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Port Lincoln shark dive

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Port Lincoln, keystone of the Eyre Peninsula, was named after Captain Flinders' home county of Lincolnshire when his ship, HMS Investigator, called there in 1802. It has one of Australia's best natural harbours, three and a half times the size of Sydney Harbour.

The area has a population of around 13,000, an annual rainfall of 488 millimetres and a near-perfect Mediterranean climate. It is economically driven by its huge grain-handling facilities, fish processing and canning, lambs, wool and beef, fertiliser production and more recently, tuna farming for the lucrative Japanese market.

Also lurking in the deep blue waters is the ancient creature which holds top position on the ocean food chain — Carcharodon Carcharias, otherwise known as the great white shark. If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with one of these majestic creatures of the deep, Calypso Star Charter can satisfy your wish.

There are very few locations in the world where the sharks can be accessed as they are solitary oceanic creatures mostly inhabiting the open sea. However the Spencer Gulf empties into the Southern Ocean where the great white reigns supreme, having no enemies other than man.

Calypso Star Charters is well-known for bringing adventure tourists and massive sharks together underwater. Although separated by a metal safety cage, nothing will prepare you for the spine-tingling experience of meeting a great white so close. You could reach out and touch it, but the unblinking, black eye staring at you convinces you to keep everything well in the cage.

Your adventure begins at Port Lincoln Airport where you will be met by Rolf Czabayski, the skipper of the boat, and driven to Port Lincoln marina. Calypso Star' is 17m of pure luxury, accommodating eight passengers and two crew in comfort and safety. It travels at 20 knots for the two-hour trip to the viewing location at Neptune Islands. Weather permitting a short detour will allow you to swim with Australian sea lions.

Once at Neptune Islands, the crew attracts the great whites from kilometres away by putting fish blood and offal in the water. It doesn't take long for the sharks to track the source and this is when the action begins as they start feeding. Nothing is spared as the enormous creatures test their teeth on everything, including the boat and dive cage.

Your encounter with the great white shark in its natural environment will last a lifetime in your memory. And indeed, the lifetime of the species is looking much more secure as the sharks have been protected for the past decade and last year were put on the endangered species list.


656km west of Adelaide


Calypso Star Charter four-day trips cost $2068 per person. Trips run between January and March and again between June and November each year.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Calypso Star Charter
5 Willowbridge Grove
Burnside 5066
Ph: (08) 8364 4428
Fax: (08) 8332 6360

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