The Great White Escape (5 Days) Hosted by Mark Enarson
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-GWESCMARK
A comprehensive 5-Day Expedition Tour offering topside viewing of great white sharks, surface cage and Ocean Floor Cage Diving. Includes Australian sea lion swim, Neptune Island tour & a special presentation "White Sharks of The World" by Rodney Fox regular shark expert Dr. Mark Enarson.
It is Andrew Fox's opinion that no other shark photographer or shark researcher in the world can match Marks knowledge and experience in traveling to, researching and photographing the worlds great white sharks. His truly breathtaking images and informative presentations are always a fabulous expedition highlight.
This comprehensively featured 4-Night Itinerary allows convenient flights in from interstate without the need for alternative Port Lincoln accommodation. An early return to port on the final afternoon also allows any unrestricted (no-fly-time) divers to connect to flights back to Adelaide. To also fly out ocean Floor cage Divers can choose to restrict themselves above 5m depth on the last day, which also includes our shallow sea lion swim/dive option, or simply stay an extra night in Port Lincoln.
The 4-night Itinerary is also long enough to allow for varying weather conditions while exploring multiple dive locations around the North and South Neptune Island groups for optimal sharks and photographic opportunities and variation. This itinerary includes 3-days of peak great white shark diving, and an extra day of Australian sea lion diving and more, in a versatile and comprehensive expedition package.
What we love about this time of year:
- Extreme Shark Reliability
This time period has enjoyed 100% reliability of productive sharks in more than 10 years onboard Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions.
- Maximum shark numbers Season
In recent years the time period from late Sept to Late January has recently produced the largest actual numbers of sharks seen on any one day with photographers snapping images of 3-6 sharks in one single frame.
- Typically A Mild Weather Month.
Late spring tends to enjoy mild weather conditions and long sunny days. November also produces reliable Australian Sea Lion diving conditions at Hopkins Island.
- Photographic Opportunities
- Optimal photographic conditions for shooting multiple great white sharks, in addition to a higher chance of seeing the Bronze whaler and Mako sharks that engage us more over the warmer months.
All the briefings and travel to our first dive location are covered on the first evening
Three full days are dedicated to Great White Shark Diving at likely both the North and South Neptune Islands groups, at various reefs, weed banks and sandy bottom locations to provide optimal photographic background variations.
Also included is a beautiful tour around the pretty Neptune Island fur seal colonies with our tender boat. Conditions permitting, a walking tour is also a possible option up on the Neptune Islands, a treat exclusive to Rodney Fox Expeditions.
At night, we enjoy great local food and wine, a shark research and photography talk from our crew or special hosts, beautiful sunsets plus lots of time to relax onboard under the stars.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 6:15 PM, or if flying in late on the last Qantaslink arrival @17:50PM, then simply catch the Airport Shuttle straight to the vessel and board from 6:30 PM.
We officially welcome all aboard at 6:30 -7PM and you’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety talk. We then depart for the night’s anchorage at a location near our next day’s activities, with a meal or snack provided along the way or upon our destination.
Option One: Wake up to a Neptune Island sunrise and look out for seal predations, which are typically more common in the early hours around dawn. Or you may just choose to snooze in for a late breakfast, or even until we knock on your door with news of the first sharks arriving.
Our priority is generally for everyone to see the sharks in the surface cage before we descend deeper with our SCUBA certified diving guests in the ocean floor cage. Depending on our depth, the shark activity, the group mix and each diver preferences we can generally accommodate multiple surface and Ocean Floor cage Dives each day.
Option Two: It’s worth getting up at day-break to see the spectacular scenery of the Thorny Passage and nearby Hopkins Island where we expect to have frolicking sea lions eager to meet us. For an hour or so in the morning there is an option to snorkel/dive with these adorable creatures in shallow sheltered waters.
Then, time and weather permitting we can either try another dive location, or perhaps make haste to anchor down at the Neptune Islands, where we’ll no doubt be eager to spot a few dorsal fins.
Days 3 and 4
The cages hit the water, ready for action!
At the Neptune’s we also like to hop in the tender boat, check out the Fur Seals and the odd elusive sea lion and go walking on the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird species and a few reptiles to watch out for.
At night we download our pictures relax, unwind, talk about the day while feasting on the buffet, engage in the Great White Shark Research Talk (really interesting, with some fantastic photography), check out the amazing night-sky, and retire to your cabin ready for the next days adventures.
Our live-aboard itinerary gives so many more opportunities to immerse your self in the beauty of the Neptune Islands, listening to the sounds of the seals with a chilled glass of white. There is plenty of time to chill out and rest. Hit the hay when you feel like it... and get up when you feel like it.
By now your shark identification skills will be finely tuned.
After a final morning shark dive, we Leave the Neptune Islands around midday and enjoy a celebratory local South Australian ‘wine on the bow’ usually with common dolphins joining us for company back to Port.
Alternatively, depending on how the trip has unfolded so far and the weather, we may look to depart the Neptune Islands even earlier this day and stop off to swim/dive with Australian Sea lions at Hopkins Island on the way back into Port.
We arrive back in Port Lincoln before 5:00 PM for guests staying on in Port Lincoln to disembark and be transferred to local accommodation Passengers flying out that evening are able to connect with flights from regional airline carriers. Both Rex Airlines and Qantaslink have flights most days of the week that depart Port Lincoln later that evening back to Adelaide.
NO Fly Time for SCUBA divers 18-24 Hours
Depending on the weather, we try and schedule the sea lion swim/dive day on the last day as this dive is less than 5m deep, any SCUBA divers flying out that evening have no concerns with flying out later that evening. Similarly, any divers flying out that evening should restrict themselves to the surface cage if we are still at the Neptune islands on the final morning.
One day during the tour is often chosen with other species when conditions are the least favorable for shark diving at the Neptune Islands. Any of these options are completely weather dependent and also subject to group wishes. Our priority is always to maximize productivity with sharks.
The sea lion swim/dive day is usually taken at the first dive day or the end either while either en route to the Neptune Islands or en route to our return back to Port.
***Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).