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The Rodney Fox 32 meters (105 feet) takes 18 guests in 9 cabins and has the space & facilities to operate cage diving with Great White sharks safely in the waters of the Neptune Islands.
A word from Dom : "The Foxes, Rodney & his son Andrew, are true champions of Great White Sharks, involved in research & teaching, as well as tourism, to help to save the Great White. You can choose cage diving in surface floating cages (for non-certified divers) or the unique facilities for certified divers to observe from a cage on the ocean floor. Both options give photographers spectacular and unique images. Highly recommended." ..... Dominick Macan
1 upper deck DOUBLE master cabin scuba gear rental (by advance request) accommodation & diving international & domestic airfare
double bed & picture windows
6 upper deck DOUBLE / TWIN cabins
lower double bed, upper twin bed, direct deck access & picture windows
2 lower deck SINGLE cabins
twin bunk beds & shared bathroom
All cabins have air conditioning, TV & DVD player
surface & ocean floor cage diving with sharks
water temperature: 59 - 68F, 15 - 20C ... 8mm wetsuit recommended
meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
scuba rental gear (by advance request)
National Park fees
1 upper deck DOUBLE master cabin
scuba gear rental (by advance request)
accommodation & diving
international & domestic airfare
Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expeditions has a new vessel, which they've appropirately named, "The Rodney Fox". She is a substantial, ocean-worthy vessel ideal for their unique adventures.
There are three levels; observation, diving/dining and accommodation. Guests can enjoy sun decks on the observation and diving levels, both of which are fantastic places to view the sharks and the stars. You'll find plenty of places places to relax inside, too. Chef prepared meals are served buffet style in the saloon/dining area.
The boat also offers a large tender boat for fascinating island explorations of the offshore islands wildlife and scenery.
LAYOUT & SPECS
length: 32-meters (105-feet)
beam: 7.6-meters (25-feet)
spacious dive deck with upper deck for shark viewing
open-plan saloon and galley
9 guest cabins (maximum of 18 guests)
TV/ DVD player & digital clock in each cabin
reverse cycle air conditioning in all cabins
tender boat for island tours and sea lion snorkels & dives
steel cages for great white shark dives
The Rodney Fox has several itineraries running at different times of the year specifically to view great white sharks in all their splendour. Cage diving trips can be for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days.
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.
You should make your way to Port Lincoln where all The Rodney Fox trips start & finish. Port Lincoln is easily accessed by air from Adelaide International Airport by QANTASLink and Regional Express. Adelaide is accessible from all main Australian cities and many international countries with direct global flights increasing every year.
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Note: All divers need to show their Open Water or Advanced Open Water dive certification card from PADI, SSI, NAUI or the equivalent.
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