The final itinerary is, of course, always dependant upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year
April to mid-July ... peak shark numbers ... best time to be there
August ... generally a good time to see the super giant females
September to January .... a reliable number of sharks lurking around ... still a good time to go
February ... very unreliable in terms of numbers
March to early April .... the shark off-season
SAMPLE of a 5-day Winter Safari:
Up to 5 days of great white shark diving, an Australian sea lion dive, plus other extras. in this comprehensive expedition package.
Optimal photographic conditions typically the best U/W visibility of the year (July-October). Up to five days can be dedicated to diving with Great White Sharks at either the North and South Neptune Islands groups, at the various reef, weed bank, and sandy dive locations.
Five days also allow a dive/swim with the photogenic Australian sea lions.
Any days due to weather that are not suitable for offshore diving can be substituted with inshore diving options including Leafy Sea Dragon and Giant Australian Cuttlefish, or land-based attractions including scenic tours and wildlife parks, wineries, and oyster farm tours.
At night, enjoy great local food and wine, a shark research talk, beautiful sunsets plus lots of time to relax onboard under the stars.
You'll be met at the Marina Hotel, Port Lincoln at 7.45 PM and officially welcomed aboard at 8.00 pm. Formal inductions and safety talks will begin, followed by settling in. Dinner will be served before departure for the night’s anchorage.
Wake up at Hopkins Island where there is an option to snorkel/dive with sea lions in shallow sheltered waters. Or, get ready to start spotting some dorsal fins. Divers are briefed and the cages hit the water.
Days 3, 4 and 5
More diving in the surface and ocean floor cage. You can also hop into the tender to check out the Long Nosed Fur Seals and go walking around the Neptune Islands.
Day 6 ( Last Day)
Leave the Neptune Islands by 3:00 pm and enjoy some lovely local South Australian ‘wine on the bow’ usually with common dolphins running alongside the boat. Arrive back in Port Lincoln before 8.00 PM for guests to disembark. Dinner is provided onboard.