Port Lincoln on South Australia's Boston Bay, is Australia's tuna fishing capital. It is one of the world's largest natural deepwater harbours three-and-a-half times the size of Sydney Harbour and is always dotted with trawlers.
The township is the keystone of the Eyre Peninsula and, apart from the importance of its fishing industry, it is an important grain centre. The foreshore is dotted with 47-metre high silos. It also has canning and fish processing works; fertiliser production; and lamb, beef and wool processing centres.
The lucrative Japanese market has sent the need for tuna soaring and has led to the introduction of kingfish, mussel, oyster, lobster and abalone farms.
Tourists can enjoy a fun-filled tuna snorkel tour with Adventure Bay Charters. The family business is run by fourth-generation fisherman Matt Waller. He is passionate about the fishing industry and loves sharing his knowledge.
Tuna snorkel tours start at the Marina Hotel boarding pontoon where guests are welcomed aboard and given a brief history of the industry. It takes just 15 minutes to reach the tuna farm and once there, basic instructions are given for the best way to feed and interact with tuna and other fish.
Everyone is encouraged to move about on the purpose-built pontoons, feed the fish with sardines and hop in for a swim.
There is a new touch pool filled with a variety of interesting fish, including seahorses, starfish and crabs.
South Australia's Spencer Gulf
Adventure Bay Charters' two-hour Tuna Tours are $55 for adults and $40 for children. They depart at 10am and return at midday. A second trip will run on demand leaving at 1pm and returning at 3pm. There are limited catering facilities on board. Tours are weather dependent.
Virgin Blue has flights to Adelaide.
One-way fares from:
- Melbourne $ 89
- Sydney $125
- Brisbane $129
- Perth $199
- Darwin $255
There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per, one way is applicable. Fares are correct at April 24, 2008 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at April 24, 2008
For further information
Adventure Bay Charters
14 Jubilee Drive
Port Lincoln 5606
Ph: 0488 428 862
Fax: (08) 8118 0151
Ph: 13 6789