Optional Wildlife Encounters
While everything on our tours is included in the price, such as transport, accommodation, food, and entry and national park fees, there are a couple of optional extras that we leave up to you to decide if you want to do. You can add these activities to your basket when you book on our website to confirm your spot.
Swim with Sea Lions and Dolphins at Baird Bay
This is an amazing experience and really two experiences rolled into one! You may have swum with dolphins before but the interaction you will have with the sea lions and dolphins together at Baird Bay is once-in-a-lifetime and truly life-enhancing. The rare and endangered Australian sea lions are the puppy dogs of the sea splashing, jumping, twisting, and twirling all around you; if you’re lucky you might even get a kiss. The magical bottlenose dolphins won’t disappoint either! A 3-hour cruise with all equipment and morning tea provided – what more could you want! You can check out all the details Baird Bay Eco Experience and make sure you book in advance.
Great White Shark Experiences in Port Lincoln
Those who love aquatic wildlife, and/or are seeking an adrenalin rush, can choose the full day optional experience of coming face-to-face with the majestic, Great White Shark. This optional extra is available on the 9 Day Perth to Adelaide Adventure Tour and the 6 Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour. There are two operators offering quite different types of experiences from staying dry in a revolutionary glass viewing aqua sub, to the more extreme option of entering the cage.
Adventure Bay Charters – from $389 pp to $564 pp
This is Australia’s first Advanced Eco-certified White Shark Tour. Sustainable and responsible, Adventure Bay Charters use rock music to attract the sharks, which also makes for a great vibe on the boat for your tour. They also have the only Aqua Sub, a dry glass viewing platform with 360-degree views of the Great Whites in their natural habitat. This allows you to come face to face with the sharks and the cage divers whilst staying dry! If you are feeling brave you can upgrade on the day to have the ultimate thrill of plunging into the Southern Ocean with the sharks, from within the safety of the cage.
This full-day tour to the Neptune Islands departs at 6.30 am and returns at 6.30 pm. It includes all equipment, breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You also receive a selection of free images, which they will email to you within a couple of days.
- Full-Day Tour with Aqua Sub Access – $350 pp (at time of booking)
- Cage Dive Fee – $175 pp (paid onboard)
- $39 ‘Park Access Fee’ charged by the Department of Environment is payable on the day regardless of which option you choose (paid at reception)
If you opt to enter the cage but do not see any Great White Sharks you will not pay the $175 Cage Entry Fee, just the $350 + $39.
Calypso Star Charters – $535 pp
Calypso Star Charters was established in 1990 and have a proud history of providing safe and exciting Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving. They are the only South Australian one-day Shark Cage Diving tour operator who is permitted to use natural fish berley (chum) to attract the sharks. This sustainable practice provides passengers with the best possible chance of sighting and interaction close to the vessel and cage, which will enhance your incredible experience.
The full day’s charter boards at 6.30am and it takes about 2.5 hours to get out to the Neptune Islands. No diver experience is required. All food and equipment is supplied and MV Calypso Star 2 is the only Shark Cage Diving vessel fitted with a Gyroscopic Stabiliser, increasing guests’ comfort throughout the day.
Please note the $535 rate is inclusive of a $39 Department of Environment Fee. On days of nil sightings of White Sharks, all guests will be refunded $100 and provided a $200 voucher off a future tour.
THINGS TO NOTE
These tours are separate to the Nullarbor Traveller and therefore the terms and conditions of each of these companies apply.
Weather can play an important part in the operations of these tours and occasionally a tour may be cancelled which is beyond our control. If that is the case you will be provided a full refund.