Shark Cage Dives
Welcome! We invite you to jump onboard the MV Calypso Star II for an exciting 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 will last long after your visit to Port Lincoln.
Our 1-day Shark Cage Diving Charters are an Australian first with Port Lincoln being the only place in the country where these charters are run. Ideal if you have limited time or a limited budget and best of all there’s…
Fully Government Licensed & Eco Certified
Great White Sharks are an endangered and protected species in Australia. It’s vitally important that we continue to educate people about the species’ behaviour as well as the significance of their presence of in their ecosystem. At Calypso Star we’re proud of our involvement with the CSIRO and their Great White Shark Research. read more… It helps us better understand the movement patterns and habits of the magnificent Great White.
Calypso Star Charters are honoured to be fully licensed by the South Australian Department of Environment. We’re 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 you with the best possible chance of a shark sighting. Along with this license , we’re 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 are environmentally conscious and sustainable whilst also providing an educational component.)
Spectacular viewing — both in the cage and on the boat
With our skilful use of the baits, we’re able to lure the sharks closer to the cage giving divers the most intense cage dive possible. The use of bait also provides spectacular viewing from the boat, so you don’t even have to be in the water to experience the thrill of a Great White Shark!
Guests board at the Marina Hotel pontoon to the smell of hot coffee made fresh onboard. After an introduction and safety briefing from the skipper of the day, we throw off the ropes and set off for the Neptune Islands. Breakfast is served shortly after departure.
2½ to 3 hour cruise
Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey We’re often accompanied by pods of dolphins and even the odd whale, in season. During the trip, the friendly crew will provide you with information about the fishing industries, the ‘local area’ and the marine life. ’Take in the spectacular coastal scenery of lower Spencer Gulf and the islands of Thorny Passage. In season, you can try your luck at catching a Southern Bluefin Tuna
On arrival at the Islands the skipper gets the boat up as close to the land as he can so you can get the best views and the best photos of the’New Zealand Fur Seal colony. The exact dive location for the day is chosen and it’s time to drop anchor. The ocean surrounding the Neptune Islands is crystal clear which makes for ideal viewing of the Great White Sharks.
You hit the water!
Groups enter our new spacious cage 6 at a time. This way you get some welcome human company and you still get plenty of room for prime shark viewing. Once the sharks arrive, each group will have the opportunity to spend about 45 minutes in the cage, face to face with the amazing Great White Shark. Please note that time in the cage can vary and will depend on shark activity and weather on the day.
Great viewing up top
Even when you’re not in the water, you don’t miss out — the action from the very spacious upper and lower decks is fantastic so make sure you keep your camera ready for that once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. We have our own cameras mounted on the shark cage so you can also sit in the comfort of our saloon and watch the underwater action live-streaming We feed you too.
As well as breakfast, we provide you with morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, plus coffee/tea and cold soft drinks, all included. MV Calypso Star II is a fully-licensed vessel so the bar is open on the way home for your convenience.
Our No Shark Policy
Whilst every effort is made to attract the sharks to our boat, in nature there can be no guarantees. In the rare event that we don’t see any Great White Sharks, we’ll offer a half price return ticket to everyone on board, valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issue.