THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL DETAILS. ALL DIVES ARE NOW CONFIRMED AS GOING AHEAD
I am planning a dive group weekend away trip to go cage diving with Great White Sharks and swimming with Sea Lions in Port Lincoln. This is something I have wanted to do for a while and various people in the group have also expressed an interest. You do not have to be a qualified diver to take part in either of the activities and in fact it is possible to just stay on the boat and observe the animals without getting wet. This means that non diving partners are welcome to come along. The water will not be that warm in May, with a sea temperature of between 14 degrees and 16 degrees. Calypso charters provides you will full kit including 7mm wetsuits.
One thing that I need to point out is that you are not guaranteed to see Great Whites. However, if you look at the Calypso website you can see that they almost always do.
The trip will involve taking a half day off work on the Friday. The itinerary would be as follows:
3rd May 2013 - Flight from Melbourne Airport leaving at 2:05PM and landing in Port Lincoln at 5.55PM
4th May – Shark Diving with Calypso Tours. It is a 6.20AM start
5th May – Snorkelling with Sea Lions in the morning with an 8.00AM start. We then depart Port Lincoln at 6.20PM and arrive back in Melbourne at 9.35PM
Obviously, you may choose to travel down/back on different days so you can spend some more time in either Port Lincoln or Adelaide.
The charter we would go with is Calypso Shark Diving Tours.
May is a great month to go as they saw sharks on every charter they ran in 2011/2012.
The charter boat sounds great, it is large and they have warm showers and comfortable indoor areas.
The Sea Lion Charter is also run by Calypso. They guarantee that you will see Sea Lions
There are various accommodation options in Port Lincoln. The Port Lincoln Hotel provided me with the following
- Town View room $130 per night – room only or $170 incl. full buffet breakfast for 2 in Sarins Restaurant. ($150 BB for single occupancy) - 15 rooms left
- Ocean View Balcony room $165 per night – room only or $205 incl. full buffet breakfast for 2 in Sarins Restaurant. ($185 BB for single occupancy) - 30 Rooms left
- Deluxe Spa Suite $190 per night – room only or $230 incl. full buffet breakfast for 2 in Sarins Restaurant. ($210 BB for single occupancy)
There is also a backpackers in Port Lincoln that offers cheaper rooms. They have a deal with Calypso charters which offers discounts if you are going on a Shark charter.
So far, everyone going on the trip has chosen to stay in the Backpackers
I paid $156 for a private double room for two nights.
You can find more information about the Backpackers at http://www3.yha.com.au/Hostels/SA/Eyre-Peninsula/Port-Lincoln-YHA/ and if you want to ask questions or book a room you can contact Debi on[masked] 090.
Both the Backpackers and the Port Lincoln Hotel provide you with a free transfer to/from the harbor
This will not be a particularly cheap weekend, but it should be worth it!
Flights – currently Qantas have return flights for approx. $374
Shark diving is $495
Sea Lions swimming is $203
Accommodation costs are listed above
Both the Shark Dive and the Sea Lion Dive will definitely be going ahead.
However, if you want to attend the trip you will need to book your places yourself directly with Calypso and the hotel/backpackers.
You can pay a deposit for the Shark Diving/Sea Lion charter to secure your spots on the boat and then pay the balance on arrival. The youth hostel does not require a down payment to reserve a room.
I also suggest booking Qantas flights now whilst they are still cheap. The evening flight out is already starting to fill up.
Let me know if you are interested in attending (by hitting ‘I will attend’) and I will get in contact with you directly. I am on[masked] if you have any questions