Jump onboard the MV Calypso Star II for a day of adventure, education and a whole lot of fun!
This once in a lifetime experience of viewing Great White Sharks in their natural habitat will leave you with memories that live on long past your time in Port Lincoln.
Our 1-day Shark Cage Diving Charters are an AUSTRALIAN FIRST with Port Lincoln being the only place in Australia where these charters are run. They are ideal for people with limited time or budget and best of all NO diver qualification or previous experience is required.
Calypso Star Charters are honoured to be fully licensed by the South Australian Department of Environment. We are also permitted by the Fisheries Department to use berley (chum) to attract the Great White Sharks to our boat at the Neptune Islands Marine Park. Being permitted to berley provides our guests with the best possible chance at a shark sighting, after all, Great White Sharks are the ultimate marine predator. With skilful use of the baits we are able to lure the sharks to interact with the vessel and dive cage giving you the most intense cage viewing available. The use of bait also provides spectacular viewing from the boat. You don't have to be in the water to experience the thrill of a Great White Shark!
Along with our license to berley in Australian waters, we are now proud to be an Advanced Eco Certified Operator. Receiving this certification provides us with the recognition that we conduct our operations in a way that is environmentally conscious and sustainable whilst also providing an educational component.
Our typical charter day will progress as follows:
Guests board at the Marina Hotel to the smell of hot coffee made fresh by the host/hostess from the machine onboard. After an introduction and safety briefing from the Skipper of the day we throw the ropes off and depart for the Neptune Islands. Breakfast is served shortly after departure from the Marina.
Enjoy the 2.5 -3 hour journey to the Neptune Island's often accompanied by pods of dolphins & even the odd whale in season. Along the scenic journey the friendly crew will provide you with information about the fishing industries, the surrounding Islands and the marine life.
9.30 - 10.00am - Depending on the weather and time of departure we arrive at our dive location - See Map*
On arrival at the Islands the Skipper passes close to the Island to allow passengers to view and photograph the Sea Lion colony up close. The dive location for the day is then selected and it is time to drop the anchor.
The bait hits the water and the action begins!! We have often had Great Whites around the boat before dropping the anchor. Fingers crossed "Big Mumma" may arrive, an 18' plus monster.
Hit the Water! Groups enter our new spacious cage 6 at a time leaving plenty of room for prime shark viewing! Once the sharks arrive each group will have the opportunity to experience approximately 45 minutes of cage viewing face to face with the amazing Great White Shark. Please note this time can vary and will depend on the shark activity and weather on the day. View these marvellous creatures through the crystal clear water that surrounds the Neptune Islands.
While you aren't in the water you don't miss out, the action from the very spacious upper and lower decks is fantastic. Keep your camera on hand for those prime photographic opportunities. Or watch the underwater action live streamed into the saloon from the cameras mounted on our shark cage!
Morning tea, magnificent lunch, afternoon tea, cappuccino and cold soft drinks included. As a licensed vessel the bar opens on the way home. Available is beer and red and white wine.
No shark policy
While every effort is made to attract the sharks to our boat, in nature there can be no guarantees! In the rare event of not seeing Great White Sharks a half price return ticket is offered to all on board. This ticket is valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issue.
Dive Locations - see a Google map of our Dive Locations
Shark Research read more >
Great White Sharks are an endangered and protected species in Australia. It is important that we continue to educate people on their behaviours as well as the signifcance of their presence of in the eco system in which the inhabit.
Our involvement with the CSIRO and their White Shark research helps us to better understand the movement patterns and habits' of the magnificent Great White Shark. read more >