Shark Cage Diving in Port Lincoln
Through my internship with Nullarbor Traveller, I was given the opportunity to shark cage dive with great whites, on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. And to be honest, I was really, really scared. But when thinking about it logically, I came to a couple of conclusions.
People have been shark cage diving in Port Lincoln for years without any issues. It’s actually safer than getting in car, which we do every day without thinking twice about. You only live once so it was time to face the fears!
Adventure Bay Charters
There are two reputable companies that operate Port Lincoln shark diving tours and I chose to go with ‘Adventure Bay Charters’. They are an Advanced Eco-Accredited company who use rock music to attract the sharks which I thought was quite cool! Apparently “AC/DC is one of the great whites’ favourite bands”. Before departure from Port Lincoln they told me to get some seasickness tablets, because the ride would be rough that particular day. During the two-hour cruise out to the location I was happy with that advice. But the meds did the trick as did the free coffee and cake. Once the boat arrived at the diving location I waited until the first few people went into the shark cage just to see how it all worked. Then came the first shark to the boat which was an exciting feeling! I didn’t know they were so big! After the first group got out of the cage, it was my turn and my heartbeat was racing faster and faster each second.
When I finally found myself in the cage, you see all these little fish swimming around you. When you look straight ahead you actually look into a kind dark blue hole with nothing. So this was the abyss! I kept watching and after a few minutes I saw a big dark spot coming towards the cage. It was actually like in a movie. Yes, Jaws. When you finally can see clearly what it is, your heart is going so fast again! You have all these thoughts like; “Where is it going? Can it see us. Is it hungry? How close is it going to come?” The shark kept us in suspense because he did three circles around the boat and the cage which was amazing!