New: Port Elizabeth’s First Shark Cage Diving Tours
First pics, plus (WATCH) the maiden test voyage video of the first official Port Elizabeth shark cage diving tours new boat My China
The new boat for Port Elizabeth’s first shark cage diving tours with Raggy Charters was officially launched on 6 November. It’s a 9-metre catamaran built in SA. And she’s powered by two Suzuki DF250s, fitted by Nauti-Tech Suzuki.
“We’re extremely impressed with the new boat,” says Lloyd Edwards, owner-operator of Raggy Charters who recently secured the first-ever license to do shark cage diving in Port Elizabeth. “It’s such a step up from our previous vessel.”
POWERED BY SUZUKI
The new boat, My China, is powered by two Suzuki DF250s. An excellent choice in motor that won the international innovation awards when it launched for being the first 250 engines to produce over 184kW in power. It was also the first to introduce variable valve timing, which helps control power better and conserves fuel. See the Suzuki DF250 outboard and all our Suzuki boat engines here.
And My China is going to need the extra power and reserves. Because Raggy Charters’ planned great white shark cage diving tours will take divers about 65km outside of Port Elizabeth harbour towards Bird Island on the east side of Algoa Bay. That’s about 8km offshore. And you need a dependable vessel for doing regular trips.
Fortunately, My China showed in her tests that she has what it takes.
WATCH: THE BOAT’S MAIDEN TEST VOYAGE
Nauti-Tech Suzuki and Suzuki Marine South Africa are proud to be powering Raggy Charters – Marine-Eco Cruises, the first and only officially licensed to do shark cage diving adventures in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Bay. We fitted two new Suzuki DF250s to the new boat and took her for a water test recently. More info on the official launch soon. In the meantime, check out our super sweet outboards selection here: https://nautitechsuzuki.com/suzuki-outboards/
Posted by Nauti-Tech Suzuki on Monday, 22 October 2018
PORT ELIZABETH’S FIRST SHARK CAGE DIVING TOURS
In May this year, Edwards and Raggy Charters presented a plan to the Department of Environmental Affairs at the Durban Tourism Indaba. And the first and only license to do shark cage diving tours in Port Elizabeth in Algoa Bay was granted in April 2018.
Mandela Bay Tourism also expressed their excitement about the new shark cage diving venture, because it could help boost tourism in Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape.
ABOUT RAGGY CHARTERS’ NEW SHARK CAGE DIVING IN PE
Raggy Charters, who already holds several whale and shark watching tour licenses in Port Elizabeth, is an eco-tour operator that feeds into various important conservation projects. They do a variety of marine tours catering to tourists, photographers, film crews etc. to generate funds for the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund.
Edwards says that they spotted the opportunity to expand to shark cage diving in Port Elizabeth because the water is so clear in Algoa Bay and there is plenty of great white shark activity in winter. That said, PE’s first shark cage diving tours will only start officially departing from April next year. The season will run from April to September every year.
But you can enquire and book your tour in the meantime.
HOW TO BOOK A SHARK CAGE DIVING TOUR IN PE
The exact timelines are still being finalised. And the first tours are set to start in April 2019. But Raggy Charters welcomes you to contact them via email or phone and enquire to secure your spot. Here’s the info:
Algoa Bay Yacht Club, Dom Pedro Jetty, Port Elizabeth
+27 (0)73 152 2277
Open 8am–5pm daily
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