Shark Cage Diving with Great Whites

Face your fears and cage dive with Australia’s infamous Great White Sharks in Port Lincoln!

Port Lincoln, Australia
Duration
12 hrs
Start time
06:30 am
Group size
min 6, max 27
Pick up & Drop off
Yes - From certain accommodations
Minimum age
5 years old
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
FromAUD $395
Child - (5 - 15): AUD $285
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Highlights

  • Access to the shark cage or Aqua Sub
  • Scenic boat ride to Neptune Island
  • Free transfer to and from listed accommodation venues
  • Light breakfast in departure lounge, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
  • Photos 
  • Merchandise and alcoholic beverages available on board for purchase.

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

If there’s one thing we’re famous for here in Australia; it’s our unique wildlife! Of all these lovely beasts, the most fascinating has to be our great whites. They always play the bad guy in the movies, but have you ever met one in person?

 

In Port Lincoln, that’s exactly what you can do! We run Australia’s most epic shark cage diving tour. It’s fun, it’s interesting, and it’s pretty damn scary. Backpackers from all over Australia come to us to get an adventure they’ll never forget. Don’t miss out on this must-do Aussie experience!  

 

Swim with great whites

Our tour is a unique opportunity to experience the legendary great white shark in its natural habitat. This means that you will be underwater with them. Our shark cage is the closest you’ll ever get to a great white without risking ending up as a tasty snack.

 

We do our shark tours in “shark bay” on Neptune Island which is about 70 km south of Port Lincoln. The trip out to the island is beautiful in itself. We’ll sail through the Thorny Passage and, with a little luck, we might even see local dolphins and sea birds. 

 

Jump in the cage and enter an underwater world full of beautiful creatures with dangerously sharp teeth. A mature female great white can be up to 6 meters long and weigh almost 2,000 kg. Although most sharks are smaller than this, we guarantee you’re going to get goosebumps when you see your first shark in real life.  

 

Try the world’s first Aqua Sub

If being in the water right next to the sharks sounds a little too adventurous, we also have another option for you. Our brand new Aqua Sub 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. You can even bring a beer to calm your nerves!

Our Aqua Sub is the first of its kind in the world and we’re very proud to have it here in Port Lincoln. Whether you choose to go in the shark cage or the Aqua Sub, you’re in for an absolutely insane experience.

 

Go as a spectator

Finally, we also offer the opportunity to go on our shark cage tour as a spectator. And don’t worry – if you change your mind and want to get in the water, we’ll make it happen!

We can upgrade you to underwater access on the day for $125.00 which is payable on the boat. This upgrade gives you access to either diving in the cage or entering our Aqua Sub. It includes mask, snorkel, wetsuit, gloves, and hood. All underwater access fees are refundable on the day if sharks are unsighted or at the skipper’s discretion.

 

We use audio sound vibrations

Protecting the sharks’ natural environment is one of our key priorities. We want to make sure that both our guests as well as the sharks have a good time. To ensure this, we do not use chum or berley to attract the sharks. We have a more eco-friendly (and way more fun) system.

 

Want to know what we do? We play rock music! That’s right – it turns even great whites can't resist a solid guitar solo. After experimenting a bit, we’ve discovered that especially AC/DC works really well to attract the sharks. We’ve recently found out that The Hilltop Hoods is also quite a hit in the shark disco. If you’re a rock fan, you’re welcome to play some underwater air guitar with your new friends!

 

The good thing about using audio sound vibrations to attract the sharks is that it is omnidirectional. This means that the sounds travel in all directions underwater. We don’t interfere with the sharks’ environment and the sharks get to listen to some awesome tunes. Perfect!  

 

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. We won’t be able to hang around for any latecomers, so be on time - the sharks don’t wait!

 

Pick-up locations

We offer free return transfers (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.

 

Minimum amount of Passengers: 6
Maximum amount of Passengers: 27


Facilities: Toilets on board, change rooms and hot water showers
 

All photos taken on board are available to download online for free via our Facebook Page. Don’t have Facebook? That’s okay. We will provide you with a link to download them online.

 

What to bring

  • Warm jacket (you might get a little chilly out on the water or after a swim)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Your camera (we also sell disposable underwater cameras on the boat for $30)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (the Aussie sun is serious business, so we recommend being sun smart)

 

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We have a camera 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 we get back from the tour the camera is downloaded at ABC headquarters (please allow a week from the day of your tour for all photos to be uploaded) we 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 our Facebook page so the other guests who were on the trip with you can share it!

Finally, we have disposable underwater cameras available for purchase on board on the day.

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. We will provide you with training on the day!

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

We are 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 our winter months and therefore the chance of bad weather is also increased. Although we will do our best to ensure trips depart, the weather is out of our control and we encourage passengers to contact us 3 days prior to departure for an updated forecast. We 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.

We are always happy to give you up to date information on recent sightings so either contact us or check at our social media sites!

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.

We attract the sharks by acoustics. We see very different behaviour from sharks attracted by acoustics compared to attraction by berley. By playing music through underwater speakers we 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 we have come to see!

Adventure Bay Charters’ pioneered the use of acoustic attraction for great white shark cage diving in Australia.

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.

Small print
Terms & Conditions:

1. All customer bookings need to be paid in full to confirm booking unless agreed otherwise

2. Availability to be checked before confirming any bookings.

3. All tours require a full list of names on charter (before departure either by phone or e-mail).

4. We offer deferrals or alternative dates on a case by case basis.

5. ABC reserve the right to offer an alternate trip to the one advertised in the event of bad weather. 

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


Cancellation Policy:

There are no refunds after 48 hours prior to departure unless cancelled by the operator.

All departures will leave on time. No Refunds will be given for a no show.

A cancellation fee of 20% applies for cancellation or booking changes between 48 hrs and 14 days.

A 10% fee will be charged for cancellations or bookings more than 14 days prior to departure.


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Adventure Bay Charters
2 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606, Australia

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