Blue Water White Death 50th Anniversary Tour
Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions
Join Rodney Fox for 6 Days and 5 Nights onboard the ultimate great white shark expedition. As special host and master storyteller, Rodney will reflect on his life with sharks after his attack, and focus on the time he spent 50 years previously co-ordinating the live sequences for Blue Water White Death, the film that changed the way the world looked at great white sharks.
Rodney will also present other earlier documentaries, as well as reflect on his time producing the live sequences for the 2nd filming unit for the blockbuster "Jaws", all shot here in South Australia.
Come take a very rare opportunity to celebrate great white sharks with Rodney Fox himself, and gain an understanding how these classic documentaries and other early films had such a great impact in firstly amazing people about sharks, yet then perhaps surprisingly also playing such a huge part in shark research and conservation after their release.
This tour will feature many of the elements of our normal expeditions such as sharks and sea lions and coastal and island tours. We will also have an optional research-based agenda and allow passengers to join in. However in addition to our normal operating locations we will look to trace the journey of the original Blue Water White Death and JAWS film crews and some of Rodney's personal favourite spots around our coastline. This will include a special pilgrimage to the famous Dangerous Reef and the beautiful Memory Cove, the first ever white shark filming locations.
We will spend a lot of time also at the Neptune Islands where we launch the world’s only ocean floor cage (for qualified SCUBA Divers) and all guests are able to get up-close and personal with great whites in our surface cage. It is an expedition for divers, photographers, nature lovers, people who are very interested about sharks, and of course fans of early documentary adventures like Blue Water White Death. Although we will be spending much of time diving on location, this tour will also have a special focus including shore excursions, and of course Rodney's storytelling.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 10.00 am and escort you to the Rodney Fox Expedition Vessel. You’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and induction. We'll make our way out to sea from 11.00 am. Day one options include stopping to swim with sea lions, and touring iconic shark diving locations of the past such as Dangerous Reef and the famous Memory Cove, the place where Rodney saw his biggest ever great white shark, interestingly during the filming of Jaws. The nighttime storytelling begins as we set anchor at the Neptune Islands.
Wake up to the sunrise at the beautiful North Neptune Islands and you’ll likely spot a few big dorsal fins straight away. Divers are briefed, and the surface cage hits the water, ready for action. Our priority is for everyone to see the sharks in the surface cage before we descend deeper with our SCUBA qualified diving guests in the ocean floor cage.
After the exhilaration of the sharks, there is time to 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.
Days 3 -5
More time to spend Surface and Ocean Floor diving – there is no time limit in the cages, as long as everyone has their fair share. You can also do some Shark and Wildlife watching from the observation deck, relax with a book, work on your tan – anything that floats your boat.
We also like to hop in the tender boat, check out the long-nosed fur seals and go walking around the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird species to watch and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted.
The evening brings more opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Neptune Islands, listening to the sounds of the seals with a chilled glass of white. There is plenty of time to chill out and rest and of course be entertained with more stories from Rodney.
More diving and shark watching then a late morning departure on to Hopkins Islands with lunch served en-route. There we can snorkel or dive with extremely cute and very photogenic Australian Sea Lions. Then it's time to enjoy some lovely local South Australian ‘wine on the bow’ usually with common dolphins joining us for company as we head back to Port Lincoln arriving at 5:00 pm.
The 5.00 pm arrival back to port allows anyone (that has not been diving greater than 5m dip that day) the opportunity to catch the last regional carrier flights (REX and Qantaslink) back to Adelaide, however for those staying on in Port Lincoln we will recommend a celebration dinner at a nearby restaurant - venue to be confirmed. Rodney will be hosting this last evening and giving out a special memento to celebrate this historic trip.
Passengers make their own way to Airport or stay on in Port Lincoln area.
*Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).