Southern Wonders Winter Safari
- Duration: 10 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-LDGS9NIGHTS
This special extended 9-night itinerary gives 8 dive days on location at a variety of dive sites showcasing the underwater wonders of South Australia including often largest great white sharks of the year, thousands of spawning giant Australian cuttlefish, playful Australian sea lions, and a jetty dive or two to see many marvellous and iconic South Australian Critters, including the beautifully ornate leafy sea dragon.
A beautiful tour around the pretty Neptune Islands in our tender boat saying G’day to all the Long-Nosed Fur Seals. You will also have the chance to experience exclusive walking tours on the coastal beaches, Islands including exclusive permission to get onshore the Neptune Islands.
Great catered menu with local food and wine, photographic, and shark research presentations available, beautiful sunsets plus lots of time to unwind and relax onboard under the stars.
Our Rodney Fox Crew will pick up all expedition members from outside of the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 6 -6:15 PM to board the vessel at 6:30 PM. We will complete our safety introduction talk as well as have all passengers get nice and comfortable in their cabins. Depending on our first destination we then depart at a time during the night.
Journey to a choice of locations, to dive with jetty critters ( including the leafy sea dragon) . Then overnight travel to Upper Spencer Gulf.
Arrive on location at a unique gathering place of the world’s greatest cuttlefish spawning phenomenon. Thousands of giant Australian cuttlefish aggregate in the shallows of the upper Spencer Gulfs clear shallow waters, a photographer's fantasy, and one of nature's most flamboyant mating spectacles. Guests will travel onboard the MV Rodney Fox to this destination to have the advantages of live aboard boat access to the optimal locations for viewing, photography and filming. *This activity will heavily depend on the weather for each individual expedition and in poor travelling conditions or if we are short on time we will potentially consider this activity via coach and land based access .
Days 4 to 9
A focus on great white Sharks at both North and South Neptune Islands. This is peak season for a chance to see giant mature female sharks. Topside viewing, surface cage diving and descending down in our world exclusive ocean floor cage (on SCUBA) will provide an unsurpassed insight into the lives of these still mysterious animals.
There will also always be an option to revisit the sea lions and jetties and enjoy a beautiful tour around the pretty Neptune Islands in our tender boat or on the islands themselves with an exclusive walking tour on the Neptune Islands. The playful fur seal pups who are newly learning to swim offshore at this time of year (after being born in the previous summer) make captivating photographic subjects.
Disembark by 9:00AM in Port Lincoln after a Continental breakfast.
*Please note that the itinerary and all activities and species visited are weather dependent and flexible to group wishes.