In a season of spectacular sunsets, sunrises, whales, albatross, and rainbows this exciting 5-Day and 5-Night ocean adventure is perfect for people who are looking for a versatile winter date at a time when the largest mature great white sharks have traditionally been seen at the Neptune Islands. On this expedition, we launch the world’s only Ocean Floor Cage (for qualified SCUBA Divers). However, all guests are able to get up-close and personal with Great Whites in our Surface Cage. It is an expedition for people who are very interested in sharks and their behavior, experienced divers, adventurers, shark photographers, and anyone who, like us, has a passion for these incredible creatures.
It is also a trip held in the Southern Hemisphere's winter season where we might occasionally lose a day or two due to bad weather. As a result, the extended itinerary is perfect to allow for any days sitting out poorer weather by doing land-based activities or shore-based dives (eg. Cuttlefish or Leafy Sea Dragons road trips) or seeing other wildlife and local attractions. This itinerary also gives the very best chance of allowing the 3 best days of fairer offshore weather to be more productive at the Neptune Islands and all expedition members to be more comfortable on board. This versatility and the exciting alternative options allow us to price down the trip relative to tours at other times of the year.
SCUBA gear (except tanks, weights and fins) unless specified in the booking.
We’ll meet you at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 7:45 PM and escort you to
our expedition vessel. Welcome aboard is from 8.00 PM. You’ll be shown to your cabins where you can unload before the formal introductions and safety induction talk.
After leaving the marina early morning we'll pass through the stunning Thorny Passage and look to stop by at Hopkins Island for an hour or so (weather dependant you can snorkel or dive with Australian Sea Lions). Depart Hopkins and enjoy the crossing to the famous Neptune Islands Marine Park, where we'll anchor and test out our dive kit for shark diving. There is time to relax, unwind, talk about the day while feasting on the buffet, engage in the Great White Shark Research Talk, really interesting, with some fantastic photography), check out the amazing night-sky, retire to your cabin. Please note that no shark attractant is used on this day.
Alternatively, we travel to location and commence surface cage diving, or undertake shore excursions to see local wildlife and scenery.
Divers are briefed, and the Surface Cage hits the water, ready for action. Our priority is for everyone to see the sharks in the surface cage before we descend deeper with our SCUBA diving guests in the ocean floor cage. We also like to hop in the tender boat, check out the New Zealand Fur Seals and go walking around the Neptune Islands. Here, there are many bird species to watch and the elusive Australian Sea Lions can also sometimes be spotted. More shark talks in the evening and then time for bed ready for the next days' big adventure.
Days 4 to 5
More time with the great whites viewing topside, in the surface cage, or down on the ocean floor, and by now your shark identification skills will be finely tuned. The evening brings more opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Neptune Islands, listening to the sounds of the seals with a chilled glass of white or a warming glass of red. There is plenty of time and space onboard to chill out and rest or join in on a presentation or movie in the saloon. Hit the hay when you feel like it.
Day 6 - Final Day,
On this last day, we'll focus on the Australian sea lions at either Hopkins or Langton Island and have the opportunity for a leafy sea dragon dive too. We arrive back in Port Lincoln by 8.00 PM for guests to disembark.
On any bad weather day of our tour, typically when the weather is poor at the Neptune Islands, we can offer various other land-based attractions in the area.
* Our Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events).
Customers who wish to partake in Ocean Floor Cage SCUBA diving MUST hold at minimum an open water certification - certification card must be brought on board.
Itinerary is indicative only (subject to weather and any other circumstances that may affect the scheduling of events)
Prices are based per person, those who wish to book the master with another participant MUST book for two people.
Terms & Conditions of Dangerous Reef Pty Ltd trading as Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions (RFSE)
1. Payment Policy
a. A 30% deposit of the total cost is required to secure a position with us.
b. A 30% deposit will hold reservation until 60 days prior to the expedition departure date when the balance is to be paid.
c. Full payment balance is due 60 days before departure date.
d. We reserve the right to sell any position that is not paid in full by 50 days before departure date.
e. National Park fees are a compulsory payment to the South Australian Government and are an additional cost payable to RFSE, which is collected at the time of booking. If fees increase from the SA Government after booking, this increase will be passed on to customers.
f. Specific terms apply to group bookings and private charters. Detail in 16. Group Bookings and Private Charters
2. Date Transfers
a. Deposit is fully transferable to any other allowable later date until 60 days before boarding; a $100 admin fee will apply.
b. No date transfer less than 60 days.
3. Passenger Transfer
a. A passenger name can be swapped up to 3 days in advance of boarding date; a
$100 admin fee will apply.
a. No refund is made for any unused part of the itinerary, e.g. due to unforeseen mechanical breakdown of the vessel, medical reasons affecting yourself, other passengers or crew, adverse weather conditions or other maritime and fundamental safety considerations. Travel Insurance must be purchased or accept liability and risk.
b. No refund is given for no or limited shark activity.
a. Greater than 90 days – $250 cancellation fee per person.
b. Less than 90 days, forfeit 30% of trip fee per person.
c. Less than 60 days, forfeit 50% of trip fee per person.
d. Less than 30 days, forfeit 100% of trip fee per person.
e. If a cancellation is required then we will endeavour to sell the position/s and credit the amount received less $250 admin fee. Please note that there is no guarantee that the position/s will be sold.
6. Shark Activity
a. I (the passenger) fully understand that great white sharks are wild animals and their presence cannot be guaranteed.
b. I fully understand that there is no refund for no or limited shark activity.
c. In the unusual event of no sharks, there will be the offer of a return trip with a credit of 50% of the amount paid.
d. In the unlikely event of 2 no shark activity trips, a credit of money paid for the 2 previous trips will apply to a 3rd trip.
7. Purchase Travel Insurance Or Accept Financial Risk
a. I (the passenger) understand unforeseen work, medical or airline problems may cause me to cancel a trip.
b. Compensation for trip cancellation or lost/damaged bags and/or equipment due to any reason must be claimed against travel insurance.
c. Weather problems may cause the itinerary to be changed or cancelled. No compensation is offered to change flights or holiday plans.
d. No refund is offered for time lost due to the medical evacuation of a passenger or crew, or reduction of dives due to bad weather.
e. In the event of boat breakdown, alternative vessel/accomodation will be provided to complete the tour.
f. We reserve the right to change vessels and services offered.
8. Equipment Agreement
a. I (the passenger) agree to reimburse Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions for any of their camera or diving equipment lost or damaged whilst in my care.
9. Medical Statement
a. I (the passenger) state that I am in good health for diving.
b. I do not have asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, narcolepsy or a heart disorder.
c. I will not dive on your expedition if I am feeling unwell or I have a chest cold or respiratory congestion.
d. I understand if I have any medical condition contrary to these requirements I must produce a diving medical certificate completed by a diving medical specialist.
10. Medical Evacuation
a. RFSE strongly recommends dive insurance for any diving activity to cover any medical or transport arrangement in the case of a diving related or any other type of emergency.
b. I (the passenger) confirm that I do have the necessary dive insurance or alternatively I give my authorisation to RFSE to make medical and transport arrangements as may be determined in my best interest.
c. I agree to pay all expenses incurred on my behalf, which may be charged against my credit card or other arrangement, i.e. bank transfer.
11. Image Release
a. I (the passenger) authorise RFSE to use as they see fit any photographic, video or digital images taken on this expedition in which I appear or have supplied to RFSE.
12. Currency Exchange
a. I (the passenger) understand that all payments are made in Australian dollars and the final conversion to foreign currency will depend on the bank or credit card providers current exchange rate. The actual rate and total billing amount may vary.
13. Single Travellers / Cabin Occupancy
a. RFSE will look to cabin share same gender single travellers but this cannot be guaranteed unless sole occupancy is taken.
b. Single occupancy cabin is available at an additional 70% of fare.
14. Dive Qualification
a. Only qualified SCUBA divers will be permitted to dive in the Ocean Floor Cage.
b. Qualified SCUBA divers are required to show their dive certification, this must be presented before any diving commences.
a. RFSE operates a Ships Bar Only Policy. Alcohol is from the bar and at your own expense.
b. RFSE operates a strict no drinking then diving policy.
16. Group Bookings and Private Charters
a. Payment Policy.
i. A holding deposit of 10% is due when invoice is issued for any trip more that is more than 12 month away. If within 12 months then 30% deposit applies.
ii. If holding deposit is not paid within 30 days of invoice being issued then RFSE reserves the right to cancel the booking.
iii. If payment schedules are not met commission payments may be forfeited.
iv. Payment for the entire group booking must be paid in Full 60 days prior to departure.
v. Regardless of the composition of group (Diver/Surface or Topsider) the invoice price of a private charter is the set price for the expedition and the amount to be paid.
vi. Commission is shown on invoice.
vii. Once the invoice has been raised and accepted the tour leader is liable for the total of the invoice regardless of the number of passengers in the charter.
viii. If a new invoice has to be raised an Admin fee of $100 will be applied.
ix. If a new vessel with an increase in capacity is in use between booking date and tour date, RFSE reserve the right to sell the additional spaces.
i. Once the deposit has been paid no change of date is allowed within 6 months of departure date.
ii. If outside of the 6 month the deposit can be transferred to another suitable date within 12months or at the discretion of RFSE.
i. Greater than 90 days will incur 20% cancellation fee.
ii. If a group cancels the entire trip less than 90 days all deposits and payments will be forfeited.
iii. If a group has passengers that cancel then RFSE will endeavour to sell the position and credit the amount received less 20% admin fee to the agent, however the entire invoice is still due and payable by the tour leader.
d. FOC (Free of Charge)
i. The FOC is given with 8 full paying ocean floor diving passengers in any one group. If the total of the group changes to a total of 8 or less then the FOC will be released and put up for sale to the public with no payment or commission payable on that position.
ii. FOC is not entitled to our Rodney Fox Promise if there was no shark activity.
a. Guests unable to attend a tour due to Covid-19 restrictions can either receive a credit voucher for the amount paid or postpone their tour for up to 5 years (international guests) and 3 years (domestic guests). No refund will be given. This applies to all guests on all tours cancelled for any Covid related reason.
b. All guests now joining tours must make a health statement before boarding and if showing cold or flu like symptoms must not turn up to board the vessel.
c.On the day of boarding, a pre-health check must be conducted which includes temperature being taken. Health checks will be carried out onboard twice per day for all crew and guests.
d. Any guest developing cold or flu-like symptoms must self isolate in their cabin until medical attention is sought.
e. Credit vouchers are not permitted to be used on tour dates over public or school holidays and during peak months of April, May and June unless the original tour date was in this period or at managements discretion.
18. Discharge Of Liability
I (the passenger) understand that I must sign a liability indemnity form prior to undertaking any activities on the expedition.