, none of that helps!


How different it could have been if you’d met me before your departure, because I’ve been told a secret about how to avoid getting sea-sick and I’m going to share it with you now.


Most people assume that an anti-nausea pill will do the trick and many people have heard the advice that for those who really suffer with sea sickness, take one at bedtime the night before your trip and another in the morning before the boat launches.  It does help, but can also make you very sleepy.  What you need is a special combination.


You need to take one anti-nausea pill (preferably one that doesn’t make you drowsy) and one anti-spasmodic (the little pills you’d take for tummy cramps).  Take these two pills 1hr before the boat leaves the harbour.  The two together are an amazing cure for sea sickness.  The product name in South Africa for the anti-spasmodic is Buscopan and most people suggest Sturgeon as the anti-nausea.


I’m no medical professional, so if you think you might be allergic or have some aversion to taking over the counter meds, just don’t take them.

Hayley Van Der Walt, Hermanus Backpackers & Great White Shark Diving, South Africa




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Shark Diving South Africa: Shame, poor humans… by The Shark

Shark Diving South Africa: Shame, poor humans… by The Sharkshame, poor humans trapped in cage



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Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa

Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa

This is the BEST time of the year for Great White Shark cage diving, the water is warmer and the sharks more plentiful.  If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town, Hermanus or Gansbaai to participate in a shark cage diving trip, check out for more information about the trip and what you get for the amazing deal of only R995!

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town, South Africa


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Shark Cage Diving in Cape Town

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Shark Cage Diving in South Africa, leaving from Cape Town daily.

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

This is peak shark sightings season, so if you’ve been thinking about ticking this one off your bucket list, now is a fantastic time for it.  The weather forecast for the coming week is excellent, calm oceans, no swell and clear skies (although that change pretty quickly in these parts!)  If you need more information, just contact us via email or the contact page and we’ll get back to you within 30 minutes.  More details about that trip on

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Great White Shark Found Dead!

Great White Shark found washed up on the shore of Dyer Island.

A male White Shark, approx 4m in length, was found washed up on the shore of Dyer Island this weekend.  At this stage no-one is sure why or how he died, there was nothing to indicate any foul play.  The carcass has been taken to Cape Town for a full autopsy.  The scatches and scapes noted during the recovery process were almost certainly from the rugged rocks of the shoreline.

Great photos of the Great White shark – may be too graphic for some viewers.










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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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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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