Great White Shark cage diving day trips provide divers and their non-diving companions with the opportunity to view Great White Sharks in their natural habitat, in Australia’s pristine coastal waters. This has to be one of the most confronting and adrenaline pumping day tours available. There is something primal about getting up close and personal with a Great White Shark.
A key consideration when researching where to do a Great White Shark cage diving tour is definitely safety. These majestic creatures are top line predators, you want to know the tour company providing the cage is meeting best industry practice and standards, providing an awesome but above all else, safe experience.
Australia’s Great White Shark cage diving trips do just that. Australia has an enviable safety reputation for all of its scuba diving. Operators are licensed and conform to strict safety standards. So, where can you do a day dive trip with Great White Sharks in Australia? Port Lincoln in South Australia is the place to be.
Important Notes: You do not have to be a certified scuba diver to book or participate in a Great White Shark cage diving day trip. Why? All of the ‘dives’ are surface dives. The cage is lowered into the water and the air supply is coming directly off the boat, via a hookah (surface air supply). So there are no tanks and you are not descending, you will be standing in the cage, submerged just beneath the surface with an air-supply line connecting you to the boat. All equipment is provided and training and instruction is given on-board. This is great news for certified divers travelling with non-certified companions; you can do the experience together.
Dive in Australia are dive specialists. Based in North Queensland on the Great Barrier Reef, we have dived around Australia, including dive time at Port Lincoln. Diving with the Great White Sharks is amazing, contact us for personalised advice and tour bookings
How long are you in the water with the sharks? Cage time varies from operator to operator, but you can expect a minimum of 45-minutes cage time with the Great White Sharks. There’s also awesome Great White Shark viewing opportunities available top-side, from the safety and comfort of the boat. If you want the epic jaws wide open photo, then this is a good place to get it.
When is the best time of year to go? Hard to say really. The ‘low season’ months are March, April and September; these are the months with the lowest recorded number of shark sightings and encounters. Winter is a busy time (May is a bumper month and sightings are consistent through to August) but the weather is rough, so it can impact on day tour operations. Australia’s Great White Shark breeding season is summer (December to February), making this another excellent time to plan a cage diving day trip.
When is the best time to visit? The best time / chances to see Great White Sharks is in summer and winter. Although they are present in the water year round, their numbers and frequency of sightings increase during these times (May to August and December to February).
Great White Shark Cage Diving Day Trips – When Do They Go? Great White Shark cage diving day tours depart Port Lincoln most days, weather and passenger numbers permitting. Exact departure times vary, pending operator, but is usually around 7am.
Great White Shark Cage Diving Day Trips versus Liveaboard Trips Day trips are good for those who are short on time and budget. A liveaboard trip offers many benefits, including but not limited to, more shark time and for certified divers, the chance to do an ocean floor cage dive, which is exclusive to Australia. For more information, contact Dive in Australia directly.
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Port Lincoln in South Australia is the ‘home’ for Australia’s Great White Shark cage diving day tours. The boats depart Port Lincoln early the morning (around 7am) and return late afternoon / early evening. This means when you’re booking one of these day tours, you need to allow a minimum of two nights one day in your itinerary to participate in the tour.
If time and your itinerary and budget allows, you might want to consider extending your stay and booking a Great White Shark liveaboard dive trip. These are available from two day / one night, to five night expeditions. If you select this option, you can also choose to participate in an ocean floor cage dive with the Great Whites! Further information is provided in the liveaboard section of this site.
The Neptune Islands are home to Australia’s largest fur seal colony and as we all know, if there are seals, then chances are the Great White Sharks are not too far away. The islands themselves are remote and subject to strong winds, currents and waves. This means that pending the season and day, day trips can sometimes be cancelled. It is strongly recommended that you confirm your tour at least three (3) days prior to its intended departure.
The water is cold (between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius, pending time of year) and wetsuits are provided for all guests participating in the Great White Shark cage diving activity.
Great White Sharks
The Great White Sharks are what you came to see. These giants of the deep blue sea are top line predators that can grow up to 6m long and weigh more than 2,000kg. Made famous in the cult movie Jaws, Great White Sharks elicit a wide range of emotional responses from humans, none of which are neutral.
Generally speaking, people are curious about Great White Sharks and (sometimes more than) just a little bit afraid. Although the Great Whites inhabit waters around much of Australia’s southern coastline, the best (and only place) to book Great White Shark cage diving tours is from Port Lincoln in South Australia.
Other creatures you may see during these day tours include seals, dolphins and seabirds.
- Depth: Surface dives – participants air supply is from the boat.
- Currents: 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.
- Dive Experience: Awesome! The only place in Australia where you can cage dive with Great White Sharks. See these mighty critters in their natural habitat.
- Marine Life: Great White Sharks, Seals, Dolphins and assorted fish.
- Diver Level: 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.
- Dive Guides: Experienced divers with specific Great White Shark and cage diving experience.
- Dive Briefings: Detailed briefings provided on the way to the site.
- Photo/Video: Professional underwater photographers are on board. You are welcome to bring your own underwater camera or GoPro, or rent one for the day.
- Dive Gear: All provided and included in the cage diving price.
- Accommodation: 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.