Now is the time to plan your ultimate terrifyingly enjoyable adventure trip – diving with Great White Sharks!
Fly to Adelaide, South Australia where you’ll connect to a short, scenic flight – on a regional carrier – to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. Port Lincoln is known for its large population of Great White Sharks, one of the most magnificent and terrifying creatures roaming the oceans.
You’ll experience incredibly close-up – and safe – encounters with the enormous sharks with a cage-diving tour. And – you’ll be in a region where you’ll also find fascinating nature with koalas close enough to touch and spectacular coastal views – all within reach of dining on the freshest seafood accompanied by locally made wine.
A number of companies – including Rodney Fox, Adventure Bay and Calypso Star Charters – offer cage diving tours from Port Lincoln. The full-day trip departs early in the morning and passes by scenic areas where dolphins romp and sea lions bask in the sun on the way to Neptune Island, about 40 miles away.
Even though the thought of diving in the waters with the giant sharks sounds dangerous, modern safe diving practices and state-of-the-art equipment allows you to admire the creatures at close quarters without putting yourself at too much risk.
The cage diving companies also offer visitors an option to simply watch the sharks hunting their prey from the safety of the boat – and join in the excitement when the Great Whites are spotted.
While in the water, a strong metal cage protects the divers from any overly curious sharks. However, mostly the sharks just approach for a look and swim off, allowing excellent photo and video-shooting opportunities.
Some people question if shark diving is ethical as it could encourage the sharks to connect food (bait) with humans. Shark experts disagree because the Great White Sharks are nomadic. The chance they will establish a connection between bait and food is unlikely.
Additionally, cage-diving increases awareness about ocean wildlife. You’ll be sure to share the experience with your friends back home!
Traditionally, May through October is the best time for cage diving from Port Lincoln. The Great White Shark numbers are high due to the seasonal boom in the number of sea lions and seals – their primary food. As this is the winter season in Australia, the water is frigid – but no worries, each of the dive operators provides warm wet-suits to minimize the chill.
The sharks may be seen in South Australian waters year-round, though in much fewer numbers.
The Great White shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is an apex predator of the oceans and the subject of many legends, books, documentaries and movies – including the famous Jaws series.
These sharks average about 16 feet in length and weigh over 1,500 lbs. They are known for their voracious feeding habits. Some individual Great Whites can reach lengths to 20 – 26 feet long.
Contact AirBankDownunder for discounted pricing to fly to Adelaide and on to the Eyre Peninsula. We’ve been there, done it and can provide – in addition to the lowest priced flights to Adelaide – helpful tips on what else you can do in this region.