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Shark & Sea Lion Combo

The first tour in Australia where you can now Swim with the Australian Sealions at either Hopkins or Grindal Island and then shark cage dive with the magnificent Great White Sharks at Neptune Island Marine Park all in the same day saving you both time and money! 

This tour has limited departures throughout the year.  Please check our calendar for available dates.

Departing Port Lincoln enjoy a scenic cruise to a remote island for a lunch stop before making your way to either Hopkins or Grindal Islands.  Enjoy the afternoon swimming with the adorable endangered Australian Sealions.  From here we make our way to Neptune Island Marine Park to continue the aquatic adventure and cage dive with Great White Sharks! Shark cage diving time is the same as that of our day tour.

11.00am tour includes a fully cooked hot dinner at sea!  After diving is completed the bar opens for a sunset/twilight cruise back to Port Lincoln!

During some months this tour also boards at 6.30am and on this trip the tour maybe run in reverse.

Pricing

Adult spectator – $530*

Adult diver – $630

Child spectator – $430*

Child diver – $530

*Additional $100.00 payable if you decide on the day to dive in the cage – Price includes the use of our 7mm wetsuit, hood, boots, gloves and mask.  Payment can be may on board the vessel.

Seniors Discount of 10% is available upon presentation of a current Seniors Card. Bookings must me made direct with the office to apply. The Seniors Discount is not available on charters that operate on Saturday's, Public Holiday's or during the months of December and January.

PLEASE NOTE - In the event that the weather conditions are not favourable to Swim with the Sealions, the tour will operate as a Twilight Shark Cage Diving charter.  Guests will then have the option to either receive a refund of $135 or choose to join a Swim with the Sealions charter at no charge on another day. 

Duration 

  • Full days charter boarding at either 11.00am or 6.30am
  • Length of tour is approximately 12 hours
  • Operates from October through to May.  Dates outside of these months please contact us

Passengers

  • Maximum of 25 passengers
  • No minimum passengers required

What’s included

  • Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit & Fins
  • Tea, coffee & water.  Soft drinks and alcohol available to purchase
  • 11.00am tour - Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, cooked dinner and light refreshments all day
  • 6.30am tour - Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and light refreshments all day

Those who choose not to Swim with the Sealions may join the Captain in the tender boat to observe the Sealions.

Boat facilities

  • 60 foot MV Calypso Star - the fastest vessel to Neptune Island Marine Park.
  • Fully Air-conditioned saloon/bridge, coffee machine, toilets and hot water shower on board
  • Huge main deck and swim platform
  • Large shark cage for up to 6 divers
  • Boat tender to assist you into the water

Optional extras

  • Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol available for purchase
  • Souvenirs available on board
  • GoPro hire available on board

Departs from the behind the Marina Hotel, Cape Baron Place, Port Lincoln.

  • Please arrive promptly at either 11.00am or 6.30am for a scheduled departure time
  • Pre booked transfers from accommodation places are available for $10 per person return.  Please make sure this is booked prior to 5.30pm the day before your charter.

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How to book?

Click here to book on line is the easiest way! Calypso Star Charters has the latest secure technology, however, if you would prefer to download and print this form, you can complete it then send by email or fax to +61 (8) 8682 6877 

Shark Research Donation - Flinders University

  • Flinders University's Southern Shark Ecology Group was awarded a Monitoring and Research contract by DEWNR for 3 years from July 2016. This research monitors the visitation patterns and temporary residency period of the sharks that we see. Information is used in the dynamic management of the Shark Cage Diving Industry to guide decisions regarding Non Activity Days. In addition to the contracted research, Flinders University excels in White Shark research and collaborates with research institutions around the world.
  • Calypso Star Charters is a proud supporter of Dr Charlie Huveneers and his team. Charlie is a frequent guest on board our charters, tagging sharks and deploying or retrieving monitoring equipment. We provide shark images that are used in a growing ID catalogue. The high frequency of our charters assists in gaining a better understanding of the visitation patterns as some sharks only visit for a day or two each year.
  • We are proud to pass on your donations to Flinders University to assist funding White Shark research outside of the monitoring program.

    Click here to read more from Dr Charlie Huveneers 

GoPro Hire $50

  • Hire of the GoPro and the purchase of an 8GB micro SD card with adapter 
  • If you want to capture loads of footage and don’t think that one card is enough, you can upgrade on board to a 16GB card

Highlights Photos $35

  • Our underwater cameras are available for all to use
  • Our crew will also take photos throughout the day including a shot with our replica jaws, a shot of your group before the dive, an individual shot of you entering the shark cage and other candid shots throughout the day
  • A USB of digital photos is compiled using all good quality photos from the day, along with some great snaps and footage from our archives.

A collection of photos from each charter will also be uploaded to our Facebook page.  Please make sure you like us to keep updated!

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Can’t decide what date you want to come? Looking to surprise a loved one or maybe a work or personal farewell gift? Why not purchase a gift voucher.

Gift vouchers are valid for a period of twelve months from the date of purchase and can be purchased either by contacting our friendly office staff or directly through our online booking system.

Gift voucher terms and conditions

  • Vouchers are valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase. Extensions may be granted by contacting our office prior to the voucher expiry for an additional fee.
  • Vouchers may be transferred in to another person’s name. For the transfer to be completed written permission must be received by Calypso Star Charters from the voucher recipient.
  • Vouchers can be cancelled inline with our booking cancellation policy. Once a voucher has been purchased a refund can be issued within the 12 months that the voucher is valid with the payment of a 20% cancellation fee. The refund of the voucher minus any fee forfeited will be provided to the recipient of the voucher. Refunds will be processed via the same method as the payment was received
  • Voucher must be surrendered on the date of travel.

Available for pre-purchase at our office or through the online booking section of our website or purchase on board. EFTPOS available.

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Shark Cage Diving

The Shark & Sea Lion Combo itinerary

After departing the Port Lincoln Marina enjoy a boat cruise to the days lunch stop at either Taylors or Grindal Island.

Upon arrival at Hopkins Island, wetsuits, masks and snorkels are provided and we are ready for the most playful swim ever. One of our crew will be in the water with you at all times.  Once in the water, the Sea Lions entice you to come and play. With summersaults and swirls they glide effortlessly past.

After approximately an hour of swimming it is time to climb back onto the boat, a hot shower awaits and the coffee machine is ready!

From here we head to Neptune Islands Marine Park for an afternoon of shark cage diving.  Upon arrival divers are formed into groups of 5 and jump in and enjoy approximately 45 minutes dive time (the same amount of time as the day tour)

Enjoy a fully booked dinner at sea and they enjoy a twilight trip home enjoying a beverage from our licenced bar!

A benefit of this tour when it boards at 11.00am is you can fly in the morning of the trip and you are only required to stay the one night in Port Lincoln for the time poor travellers!

Tours are not operated every day; we are committed to minimizing the impact to the Sea Lion colonies we visit. Please check our calendar for availability or contact our office.

During some months this tour also boards at 6.30am.  On this trip the tour maybe run in reverse and breakfast is served instead of dinner.  Length of the tour is approximately 10-12 hours.

Shark Sightings

We are the only operator in Australia that publicises current and historic sightings!

Click here to see our historical day by day sightings since January 1st 2011.  Use this to help you decide on the best time to come.  As we are dealing with a nomadic creature in its natural environment, we cannot suggest when would be the best time.  We provide this information to be open and honest with all our guests to help you make an informed decision!

Our average daily success rate since January 1st 2011 is 85%

Recent Great White Shark Sightings

NON ACTIVITY DAYS - Non Activity Days were imposed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in 2013 as a recommendation by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). They are a strategy to minimise any potential impact on shark behaviour, site visitation pattern and changes to temporary residency period of sharks to Neptune Islands. 4 days per fortnight are designated as Non Activity Days and all operators adhere to the same schedule.

Tuesday 27th

1

Sunday 25th

2

Saturday 24th

1

Wednesday 28th
No Charter
Tuesday 27th
Monday 26th
No Charter
Sunday 25th
Saturday 24th
Friday 23rd
Thursday 22nd
Non Activity Day
Wednesday 21st

No shark policy

Everyone knows that when dealing with nature there are definitely NO GUARANTEES. We want to make sure that you are well informed about our Shark Policy and that your expectations are reasonable. We can surely do our utmost to ‘lure’ the Great White to us within government specified guidelines however being the wonderful, impulsive & unpredictable creatures that they are we simply cannot change that.

Shark activity varies year to year. To assist you with making your decision on the best time to travel please visit our shark sightings calendar. See our shark sightings > Whilst every effort is made to attract the sharks to our boat, in nature there can be no guarantees. In the event that we don’t see any Great White Sharks, those people who have paid as divers will be refunded $100 taking them back to a spectator price. Refunds will be processed via the same method as the payment was received and processed within seven days of a tour.

All adult passengers will be given a $200 voucher (Children receive $150) to return within a period of 12 months from the date of issue. 

THESE VOUCHERS ARE NOT TRANSFERRABLE TO ANYONE ELSE AND PROOF OF ID WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN YOU NEXT CHOOSE TO BOOK.

If no sharks are sighted on the second trip, a voucher will be issued for the third trip at $100 per person, to come on board as a diver.

If no sharks are sighted again on subsequent trips, a voucher will be issued at $100 per person to come on board as a diver.

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What to bring

To ensure the comfort of your trip you will need to bring:

  • Bathers and a towel.
  • Your Camera, if you have one. If you do not we do have GoPros on board you can to hire and a highlights package is available to purchase.
  • Charging cables. USB points are available on our vessels.
  • Comfortable clothing: Remember to pack some warm clothes as it can get cool on the water (even in summer). A warm jacket is a must in winter. Our Vessels have reverse cycle air-conditioning for your comfort. 
  • Sunglasses: Polarized sunglasses make it easier to see into the water and spot the sharks from on board.
  • Boat appropriate soft-soled shoes - not thongs
  • Space is limited, small bags are appreciated.

There is absolutely no diver qualification required. The reason for this is because our adventure is ‘Surface Diving’ where you won’t be any more that 2-4 feet beneath the surface. Therefore no concern is needed for decompression or altitude issues. Diving in our surface shark cage is very easy and a full briefing is given before diving, and practice on the surface is available if required. Our crews are
experienced divers and veterans of the cage. They are more than willing to help young, old and less confident divers in the cage.

The night before your charter avoid excessive alcohol consumption and get a good night sleep. Many seasickness remedies are available; please consult your pharmacist regarding the best one for you. From experience we have found that taking a tablet the night before departure, in addition to one in the morning, is most effective. During the voyage, get as much fresh air as possible. If you are starting to feel sick avoid reading or watching the TV and instead get some fresh air or try to sleep.  MV Calypso Star 2 is gyroscopically stabilized, which reduces vessel roll, reducing seasickness and dramatically improving the comfort of the tour.  We sell Travacalm on our vessels and from our office. Please ask the crew when you board.

Berley is a finely minced mixture of natural fish product introduced into the water, the smell of which attracts sharks. Sharks are naturally attracted to the Neptune Islands due to the year round presence of a 40,000+  colony of Long Nosed Fur Seals. Berley is only effective in attracting sharks to the vessel that are in the immediate vicinity of the Neptune Islands. Sharks are a nomadic animal that visit Neptune Islands to feed on Seals.

We freshly source tuna guts and gills which are a by product of the local Southern Bluefin Tuna industry. The offal is minced and quickly frozen to maintain freshness. Our berley is stored at –20C and naturally thawed prior to use. When used onboard, the berley is heavily diluted with seawater and used sparingly. At times of good shark activity around the vessel almost no berley is used. The continuity of a berley trail is more important than the quantity of berley used. The trail is dispersed through the water column with the wind and tide.

We use a tethered bait consisting of a tuna gut/gill attached to a floated line to draw the sharks closer to the cage for an enhanced view of the sharks. Great care is taken to minimise the instances of sharks consuming the bait or coming into contact with the boat or cage. When sharks are present, the bait line is tendered by one of our experienced bait handling crew.

Concerns regarding the use of bait and berley to attract sharks have been met with our conscious effort to reduce the quantity that is used. Over the past 5 years we have been able to reduce the average quantity of bait and berley that is used by 15% while increasing our passenger numbers by over 30% in the same period. We work closely with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources who manage the industry to ensure best practice standards are achieved and that a sustainable and safe industry is maintained into the future.

No. Decoys are NOT permitted to be used by any operator in South Australia as part of Government licensing conditions.  We only use locally sourced, natural fish product to attract the sharks, our tethered baits are attached by natural fibre twine.  We do not condone placing un-natural objects in the water to visually stimulate or attract sharks.  If a shark were to consume any part of a synthetic object (decoy) it could certainly harm them. Our practices are conducted with the utmost respect to the welfare of sharks.

Yes our spectator price is $395 per person. You are more than welcome to upgrade on board if you decided you would like to dive. The $100 payable to upgrade can be paid on board.

Yes you can.  Upon presentation of a current Seniors Card you will receive a 10% discount of the recommended retail price.  Bookings need to be made direct with the office.

Due to the nomadic habits of Great Whites, the best time does vary year by year. They have been elusive at various times throughout the years. In the past 11 years there is no particular month/season that has consistently produced no sharks. On average we have calculated that you have an 85-90% chance of sighting sharks at any time of year. To assist you with making your decision, we recommend you visit the shark sightings page on our website for full information on all charters from 2011. Our sightings page shows only sightings of Great White Sharks. Sightings of Mako and Bronze Whaler Sharks aren’t included in the overall daily tally.

We cannot guarantee seeing a shark as most people can appreciate. We cannot restrict them in any way to stay put but we can surely do our utmost, within specified guidelines, to entice them to the vessel. If a Great White Shark is not sighted throughout the day and you are booked on as a diver you will receive a $100 refund back to the price of a spectator. All guests receive a $200 voucher (for adults) or a $150 voucher (for children) to use towards another charter with us.  If you do choose to use the voucher towards a Swim with the Sea Lion tour the difference in the ticket amount is forfeited. These vouchers cannot be exchanged for a refund or redeemable for cash. If after your second or subsequent attempts you still do not sight sharks you are given a voucher to return for $100 all inclusive. Proof of identity will be required when redeeming the voucher.

The Neptune Islands are located 15 Nautical Miles from the mainland. The water depth surrounding the islands is 90+ meters. This keeps the water temperature fairly stable (a cold snap in winter won’t be reflected by colder than usual water). The water temperature varies between 18-20C in summer, down to 14C at the end of winter. We provide 7mm wetsuits and booties year round with hoods available in the cooler months. Our vessels are fitted with hot showers.

We carry a large range of wetsuits and sufficient quantities to generally ensure everyone gets their own wetsuit. Sizes range from Extra Small to XXXL in 7mm and kids sizes and XXXL Super Stretch in 3mm. Dress/shirt sizes are a comparative guide for wetsuits. A 3XL 7mm wetsuit will general fit a person of up 130kg, the Super Stretch 3mm suits are incredibly stretchy, however, the water temperature from November to May is generally such that the dive can be done in shorts and a shirt. You are welcome to BYO wetsuit if you would prefer.

We like to see everyone experience the thrill of the cage at least once during their trip. We do not have an age limit as such, but do have additional conditions for people under the age of 18. If under the age of 18, consent is required from a parent/guardian. The youngest person in the shark cage so far was a 4-year-old boy and the oldest was someone in their 80s. 

We recommend that you consult with your doctor as the severity of asthma does vary. Be mindful that the shark cage sits immediately behind the boat with 40cm of the cage above water level so it is very easy to surface and exit the cage at any time. When standing in the cage, a diver's head is approximately 30-40cm below the surface.

We suggest that you speak to your doctor regarding whether or not you can join us on board and let them know you will be diving about 50cm below the surface.  As each pregnancy is different we cannot say yes or no.  If your doctor is happy for you to come on board so are we! Please also speak to your doctor about seasickness medication.  There are some remedies available for pregnant women to use.  As it is a full day at sea, we do highly recommend all guests to take seasickness precautions.

The Water clarity at the Neptune Islands Marine Park is usually very good, often more than 25m. Rough weather does reduce the visibility slightly, but rarely below 15m. We have a number of dive sights located around the islands, which allows us to select the clearest water and best shark action possible.

Smoking is permitted onboard in a designated area, the crew will advise of this during a pre departure briefing. Due to liquor licensing requirements smoking is not permitted on the vessels during meal service.

No problems! We understand that underwater photographic equipment is a significant investment, especially if you will only use it a couple of times a year. We offer a ‘Highlights Photo Pack’, which is a USB of the day’s events including underwater still shots if taken on the day.  The USB also includes a large range of great stock photos and footage from our extensive photo library. GoPro cameras are available to hire with 8Gb and 16Gb card options. 

If a customer wishes to cancel a charter for ANY reason once payment has been made a 20% deposit will be lost if the cancellation is received more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure. If a customer wishes to cancel a charter less than 48 hours prior to departure once payment has been made 100% will be lost. You can reschedule or postpone your charter without incurring a fee prior to 48 hours before your departure time. Within 48 hours does incur a 20% fee.

We have a range of masks on board with negative corrective lenses available for loan on a replace if lost/broken basis. Please ask the crew on board.

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Sea Lions Frequently Asked Questions

Are there sharks there?

In all the years we have operated we have never sighted a shark on our Sea Lion tour. Your safety is our upmost priority and we have safety procedures in place to minimise the risk. The islands where we conduct the Sea lion tours are haul out sites for a couple of hundred sea lions. The Islands where shark cage diving takes place has a seal colony of over 45,000 seals

The Sea Lion tour takes place at offshore islands within Spencer Gulf. We operate to the sheltered side of the island however depending on the weather conditions some moderate wave motion and a current may be experienced. Swimmers wear a wetsuit for buoyancy and warmth and some snorkelling experience is preferred. The ability to tread water for 5 minutes and be able to swim the length of a pool is essential. A crew member/s accompanies guests into the water and our tender vessel is on hand to swiftly assist in an emergency. December though to April increases the chances of really nice weather and light winds.

License conditions restrict the amount of time we can be present at the island. Swimmers can expect between 45 minutes to an hour for swimming

The water depth at the swimming location varies between 1.2m and 2.5m over a mostly sandy bottom. You will be provided with a wetsuit and pool noodles are available if additional buoyancy is required

Our Sea Lion tours operate over Spring, Summer and Autumn. Water temperature in early Spring (September) is about 15C and peaks in late summer (February/March) at around 22C/23C. We provide wetsuits to all swimmers and hot showers and hot drinks are available when you jump out of the water. Our vessel is air-conditioned/heated for your comfort while travelling

Interaction cannot be guaranteed, however sightings of the Sealions can be. Unfortunately sometimes they may not enter the water or remain in the water for long periods of time and we cannot force them or coax them to do so.

The Sea Lions are wild animals and some days they are more playful than others. In the water they often come within centimetres of you to say hello. The crew will provide you with an information sheet and briefing once on board and advise you of how best to interact with them in the water. One of our crew members will be in the water with you at all times to help you get the most from the experience and of course to ensure your safety at all times.

We carry a large range of wetsuits and sufficient quantities to generally ensure everyone gets their own wetsuit. Sizes range from Extra Small to XXXL in 7mm and kids sizes and XXXL Super Stretch in 3mm. Dress/shirt sizes are a comparative guide for wetsuits. A 3XL 7mm wetsuit will general fit a person of up 130kg, the Super Stretch 3mm suits are incredibly stretchy, however, the water temperature from November to May is generally such that the dive can be done in shorts and a shirt. You are welcome to BYO wetsuit if you would prefer.

Yes you can.  Upon presentation of a current Seniors Card you will receive a 10% discount of the recommended retail price.  Bookings need to be made direct with the office.

Our charters operate during the months of October through to May.  We choose not operate every day.  We are the only one day operator who does not visit a specific site more than 4 times per week. We are committed to minimizing the impact to the Sea Lion colonies we visit. Please check our calendar for availability or contact our office.

The tour activity is controlled by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and strict guidelines are placed on operators. Calypso Star Charters has a long history spanning more than 20 years of Swimming with Sea Lions at Hopkins Island. Over this time we have developed our own code of conduct for these tours. We consulted heavily with the DEWNR during the process, which lead to Marine Mammal Interaction Permitting in South Australia. 

Our staff are skilled and have a great understanding of the Sea Lions and the area we visit. All of our Skippers are Eco Guides, Certified by Eco Tourism Australia. The tour is completely interactive and our staff will provide you detailed information about the Sea Lions, the areas we visit and the local Fishing Industry. 

Hopkins Islands is a protected area as part of the Memory Cove Wilderness Protection Area. Guests are given a detailed safety briefing before entering the water, this covers the conduct whilst in the water with the Australian Sea Lions. We access the area by boat and approach the islands at slow speed to not cause any damage to the seafloor. Our vessel has just undergone a complete repower and refurbishment, careful consideration was given to the engine selection to ensure emissions are minimal.

We have a range of masks on board with negative corrective lenses available for loan on a replace if lost/broken basis. Please ask the crew on board.

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Exclusive Hire options

Shark Cage Diving & Sea Lion Tours

Our vessels are available for exclusive hire for Shark Cage Diving and Swim With the Sea Lions. 

Exclusive hire options give flexibility to departure and arrival times, crewing, catering and offer complete privacy to guests throughout the booking process and whilst on board.

We offer peak and off peak prices for exclusive hire, please contact our team for more information.

Other Exclusive Hire options

Our well-equipped vessels and adaptable crew are available for exclusive hire for activities outside of our tour options for an hour, a day a week or longer. Please contact our General Manager to discuss

  • Transfer of personnel, equipment and fuel to offshore islands and vessels.
  • Deployment and retrieval of research equipment.
  • Underwater surveys and dive support. 
  • Commercial divers available.
  • Film crews with a licensed drone pilot available.
  • Vessel relocation/delivery and manning up to Master Class 4 and Marine Engine Driver 1.

Contact us

Contact our Office on:

Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939

Email info@sharkcagediving.com.au

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

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Saturdays & Public holidays 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sundays CLOSED*

PLEASE NOTE OUR PHONE IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS

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