Here a shark, there a shark, everywhere a shark shark.

On a glorious Tuesday, March 16th, while in Cape Town South Africa we traveled two hours away to do some great white shark cage diving. What is this you say? Get in a cage with great white sharks. Are you kidding me? Well, we are serious and had a BLAST doing it. We took a 15 minute incredibly rocky boat ride out to where the sharks were.

Boarding the boat!

The ride felt like a roller-coaster at times–I was holding on for dear life.

After suiting up in a 7mm inch thick wet-suit (the water was a nice 11.5 C)–you get some fashion forward goggles and they let you crawl into a cage that sits on the side of the boat. WARNING: THIS PICTURE OF KATE MIGHT BE THE HOTTEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN!

(HAHAHAHA!)

Five people get in at a time and they throw bait over your head and around the boat to lure in these huge creatures of the sea.

Technically, I think we (the humans) were the bait–but the sharks liked to play with those Tuna fish heads.

When they see a shark coming, they tell you to get ready and then they scream “DOWN, DOWN!” and you hold your breath, grab a red bar on the inside of the cage and pull yourself down to get a close look at the sharks.

An interesting thing happened while Kate was in the cage–the shark tried to join them inside the cage–he was a bit feisty and slammed his body into the cage. It was crazy. All five of us backed up as far as we could and then all came to the surface screaming laughing.

There he is–trying to get in. WOW!

Screaming & laughing at how close the shark came!

The whole trip was such a fun experience–getting to see the sharks in their natural environment was amazing. It was like shark week –only 100 times better. Haha! Here are some more pictures from the day! -j&k-

Yup. That happened.

On the back of our disposable camera. Anyone else think this is funny?

The water was pretty clear.

The camera freaked out during this pic…it was supposed to be showing the awesome wetsuit look.

Jody, shark-fin-April, Jason & Kate!

36 Responses to “Here a shark, there a shark, everywhere a shark shark.”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Awesome! I’m sooo jealous. Gotta do that sometime.

  2. danielle Says:

    oh my worddddd! you guys are crazy for even wanting to do that. How did it not scare the life outta you? braveeeee people! very glad the sharks didnt get in that cage, i’m not sure how i’d feel about them using you as their snack lol

    epic blog! πŸ™‚

  3. Laura Says:

    you’re right that picture of Kate is a turn on. . . . just nobody will admit it? πŸ™‚

  4. Marissa Hunsberger Says:

    Pretty amazing! from the orange jackets, to the gorgeous wetsuit, to the shark trying to get in! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary b Says:

    Awesome pics!!! No offense but yall are CRAZY!!! Lol but we wouldn’t want yall anyother way! To be completely honest if that opportunity came up in my life I could understand not turning it down (even if I’d wet my wetsuit) Thanks for sharing your very adventurous day with us! Stay safe!!! Live it up!!!

    Ps. Dolphins are the creatures to see!! Lol

    Pss. They won’t try to EAT you!!!

  6. Linda Says:

    I always knew you guys were crazy, but this REALLY tops it off. ARE YOU NUTS?????? Look at those holes in the cage, a baby shark (still with incredibly big teeth) could’ve snuck right in the holes of that cage. Oh no, not me. I can’t belive you got scared of Jaws KC in that cage with you. How much did you feed her to drink to get her in?

    That had to be an amazing experience, and I can’t thank you guys enough for sharing the pics and your excursions with us. You guys are the greatest. I hope you have an amazing last concert in Cape Town tonight.

  7. beth Says:

    omg you guys are soooo brave for doing that, i would not be able to get that close to sharks they freak me out way too much but what an excperience for you! thanks so much for sharing with us πŸ™‚

  8. Marleen Says:

    Wow, what an adventure! Y’all are brave.. why not swim with dolphins? Too boring huh? πŸ˜‰ Haha, just kidding.. this is fantastic, don’t think I’d be that brave when I got the opportunity.. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sandy Says:

    Great blog! You made me feel like I was right there with you.

  10. Amanda Says:

    Lookin’ good Kate! Those were quite the wetsuits, haha. Sounds like you guys had a blast, thank you so much for sharing pictures and stories!

    ps. Totally thought April was a shark in the last pic! πŸ˜‰

  11. Emzy Says:

    WOW so jealous of u guys, yeh more than usual! haha.
    I would love to do that someday, even though id be scared big time, must be such a buzz when youve done it.
    Thanks for sharing the pics guys, kate im totally on a mission to get those sunglasses, i love them!! LOL
    Enjoy the rest of your africa trip guys xx

  12. carolfritz Says:

    That’s so awesome!! Kate, you look so adorable! hahaha Glad you guys had fun! πŸ™‚ Personally, I was more excited that they had German on the sign! lmao Do a lot of people speak German in South Africa?

  13. Elena Says:

    That sounded and looked like crazy fun. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Regine Says:

    WOW! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your travelling adventures with us (btw, the blog entry and pics at the House of Hope orphanage was really really touching and heartwarming – what a privilege!). I love it (and am vicariously living through you, not gonna lie). I don’t have adventures nearly as exhilarating as yours!

    Happy travels and keep on sharing your pics and stories! πŸ™‚

  15. Pam Says:

    THAT’S AWESOME! part of me thinks i’d be terrified to do that, but if i was offered to do this, i’d probably go for it.

    and that’s a really hot outfit Kate haha! πŸ™‚

  16. Jaclyn Says:

    That is so awesome….those are some mean lookin fishes though, lol….and seeing people in a cage like that just makes me laugh, especially how everyone is holding on πŸ˜›

  17. Selena Says:

    Wow, y’all sure were feeling adventurous, huh? What a brave bunch!
    Thanks for documenting and sharing the experience with us. πŸ™‚

  18. Linda Says:

    I always knew you guys were crazy, but this REALLY tops it off. ARE YOU NUTS?????? Look at those holes in the cage, a baby shark (still with incredibly big teeth) could’ve snuck right in the holes of that cage. Oh no, not me. I can’t belive you got scared of Jaws KC in that cage with you. How much did you feed her to drink to get her in?

    That had to be an amazing experience, and I can’t thank you guys enough for sharing the pics and your excursions with us. You guys are the greatest. I hope you have an amazing last concert in Cape Town tonight.

  19. crystal Says:

    you guys are so brave! no way would i ever be able to do that! i’ll swim in the ocean all day, but there’s no chance you’d get me in a cage like that haha..keep it up with the pictures!! we like seeing your adventures!

  20. Bianca Says:

    I am soooo jealous! Ahh glad you all had fun though! Thanks for the pictures.

  21. Boston_Holly Says:

    That sounds like an awesome underwater adventure! Not sure I could muster the gumption to do it myself, so I’ll just live vicariously through your pictures…and Kate…bonus points for your Sox hat. πŸ˜‰

  22. riana Says:

    body parts will not be returned???? that’s…..disturbing to read…haha

  23. Lauren 'Elle' Says:

    Okay the back of the camera is amusing. Pictures are amazing, what an awesome experience!

  24. Stephanie Says:

    In 2 weeks I’m going to swim with the dolphins in the Bahamas I thought that was brave! After seeing thus have to rethink some stuff! Awsome blog ladies be safe as always!

  25. anakellya Says:

    you guys are freakin’ me out with how brave you’re getting! just don’t go sky diving! haha.
    wow, i could neeeeeeever get in a cage, with bate, and just… well in general… sharks & me = not a good match! πŸ˜‰

    and that ‘body parts will not be returned’ made me laugh so much! haha :L
    xxx

  26. Erin Says:

    i swam with sharks in florida, but they were hammerheads. i’ve wanted to dive with great whites. ya’ll are so lucky. and those wet suits are quite possibly the hottest thing on the planet. i think ya’ll are gonna start a new fashion trend. it’s the 17…just fyi.

  27. Turk Says:

    That’s crazy…you guys are much braver than I am. I hope that cage was well fastened on to the boat…

  28. a5ballard Says:

    That is so freakin awesome, insane, crazy, sweet!!!!

  29. Kim RULZ! Says:

    Lovin’ the white flip cam, Jill! πŸ™‚

  30. Nina Says:

    hey JILL!!!

    i wish you ALL the best and LOT LOT LOTS of luck and fun and excitement aaaand… just everything good in the world. you’re the most amazing-awesome-incredible-classy-beautiful-talented-funny-hilarious-wonderful-miraculous-terrific-marvellous-glorious-splendid-tremendous-best.voice.ever-ok-enough-now-:)-JILL in the whole world!

    keep going like you did last year! love you lots

    -nina xo

  31. kevin Says:

    crazy!

  32. Tina Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JILL!!!!! πŸ˜€

  33. 1wildegirl Says:

    Diving with sharks, setting new fashion trends..y’all do a bit of everything, huh? I don’t know that I’d feel reassured at being used as bait, so props.

    But anyway, more importantly…as important as y’all making it out alive and intact: Happy Birthday, Jill! πŸ™‚

  34. Britt Says:

    Girls,

    you’re the best! really..
    Miss you guys!!!

    X Britt

    (the girl who made you a sign in amsterdam.. ooh and who got a miss and mister universe sign for einar ;-))

  35. Rose Says:

    This may sound crazy… But what kind of camera were you using during the safari? Those pictures are awesome!! Great camera!

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