Great White Shark Expeditions

from $1995 AUD

About your Great White Shark liveaboard experience

Great White Shark Liveaboard Dive Trips. Great White Shark liveaboard dive trips are the ultimate way to experience dive time with one of the ocean’s topline predators.  If there’s a better way to get an adrenaline hit while diving, I’m not sure what it is! Great White Sharks are majestic, intriguing and just a little bit terrifying.  They are also best seen from the safety of a cage.

Did you know that Australia is the only place in the world where you can enjoy an ocean floor cage dive on board a Great White Shark liveaboard dive trip? It’s true.  This exclusive experience is offered onboard the Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, which have various departures throughout the year, from Port Lincoln in South Australia.

We have partnered up with Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expedition Tours to bring you an experienced operator that has been running Great White Shark tours since 1965.  Trip duration varies from 2 nights to 5 nights. Trips are scheduled in accordance with the weather and conditions and while they operate year round, the trip length and itinerary vary, to maximize your chances of seeing the Great White Sharks.  So what are you chances? Pretty good!  They are currently sitting at a 99% success rate.

Here at Dive in Australia we offer live availability on our website allowing customers to check scheduled trip dates.  With Rodney Fox having a number of specific trips scheduled for 2020/21 we have provide live availability and an instant booking process on their most popular trip being the Great White Expedition (3 Nights).

Please contact us directly if you are seeking a long stay trip or a specific trip running in 2020/21.

Trip Highlights

  • Top Deck viewing
  • Surface Cage Viewing
  • Ocean Floor Cage

The diving

Experience being in the water with Great White Sharks as the wonder and excitement of being in the water with these amazing creatures is indescribable.  This trip will give you much more dive time and more time to immerse yourself in the world of the Great White Shark.  Each dive schedule is planned on a daily basis, taking into account weather conditions and the type of diving experiences you have signed up for.  As a certified diver (Open Water Certification minimum level) you have the amazing opportunity to experience the Ocean Floor Cage.  In this situation you will get to see the sharks in a more natural environment.

The Surface Cage (open to everyone over 8 years of age) holds four divers comfortably. Once secured and safe inside the cage these magnificent animals  glide effortlessly around and below the cage.

Ocean Floor Cage – This is your only opportunity in the world to experience Great white Sharks from the safety of a cage in their natural environment.  Anchored off the Neptune Islands, up to three guests and a Dive Professional descend approximately 20 metres (66ft) into the ocean floor. Witness in addition to the Great White Sharks a blue aquarium of rocky outcrops teeming with reef fish, white sand and swaying sea-grasses, laconic Giant Blue Groupers, elegant stingrays and a watchful assortment of sharks.

The vessel

  • 32m in length
  • Spacious dive deck with upper deck for shark viewing
  • Open plan saloon and galley
  • 9 guest cabins with a maximum of 18 guests onboard.
  • 7 crew to cater to your every need and show you our wonderful sharks
  • Brand new tender boat for island tours and sea lion snorkels and dives
  • 3 decks to relax for you to have the best time on

Guest cabins

  • 6 double/twin top deck with doors directly onto the deck
  • 2 lower deck twin singles
  • 1 top deck master ensuite

Important facts.  You do not have to be a certified diver to participate in a Great White Shark liveaboard dive trip. The boat offers excellent viewing from all locations and there is a specific ‘spectator’ price for guests wanting to see the sharks from topside (on board the boat). Similarly, you do not need a dive certification to participate in the ‘surface cage’ activities.  These ‘dives’ are completed in a cage that sits on the surface of the water and receives air supply directly from the boat, so you are not actually diving.  All instruction is provided by the fully qualified dive crew.

You do need to be a certified diver to participate in the ocean floor cage dive.  Minimum certification of Open Water is required.  The cage descends to no deeper than 20m and you are with a Dive Professional at all times.  Water temperatures range from 10 – 20 degrees and wet suits are provided for all guests getting in the water (for surface cage and ocean floor cage experiences).

Benefits of Great White Shark Liveaboard Dive Trips. The liveaboard dive trips offer the very best chance to have a Great White Shark experience. Most of the travel is completed while you sleep, providing maximum waking time to participate in the shark activities and viewing.

All guests will enjoy the shark information and research briefings.  Non-divers will appreciate the opportunity to participate in the surface cage ‘dives’, which are open to all guests aged 8 years and over.  Surface cage time is unlimited and with a maximum of only 12 guests on any trip, participation is monitored by crew, to ensure each guest receives a fair and equal amount of surface cage shark time.

Certified divers can (and should) book the exclusive ocean cage shark dive.  This is only offered in Australia, with this operator.  Nowhere else in the world can you (safely) get this close and personal, with a Great White Shark, in their own environment.  Ocean cage dives are completed around the Neptune Islands. Maximum of three (3) certified divers and a Dive Professional in the cage.

Great White Shark liveaboard dive trips run by Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions operate all year round and are very popular, often booking out well in advance.   Contact us today to discuss departure dates and what it’s like on a Great White Shark liveaboard dive trip; we’ve done it and we’re happy to tell you all about it.

Port Lincoln Great White Shark Dive Bookings

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  • Towels for personal use and diving
  • Onboard ‘Ship’s Bar Only’ policy. Soft drinks are complimentary.
  • Meals/snacks – All meals and snacks, soft drinks are provided complimentary, including crisps, chocolate, nuts, and cheese.  Bringing extras is always a great idea especially for bribes and special favours.
  • Fins, weight belts or regulators for surface cage
  • Accommodation range from (6) double/twin top deck with doors directly onto the deck – (2) lower deck twin singles and (1) top deck master ensuite


  • Floor Scuba Diver – Hire of 7mm Wetsuit – $80.00
  • Regulator – $80 per person


Option Price
2020 SUMMER TRIPS (DECEMBER - FEBRUARY) - Prices start from $1995
2020 AUTUMN TRIPS (MARCH - MAY)- Prices start from $1995
2020 WINTER TRIPS (JUNE - AUGUST)- Prices start from $1995
2020 SPRING TRIPS (SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER)- Prices start from $1995

Full Itinerary

Great White Shark Liveaboard Dive Trip Durations

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions offers a range of trips and itineraries, pending on the weather.  The trips are small groups (maximum of 18 guests) so should definitely be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Available trip schedules:

  • 2 Night Great White Adventures – Spring And Summer
  • 3 Night Great White Expeditions – Spring And Summer
  • 4 Night Great White Expeditions – Autumn And Winter
  • 5+ Night Expeditions

*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).

Guests should be at the Marina Hotel entrance for a 7.45pm pick up and transfer to our expedition vessel Princess II. If you have not eaten, we suggest you arrive earlier and order a delicious counter meal and relax watching Port Lincoln’s fishing fleet slowly pass you by. We will transfer you and your luggage to board Princess II. Please note that this is a convenient but not an official meeting place and please save all your sharky questions for the Fox crew. Staying onboard on this first night allows us to leave port nice and early and you are welcome to stay tucked up in your comfy bed. Upon return we will have you disembarking by 6.30PM, in time for the last flight back to Adelaide or extend your stay in Port Lincoln with some other amazing tours.

What to bring checklist:

  • Warm clothing– Fox Expedition clothing available for purchase on board
  • Comfortable flat shoes
  • Wetsuits– can be hired onboard, see website for more info
  • Camera– underwater still and video cameras available for hire
  • Sunglasses– polarized recommended
  • Batteries– for cameras
  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Personal medical and toiletries
  • Seasickness tablets

What you do not need to bring:

  • Towels for personal use and diving
  • Please do not bring any alcoholic beverages onboard as we have a’Ship’s Bar Only’ policy. Soft drinks are complimentary.
  • Food/snacks – Snacks and soft drinks are provided complimentary, including crisps, chocolate, nuts, and cheese.  Bringing extras is always a great idea especially for bribes and special favours.
  • Fins, weight belts or regulators for surface cage

Important Note: Rodney Fox Promise: It is of course, impossible for us to promise you sharks, but we can promise you a few things, on top of our expeditions only running when there is a good chance of seeing great white sharks, we promise you a half price return trip if you don’t and if you get incredibly unlucky again, then it is free until you do!

On all tours, the pickup is from The Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln and transfer guests / luggage to Princess II. Guests are not to board unaccompanied.


Surface dives – participants air supply is from the boat.
Weather can be mild to wild. In some instances, day trips will have to be cancelled due to poor weather. We strongly advise checking with the operator three (3) days before your planned departure.
Awesome! The only place in Australia where you can cage dive with Great White Sharks. See these mighty critters in their natural habitat.
Great White Sharks, Seals, Dolphins and assorted fish.
No previous dive experience or certification required. These are surface dives. All equipment and instruction is provided to you on the boat, on the way to the Neptune Islands.
Experienced divers with specific Great White Shark and cage diving experience.
Detailed briefings provided on the way to the site.
Professional underwater photographers are on board. You are welcome to bring your own underwater camera or GoPro, or rent one for the day.
All provided and included in the cage diving price.
These day tours can sometimes last up to 12 hours (pending conditions and season) so you will need to book two nights’ accommodation at Port Lincoln, for the night before and after your day tour.
In short, anytime! The tours run throughout the year, but the itinerary and duration varies to maximize conditions and shark encounters. The best time to book is well in advance of your travel, as these tours do sell out well in advance. Great White Shark encounters on a Rodney Fox liveaboard Shark Expedition is currently at 99% and seasonal information is below for your reference. Warmer Months: November to April. During Spring and Summer you can book either a 2-night or 3-night Great White Shark liveaboard dive trip. Generally, the weather is a little calmer at this time year and you can expect to see mainly male Great White Sharks in the area. NB: You need to book a 3-night Great White Shark liveaboard dive trip to include a guaranteed ocean floor cage dive. Cooler Months: May to September. This is the most reliable time of year to see the most (and the biggest!) Great White Sharks, especially the mature female sharks measuring over 5m. The days and daylight hours are shorter, so there is less surface cage time which is why the expeditions are longer in Autumn and Winter. You can book 3-night, 4-night and even 5-night Great White Shark liveaboard dive trips at this time year. NB: The weather / water is a little ‘rougher’ at this time and timings may vary. Large, mature male sharks (ranging between 4-5m) can be seen year round and are perhaps the most inquisitive (hence photogenic). Water visibility ranges from 15-30m.
1) *topsider (non-diving) guests may upgrade to Surface Caged Diver once onboard and pay the difference. 2)**Ocean Floor Cage SCUBA Diver must a qualified SCUBA diver of at least Open Water and certification card must be brought onboard. 3) ***There may be occasions when a qualified diver onboard can upgrade ($150 fee payable onboard) for one ocean floor cage dive. This cannot be booked if in advance due to a dependency on the weather, sharks, other activities and guests on this shorter trip. Any guest wishing guaranteed ocean floor cage diving should book on a 3 night + trip. Point 2 above regarding SCUBA certification card applies. 4) 2 Night Great White Adventure – All dive hire gear included. 5) Customised itineraries of any duration 1 night to multi week also available on private charters - please enquire. 6) All rates based on double/twin share. Ensuite cabin accommodation with private occupancy available at 1.7 x price shown. 7) On all tours, the pickup is from The Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln and transfer guests / luggage to Princess II. Guests are not to board unaccompanied.
Port Lincoln is situated on the beautiful Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It is very easily accessed from Adelaide by QANTAS Link and Regional Express with a short 40 minute flight. Adelaide International Airport is Australia's fastest growing airport. It is serviced directly from many international destinations and all major Australian cities. For those with a little more time, Premier Stateliner offer a return bus service from Adelaide to Port Lincoln. For those driving, it is an approx. 7 hour drive from Adelaide to Port Lincoln with some stunning views on the way.
If you are wanting to expereince the Cage Scuba Dive and prefer to bring your own dive equipement that is Ok but all diving needs for diving with the great whites can be hired onboard. This can be ordered at the time of booking.

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