Great White Shark Spring Spectacular Hosted By Andrew Fox
Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
A special 5- Night live-aboard expedition personally hosted by Andrew Fox, includes up to 5 days diving, 4 days of great white shark diving, an Australian sea lion swim/dive , Island shore parties, plus other extras in this comprehensive expedition package.
What we love about this time of year:
- High Shark Reliability
This time period has enjoyed high reliability of experiencing productive sharks on most activity days during the last 10 years.
- Predation Season
This time period often experiences some of the most active breaching sharks we see during the year. The sharks are geared for preying upon seal pups that we're born in the previous summer that are now finally more confident in swimming further from the safety of the shore to make it on their own.
- New Season Influx of sharks to be identified
Andrew looks forward to identify all of the new (and repeat) sharks and with the help of all guests photograph as many as possible for recording in the Fox Shark Research Foundation ID catalog. Newly discovered sharks will be named onboard and guests will get a chance at naming rights.
- Typically A Mild Weather Month.
The coming of Spring tends to enjoy milder weather conditions than earlier in Winter. This time also has favourable prevailing wind direction, avoiding some of the easterlies and sea breezes more typical of Summer, and yet has less potential for any Winter-like storms. This generally allows for a calm anchorage in the bay at the Neptune islands.
- Typically Clearer Water 20-30m Viz
At the offshore Neptune Islands, the very clearest water of the year is usually found from late Winter to mid-Spring months.
- Good chance of still experiencing female sharks
This time is at the end of a season that sometimes includes experiencing large female sharks, which can be larger individuals at times, in addition to often seeing the largest active males of the year.
- Photographic Opportunities
Optimal photographic conditions of typically good visibility and strong daylight.
All orientation briefings and travel (weather dependant) to our first dive location are covered on the first day so we are ready and settled for the action days.
Four days are dedicated to Great White Shark Diving at both the North and South Neptune Islands groups, at various reef, weed bank and sandy bottom locations,
A day is planned to target other South Australian underwater icons Australian Sea Lions at Hopkins Island and touring surrounding Islands and coastlines.
Also included is a beautiful tour around the pretty Neptune Island fur seal colonies with our tender boat. And conditions permitting, a walking tour is also a possible option up on the Neptune Islands, a treat exclusive to Rodney Fox Expeditions.
At night, we enjoy great local food and wine, a shark research and photography talk or two from Andrew Fox, beautiful sunsets plus lots of time to relax onboard under the stars.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 6:30 PM, or if flying in late on the QantasLink @17:50PM arrival, then simply catch the Airport Shuttle straight to the vessel and also board from 6:30 PM. We officially welcome all aboard at 7PM and you’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety talk. We then depart for the night’s anchorage at a location near our next days activities, with a meal provided along the way or upon our destination.
It’s worth getting up at day-break to see the spectacular scenery of the Thorny Passage and nearby Hopkins Island where we expect to have frolicking sea lions eager to meet us. For an hour or so in the morning there is an option to snorkel/dive with these adorable creatures in shallow sheltered waters.
Then, time and weather permitting we can either try another dive location, or then make haste to anchor down at the Neptune Islands, where we’ll be looking to spot a few dorsal fins.
Days 3, 4 and 5
Divers are briefed, and the cages hit the water, ready for action! Our priority is generally for everyone to see the sharks in the surface cage before we descend deeper with our SCUBA certified diving guests in the ocean floor cage.
At night we download our pictures relax, unwind, talk about the day while feasting on the buffet, engage in the Great White Shark Research Talk (really interesting, with some fantastic photography), check out the amazing night-sky, and retire to your cabin ready for the next days adventures.
We also like to hop in the tender boat, check out the Fur Seals and go walking around the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird and a few reptile species to watch and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted.
Our live-aboard itinerary gives so many more opportunities to immerse your self in the beauty of the Neptune Islands, listening to the sounds of the seals with a chilled glass of white. There is plenty time to chill out and rest. Hit the hay when you feel like it... and get up when you feel like it.
Day 6 ( Last Day)
By now your shark identification skills will be finely tuned.
Leave the Neptune Islands by 3.00pm and enjoy some lovely local South Australian ‘wine on the bow’ usually with swarms of friendly dolphins joining us for company.
We arrive back in Port Lincoln around 8.00PM for guests to disembark and head to local accommodation and dinner.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).