- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-WINTERWONDERLAND5D4N
A Winter Safari deep into the stunningly beautiful season of giant female sharks, rainbows, albatross & whales. The longer 5 Day/4 night itinerary is offered at a shorter tour price allowing a buffer for working around any potential wintery weather. We focus on allowing great white shark topside viewing, surface cage, and also ocean floor diving for the certified SCUBA divers in the group.
Depending on the conditions, we have great versitility on any poor weather days to substitute the offshore shark diving at the Neptune Islands with shore based coastal diving alternatives including leafy sea dragons, Australian sea lions, or perhaps an all day road trip to experience the world famous giant Australian cuttlefish spawning phenomenon at the head of Spencer Gulf. We may also offer tender boat rides, land based scenic tours or nature walks. This all adds up to having a unique Winter Safari on the edge of the Southern Ocean while onboard our famous large warm and comfy live aboard, the MV Rodney Fox.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 12:15pm and escort you to the expedition vessel. Welcome aboard at 12:30pm. 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 on the way through to the Neptune Islands or weather permitting stop by Hopkins or Grindal Island for an hour so you can snorkel or dive with Australian Sea Lions.
Weather permitting we then look to explore the wildlife on a remote coastal or island beach in this area before departing. We then enjoy the crossing to the famous Neptune Islands Marine Park, where we'll anchor and set up 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 Long Nosed Fur Seal breeding colony and conditions permitting go walking upon the Neptune Islands. Here where the pristine southern ocean waves crash into the rocks there are many bird species to watch, and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted. More presentations or talks are offered 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.
Then at our final night onboard we like to get everyone into wearing their loudest party shirt and hold our Party/ Quiz night with a free Cocktail and a bit of fun.
Leave the Neptune Islands by mid afternoon or even earlier if we desire to enjoy another sea lion swim. We with the sun setting we enjoy some lovely local South Australian ‘wine on the bow’ often with the chance to spot a whale or enjoy an escort of dolphins joining us for company. A light dinner is served en route and we arrive back into Port Lincoln before 8 PM where guests will disembark and be taken to your shore based accommodation.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).