Great White Shark Expedition (4 Days/3 Nights)

from $2395 AUD

Great White Sharks Expeditions

About your (4 Days/3 Nights) Great White Shark Expedition  

Embarking on the exclusive Rodney Fox Great White Shark 4 Day 3 Night expedition is an opportunity tailor-made for individuals seeking an immersive encounter with Great White Sharks. This very popular 4 Day 3 Night Liveaboard trip offers you a chance to not only optimize your time at sea but also to gain in-depth knowledge about these magnificent creatures.

During this expedition, certified divers with a minimum of an open water certification can experience the world’s sole Ocean Floor Cage dive, providing a truly captivating experience with the Great Whites as they cruise around in what I like to call a more natural environment. Nevertheless, even if you aren’t a certified diver, all guests have the opportunity to intimately observe Great White Sharks up close within our Surface Cage.

This expedition is designed for a diverse range of enthusiasts – avid shark enthusiasts, seasoned divers, adventurous souls, shark photography enthusiasts, and anyone who shares our profound passion for these extraordinary beings.

Trip Highlights

Extreme Shark Reliability: Your 4 Day 3 Night itinerary significantly enhances your chances of encountering multiple shark interactions.

Unlimited Surface Cage Viewing: This eliminates the need for dive certification. Certified divers, however, can relish daily ocean floor cage dives, an exclusive privilege. In this setting, you’ll come face to face with the sharks in an environment closely mirroring their natural habitat.

Experience of swimming with Australian Sea Lions

Vessel Cabins

Your cabins on this nautical odyssey consist of 6 double/twin cabins on the top deck, each offering direct access to the deck. Additionally, there are 2 lower deck twin single cabins and 1 top deck master ensuite cabin, completing the inviting accommodations. With a maximum capacity of 18 guests, you can expect intimacy and personalized attention throughout your journey.

The Vessel

The vessel, stretching 32 meters in length, features a spacious dive deck and an upper deck designed for optimal shark viewing. The open-plan saloon and galley provide a welcoming space to unwind. Accommodating a maximum of 18 guests, the vessel boasts 9 guest cabins. A dedicated crew of 7 is ready to attend to your every need, guiding you through this awe-inspiring encounter with our remarkable sharks. To further enhance your exploration, a state-of-the-art tender boat awaits, facilitating island tours, sea lion snorkeling, and diving. With 3 decks at your disposal, relaxation and enjoyment take precedence.

Book your trip – Availability (Contact us for 2024/2025 scheduled Departure Dates)

We have provided below historical information of shark sightings to help you plan your trip to Port Lincoln.

*Optimal weather prevails from October to April

*January to February consistently offering strong shark sightings.

*March, April, and May promise excellent sightings as well.

*September, October, November, and December ensure a high likelihood of remarkable encounters.

*Late April, June, and July typically welcome larger female sharks, albeit with the trade-off of potentially unpredictable weather.

For interactions with sealions, the period from September to May is recommended. Water temperature ranges from 18 to 19 degrees Celsius from December to May, and from 15 to 16 degrees Celsius for the remainder of the year.

At Dive in Australia, we extend the convenience of live availability checks and a secure payment process, allowing you to book your journey with ease and peace of mind.  Let us do the checking on your behalf which is all part of our service.  

 


Inclusions

*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

*Unlimited Surface Cage Dives

*Ocean Floor Cage Dives (Certified Divers Only)

*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

 


 

 

 


Pricing

Option Price
4 Day 3 Night Expedition - Surface Cage Diver $2395
4 Day 3 Night Expedition - Ocean Floor Cage Diver $2995
Extra - Wetsuit Hire $80
Extra - Regulator (Ocean Floor Divers Only) $80
Extra - BCD Hire (Ocean Floor Divers Only - Dive with Sea Lions) $20
Extra - Gov't Visitor Fee - Neptune Islands $171.20

Full Itinerary

A perfect experience for those seeking an intimate encounter with Great White Sharks over a 4-day tour, aiming to maximize time at sea and gain insights into their behaviour. The world’s only Ocean Floor Cage is deployed for qualified SCUBA Divers, while all guests can engage with Great Whites up-close in our Surface Cage. An Expedition tailored for shark enthusiasts, experienced divers, adventurers, shark photographers, and those sharing a passion for these incredible creatures.

Day 1                   

We’ll meet you outside of the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at  and escort you to our vessel. Welcome aboard at 1:30PM . 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, then stop off at Hopkins Island for a snorkel with the adorable puppy dogs of the seas – the Australian sea lions!  Then depending on the current weather conditions we either look to stroll onshore along local islands and beaches, or decide if it’s cruise time to the famous Neptune Islands Marine Park, anchor down and test out 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.

Day 2  

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 Seals and look for landing conditions to be favourable to go walking on the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird species to watch and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted. More presentations in the evening and then time for bed ready for the next days big adventure.

Day 3 
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. on the final night at the Neptune Islands we normally encourage all guests and crew to get into their brightest party shirt and hold Quiz Night, a night of fun games and shark facts.

Day 4    

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. Leave the Neptune Islands by 3:00pm 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 8.00PM for guests to disembark. Dinner is provided onboard.

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


FAQ

A 30% deposit of the total cost is required to secure a position with us. A 30% deposit will hold the reservation until 60 days prior to the expedition departure date when the balance is to be paid. Full payment balance is due 60 days before the departure date.
No refund is made for any unused part of the itinerary, e.g. due to unforeseen mechanical breakdown of the vessel, medical reasons affecting yourself, other passengers or crew, adverse weather conditions or other maritime and fundamental safety considerations. Travel and Cancellation Insurance (including for Covid) must be purchased or accept liability and risk. No refund is given for no or limited shark activity
Greater than 90 days – $250 cancellation fee per person. Less than 90 days, forfeit 30% of the trip fee per person. Less than 60 days, forfeit 50% of the trip fee per person. Less than 30 days, forfeit 100% of the trip fee per person. If a cancellation is required then we will endeavour to sell the position/s and credit the amount received less $250 admin fee. Please note that there is no guarantee that the position/s will be sold.
National Park fees are a compulsory payment to the South Australian Government and are an additional cost payable to RFSE. If fees increase from the SA Government after booking, this increase will be passed on to customers.
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.

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