Only few animals on our planet get such bad publicity as the Great White Shark do, but thanks to Adventure Bay Charters, I was able to see first hand that it was far from the truth.
It’s safe to say, being in the water, yet in the safety of the cage, with a Great White shark is simply one of the most life changing adventures you can possibly have. It’s only when you see them up close and personal, that you can finally judge them for yourself. Everything the media has once told you about these creatures will be changed forever. Calm, curious, gentle; didn’t think you’d ever hear those words being associated with a Great White? Well, you’re finally hearing the truth.
It took approximately two and a half hours to get to the beautiful Neptune Islands from Port Lincoln, South Australia. On the journey there, I couldn’t help but think, “what the hell am I doing?”, and it wasn’t because of the sharks, it was because of my intense fear of water, but hey, you’ve got to conquer your fears one day, right?
Once we arrived, within minutes, we saw our first shark circling around the boat. “Quick, everybody get your suits on and get in!”, the skipper instructed us. We were all eager to get in and finally start swimming with these majestic creatures. On a side note, the reason why I decided to travel with Adventure Bay Charters was because, in order to protect the natural environment, they use audio sound vibrations to attract the sharks to the boat rather than berley. For me, it seemed like a perfect fit for an #ecoexplorer (keep a track of this hashtag on my social media).
It was by this time that I’d actually lost count of how many sharks we’d seen from the boat. I hadn’t made my way into the cage yet, I was too busy gobbling away on the delicious cupcakes they had on board. If anyone knows me well enough, a good cupcake is the way to win my heart.
Alas, it was time. I was all suited up and ready to conquer my fear of water. In all honestly, I don’t even remember being scared. It was probably because I was either to preoccupied with the cupcakes, or due to the fact that I was just too bloody excited! The skipper got me equipped and all ready to go, and in a matter of minutes I was swimming with the kings of the ocean. At first, it took me a few attempts to be able to breathe through the regulators properly. With a fear of water, I was feeling the pressure to be able to breathe calmly. After closing my eyes and really focusing on all my efforts to calm down, I reopened them and there it was, a giant four metre Great White Shark swimming gracefully past me. BAM! All my anxiety vanished. I remember thinking:
“Wow. You are the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.”
That was the moment I fell in love with sharks. It was the complete opposite from what people had told me. I wasn’t scared. My heart didn’t start racing out of fear, it was far from that! I was in a complete trance. From my quick examination, I was swimming face to face with a beautiful female Great White Shark. Her eyes were staring right at me. She was so curious to see some of the friendly guests who were swimming in her home. I remember feeling just so spiritual and at one with the ocean. I wasn’t there to harm her, and she wasn’t there to harm me. We were simultaneously coexisting. This is one of the positive eco-friendly experiences you can have if you decided to swim berley-free.
Throughout the day, I believe we saw about five sharks that were friendly enough to come and say hello. My whole experience with Adventure Bay Charters has definitely turned a once in a lifetime activity, into a ‘I’m going to do this all the time adventure’. It’s a bit like the tattoo, once you get one, you crave for more.
Little Miss Explorer is brought to you by a young Australian travel enthusiast, Frances Smith. Having traveled to fourteen countries; you can definitely say that she has caught the travel bug. With her knowledge and experiences, Frances dedicates her time and effort to Little Miss Explorer as she aims to inspire, educate and help share her passion for the tourism industry both nationwide and internationally. Join Frances on her adventures as she explores all the beautiful things the world has to offer.