As if the lions, holdups, puff adders and giant cockroaches weren’t enough, Craig and I decide to go shark cage diving. The shuttle picks us up at 6am and we drive 2 hours to Gansbaai. When we arrive the driver asks Craig if this is our honeymoon, eliciting derisive snorts and massive eye-rolling. Hours later, back on shore, the company’s cameraman shows a DVD of the trip:
EXT. “SHARK FEVER” CAGE DIVE BOAT – MORNING
CRAIG and KEPH sit side-by-side on the upper deck gazing out at the waves. Seabirds fly overhead. Craig says some (inaudible) into Keph’s ear and they both throw back their heads and laugh.
EXT. SHARK CAGE – DAY
Five people in wetsuits are in the dive cage.
CHUMLINE OPERATOR (O.S.)
To the left! Down! Down!
The five divers submerge. Moments later Craig and Keph pop to the surface grinning. They give each other the “thumbs up”.
INT. “SHARK FEVER” – DAY
Keph takes a bag of chips from the food basket and hands it to Craig. They smile at each other.
EXT. DOCK – LATE AFTERNOON
The group mills around on the dock. “Shark Fever” is dry docked behind them.
OK, everybody stand together for a team picture.
Craig is facing Keph, his back to the camera. Camera zooms in and we can see that’s he’s fixing her hair for the shot.
It was the best honeymoon ever.
Click on a thumbnail for a closer look:
A note: We go with a company that uses the instantly-forgettable name Marine Dynamics; for some reason I keep calling it Marine Vibrations. I can definitely recommend them for their customer service, value, and eco-friendliness (they spend some pre-trip briefing time on environmental education, use low-impact methods, and provide a way for participants to donate to their conservation efforts). They also employ people who seem to have a genuine love for the work and the animals.