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Hermanus Part 2

As if being almost attacked by a whale wasn’t enough the next morning i was up bright and early to go shark cage diving. It was amazing and not as scary as you would think. We went out on a boat and got suited up; full wetsuit and a face mask, no need for scuba because we were only going to be on the surface of the water. The cage was large enough to hold 5 people and was held against the side of the boat. The water was freezing but the excitement of seeing the sharks made it worth it.
We attracted the sharks by throwing out chum into the water. They would throw out the chum and then pull it away as the shark drew near, you wouldn’t want the shark to actually get the chum because the government regulates how much chum each boat uses, that being said there was a few times the sharks grabbed it. Once in the cage it was really exciting. You wait with you head above water and when they see a shark coming they yell go go go go down on your left! So you take a deep breath and submerge. It was incredible to see them so close up. Sometimes the sharks would get so close to the cage that they would hit or bump the cage. As scary as it was i felt was very safe in the cage. I even got an underwater camera and took a few pics, although i have no idea how they turned out...
The sharks were incredible; sometimes they would jump out of the water and go for the chum. Most of the sharks were about 2-4 meters so about 6- 12 ft. Some we’re very scratched up, mostly from attacks by other larger sharks or from mating if it was a female. One sharks fin was even broken off at the tip.
After the sharks we went back to our hostile and go ready for the next activity. The afternoon was for paintballing and quad biking. We got there and split into 2 groups. I was paintballing first and was terrified. I had seen my friends bruises from the group that went the previous weekend and was not looking forward to getting shot at, but after shark cage diving i figured i could handle it. The 1st round was the worst, we lost and i did absolutely nothing for my team i was so scared that i just waited it out inside a tree house. It didn’t help that we we’re playing against all grown men, including ex-military guys. After the first round i got better though and became slightly less afraid. The third round was my fave though. It was my last round so my roommate Jen and i just decided we’d go for it. Just use all our ammo and go out with a bang. The last round my team was at the top of the hill guarding 2 houses, the other team was going to try to take us out and get into the houses to win. This round lasted the longest and was so much fun. I actually was helping my team out and took a few of the other teams players out. It was still terrifying but i was so excited that i actually played in this round. After the adrenaline pumping paintball we switched with the other group and went on a really nice and soothing quad bike ride. It was so nice to ride through the hills and check out the scenery, we stopped at this amazing viewpoint that looked over Hermanus and out into the ocean. It was so peaceful and relaxing, one of the nicest and calming activities I’ve done especially compared to all the extreme ones I’ve been doing lately. It was a perfect way to end the weekend and return back to Cape Town.

Posted by kymack 15:36

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Thank you for the update, can't wait to read more - so much has happened since this excursion - and good to see things are calming down just a bit - I'm not sure I can handle any more of your adreniline. (PS its HOSTEL). Love you and miss you and so excited you are really excerising your adventuring spirit - keep having fun, exploring, enjoying and making friends.

by Hallie aka Mom

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