Great White Expedition (Summer 2014/15)
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-SUMMER
Our 3-Night Expedition runs from October to April (Spring/ Summer). This expedition is ideal for people who’d like to spend a little more time immersed in the world of the Great White Shark. 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. The weather is usually kind during Spring and Summer – long sunny days, warm nights, and the ultimate in refreshing sea breezes. It is an Expedition for people of all ages, although we recommend children are at least 8 years old, and able to cope in an adult environment.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 10:45am and escort you to the Princess II. Welcome aboard at 11:00am. You’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety talk. Leave Port Lincoln by 11:15am and journey down to the Neptune Islands.
The scenery is spectacular – we pass through the stunningThorny 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 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 5:00pm and
enjoy some local South Australian ‘drinks 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).