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One Day Great White Shark Tour Port Lincoln

FROM: $563
45
SingleDay
Min. Age
Fun For Everyone!

Departure Times

Departs: 6.30am - Please enquire
Returns: 6.30pm - Please enquire

Pricing Options

$563 AUD / Person - Adult (17+) (Between: 01 May 2024 and 30 Mar 2025)

Get up close and personal with Great White Sharks in a thrilling cage dive around the Neptune Islands!

  • Embark on Australia's only Great White Shark cage-diving charter
  • Dive into a spacious cage that allows up to 8 people at a time, so everyone gets a great view
  • Experience unparalleled shark encounters as crew use natural fish berley to lure them close to the boat
  • Enjoy the action from comfortable upper and lower decks

The One Day Great White Shark Tour in Port Lincoln is the only tour in all of Australia that whisks guests off on an exhilarating cage diving charter to see Great White Sharks. Set sail toward the Neptune Islands, where crew give you the best chance of spotting some Great Whites and getting some once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.

No diver qualifications or previous experience are required, making this adventure accessible to everyone! With room for up to 8 people in the spacious cage, there’s plenty of space for optimal shark viewing. Once the sharks arrive - which they often do before the anchor even drops - each group of adventure-seekers will have ample time to enjoy an up-close experience. For those who prefer to stay dry, the roomy upper and lower decks provide excellent vantage points to witness the thrilling action! Ready to dive in?


Highlights

  • Spot majestic Great White Sharks at Neptune Islands Marine Park
  • Watch the action unfold from a comfortable distance on upper and lower decks
  • Full 12-hour day out at sea in comfortable air-conditioned vessel
  • Morning and afternoon tea, and buffet-style lunch
  • Licensed bar and fresh hot water showers to unwind after your dive
  • GoPro hire and photo package options
  • No previous diving experience necessary

Great White Shark in Neptune Islands

Sample Itinerary

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Itinerary

Pick-up

Transfers from local accommodation are available for $15 per person. These can be organised at the time of your tour booking and up until 5.30pm the day before the charter.

Please note: Those staying at the Port Lincoln Hotel can avail of the hotel’s free transfer service. Please confirm upon check-in that you are taking part in the tour to ensure that the hotel know about y...

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Itinerary

Pick-up

Transfers from local accommodation are available for $15 per person. These can be organised at the time of your tour booking and up until 5.30pm the day before the charter.

Please note: Those staying at the Port Lincoln Hotel can avail of the hotel’s free transfer service. Please confirm upon check-in that you are taking part in the tour to ensure that the hotel know about your transfer.

Great White Shark at Neptune Islands in South Australia

Check-in at Calypso Star Charters

Guests will meet at Calypso Star Charters offices, 3/10 South Quay Boulevard, where check-in will begin from 6.00am. Those availing of transfers will be picked up by a taxi between 6.00am and 6.15am depending on the location of their accommodation. Those making their own way must be at the offices no later than 6.20am. 

Calypso Star Charters boat in Port Lincoln, South Australia

Journey out to the Neptune Islands

It takes approximately 3 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands from Port Lincoln. Meet your friendly crew, take in the beautiful coastal scenery of the lower Spencer Gulf and the Thorny Passage islands, and try to spot the pods of dolphins that often accompany the vessel! Enjoy some breakfast and morning tea to get your energy up before your dive!

Great White Shark in Neptune Islands

Time to go diving!

Once the vessel anchors, it’s time to put on your wetsuit and the rest of your swim gear and get ready to go diving! Groups of up to eight people can enter the spacious cage at a time, leaving lots of room to spread out and watch the Great Whites up close.

While you’re waiting for your turn in the cage, take advantage of the viewing opportunities on board the vessel! During diving breaks, feast on a buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and enjoy refreshing teas, coffees, and filtered waters. 

People cage diving to look at Great White Sharks

Head back to the marina

On the way back, enjoy a beer or a glass of bubbly to celebrate your successful thrill-seeking adventure as the boat opens up its bar. Since shark cage diving can differ every day depending on weather conditions and shark activity.

Every effort will be made by the crew to ensure the guests get a Great White sighting - even if it means staying a little later. This means that return times are subject to change, though generally the vessel returns to the marina between 6pm and 9pm.

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What To Bring

Space is limited on board the vessel. Please bring a small bag including:

  • Swimwear and a towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses (Polarised sunglasses make it easier to spot sharks from on board)
  • Soft-soled shoes
  • Comfortable, warm clothing
  • Charging cables (USB ports available on board)
  • A reusable drink bottle - chilled filtered water available on board
  • Please note: Calypso Star Charters are cashless. Only card transactions ar...

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What To Bring

Space is limited on board the vessel. Please bring a small bag including:

  • Swimwear and a towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses (Polarised sunglasses make it easier to spot sharks from on board)
  • Soft-soled shoes
  • Comfortable, warm clothing
  • Charging cables (USB ports available on board)
  • A reusable drink bottle - chilled filtered water available on board
  • Please note: Calypso Star Charters are cashless. Only card transactions are accepted

What's Included

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Buffet lunch
  • Chilled filtered water
  • Tea and coffee
  • 7mm wetsuits, hoods, gloves and booties

What's Extra

  • GoPro camera hire
  • Alcohol at licensed bar on board
  • Snacks, soft drinks, and bottled water

Terms and Conditions

Important Information

  • Sea sickness medication is strongly recommended for the journey to and from Neptune Islands. It is available for purchase at the Calypso Star Charters office.

  • Guests are advised to spend at least two nights at Port Lincoln; the night before and after the charter. This is to ensure that guests do not miss any flights should the vessel return to the marina later than expected.

  • There is no age limit to board Calypso Star Charters vessels. However, there are additional restrictions for those under the age of 18. 

    Child prices are for those aged 16 and under.

    • Children under the age of 8 may only enter the water at the Skipper’s discretion on the day. 

    • Children under the age of 16 must be under adult supervision at all times. If a child aged 16 or under goes in the water, their supervising adult must also enter the water. 

    • If a child aged 16 or under leaves the water, their supervising adult must do the same.

    • Any guest under the age of 18 must have their waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.


No Shark Policy

Calypso Star Charters is the only one-day tour operator in Cairns that offers a ‘No Shark Policy’ whereby customers receive a discount on their next trip if sharks are not seen on the day of their tour.

The operator cannot guarantee seeing a shark, nor can they restrict the sharks in any way to stay put. Rather, they can do our utmost, within specified guidelines, to entice them to the vessel. If a Great White Shark is not sighted throughout the day, customers will receive $300 voucher to use towards another charter with Calypso Star Charters.  If you do choose to use the voucher towards their ‘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.


Your Responsibilities

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours and itineraries prior to travel as specified on your voucher or ticket. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Outback Tours/Mr Travel and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers/tickets are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and the individual tour check-in agent, before boarding, of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. Please refer to the specific tour page for full check-in instructions. Guests unable to attend their ticketed tour, transport or accommodation due to delay or lateness will not be eligible for a refund.


Prices/Extra Costs

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Luggage Storage, Insurance, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. 

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Accountability/Misconduct

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based on feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Outback Tours/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Travel Risk/Insurance

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Guests embarking on activities such as diving, jet skiing, or skydiving experiences should purchase insurance appropriate for the risks involved with these activities. 


Merchant Fees

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change.

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Transfers

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies. Not all tours offer transfers, please refer to the individual product to see if this is applicable to your tour.


Information & Advice

All information, advice or pricing provided by Outback Tours and our affiliates, or through any of our team, is subject to change. Outback Tours articles and products are provided online for general information purposes only and are intended as guides. Any advice interpreted from information on the website (including but not limited to financial, immigration, employment and tax information) is not specialist advice and does not constitute legal, tax or other professional instruction. Outback Tours does not guarantee that any information provided is up-to-date or accurate. Please obtain professional advice before actioning any advice, including but not limited to tax, immigration, employment, travel restrictions and finances.

All information provided at any time by Outback Tours and our affiliates is subject to these Terms & Conditions. This includes but is not limited to tour information, pricing, blog posts, travel advice, itinerary information and availability.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations

Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 60 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

All add-on activities (including but not limited to scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours, banana boat rides and waterslides) are subject to availability and price changing, and may not be available during your tour without notice. Guests are not eligible for refunds on the grounds of non-operating extra activities.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Outback Tours/Mr Travel online department.


Refunds

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Outback Tours/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Thank you for booking with our Australian travel experts here at Outback Tours/Mr Travel. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Happy travels!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be guaranteed to see a shark?

While Calypso Star Charters will do their best to entice sharks to the vessel during a tour, they cannot guarantee a shark sighting. 

If your tour doesn’t spot a Great White Shark throughout the day, customers will receive a $300 voucher to use towards another charter with Calypso Star Charters. 

These vouchers cannot be exchanged for a refund or redeemed for cash. Proof of identity will be required when redeeming the voucher. Calypso publicises all current and historic shark sightings. Their average daily success rate since January 1 2011 is 80%.

Is there an age restriction for this tour?

There is no age limit to board Calypso Star Charters vessels. However, there are additional restrictions for those under the age of 18. 

Child prices are for those aged 16 and under.

Children under the age of 8 may only enter the water at the Skipper’s discretion on the day. 

Children under the age of 16 must be under adult supervision at all times. If a child aged 16 or under goes in the water, their supervising adult must also enter the water. 

If a child aged 16 or under leaves the water, their supervising adult must do the same.

Any guest under the age of 18 must have their waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

I don't have an underwater camera. What are my options?

Calypso Star Charters offers a ‘Highlights Photo Pack’ which is a USB full of photos from the day’s events, including underwater still shots if a crew member jumps into the cage, and the operator’s extensive photo library. Alternatively, GoPros are available to hire.

What is the visibility like while diving?

The water clarity at the Neptune Islands Marine Park is typically very good. While rougher weather tends to reduce visibility, it’s rare for visibility to drop below 15 metres. Calypso Star Charters has a number of dive sites around Neptune Islands, which allows crew to select the clearest water and best shark action possible on any given day.

Will I be cold when I dive?

The water temperature around the Neptune Islands is quite stable. It can vary between 18-20C in summer and 14C at the end of winter.

Calypso Star charters provide 7mm wetsuits, booties, and hoods year-round to keep you toasty!

Plus, the vessel comes fitted with hot showers for after your cage dive. 

Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

If the crew are advised of them at the time of booking, dietary requirements can be catered for on this tour.

Is there a spectator price?

The price for this tour is the same for all guests when a shark is sighted. Everyone on board will be offered an opportunity to view the shark, either from the cage or from on board the vessel. Guests are encouraged to try a dive in the cage for the best views, but also reminded to respect the wishes of those who prefer to watch from the boat.

Can I do a shark dive if I don’t have a diving qualification?

Yes! You don’t need any diving qualification or any previous experience to do a shark dive. 

That’s because this tour is a ‘surface dive’ which won’t go more than 2-4 feet beneath the water’s surface.

A full briefing will be given before diving and practice on the surface is available if required. The crew are all experienced divers and veterans of the shark cage who are more than willing to help first time divers.

Can I do a shark dive if I am not a strong swimmer?

Yes! Swimming ability isn’t necessary in a shark cage dive, as divers will be weighted to counter the buoyancy of the wetsuit, and can simply stand in the cage with the water level just 30-45cm above their heads. Moderate fitness levels are required for entry/exit from the cage via the ladder.

Viewing from the surface from onboard the vessel is also an option for nervous swimmers.

Can I do the dive if I am pregnant?

Calypso Star Charters request that pregnant guests speak to their doctor regarding whether or not they should join the tour. Doctors should be informed that guests who partake in the cage dive will be diving about 50cm below the surface. If your doctor is happy for you to come on board, so are the operators!

Can I do the dive if I have asthma?

The operators request that those with asthma speak to a doctor regarding whether or not they should join the tour or partake in the dive, and let them know you will be diving 50cm below the surface. Be mindful that it is very easy to surface from the cage and exit at any time.

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