Great White Expedition with Leafy Sea Dragons (3N Spring/Summer/Autumn 2016)
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-EXP3NSPRAUTLSD
Our select 3-Night Expedition runs intermittently from late autumn to early spring. This expedition is ideal for people who’d like to spend a good amount of time immersed in the world of the Great White Shark in peak season. On this Expedition, we launch the world’s only Ocean Floor Cage (for qualified SCUBA Divers). However, all guests are able to get up-close and personal with Great Whites in our Surface Cage. Also included is diving with south Australia's delicate leafy sea dragons and diving or snorkeling with the puppies dogs of the sea - the Australian sea lions. It is an Expedition for people of all ages, although we recommend children are at least 8 years old, and able to cope in an adult environment.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 7:45pm and escort you to the Princess II. Welcome aboard at 8:00pm. You’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety talk. Bedtime is up to you, but it’s anchors aweigh at 4:00am. (Not that you have to get up then).
It’s worth getting up at day-break for the rest of the journey down to the Neptune Islands. The scenery is spectacular – we pass through the stunning Thorny Passage and stop by the Hopkins Islands for an hour so you can snorkel or dive with Australian Sea Lions. Leafy sea dragon diving will also take place at the most suitable location. Anchor at the Neptune Islands in the evening (our destination). There is time to relax, unwind, talk about the day while feasting on the buffet, engage in the Great White Shark Research Talk (really interesting, with some amazing photography), check out the amazing night-sky, retire to your cabin. Please note no shark attraction will be used on location this day.
Wake up on location and we are ready for sharks. Divers are briefed, and the Surface Cage
hits the water, ready for action. Our priority is for everyone to see
the sharks in the surface cage before we descend deeper with our SCUBA
diving guests in the ocean floor cage.
Diving commences in the Ocean Floor Cage for SCUBA divers. We also like to hop in the tender boat, check out the New Zealand Fur Seals and go walking around the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird species to watch and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted.
The evening brings more opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Neptune Islands, listening to the sounds of the seals with a chilled glass of white. There is plenty time to chill out and rest. We have heaps of games on board, as well as books and videos and sometimes host a night of shark quizzes and fun – it’s really up to you how you spend the evening. Hit the hay when you feel like it.
You'll be a professional shark spotter by now! More time to spend underwater with the sharks and help the crew identify every unique shark that we see for entry into the Fox Shark Research Foundation ID database. Some sharks are easy to spot with distinctive markings and maybe you'll be the one to spot a brand new shark visiting us for the first time. Diving will be in the surface cage, ocean floor cage and of course more topside viewing to get that real perspective on their size against the surface cage. Leave the Neptune Islands by 1.30PM and enjoy some local South Australian ‘drinks on the bow’ usually with common dolphins joining us for company. We arrive at Port Lincoln by 6.00pm ready for disembarking by 6.30PM.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).