An Unforgettable Experience
Take a trip down under. I mean literally, down under. We’ve all heard about the wondrous wildlife and creepy crawlies in the Oz, but have you ever considered diving deep into the depths of the ocean to swim with great white sharks? Yep, you read that correctly! Originally developed in Australia during the early noughties, this attraction gives you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with the predatory fish in its natural habitat. It’s bound to awaken your inner thrill-seeker!
Situated in southern Australia, the Neptune Islands were discovered in 1802 by the British sailor Matthew Flanders. Today, their rocky coves are home to the only eco-friendly marine park in that neck of the woods. Or sea should we say?
After making the three-hour journey from Port Lincoln, you’ll receive quick-fire safety instructions and directions on how the cage diving will operate. No prior experience is needed! Wetsuit and snorkel on, then you’re good to go.
The cages on a shark-diving cruise are straightforward too. The top half of the cage hovers above water, while the bottom half is dipped into the sea at approximately swimming pool level. There is easy access via the top by way of a ladder to aid anyone wishing to come back up. Weights are strapped around the body and there are an internal set of bars available to hold and tuck your feet under. A very sensible option compared to wrapping fingers around the exterior bars!
Once you’ve entered the shark-proof device, the excitement lies in the unexpected. The calming water that’s momentarily disturbed by a shaking cage. A small swell produced by the clattering tail. Or the sharp serrated teeth finally becoming visible behind the ocean’s foam and bubbles. Despite spending on average thirty to forty-five minutes in the water, the rousing sensation never subsides. Admittedly, the smell of blood and fish guts, which are collected to attract the 15-foot fishes, conjure a very unpleasant smell. Still, this is but a minor drawback.
Sharks aren’t the only creature that you’ll encounter. The fabled albatross, majestic sea lion and the resplendent rock parrot are all native to the Neptune Islands. If your sole interest is in the 5000-pound predator, then we recommend making the trip between May and October in the migratory period. During this time, the shiver of sharks preys on infantile seal pups, who venture out into the ocean for the first time.
We must admit, sharks are mesmerizing. Seeing them up-close and personal is not a chance to be missed. If you are interested in this adrenaline-induced adventure, we are here for you. For those looking to take it a step further, you can also try ocean seafloor shark-cage diving!