Great White Expedition (4 Nights)
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-GWWS20214N630
This special 4 Night tour is at the time of year when the giant female sharks are more likely to visit. This expedition is perfect for people who are looking for an intimate Great White Shark experience and learn a lot about great whites.
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 spending lots of time with these incredible creatures.
What we love about this time of year:
- Extreme Shark Reliability
This time period has enjoyed NEAR 100% reliability of shark sightings for more than 20 years.
- Big Girl Season
This time period typically enjoys some of the largest sharks that we see at the Neptune islands.
- Photographic Opportunities
Optimal photographic conditions of typically good visibility and strong daylight.
All the briefings and travel to our first dive location are covered on the first evening.
Up to 4 days are dedicated to Great White Shark Diving at both the North and South Neptune Islands groups, at the various reef, weed bank and sandy bottom locations.
A part of one day is planned to target another South Australian underwater icon, the Australian Sea Lions at Hopkins Island.
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, and there will, of course, be a fun quiz night and a shark research talk.
Our Rodney Fox Crew will meet you outside of the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 6:15pm. Our team will then escort yourself and your luggage to the MV Rodney. Welcome aboard at 6:30pm. Formal inductions and safety talk will begin, followed by being shown to your cabins to unload your belongings. Dinner will be provided on route to the Neptune Islands ready for full activities the following day.
Days 2, 3 & 4
After leaving the marina early, we then begin our journey 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 with Australian Sea Lions. Alternatively, depending on the expedition we may go straight to the shark diving. Divers are briefed, and the cages hit the water, ready for action! 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.
We also like to hop in the tender boat, check out the Fur Seals and go walking around the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many birds and a few reptile species to watch and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted.
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.
Day 5 ( Last Day)
By now your shark identification skills will be finely tuned.
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 before 8.00PM for guests to disembark. Dinner is served onboard.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).