Calypso Star Charters was founded in 1990 by Captain Rolf Czabayski. Rolf was an avid game fisherman who had tagged and released many Great White Sharks before their protection in 1997. Rolf holds the final World record ever issued for the capture of a White Shark, 599Kg on 15kg line class, a fine achievement.
Over time, Rolf’s attention turned from fishing for Sharks to cage diving charters. On his 35foot Bertram vessel Rolf could take 3-4 guests on charters for 3-5 days. In those days there were several locations for Shark Cage Diving including the Neptune Islands, Dangerous Reef and several Islands in the Sir Joseph Banks Group to the North of Port Lincoln.
As the business gradually grew, Rolf made the big decision to upgrade his beloved Bertram to the custom built ‘Calypso Star’ in December 2000. This vessel offered a level of comfort not seen before in Shark Diving in South Australia. Shark cage diving remained a ‘hobby’ for Rolf, his family home and other business interests were in Adelaide while the boat was in Port Lincoln. The 3-4 day itinerary was the core business and in 2002 Andrew Wright became Rolf’s first full time deckhand.
The business changed hands in 2006 with local business identity Ron Forster and crew member Andrew Wright taking over ownership from Rolf. The 1 Day Shark Cage diving charters were introduced in January 2007 and many thought ‘it could never be done’. With increased promotion the popularity of Shark Diving increased rapidly. By 2009 demand was such that Ron and Andrew began the process of building a bigger boat to cope with the demand. A vessel was purchased in Western Australia and an extensive refit was completed in Port Lincoln and Adelaide. In September 2011, Hon John Rau MP launched our magnificent vessel MV Calypso Star 2 at a ceremony in Port Lincoln.
The MV Calypso Star 2 surpasses it predecessor and the competition! Wifi Internet and live footage streamed from the cage to the saloon are major advancement with this vessel.
With a capacity of 45 and an energetic crew of 5 the Calypso Star 2 offers a level of comfort not matched in South Australia. Its huge bridge deck offers the perfect vantage point for shark spotting and our 8 person shark cage (the largest in Australia) offers complete safety not only to divers but to sharks also.
The pride of our fleet and ensures that our guests have the ultimate adventure whilst on our Shark Cage Diving Tours.
MV Calypso Star 2 was acquired in 2010 and underwent an extensive refit to transform her into the magnificent vessel she is today.
In 2013 we installed a state of the art Seakeeper Gyroscopic Stabiliser to reduce vessel roll whilst travelling and at anchor which greatly minimises seasickness and increases comfort throughout the day. We are the first vessel in South Australia to have one installed and the largest commercial vessel in Australia to utilise this technology.
With a covered upper deck and a gyroscopic stabiliser fitted, there is no vessel more comfortable!
MV Calypso Star was launched in 2000 and was purpose built for our Shark Cage Diving Charters. She offers the best safety, comfort and performance. With the launch of Calypso Star 2, the Calypso Star is now used for our Swim with the Sea Lions tours, Twilight Shark Cage Diving and Combo tours.
Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939
Fax +61 (8) 8682 6877
Office Location 3/10 South Quay Boulevard, Port Lincoln SA 5606
Postal PO Box 2058, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5606
Dive Locations - see a Google map of our Dive Locations
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Saturdays & Public holidays 9:00am - 3:00pm
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