Ryan Johnson

Guide & Marine Biologist

Ryan is a renowned shark biologist originally from New Zealand. His reputation was built on 15 years of research into the hidden lives of great white sharks. His research and desire to explore and understand the marine world has resulted in him leading numerous documentary expeditions for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel throughout the world.

Diaan Grobbler

Senior Expedition Guide

Diaan brings vast experience to Blue Wilderness, having worked in the diving industry in South Africa and Mozambique since 2002. With an unmatched passion for sharks and customer service, Diaan ensures that all our shark adventurers enjoy both an exciting yet, highly educational expedition with Blue wilderness.

Marcus M’Sane

Skipper extraordinaire 

Marcus is one of South Africa most experienced sardine run / shark expedition skippers. During his 16 years experience, he has launched clients out of 12 launch sites throughout Southern Africa. His unprecedented expertise in reading both the environmental and biological indicators ensures that the Blue Wilderness team is always where the shark action is.


Mia Vorster

Manager / Guide / Videographer

Mia offers Blue Wilderness the professionalism that is required to fulfil our ambition of becoming South Africa’s most renowned shark ecotourism company. With over 20 years experience in documentary production and diving, Mia offers the team unprecedented experience and a ‘can do’ attitude that keeps us on our daily track.


Jessica Escobar

Chief Scientist

Jessica is one of kwa-Zulu Natal’s most renowned shark biologists, having conducted her master and phd research on the sharks residing on Aliwal Shoal. Jessica runs Blue Wilderness’s dedicated research, education and conservation unit, and hosts our shark volunteer and internship programs


Skipper extraordinaire

Phila is Blue Wilderness second skipper who is 100% committed to safely transferring our shark guests. Hailing originally from Sodwana, Phila moved to Durban’s South coast for a new challenge in life. His commitment to skippering and is ever ready smile, lets our guests know that they are in safe and secure hands during each and every shark expedition.

Natasha van Heerden

Natasha van Heeren

Videographer / Client services

Natasha joined Blue Wilderness shortly following her completing her open water divers qualification. Like many of Blue Wilderness’s guests, she fell in love with the ocean and company and set herself the challenge of building a career that follows her passion for the marine world. Blue Wilderness was lucky to snap her up where her contagious enthusiasm brings joy to our team and guests every day