FAQs: White Shark Tour

What is the best time of the year to see sharks?

White Shark sightings can never be guaranteed as they are wild animals, however most of our tours result in shark sightings. Certainly there are better times than others to have the best chance at a good sighting of White Sharks.

We are always hesitant to say the ‘best’ time of year to see sharks, as they are nomadic and somewhat unpredictable. Historically however, the best time of year for viewing white sharks is from April through to June. At this time the seal pups that were born in the summer months start leaving the safety of the shore and therefore make an easy food supply for the sharks.

Unfortunately this period is the beginning of our winter months and therefore the chance of bad weather is also increased. Although we will do our best to ensure trips depart, the weather is out of our control and we encourage passengers to contact us at least 3 days prior to departure for an updated forecast. We also recommend travel insurance in case departures need to be adjusted.

November through to the end of January has always been another great time to dive with the sharks as this is their annual breeding season. The weather is also warmer at this time of year making trips popular in these months.

Although there are strong annual trends in both shark reliability, activity and weather conditions, White Sharks can actually be found at the Neptune Islands year round, and we experience great variations and exceptions to rules every season with both the weather and sharks. When on board be sure to ask our staff about seasonal and social events.

Of course we are always happy to give you up to date information on recent sightings so please contact our friendly sales team.

Once a shark tour has been booked all customers have the right and responsibility to call us prior to their tour for up to date sharks sightings. In the event of sustained periods of no sightings, tours can be deferred to a later date. Existing cancellation and admin fees apply.

What does it mean to be Accredited and Certified?

Tourism accreditation or the tick, ticksa, TQUAL. These are industry accreditation programs and audits that assess a business that displays them, that they have met the minimum standard in best practice, customer service, business planning and sustainability. Brands such as these are designed to be easily recognisable and give consumers confidence that there is a higher body out there assessing these areas as a minimum.

The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognised brand which assists travellers to choose and experience a genuine and authentic tour or attraction that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The ECO Certification program assures travellers that certified products are backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Advanced Ecotourism is the highest level of ECO Certification in Australia. It identifies Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.

ROC accreditation, is reserved for businesses that have embraced Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customs and culture. Businesses that are endorsed and have permission to share indigenous culture places and stories, employ indigenous people and respect our first nations people and places.

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