Those who love watery wildlife and seek an adrenalin rush can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. Two operators offer different experiences, from staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub to the more extreme option of entering the cage.
Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour, Adventure Bay Charters, use rock music to attract the sharks, making for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, a dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks and the cage divers whilst staying dry. If you are feeling brave, you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks from within the safety of the cage. This full-day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30 am and returns at 6.30 pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images, which they will email to you within a couple of days.
Full-Day Tour with Aqua Sub Access – $350 per person (at time of booking)
Cage Dive Fee – $175 per person (paid onboard)
$39 ‘Park Access Fee’ charged by the Department of Environment is payable on the day regardless of which option you choose (paid at reception).
If you opt to enter the cage but do not see any Great White Sharks, you will not pay the $175 Cage Entry Fee, just the $350 + $39.
Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only South Australian one-day Shark Cage Diving tour operator permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience.
The full day’s charter boards at 6.30 am, and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment are supplied, and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.
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