Croc Man Meets Shark Men
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-GWEXP3NCROC
Croc Man Meets Shark Men!
Yes, you are reading this correctly and the unbelievable is happening. We are bringing together 3 experts on 2 of Australia's most iconic species, the crocodile and the shark!
For the first time ever at the world's best place to see great white sharks, we'll be talking all things croc tales, shark tales and of course, supping some awesome cocktails!
Onboard this very special tour will be NT's saltwater croc catcher extraordinaire Aaron Rodwell along with our very own Andrew and Rodney Fox.
If you have ever wondered what these 2 amazing species have in common (or don't) then this is the trip for you.
Presentations will be held in the evening from Aaron, Andrew, and Rodney and we'll have some exciting croc and shark items onboard for you to look at and handle.
Talks from Aaron will cover:
- Information on the NT crocodile management program and why it is the most successful predatory animal management program ever.
- Catching crocodiles. How Aaron does it, he'll be sharing the techniques and equipment he uses.
- Stories of close calls and near-death experiences Aaron has had over the last 10 years.
This will all be supported by photos and videos and some great croc specimens such as bones and teeth.
Andrew will present on all things white sharks including what makes them an apex predator of the ocean, their physiology, white shark protection and the exciting research and management of the industry that we are involved in.
Then sticking with the stories of near-death experiences is Rodney with not just the amazing survival story of his shark attack but also some lesser-known tales from his involvement in groundbreaking films and research techniques from over the years.
We'll also have an open night for all the shark and croc questions and have some hands on examination of croc and shark teeth. We might even be able to answer the age old question of 'Who would win the fight a croc or a shark?' :-)
This special 4 day tour is perfect for people who are looking for an intimate Great
White Shark experience (and want to maximise their time at sea) and want to learn not only a lot about great white sharks but also Australia's feared and respected saltwater crocs.
On this tour, 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 in sharks and their behaviour, experienced divers,
adventurers, shark photographers and anyone who, like us, has a passion
for these incredible creatures.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 1.15pm and escort you to
our vessel. Welcome aboard at 1.30pm. You’ll be shown to your
cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety
talk. After leaving the Marina, we'll pass through the stunning Thorny Passage to cruise to the famous Neptune Islands Marine Park. We'll anchor and test out our dive kit for the shark diving. 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. Please note that no shark attractant is used on this day.
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. 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. More shark and croc talks in the evening and then time for bed ready for the next days big adventure.
More time with the great whites viewing topside, in the surface cage or down on the ocean floor and by now your shark identification skills will be finely tuned. 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. 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 – anything that floats your boat. Leave the
Neptune Islands by 3:00pm and enjoy some lovely local South Australian
‘wine on the bow’ usually with common dolphins joining us for company.
We arrive back in Port Lincoln by 8.00PM for guests to disembark.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).