Ultimate Ocean Safari
As seen on “The Living Room” with Dr Chris Brown, The Bondi Vet and experienced and featured by Charlie Brooker & Connie Huq from the guardian, UK.
The key attraction to this product is to offer the “Big Five of Eyre Peninsula” – White Sharks, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Tuna and Whales (in season). Our guarantee will be to deliver on three of the five, plus fishing!
This is a unique opportunity for you to experience a two day, overnight trip between the Spencer Gulf and Neptune Islands in the south of Eyre Peninsula. Your adventure will be run over a weekend, starting first thing Saturday morning and finishing up on Sunday night.
Day 1: Sea Lions & Great White Shark
On your prearranged flight with either Rex or Qantas, fly into Port Lincoln on the early bird flight Saturday morning or stay the night before at the beautiful, award winning, Port Lincoln Hotel. The adventure begins bright and early, departing at 8am with a light continental breakfast on board. Cruise around the shores of the Port Lincoln National Park and the cliffs of the Memory Cove wilderness sanctuary. This is untouched coast and is best seen by boat, often sighting dolphins, white bellied sea eagles, fur seals and stunning scenery. We will choose a secluded bay for lunch (most likely a light tuna steak and salad) before experiencing one of the best in water encounters and most interactive wild life experiences, swimming with the Australian Sea Lion! Half an hour with these puppy dogs of the sea will get even the hardest seasoned traveller smiling and enjoying the calm beautiful waters of Seal Cove and the unique Australian Sea lions.
Our next stop will be the Neptune islands, home of the Great White Shark! It’s time to get your wetsuit back on and get down in the cage to swim with these amazing animals! ! At the end of the day we will make our way to Thistle Island, a secluded private island home to typical Australian wildlife such as possums, Bilbies as well as the rare Black Footed Rock Wallaby! This dubbed, Thistle Island Safari Camp, is a naturalists dream perched high in the sand hills surrounded by trees and local flora. With incredible views as a back drop we sit down to a stunning seafood banquet prepared with some of the freshest local seafood. This is an opportunity to reflect on the day’s events and hear about the history that has shaped this incredible landscape. Warm, comfortable beds with nothing by the sound of the ocean lapping in and out will welcome you next.
Day 2: Cage dive with the Great White Sharks, Swim with the Dolphins & view the Whales
The great white shark is a rouge predator that runs to its own time schedule. After a good nights’ sleep on board the vessel, it’s time to get up early for a quick breakfast before we move to the next mooring for another chance to done the wetsuit and jump in the cage for another dive with this awesome predator in its natural environment. This is the only advanced eco accredited dive and we don’t support the use of chum or berley!!
By 9:30am we are pulling anchor and leaving the Neptune’s for a visit to the whales if they are in season and within range. We hope to put you in as close vicinity as we can to take photos and see up close Pilote, Blue and Hump Back Whales. Our last leg of the trip will be to view a dolphin pod at beautiful Boucate Island and if they are in the mood, jump in for a swim with them.
In the event that sea lions are not available on the first day then we will also visit seals nearby at Blyth Island (this will be dependent on the swell at Hopkins Island). Blyth is very simular and is a beautiful dive sight in its own right.
You Need to Bring: Small bag (on Boat), hat, sunscreen, water bottle, towel, bathers, toiletries, camera, Sunglasses. A warm jacket of jumper or wind breaker as it can get cool on the water even in summer and a sense of fun and adventure.
We Supply: All meals where stated, comfortable modern vessels for transport to location of activities, fun and experienced tour guides, masks, wetsuits and fins where required