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Published October 9th 2016
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The heart rate was leaping, the adrenaline flowing, the eyes wavering and the mind racing, and yet I was still firmly anchored on the mainland at the Port Lincoln. Perhaps it was me, or just perhaps it was the thought of getting up close and personal with one of the most feared creatures on earth, the great white shark.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Image courtesy Calypso Star Charters


Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving Tours depart the Port Lincoln Marina several times a week taking would-be thrill seekers on the trip south to the Neptune Islands Group Marine Park where the sharks are protected species and visitors are encouraged to observe.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Port Lincoln Marina - Steve Hudson


We board the Calypso 2 at 630am at the Port Lincoln Marina and set a path towards the sunrise across the beautiful and sublime Boston Bay while devouring breakfast rolls, fruit, nibbles and bottomless cups of coffee, all the time noting that the nerves are increasingly on edge and the heart rate is continuing to rise.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Calypso 2 - Steve Hudson


Passing Cape Donington, the boat heads south between a raft of small islands and the Lincoln National Park across some open waters towards our anchor point in the sheltered Neptune Islands. The slowing of the boat motor coupled with the rigorous activity of squeezing oneself into a full wetsuit is momentarily paused when everyone's attention is drawn to the fin that has just appeared in the water and starts circling.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Pending - Steve Hudson


Unperturbed by the water action, the crew continue with their well tuned process of anchoring the boat, and lowering the shark cage into the water in readiness for the first batch of anxious yet excited visitors. I double check that the cage is still attached to the boat, roll down the wetsuit hood, put the face mask on, insert the breathing regulator and step forward.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Here now - Steve Hudson


Despite the pre-entry warning from the crew, one of the first things I notice as I enter the water is how cold it is. I guess I shouldn't be surprised given that the South Pole is the next suburb south, but the rush of cold water gives the heart rate another reason to spike to new levels. Head now underwater, I join the throng of go-pro cameras lined up like the paparazzi on the red carpet awaiting the arrival of a superstar.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Go Pro Time - Steve Hudson


The kingfish entertain us for a while, and the odd tuna swims by as the cameras remain on standby with eager eyes remaining stuck open in anticipation. And it doesn't take long before a sleek 3.5m creature arrives on our left, initially staying a cautious distance away from the cameras before finally circling in closer to the cage where us humans in seal-like uniforms bobble up and down in the drifting waters like berley in a basket.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Surveying the scene - Steve Hudson


The great white shark is one of the most beautiful yet feared animals on earth, with its grace, sleekness and style countered by its wicked smile, partially scarred body and razor sharp teeth. However all of this becomes matter of fact while the mind continues to race and ponder how strong this cage really would be if this circling shark was on its final days of a self-imposed hunger strike.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Smile - Steve Hudson
Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Teased - Steve Hudson


After 45 minutes and a couple of great whites, it is time to exit the cage, get the wetsuit off, jump in to the warm shower and make our way back inside the boat to share the tales of shark encounter while the next group of visitors brave the cool waters for a glimpse of a great white. The generous lunch followed by the opening of the bar on the trip back to Port Lincoln and the fishy stories get bigger as the adrenaline fades and the achievement sinks in.

Shark Cage Diving, Calypso Star Charters, Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln Marina, Port Lincoln Hotel, Neptune Islands, Swim with the Sealions, Lincoln National Park
Sunset - Steve Hudson


The multi-award winning Calypso Star Charters run regular trips to the Neptune Islands from the Port Lincoln Marina with departure details available online. Also online are details of the last 5 years of shark sightings, where sharks are observed on over 85% of trips. The Shark Cage Diving Facebook page also shows many photos from recent trips often with various guest celebrities. And for those perhaps looking for something a little tamer, Calypso Star Charters also run the popular Swim with the Sealions tour, which fortunately is many miles away from Neptune Island.
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Why? Ultimate Adrenaline Rush
When: Multiple trips per week, all year round
Where: Neptune Islands, South Australia
Cost: $495 for divers, $395 for spectators
Your Comment
Adventurous encounter, Steve!
by Elaine (score: 3|5482) 712 days ago
A fantastic experieince for those who dare but I am definitely not one of them.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6149) 712 days ago
Great story! I might settle for the sealions tour tho...
by Janice Heath (score: 2|351) 712 days ago
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