Great White Escape (3 Days)
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-GWESC2N
Our new zippy 3-Day and 2-Night "Great White Escape" is specifically designed for people who are little pushed for time but still want a full experience immersed in the world of the Great White Shark maximising their time at sea. This new convenient tour allows guests the option to fly in to Port Lincoln as late as the morning of departure, and we are back home in port on Day 3 in time for (anyone that has not SCUBA dived below 5m depth that day) the last QANTAS and Regional Express flights back to Adelaide. At the same time it allows SCUBA divers looking to experience our Ocean Floor cage better opportunity for multiple deep dives than any shorter tours.
On this Escape, we launch the world’s only Ocean Floor Cage for qualified SCUBA Divers who want to try this up to 3 times. However, all guests and divers (qualified or not) are able to get up-close and personal with many potential hours to spend with the Great Whites in our Surface Cage. The weather is usually kind during Spring and Autumn – long sunny days, warm nights, and the ultimate in refreshing sea breezes. It is an Adventure for people of all ages, although we normally recommend children are at least 8 years old, and able to cope in an adult environment. Please contact office to discus this further.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 10:15am and escort you to the Princess II. Welcome aboard at 10.30am. You’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety talk, then our journey down to the Neptune Islands begins. The scenery is spectacular – we pass through the stunning Thorny Passage and stop by Hopkins Islands for an hour so you can snorkel or dive with Australian Sea Lions. Anchor at the Neptune Islands (our destination), where you’ll no doubt spot a few dorsal fins. 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. After the exhilaration of the sharks, 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.
Diving resumes in the Surface Cage and with 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.
More time to spend Surface and Ocean Floor diving – there is no time limit in the cages, as long as everyone has their fair share. You can also do some Shark and Wildlife watching from the observation deck, relax with a book, work on your tan – anything that floats your boat. Leave the Neptune Islands by 12.00PM and enjoy some local South Australian ‘drinks on the bow’ usually with common dolphins joining us for company. We arrive back in Port Lincoln by 5.00PM for guests to disembark.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).
**Please check all flight times, this tour is designed for guests to fly in/out on the boarding/departure days but guests must check with the airlines as flight times can change.
*** Please Note that all Ocean Floor Cage (SCUBA) divers should have a 18-24 Hour No-Fly-Time after their last dive. So if planning to fly out on day 3, any deep diving should be done on day 2 or day one if offered. Otherwise accommodation is required in Port Lincoln and fly out is allowed anytime the next day.. This rule does not apply as a result of Surface Cage diving and seal Snorkelling/SCUBA less than 5m deep on the last day.