Shark Cage Diving With Great Whites At Port Lincoln

Face your fears and cage dive with Australia’s infamous Great White Sharks in Port Lincoln!
Port Lincoln, Australia
12 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
06:30 am
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
5 yrs
What's Included

  • Get up to $30 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Access to the Aqua Sub
  • Scenic boat ride to Neptune Island
  • Neptune Island Conservation Park
  • Light breakfast in the departure lounge, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea
  • Free photos (available to download online after the tour)


  • Neptune Island

What's excluded

  • Merchandise and alcoholic beverages available on board for purchase.
  • Upgrade to diving in the shark cage $175.  Payable on board once the shark has been sighted.
  • Park Access Fee $39 per person
  • Return transfers are $10 per person from selected properties in Port Lincoln
What to Expect


Are you feeling brave? This tour gives you the chance to get up close and personal with Port Lincoln's local Great White's - if you dare! Fun, interesting and pretty damn scary, this is a tour you'll never forget.

It's a unique opportunity to experience the legendary great white shark in its natural habitat and to actually get underwater with them! This shark cage dive is the closest you’ll ever get to a great white, and you can do this in a way you feel comfortable with three different viewing options.

Start the day with a breakfast in the departure lounge (meet here at 6.30am), then head out on the water! Tours are conducted on Neptune Island which is about 70 km south of Port Lincoln. The excitement begins with the trip out to the island, where you'll enjoy beautiful scenery and other wildlife sightings. Keep your eyes out as you cruise through the Thorny Passage, as with a little luck, you might see dolphins and seabirds. 

Once you arrive at the island, the action starts! Jump in the cage and enter an underwater world full of excitement. Watch the sharks as they circle you and marvel at the size of these beautiful creatures. A mature female Great White can be up to 6 metres long and weigh almost 2,000 kg! (Most sharks are smaller than this however).

Protecting the sharks’ natural environment is one of Adventure Charter's key priorities, and to make sure this happens, no chum or berley is used to attract the sharks. Instead, there's a more eco-friendly (and way more fun) system. Guides use audio sound vibrations to attract the sharks! This method is omnidirectional, meaning that the sounds travel in all directions underwater. 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are all included today, so you'll keep your energy levels up for all the action! 

If being in the water right next to the sharks sounds a little too adventurous, there is another option - the Aqua Sub. This gives you the opportunity to see the sharks up close without getting wet. It’s a glass viewing area with 360 degree views which means you’ll be dry and comfortable the whole time. 

Departure point
The tour leaves from the boarding pontoon opposite By The Sea Gallery on the corner of Jubilee Drive and South Quay Blvd. at Port Lincoln Marina (unless otherwise stated).
Make sure to be at the departure gate at 6:30 am.

Pick-up locations

Transfers are $10 per person (to and from the boarding pontoon) from the following accommodation venues:

  • Adventure Backpackers ($25/night 6-bed shared dorm) - 6:00 am
  • Navigators Inn - 6:00 am
  • Bay 10 - 6:05 am
  • Port Lincoln Hotel - 6:10 am
  • Grand Tasman Hotel - 6:15 am
  • Port Lincoln Cabin Park - 6:20 am
  • Port Lincoln Tourist Park - 6:25 am

Return Time: Between 6 – 7pm.

Note: The boat is equipped with toilets on board, change rooms and hot water showers.


Normal Retail Price

Adult (Observer) AUD $350

Child (5-15 yrs) AUD $300

Underwater Upgrade AUD $175 - You DO NOT require an open water diving certificate to participate in the surface cage shark dive

Frequently Asked Questions

The tour operator has cameras on board that the crew use to take photos throughout the day. So you get to be the photographer! Just ask the crew for the underwater camera to take in the cage with you and take as many pictures as you like of the sharks, your buddies and of course a good old selfie of you in the cage! 


When you get back from the tour the camera is downloaded at the operator's headquarters (please allow a week from the day of your tour for all photos to be uploaded). They will then upload these to Facebook. From there you can copy them to your own computer for FREE!


You are very welcome to bring your own underwater camera/GoPro if you have one. Remember to upload any cool photos or videos you get onto the operator's Facebook page so the other guests who were on the trip with you can share it!


Finally, the tour operator has disposable underwater cameras available for purchase on board on the day.

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Scuba Diver certification is NOT required! All dives are surface dives using “hookah” (surface air supply) meaning no cumbersome air tanks! You will only be 2-4 feet below the surface at all times and free to surface at any time. The tour operator will provide you with training on the day!

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Great White sightings can never be guaranteed as they are wild animals, however most of the tours result in shark sightings. Certainly there are better times than others to have the best chance at a good sighting of Great Whites.


The tour operator is always hesitant to say the ‘best’ time of year to swim with the sharks, as they are nomadic and somewhat unpredictable. Historically however, the best time of year for viewing great white sharks is from May through to July. At this time the seal pups that were born in the summer months start leaving the safety of the shore and therefore make an easy food supply for the sharks.


Unfortunately this period is in the winter months and therefore the chance of bad weather is also increased. Although the toir operator will do their best to ensure trips depart, the weather is out of their control and they encourage passengers to contact them 3 days prior to departure for an updated forecast. They also recommend travel insurance in case departures need to be adjusted.


December through to February has always been another great time to swim with the sharks as this is their annual breeding season. The weather is also warmer at this time of year making trips popular in these months.


The tour operator is always happy to give you up to date information on recent sightings so either contact them or check their social media sites!

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Two of the main concerns that scientists have regarding the Great White Shark Cage Diving industry is the use of baits to distract sharks from normal feeding activities and the damage caused to sharks by attacking the shark cage and boat.


The tour operator attracts the sharks by acoustics. They see very different behaviour from sharks attracted by acoustics compared to attraction by berley. By playing music through underwater speakers, they encourage curious sharks to venture around the boat to investigate the source of the sound. When sharks are not lured by food, they are not as aggressive and do not attack the shark cage or vessel, therefore not causing harm to the very (impressive!) creature that you have come to see!


The tour operator pioneered the use of acoustic attraction for great white shark cage diving in Australia.

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Port Lincoln is located 640km from Adelaide, South Australia. Either a short 45-minute plane flight, or a 7 – 7.5 hour drive.


The shark cage diving is carried out at North Neptune Islands, which is approximately 2 ½ hours boat ride from Port Lincoln.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The supplier offers deferrals or alternative dates on a case by case basis
  • The supplier reserves the right to offer an alternate trip to the one advertised in the event of bad weather

  • All admissions and equipment hire charges to be paid and finalised prior to departure

Cancellation Policy:

In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellations more than 14 days before departure: 10% of the retail price 
  • Cancellations between 14 days and 48 hours of departure: 20% of the retail price
  • Cancellations within 48 hours of departure: 100% of the cost

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