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.
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.
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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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:
*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:
What you do not need to bring:
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.
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We now offer live availability on a number of dive trips. However, with COVID restrictions still in place, some operators have still reduced departures. To avoid disappointment please contact us first before planning to book. All operators featured on our website have safe COVID plans in place, supported by cancellation policies allowing for unexpected border closures.