Great White Expedition (Winter 2015)

Great White Expedition (Winter 2015)
  • Duration : 5 Days (approx.)
  • Product code : TOUR-WINTER
From AUD $1,815.00

Our 4-Night Expedition runs from April to September (Autumn/Winter) –
the time of year when the giant female sharks are visiting. This
expedition is perfect for people who are looking for an intimate Great
White Shark experience (and want to maximise their time at sea). 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. It is an Expedition for people
who are very interested sharks and their behaviour, experienced divers,
adventurers, shark photographers and anyone who, like us, has a passion
for these incredible creatures.

Day 1                   

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).

Day 2

After leaving the Marina,
we'll 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. 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 fantastic photography), check out the
amazing night-sky, retire to your cabin.

Day 3                    

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.
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.

Day 4      

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 5:00pm and enjoy some lovely local South Australian
‘wine on the bow’ usually with common dolphins joining us for company.
Dinner is served en-route and we arrive at Port Lincoln around 11:00pm.
Sleep on-board for dis-embarking at 9:00am.

*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).