Cage Diving With Great White Sharks in Australia (Port Lincoln)

Cage diving with white sharks! Woohoo! A long dreamt dream finally came true for me. (Video ↓)

When I got the possibility to fly to Australia, specifically to fly to Adelaide, it was clear to me that I’m going to fulfill this dream (no matter what).

Located in Port Lincoln, a 7 hour drive or a 50 minute flight from Adelaide, is THE White Shark mecca in Australia.

I planned my entire 14 day long trip in Australia around this particular day (which was not easy at all).

I flew in with Qantas on the previous evening and stayed two days in the coastal town.
The next morning I was picked up at 6:10 AM from the Port Lincoln Hotel.

After a short briefing on board the Shark Warrior boat we leave Port Lincoln during sunrise.

Sunrise at Port Lincoln, Australia

We head south for 2 hours. Past the Lincoln National Park and sea lions, which lie lazily on the rocks.

We have breakfast (vegetarian for me) in calm(er) seas. After leaving the protection of the peninsula the waves get larger and some of the passengers get seasick.
Very seasick. (I will leave it to your imagination.)

Fortunately this is not the case with me. I enjoy the ride and remember the time when I was living on a 18-meter catamaran for 10 months.

Once we reach the Neptune Islands, the cage is released into the water and we get a wetsuit, neoprene boots, a diving mask and a weight belt.

I breath through the mouthpiece as you do during diving, but I don’t have to wear the oxygen bottle. Instead the oxygen comes via a pipe, which is fixed to the cage.

Cage Diving w Great White Sharks in AustraliaI climb into the cage first. 🙂 I’m just so excited to see the shark(s).

The water has 18 degrees Celsius, just like the temperature outside that day.

Right after I’m in the cage, three others come into the water too and we are waiting for the sharks.

Cage Diving with White Sharks in Australia

It takes a couple of minutes (I lost track of time) until the first white shark comes out of nowhere.

The main reason I chose Adventure Bay Charters

What I really like about the company Adventure Bay Charters* ist that they don’t lure the sharks with baits, but with sound.

The reason for this, as the founder of Adventure Bay Charters told me later, is that the sharks are hurt when they bite into the bait and crash it into the cage.
Many of the sharks have scratches and scrapes on the head which comes from luring with baits.

Cage diving Australia

With the help of sound the sharks are also attracted because they are curious and follow the sound.
Because of this animal friendly way Adventure Bay Charters received quite a few awards.

This type of attracting and watching sharks was the main reason why I chose Adventure Bay Charters.*

If you are interested in doing this one day trip (which I highly recommend), you can check out this page for more information: Great White Shark Cruise with Great White Sharks*

Cage diving White Sharks Australia

What do you think? Is this an adventure you would like to do once or did you already see Great White Sharks? Let me know about it in the comment section.

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      That’s exactly why I chose this company for this trip. It is important that they aren’t hurt. I’m sure as long as we treat them with respect and know that it is THEIR habitat not ours, we should be fine. 😉

      The sad thing is that many choose other companies (those that use baits) because they get more thrill out of it when the sharks are crashing into the cage.
      Not exactly what I like or think is acceptable.

  1. Isn’t it harmful if the sharks eat the decoys that were in almost every shot. How is a synthetic decoy with metal rings any better than a bait?

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      Hi Tom, thanks for your comment. The synthetic decoys with metal rings you talk about are bells that produce the sound. None of the sharks I saw bit into the bells and the sharks also didn’t touch the cage.

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