Great White Expedition hosted by Alessandro De Maddalena
- Duration: 6 Days (approx.)
- Product code: TOUR-WINTERALESSANDRO
The 19-24 July 2018 Expedition / Course in Shark Biology in Australia is operated by Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, and will be hosted by Andrew Fow with Prof. Alessandro De Maddalena, two of the world’s foremost shark experts.
This 5 day boat trip from Port Lincoln to the Neptune Islands, observation of great white sharks from the boat and from the cages at surface and on the bottom, observation of other animals (whales, dolphins, stingrays, sea birds), course in shark biology, 5 night accommodation on the boat, all dive gear, all meals and soft drinks on board. Everyone can dive in the surface cage, scuba qualification is needed for the bottom cage. Participants must arrive in Port Lincoln, South Australia, on 19 July by 6pm and leave on 25 July 2018.
This special 5-day tour is hosted by Italy’s world renowned shark researcher and educator Dr. Alessandro De Maddalena and Australia's own shark expert Andrew Fox 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 want to maximise their time at sea) 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.
Alessandro also shares his immense knowledge of shark biology with a series of fabulous presentations throughout, and a fun time is had by all. On days before and after the tour, Alessandro recommends certain side tours in Port Lincoln or Adelaide. This can include day tours of the local areas and/or shore based diving for Leafy Sea Dragons or the mass spawning of Giant Australian Cuttlefish. – Please advise of your interest.
Pick Up/First Night
The pick up will be 7.45PM at the Marina Hotel on Friday 19th July 2018. Rodney Fox crew will meet guests at the Marina Hotel and transfer to the expedition vessel Princess II. Cabins will be allocated and safety brefings will be held before retiring to bed. Weather will dictate the exact deprture time.
After leaving the Marina, we'll pass through the stunning Thorny Passage and stop by Hopkins Island so we can snorkel with Australian Sea Lions. We then anchor at the Neptune Islands (our destination), where we hope to spot a few dorsal fins. Divers are briefed, and the Surface Cage hits the water, ready for action. Our priority here on day one is for everyone to experience the surface cage and test their equipment before we descend deeper with our SCUBA diving guests in the ocean floor cage the next day. After the test 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 no shark attraction will be used on Day 1.
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 Fur Seal colony and go walking on the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird species to watch and an elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted. More shark 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 to tell the difference between all individuals 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. Alessandro gives more presentations about sharks, and by now everyone has learnt and experienced a whole lot of shark knowledge.
Leave the Neptune Islands by 2:30pm (or earlier if we desire another sea lion swim on the way home) 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 7.30PM for guests to disembark.
Guests normally choose to have a final dinner at the Marina Hotel before retiring to their various Port Lincoln accommodation.
*Itinerary is flexible and indicative only (subject to weather, shark activity and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).