Cage diving with great white sharks has been on my bucket list for a very long time.
This mighty terrifying creature is kind of fascinating to me.
On a cold morning in May 2015 my sister and I went for our greatest adventure ever. We had booked a shark cage tour at sharkcagediving.com.au – we were finally going to meet the terrifying Jaws.
Pick up was very early in the morning from our hotel in Port Lincoln. Both tired, but at the same time excited and a bit nervous.
Just typical me…
I am a bit clumsy by nature, so of course, right when we arrived at the dock, I slipped on the bridge to the boat and got a deep bleeding cut on my knee – try not to follow my example, the sharks have a highly developed sense of smell and blood is definitely their favorite.
Now I have a small hole in my jeans and a fine scar that proofs a cool history. Thump up for that.
Aboard Calypso Star
Calypso Star left the harbor at 7 in the morning. Neptune Island was our destination and it took about 3 hours to get there.
On our way, we got some nice breakfast and got briefed about the tour. We were approx. 30 people aboard and got divided into groups of 5-6 people.
When we reached Neptune Island the cage and bait were prepared to get in the water.
It took 20-30 min for the first shark to show up and the first group prepared to get in the cage. After another 10 mins or so we were surrounded by 5-6 huge Great White sharks – it was so surreal and so fascinating at the same time.
Each group got 40-45 minutes in the cage. Our turn finally came and we crawled into a wetsuit, got equipped with weights and got some oxygen.
Cage diving with Great White Sharks
I slowly climbed down into the cage – my sister was already down there. I was shaking. Both excited and scared, my heart beat indescribably fast, but it was a total adrenaline rush. We were petrified. We just stood in the cage and admired the mighty creatures that circled around us.
If my heart wasn´t beating fast enough a close contact helped it!
I was standing with my back to the sharks because my sister was trying to take a photo of me. Suddenly I can see my fellow cage-buddies take a step back and my sister was pointing. Before I registered anything a huge shark smashed into the cage behind me and shook the cage heavily.
That was a close encounter of the first kind.
The time we had in the water went fast. We pointed and tried to communicate with “thumbs up” “smiling face” and much more. We had a blast among these amazing, terrifying, but still kind of beautiful creatures.
Soaking up the experience
Afterwards, we jumped in our dry clothes and soaked up the sun while the other groups enjoyed the sharks.
On our way back to Port Lincoln we were provided with some food, snacks and other good stuff.
It was a really cool day and we couldn´t take the smile off our faces – we had cage dived with the great white shark in Australia!
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