A water baby from birth, I spent a good chunk of my childhood summer holidays somewhere along the coast in South Australia. (With a coastline that beautiful, why would I want to go anywhere else…Right?!)
Snorkelling, swimming, surfing and anything that involved the ocean would always leave me a very happy little vegemite.
Spending that much time in the water meant that I was also very aware of what I had perceived as my biggest threat in the ocean, The Great White Shark.
I was taught from a young age to fear sharks, however this was something I definitely didn’t carry on into adulthood and from the moment I heard about cage diving with these majestic creatures, I was convinced that I had to experience it for myself.
It turned out to be one of the most awe inspiring moments of my life!
I’d done quite a bit of research into the shark cage diving in Port Lincoln, which is a large town located at the very tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.
When I came across Adventure Bay Charters I loved the fact that they are an eco certified tour and don’t use any bait or burly to lure in the sharks.
Rather, they attract them with sound vibrations – ACDC to be exact.
The music plays on the sharks curiosity and as a result we see them in a calm and relaxed state rather than aggressive.
I’d say this is a much better interaction with these Kings of the deep!
Adventure Bay also keep their numbers on board quite low, meaning we could hop in and out of the cage as much as we wanted. This was certainly a welcome option as the water temp. is pretty chilly (especially at the start of spring) and us tropical lovers were freezing even with boots, a 7ml wetsuit and a hood on!
You can expect an early start when you decide to go cage diving with Adventure Bay Charters, 6:00am sharp at the shop. But they welcome you with tea/ coffee and delicious hot, ham and cheese toasties for breakfast.
When all the formalities are out of the way, it’s time to hop on the boat and get started on the 2 1/2 – 3 hour trip to the Neptune Islands.
Now I won’t lie the boat ride is generally pretty rough and we were unbelievably lucky with a glassy day on the water but this isn’t always the case, so if you are prone to sea sickness come prepared! (If you do happen to forget Adventure Bay have some tablets for sale at the shop)
Your day on the water is a long one, lasting around 11-12 hours but it’s definitely worth the slog and the awesome crew ensure the whole experience is enjoyable with lots of yummy food and even a hot shower on board to warm up after you hop out of the water.
I’m not going to lie – I spent most of my time on board hogging the shower.
On our trip we were lucky enough to sight 3 different sharks and I was in the water for one of them. His name was Peter Pan and he was quite scarred up but still truely beautiful!
Lots of people have since asked me if it was scary and to be completely honest I wasn’t scared at all, I was mesmerized!
Maybe it was the thick bars between me and the Great White or perhaps it was the way the shark glided so peacefully past, at ease in his own environment.
The whole experience was beautiful and I felt so comfortable in the water with these giants, I can’t recommend Adventure Bay Charters enough if you ever want to tick this one off your bucket list.
Now prepare for some SHARK SPAM!