Super Giant Great White Spectacular
Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
A special 7 Dive-day 7 Night live-aboard expedition includes 5-6 days of peak great white shark diving, an Australian sea lion dive or two, plus possible weather related back up options in this comprehensive PEAK expedition package.
What we love about this time of year:
- Extreme Shark Reliability
This time period is one of the very best months enjoying super high reliability of productive sharks in most years over the last 20 years
- Super Giant Season
This time period has enjoyed some of the largest sharks we’ve ever seen in our long history, and gives us the best chance of actually witnessing these incredible giants up close. We also typically experience very active great whites of all size levels at this time.
- Typically a milder winter month
This early Winter period tends to enjoy the best weather of the winter season with more potential to have favorable conditions for swimming with Australian Sea lions.
- Warmer Winter Water 16-17 C
At the offshore Neptune Islands, the water temperatures usually stays around 16-17 C before dropping a further 2 degrees C in late winter and spring.
- Photographic Opportunities
5-6 diving 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 ,
- Peak mating season for the unparalleled world-famous phenomenon involving thousands of breeding giant cuttlefish
Even though Great White Sharks are prioritised, any bad weather days may possibly involve inshore or shore-based excursions to leafy Sea Dragons at Tumby Bay or Giant Australian Cuttlefish done by land based tour or road trip. `
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 7:30 PM, We officially welcome all aboard at 8: PM and you’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety talk. We then depart early the next morning depending on the weather and how that impacts our flexible itinerary plan. It is also possible we can depart that evening in a strategy to avoid any potential rough crossings.
It’s worth getting up at day-break any morning to see beautiful sunrises over the sea, islands and coastlines of remote South Australia.
The spectacular scenery of the Thorny Passage and nearby Hopkins Island where we expect to have frolicking sea lions eager to meet us is particularly lovely. For an hour or so, often on the first morning, there is an option to snorkel/dive with these adorable creatures in shallow sheltered waters at one or two islands.
In the right conditions we can also look to land on
Then, time and weather permitting we then make haste to anchor down at the Neptune Islands for the night
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 day's adventures.
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 across the waters. There is plenty of time to chill out and rest. Hit the hay when you feel like it... and get up when you feel like it.
Day 8 ( Last Day)
If we are still with the sharks on the last dive day we leave the Neptune Islands before 3:00 pm to arrive back in Port Lincoln before 8.00PM for our farewell and guests to disembark for Port Lincoln accommodation and restaurant dinner.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).