Get up close with a great white shark and search for leafy sea dragons. Explore the famous wineries and spectacular Fleurieu Penninsula. There’s plenty of adventure to be had in South Australia.
This itinerary begins on Kangaroo Island, famous for its native wildlife, majestic scenery and adventure activities; its temperate waters are home to the leafy sea dragon living amongst the kelp.
Continue your adventure on the Princess ll liveaboard as she sails to the Neptune Islands in search of great white shark encounters, a memorable experience for divers and snorkellers alike.
The trip culminates with a flight to Adelaide, where there are opportunities to explore the famous wineries and rugged coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Day1: Depart the UK for Adelaide, Australia
Depending on your chosen airline, it’s possible to break the long journey with a city stopover on the way.
Day2: Arrive in Adelaide
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Check in for an overnight stay at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel located in the vibrant east end of Adelaide. Evening at leisure.
Day3: Transfer to Kangaroo Island
Enjoy your morning at leisure. Later transfer to airport for short flight to Kangaroo Island. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Check in for a four nights stay at the Aurora Ozone Hotel in Kingscote. Rest of day at leisure.
Days4-5: Dive with leafy seadragons
Your local dive package includes four dives over two days in search of the unique leafy sea dragon found in these temperate waters surrounding Kangaroo Island.
Day6: Explore Kangaroo Island
Enjoy a full day exploring Kangaroo Island. Whether you want to relax and hike along the beach, rent a car to visit deserted beaches or sample the local cuisine, the day is yours to explore.
Optional tours include a full day tour with wildlife encounters (kangaroos, koalas and sea lions) and the chance to walk in the Lathami Conservation Park (additional cost). Overnight at Aurora Ozone Hotel.
Day7: Transfer to Port Lincoln
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight (s) to Port Lincoln. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. Check in for overnight stay at the Port Lincoln Hotel which overlooks Boston Bay. Rest of day at leisure.
Days8-11: Great White Shark liveaboard adventure
This morning you will be transferred to the Princess ll liveaboard for your three night Rodney Fox Shark Dive Expedition. The boat sails to the Neptune Islands and offers divers and incredible adventure with plenty of great white shark encounters. All encounters are from a surface cage lowered from the boat.
It’s possible for qualified divers to upgrade to dive in the bottom cage on the sea floor, a unique opportunity to get closer to these magnificent apex predators (additional cost). Non-divers are welcome. Visits in the summer months (Oct-Apr) offer the most sharks in the area.
On your return to port, disembark early morning and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Adelaide. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation for a three nights stay at the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel.
Days12-13: Explore South Australia
The final days of this adventure are free to relax or explore the local surroundings. It’s possible to book a full day 4WD adventure tour exploring the rugged coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula or head to the Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale to sample some of Australia’s best wines (additional cost).
Day14: Day at leisure and depart this evening
Your final day in Australia is at your own leisure. Relax at the hotel or discover all that Adelaide has to offer. This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your flight(s) back to the UK.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 daysfrom £4,975 pp
When to go: Oct-Apr: Visit during these months for leafy sea dragon sightings; May-Sep: Visit during this period for encounters with the largest great white sharks
Included in the price/package:
Return flights from the UK
9 nights accommodation
3 nights liveaboard
Full board on liveaboard
2 days shark encounters
2 days, 4 dive pack
Tanks and weights
Australia’s third largest island lies of the coast of Adelaide. Famed for its native wildlife, majestic scenery and adventure activities, the temperate waters around Kangaroo Island are home to the unique leafy seadragon, as well as pods of dolphin and New Zealand fur seals.
Ideal for viewing: leafy seadragon, Australian sealion, New Zealand fur seal
Excellent for: Diving & adventure
Located at the mouth of the Spencer Gulf, these two island groups are home to a breeding colony of New Zealand fur seals. However, the most common seasonal visitors are great white sharks. The ultimate diving adventure awaits!
Ideal for viewing: great white shark, spotted eagle ray, giant grouper, New Zealand fur seal
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below.
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Experience the ultimate diving adventure! A trip on board the Princess II offers unrivalled cage diving with mature great white sharks. Also suitable for non-divers who can experience a surface cage adventure.