Aren’t Sea Lions food for sharks and are we in any danger?
Yes Sea Lions are a known prey for Sharks, however, the location of the site we visit is not a breeding island. Instead it is a haul out island, meaning mostly older Sea Lions linger there which are less vulnerable than pups. The water is shallow and you are tucked away in a small bay zone where access by sharks is decreased. The shallow water makes it less attractive to larger predators and more difficult to enter.
That perception of danger and the emotion that coming face to face with the puppies of the sea can give you, is why you would want to do this in the ocean and not in a zoo.
Do I need to be a strong swimmer?
The Sea Lion tour is run off of the back of a sheltered island, and the conditions are generally very calm. The Summer months are when we enjoy our best weather and lowest swell for the year, so this will help if you are not confident in the water. Because the Sea Lion tour is at a beach, the water depths vary from a maximum of about 3 metres where the boat is moored, and goes right up to the shallow beach waters. The Island itself is a nature reserve so we aren’t allowed on land, but you are more than welcome to stand, kneel or sit in the shallows, as long as you aren’t towering above a sea lion. We quite regularly get younger passengers, or passengers who aren’t confident swimmers on this tour. We do provide floats, life jackets and other flotation devices to assist you if you require them.
You are also able to book on only as observers (stay on the boat) and upgrade to swimmers if your confidence increases on the day.
Can I dive whilst pregnant / epileptic / asthmatic?
All dives on the White Shark Tour are surface dives using “hookah” (surface air supply) which means that limitations that normally occur with scuba diving do not always apply. During your dive you will only be 2-4 feet below the surface, and you are free to surface at any time. We do not have any problems with pregnant women, asthmatics or people with epilepsy coming on board, provided you are equipped with any medication you may possibly need.
There’s just a few things to keep in mind:
– The dive location for the shark tour is 2.5 hours from the mainland (and therefore medical assistance)
– Being pregnant may make you more susceptible to the symptoms of seasickness – and you may not be able to take most seasick medicines. There is always natural remedies such as ginger tablets though.
We recommend that you seek advice and clarification from your doctor before commencement of the tour.
Can I bring my child on the White Shark Tour?
Due to the nature of our tour, we do not recommend children under the age of 5 participate. The reason for this is because the tour is 12 hours, starting early at 6:30am and returning sometimes after 7pm, which is a long day on the water – even for adults! The Neptune Islands are located 2.5 hours (75km) from the town of Port and we cruise through the Southern Ocean to get to the dive site, which can get rough and can result in sea sickness. We also unfortunately do not have extra space for a pram/pusher on board. In the past, some of our passengers have staggered their trip over 2 days so that one parent goes out on the boat while the other stays in Port Lincoln with their child and then vice versa the following day.
If you get really stuck, we can look into some child care options in Port Lincoln for you.
What if we don’t see sharks?
“This is a wildlife experience. We provide access to sharks – we don’t promise sharks.”
Meaning there is no guarantee, given that they are a wild animal but of course we want you to see sharks and our staff will always work hard to achieve this. If you don’t see sharks from the cage you don’t pay the dive fee. However, the chances of seeing a shark with Adventure Bay Charters is 80% higher than standing on the town jetty.
Did You Know?
The oceans can absorb roughly 1000x more heat than the atmosphere.
194 nations are on board with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming and adapt to climate change.
Did You Know?
11% of the world’s population (800 million people) are currently vulnerable to climate change impacts.
- 14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since the year 2000
Did You Know?
Great White Sharks don’t chew their food.