Don't know why I did it but "lordy me" I'm glad I did (twice!).
1st time (03/13) - no sharks. That's nature. Picture perfect weather and seas like a mill pond all day. Some had a plunge in the cage and watched the sea life swimming by but with no sharks eventually the cage was lifted and then some fished for trevally (and caught heaps plus a sizable tuna) but I dozed a little and chatted with fellow passengers swapping travel stories. We did see one mako shark but it only bit at the lure bait and left. We saw the biggest pod of dolphines I've ever seen in my life be it on T.V. or live in nature. They hung with us for a good 10-15 minutes. Although no sharks that day the days excursion itself was great. I couldn't give enough praise to the crew who bent over backwards to ensure we kept our spirits high.
2nd time (06/13) @ 50% off the price, SHARKS!!! Although there was a 3-5 metre swell there was only one outbreak of sea sickness from one passenger. Overcast, rain and wind offered the GREATEST backdrop to the terrifying but awesome creatures we were about to come face to face with. Being my 2nd trip as no sharks the 1st time, the skipper pointed out to the other passengers that if there was no sightings that day it would be "my fault". He was joking of course and it was a good feeling to be remembered by one of the crew from my past charter some three months prior when later we chatted about some of the other passengers and experiences from that previous day. Finally I saw the sharks and those sharks were AWESOME. Seeing them literally face to face and at times only inches away from bone crushing jaws kept the adrenaline pumping. I felt totally safe in the water/cage at all times. The trevally were around like "blowies" on a hot summers day but always split when another great white came around again for a bite at the lure bait. Don't worry about no diving experience, you don't need it as the crew will put you at ease with their explainations and demonstrations of how to. I had a waterproof camera and took a lot of pics. A dvd of both video and stills of the day is also available so I got that too. Both times the crew, the boat, the feed - light hot breakie, cold buffet lunch and hot afternoon tea, other passengers totally A1.
I spent a few days in Port Lincoln and could chat a while on that alone but all I want to say or advise is too grab a small hire car at the airport if you are flying in as it cost me about $50 a day hire with 200 kms free. Standard transport rates (taxi etc) to and from the airport to Port Lincoln is also about $50 each way. A car allows you to stay where you want and explore the area at basically no or little extra outlay.
Now peoples, JUST DO IT!
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