9 Days: Great White Shark Dive Tour [ST-Dive01]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Port Lincoln (1 Night), Liveaboard Dive Boat (3 Nights) - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Port Lincoln (1 Night), Sydney (2 Nights)
  • Diving Activities - Swim with and photograph Australian Sea Lions (weather permitting), 4 days of cage diving with the Great White Sharks , Air fills and weight belts are supplied, Complimentary Dive Video, Port Lincoln Dive Boat Transfers
  • International Air - Los Angeles to Melbourne, Sydney to Los Angeles
  • USA Domestic Air is not included - (as per your own arrangements)
  • Australian Domestic Air Sectors - Melbourne to Adelaide, Adelaide to Port Lincoln (Return), Adelaide to Sydney
  • Shuttle Transfers - Sydney Airport to Accommodation (Return)
  • All Other Day Tours are Optional and not included
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - International Flight Los Angeles to Melbourne

Travel to Australia on your vacation. After departing from Los Angeles you will be provided with an evening meal. You can relax, have a drink, watch a movie, review your itinerary or just rest. You will be given breakfast before landing in Melbourne, Australia (you lose one day crossing the International Date Line but don’t worry you’ll catch it up again on your return flight to the USA).

The Qantas Boeing 747-400 is equipped with the latest entertainment features of any Airline. The overnight flight to Australia can be a good opportunity for sleeping or to watch the latest movies after your evening meal.

Please confirm with the airlines at Check-in that they have all your Frequent Flyer information on record.

Day 2 - Domestic Flight Melbourne to Adelaide

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Melbourne to Adelaide.

Day 2 (cont) - Domestic Flight to Port Lincoln

Travel within Australia by light aircraft flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, Eyre Pennisula.

Days 2 to 3 - 1 Night Accommodation in Port Lincoln

Travel to your accommodation in Port Lincoln, South Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your vacation accommodation is located in Port Lincoln, a quaint seaside town of 14,000 and the “Seafood Capital of Australia.” Overlooking Boston Bay, Port Lincoln provides an ideal base for travel and exploration of the coast and the hinterland of the Lower Eyre Peninsula. You find everything from galleries, quality art and craft outlets with local products which will add to your vacation experience.

Day 3 to 6 - Diving with Australian Great White Sharks

Since pioneering shark cage diving over 40-years ago, Rodney Fox and his son Andrew have been at the very forefront of human interaction with Great White Sharks. As primary advocates for these creatures, their expeditions and research have educated the public and attracted adventurers from around the world.

Join the Fox’s aboard the “Princess II” for the worlds ultimate shark adventure. Tours depart Port Lincoln in South Australia out to the famous Neptune Islands, which continues to be the very best place in the world to see and photograph Great White Sharks.

Rodney Fox is the only operation in the world to actually cater for qualified SCUBA divers in our special submersible cages. These dives desend safely down 18m (60ft) below to the sea floor. Here right on the bottom we enjoy vastly superior shark viewing opportunities, as well as being surrounded with other local sealife, including the worlds largest stingrays, southern eagle rays, giant blue wrasse, and many other fish species found nowhere else.

Non-certified SCUBA divers can also participate in our regular surface cage dives by simply breathing air from a “hookah line”, a surface fed air supply. Our dive masters gently and patiently encourage and guide all new divers! Here the cage floats right at the water surface, and is fixed directly to the boat.

During the adventure, expedition members are encouraged to go onshore and explore the Neptunes. A wonderful variety of wildlife, including many birds, dolphins, fur seals and the rare Australian sea lion are commonly seen at these remote and scenic islands.

We strive to make each and every great white shark expedition a comphehensive and ultimately satifying adventure for every special guest. We like to show our passengers a real taste of South Australias remote natural beauty, a taste of our local wonderful food and wine, all while staying out on location, living onboard the Princess II, our comfortable liveaboard home.

Our research program, special talks, shore excursions and superb onboard facilities, accommodates every level of diver and non-diver alike with the most rewarding great white experience available in the world. This elusive and most magnificant of creatures deserves this level of attention, and this is what Rodney Fox Expeditions lives for, and stands for!

Departure Day: According to the particular agenda, guests will board the vessel either on the night before departure at 9pm or on the actual morning of departure at 9am. We travel out through the sheltered gulf waters and islands of the Spencer Gulf and Thorny Passage. Depending on the weather, group wishes, and recent shark activity down at the Neptunes, we often look to stop off at Hopkins Island to snorkel with the extremely rare and beautiful Australian Sea Lions. If the weather is not suitable for the Sea Lions, we go directly to the Neptune Islands and the Great White Sharks.
On location with the sharks: Once on location we start chumming and watch out for sharks. We start cage diving in the surface cages on the first day, and usually wait until the second day to lower the submersible cage dives to the bottom. After a test dive to orientate new divers with the shark cage, divers are encouraged to enter and exit the cages at their leisure. There is plenty of time to just relax, get involved in our research programs, or just enjoy the shark action topside. Our activities revolve around the shark activity, mealtimes and special talks. After dinner and our special talks, the nights are free to stargaze, view the days video and pictures, and story telling. We generally stay on location during the day, and usually only move location during the night to give us maximum daytime productivity.
Last Day Arrival back in Port Lincoln: After a full day on location we depart after 6pm for the return journey back to Port Lincoln, arriving to our homeport after 10pm. Most passengers stay onboard the vessel again this night and depart the following morning. Alternatively, it is possible to pre-arrange alternative accommodation in Port Lincoln with a late night entry. Please see our Accommodation page for further details. Flights out from Port Lincoln can not be taken until the following morning.

Gear & Camera Hire is Available

Diving Specifications

One of the Ultimate diving experiences is a face to face encounter with the Australian Great White Shark. Safety, preparation and a complete understanding of the diving plan are paramount.

Your dive master will provide pre dive briefings whislt on the liveaboard Dive boat to ensure a clear understanding of all aspects of this dive. In the interim, please take the time to understand some of the technical specifications of this dive.

Your cage diving adventure begins at Port Lincoln Airport where the skipper, Rolf Czabayski will meet you. A short drive will deliver you to the Calypso Star at the Port Lincoln marina. This vessel is 17m of pure luxury with accommodation for eight plus two crew. Prior to arrival at the shark diving destination a short detour will be made to allow you to swim with, film and photograph our Australian Sea Lions (weather permitting).

Upon reaching our shark hunting destination the crew commence chumming the water with fish blood and offal. The Great White, like all sharks will smell this from literally miles away and quickly track it to its source. This is where the action begins as they start feeding on the chum and offal in the water. Nothing is spared as these massive creatures test their teeth on everything including the boat and dive cage.

Now it is time to enter the cage where you can meet your shark on a more personal level. The thrill of your first encounter with a great white shark in its natural environment will last a lifetime and the power and grace of this magnificent creature will leave you overawed as you view, photograph and video its every move. Calypso Star has a generous supply of underwater video and photographic equipment to record your amazing encounters with a true legend of the sea.

Air – All underwater air requirements are supplied via an on board compressor so there is no requirement for dive tanks.

Dive Gear – For your own convenience we urge you to bring your own dive gear.
Alternatively, wetsuits can be hired for and weight belts are supplied free of charge.
You will still need to bring your own fins, gloves etc..

Water Temperature –

Water Depth – Maximum 10 feet

Days 6 to 7 - 1 Night Accommodation in Port Lincoln

Travel to your accommodation in Port Lincoln, South Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your vacation accommodation is located in Port Lincoln, a quaint seaside town of 14,000 and the “Seafood Capital of Australia.” Overlooking Boston Bay, Port Lincoln provides an ideal base for travel and exploration of the coast and the hinterland of the Lower Eyre Peninsula. You find everything from galleries, quality art and craft outlets with local products which will add to your vacation experience.

Day 7 - Domestic Flight to Adelaide

Travel within Australia by light aircraft flight from Port Lincoln to Adelaide.

Day 7 (cont) - Domestic Flight to Sydney

Travel within Australia by domestic air from Adelaide to Sydney

(Day 7) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Airport to Accommodation

Travel by shuttle from the Airport to your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia.

Day 7 to 9 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Sydney

Travel to your accommodation in Sydney, Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Embrace Sydney’s best location with this four star vacation accommodation ideally nestled in the heart of the city. Overlooking Wynyard Park you will enjoy this icon of time-honored tradition, warm hospitality and friendly personal service. Just a short stroll away from many famous attractions including the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, The Royal Botanical Gardens and more. You will love the luxury of the close accessibility to public transportation including light rail access, train station, the bus system and nearby Circular Quay which will allow you to see much more of Sydney and surrounds. Featuring: 446 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, and gymnasium. Amenities: air conditioning, daily maid service, fridge, iron & board, radio channels, shower, coffee & tea, ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, shaving adaptor, sprinklers, smoke detectors, television, telephone, internet access (broadband), data port, wake up calls, mini bar, and 24 hour room service. With all this and more take time out to experience the wonders of Sydney while enjoying all your accommodation has to offer.

Upgrade Available (Upon Request): Stunning 5 Star Property – Fees Apply

(Day 8) - Free Day to Explore Sydney

With Sydney at your fingertips, take the chance to explore the Darling Harbour area at your leisure, which is a modern collection of Shopping Malls, Parkland, Restaurants and Harbour Front activities.

Walk to Circular Quay and catch a ferry to our wonderful harbour-side Taronga Park Zoo, or to the lovely tree-lined beach suburb of Manly. If visiting on a weekend then go to the Rocks Market and shop for local Arts, Crafts & unique Australian Souvenirs.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Opera House Tour (1 hr)

This inspiring tour provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to venture inside one of the world’s most recognised global landmarks.

This one hour tour outlines the intricate and controversial history of the Sydney Opera House along with details of the unique design of this architectural masterpiece. You will visit a number of the six performance venues, including the magnificent wood paneled Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as well as the new Utzon room. You will also visit the glass enclosed northern foyer areas which boast spectacular views of Sydney Harbour – a perfect photo opportunity.

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Harbour Cruise Express (hop on hop off)

On your vacation explore Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia with this unlimited full day pass, or take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

Hop On and Hop Off at up to seven famous harbour attractions with this unlimited full day pass, or simply take the 1 1/2 hour round trip cruise and see all the main harbour sights with commentary.

The Harbour Express stops at:
Fort Denison: The historic island and cafe in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
Taronga Zoo: Discover Australia’s amazing wildlife including koalas, platypus and kangaroos.
Shark Island: This island national park is the perfect destination for a BYO picnic lunch, complete with a small beach area for swimming.
Watson’s Bay: Home of Doyle’s famous seafood restaurant and only a short walk to beautiful harbour swimming beaches, HMAS Watson and headland parks.
Luna Park: Sydney’s famous fun park with rides and games, or walk across the Harbour Bridge from Milsons Point station.
Darling Harbour: Aquarium & Wildlife World, Australian Maritime Museum, shops, restaurants and only a short stroll or Monorail to Sydney Tower, Star City Casino, Powerhouse Museum and China Town.
Circular Quay: The Rocks historic precinct, weekend markets, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Harbour Bridge pylon.
(Additional Fees apply for Park Entry to Fort Denison, Shark Island & Taronga Zoo).

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Bridgeclimb

On your vacation climb the famous Harbour Bridge in Sydney.

Achieve exhilaration and personal satisfaction as you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For approximately two hours you, along with 11 other eager climbers and a climb guide, weave through catwalks, climb up ladders and then arrive at the most spectacular point of all – the upper arch climb. The steady incline to the upper arch leaves you free to focus your attention on your Sydney experience, with opportunities for 360 degree views of Sydney, including east to the ocean, west to the mountains and the harbour city surrounds. It is at this point that you not only have a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour and the city, but have the exhilaration of the truly rewarding experience of reaching the top to the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. When you reach the top you will have a sense of achievement that you’ll remember forever – you’ve conquered an Australian icon recognised the world over! No other Sydney tourist attraction can give you this feeling of standing at the top of the world, with the Harbour spread before you. All climbers will be issued a complimentary photograph of your climb group.

Photo Credit: Bridgeclimb Sydney

Optional Day Tour (Not Included) - Hunter Valley

Winery Tour in the Hunter Valley.

Departs Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday in the morning (Full Day Tour). Credited with being one of the premier wine regions in the world, let us tempt your taste buds as we showcase 3 of the regions best wineries. We meander through the majestic Hunter Valley and include wine tasting at Wyndham Estate, McGuigans and McWilliams Mt Pleasant winery. Take the time to refresh your palette with local cheeses (own expense) or browse the quaint little gift shops of Wollombi. A delicious steak and vegetables lunch with damper (aussie bread) is included whilst you sit back and enjoy learning the “tricks of the trade”. Partake in a tour of the wine making process. (Vegetarian meals available). Return to Sydney late afternoon. Evening Free.

Operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday only.

Upgrade to small group touring available – please inquire

Photo Credit: Destination New South Wales

(Day 9) - Shuttle Transfer, Sydney Accommodation to Airport

Travel by shuttle from your vacation accommodation in Sydney, Australia, to the Airport.

Day 9 - International Flight Sydney to Los Angeles

Depart Sydney from the International Airport and fly to Los Angeles. Note: You will be traveling back across the International Date line so you will gain a day. You actually arrive in the USA on the same day you leave Australia.

  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.