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“Too good for a bucket list ... just do it!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving

Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving
3/10 South Quay Boulevard, Port Lincoln, South Australia 5606, Australia
+61 (8) 8682 3939
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Port Lincoln
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Owner description: Calypso Star Charters provides the ultimate one day adventure activity, cage diving with the Great White Sharks! Our business has been operating for over 20 years and boasts a highly successful history. We are the only Advanced Eco Certified business providing the one day charter that also holds a license to berley, giving us a greater chance of attracting the Great Whites to our vessel and keeping them in close proximity! In October 2011 we launched our new vessel, MV Calypso Star 2. The vessel is state of the art and provides all guests with the best in comfort, safety and all the creatures comfort of home, including hot showers! Dont miss your opportunity to be mesmerised by these remarkable creatures as you see them face to face in their natural environment from the safety of our cage, in the clear waters surrounding the Neptune IslandsWith the success of the addition of the new vessel, we saw the opportunity to expand our business operation and offer our customers more than just the one experience. This saw the introduction of our Swim with the Sealions tours in 2011. All aboard the MV Calypso Star for a journey to the playground of the seas very cute and very playful 'puppy dogs', the Australian Sea Lions at Hopkins Island. From the moment we arrive the Sea Lions bound out to the vessel excitedly inviting the guests to join them. The tour provides the opportunity to jump in and swim, viewing the mesmerised skills and abilities of these gorgeous animals, or sit back and enjoy the action from the comfort of the vessel. The tour is interaction guaranteed, environmentally conscious, educational and a whole lot of fun for the whole family!
Perth, Australia
1 review
“Too good for a bucket list ... just do it!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

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!

Visited June 2013
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CalypsoManagement, Manager at Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
WOW what a great review! Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your entire experience with everyone including the day you travelled out with no sharks.
We are stoked you came back and joined us for the second trip and had a successful day, lucky for you so no blame was laid your way :)
Love the comparison between the trevally and 'blowies', you are quite right there!
Thanks for being a part of our tour twice and thanks again for the review, we appreciate you taking the time to do it. Hope to see you again
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Wool Bay, South Australia, Australia
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“Top of the bucket list ...... a big tick.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Port Lincoln... stayed a week, needed longer. Calypso Star.... crew go above and beyond to give all customers the best day possible. Sighted two southern right whales on the way out. Sea eagle and albatross while we were anchored. I caught some trevally and the skipper made us a fabulous platter of sushimi.My husband did the cage dive and LOVED it. I could easily see the shark from the deck. Cannot recommend highly enough. Great boat, fantastic crew, food all day. Top experience.

Visited July 2013

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CalypsoManagement, Manager at Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
How fantastic that you were here during the whale season and got the added bonus of seeing two along our journey! It is definitely a complete wildlife experience with all the wildlife we encounter along the way. And the sashimi is a nice added touch on those fishing days.
Thank you for your review of your trip with us, we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed it and that we met all your expectations, even for yourself just coming along as a spectator.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Once in a lifetime experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is truly unique! Andrew and his team were great hosts. They offer trips for shark cage diving, swimming with tunas (must try!) and swimming with sea-lions (great for families with kids, to have the opportunity to swim with friendly sea lions in shallow waters in their natural habitat).

The service was excellent. All the equipment was provided, good food, and mostly the hot shower onboard!

Visited July 2013
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CalypsoManagement, Manager at Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
We were very honoured to host you during your recent visit to Port Lincoln and to be given to showcase the fabulous tourism activities we have on offer. It is unique and we are very proud of what we do.
It is rewarding to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and that our facilities and service were of a satisfactory standard. We look forward to working with you again in the future and hope you will be back to experience the Eyre Peninsula once again :)
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“Into the sharks domain!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What an amazing experience to see sharks in their natural environment. Everything is quiet and serene in the cage where you can look into the eyes of the Great White shark! The crew are fantastic. A day that will be long remembered.

Visited August 2012
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CalypsoManagement, Manager at Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your review of your trip out with us. We do agree, it is quite serene being in the cage watching them gliding around in the waters in front of you. It is very pleasing to hear our crew met your expectations.
Enjoy your memories and perhaps we will even see you again one day :)
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“Safety all the way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

My husband and I went on the trip yesterday. We saw wildlife heading out and watched an amazing documentary on white sharks. Unfortunately my husband suffered from severe sea sickness once we reached our destination. He passed out and hit his head severely on the deck. The skipper called it early and we packed up and got back to land in record timing with an ambulance waiting. Everyone was refunded the entire amount. The crew were amazing! You can trust them with your lives.
We will be back with seasickness medication up to the eyeballs and a helmet!

Visited July 2013
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CalypsoManagement, Manager at Calypso Star Charters - Shark Cage Diving, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
What was most important to us on the day was the safety and well being of your husband and ensuring that we did everything that we could for him. It is very unfortunate that he suffered such sever sea sickness and you weren't able to complete the day but we are very pleased that there was no further complications.
We definitely look forward to welcoming you back onboard next time and thank you for your kind words and great review :)
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