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Shark Cage Diving

More people choose to cage dive with us than any other Shark Cage Diving operator in Australia!

Calypso Star Charters is fully licensed by the South Australian Department of Environment. 

We are privileged to be the only one-day shark cage diving operator who is permitted by the Fisheries Department to use berley (chum) to attract the Great White Sharks to our boat at the Neptune Islands Marine Park. Being permitted to berley provides you with the best possible chance of a shark sighting and the highest chance of sighting sharks and productive interaction close to our vessel and cage resulting in a memorable encounter and wonderful photographic opportunities. 

Along with this license, we are proud to be Advanced Eco Certified and our Captains’ are Eco Certified Guides. Receiving this certification provides us with the recognition that we conduct our operations in a way that are environmentally conscious and sustainable whilst also providing an educational component.

One day shark cage dives and twilight trips available 

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  • Multiple award winning and in 2015 Awarded South Australia’s Best Adventure Tour
  • Ranked Number 1 on Trip Advisor 
  • NO diver qualification or previous experience needed!
  • NO minimum passenger numbers

Shark sightings

We are the only operator in Australia that publicises current and historic sightings!

Click here to see our historical day by day sightings since January 1st 2011.  Use this to help you decide on the best time to come. As we are dealing with a nomadic creature in its natural environment, we cannot suggest when would be the best time.  We provide this information to be open and honest with all our guests to help you make an informed decision!

Our average daily success rate since January 1st 2011 is 85%

Recent Great White Shark Sightings

NON ACTIVITY DAYS - Non Activity Days were imposed by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in 2013 as a recommendation by the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). They are a strategy to minimise any potential impact on shark behaviour, site visitation pattern and changes to temporary residency period of sharks to Neptune Islands. 4 days per fortnight are designated as Non Activity Days and all operators adhere to the same schedule.

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Swim with Sea Lions

One of the most interactive wildlife tours you can do!  Come on board our Advanced Eco Certified tour and see why the Australian Sea lions are nick named the ‘puppies of the sea’

A half-day tour to the pristine Hopkins Island, Blythe Island or Langton Island meet the endangered Australian Sealions.  We are very privileged to have the opportunity to swim with these gorgeous animals in their natural environment.

During the months of September to May we operated limited weekly departs so we minimise the impact to their colonies. Learn More >

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Shark & Sea Lion Combo

Coming in November 2016!

The first tour in Australia where you can now Swim with the Australian Sealions at Hopkins Island and then shark cage dive with the magnificent Great White Sharks at Neptune Island Marine Park all in the same day saving you both time and money!

Departing Port Lincoln enjoy a scenic cruise to a remote island for a lunch stop before making your way to Hopkins Island.  Enjoy the afternoon swimming with the adorable endangered Australian Sealions.  From here we make our way to Neptune Island Marine Park to continue the aquatic adventure and cage dive with Great White Sharks!

Diving time is the same as that of our day tour plus you enjoy a fully cooked hot dinner at sea!  After diving is completed the bar opens for a sunset / twilight cruise back to Port Lincoln!

Advanced Eco Tourism & Shark Research

In 2011 we achieved accreditation through Eco Tourism Australia for both our Shark Cage Diving and Swim with the Sealions tours accreditation keeping us at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Australia.

We are the largest and only employers of Eco Certified Guides in the Shark Cage Diving industry in Australia with our Skippers being Eco Certified Guides. 

Advanced Eco Certification demonstrates our commitment to tourism excellence with strong interpretation values and commitment to nature conservation while helping local communities. This coupled with our long association with the CSIRO display our commitment to shark preservation and research.

Our commitment to the CSIRO research has seen us making financial contributions and also ‘on the ground’ support.

About Calypso Star Charters

Calypso Star Charters was founded in 1990 by Rolf Czabayski, an avid game fisherman who operated fishing charters for Great White Sharks prior to their protection in 1997. Over time the emphasis of his charters changed to live aboard Shark Cage Diving.  During the late 1990s, the popularity of his 3-4 day cage diving tours led to the launch of MV Calypso Star, a purpose built vessel for Shark Cage Diving allowing him to bring people face to face with the sharks in their natural habitat.

Andrew Wright joined Calypso Star Charters in November 2002 as Rolf’s only employee.  Andrew began as a deck hand and over the next 4 years achieved engineering and skipper qualifications allowing him to Captain MV Calypso Star.

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In late 2006, Rolf retired and Calypso Star Charters was purchased by Port Lincoln locals Ron and Janet Forster, and Andrew Wright. Passionate about the local area and determined to introduce more visitors to the wonders of Shark Cage Diving, they replaced 4 day trips with 2 and 3 day trips to improve accessibility.

At the start of 2007 they revolutionised the Shark Cage Diving industry, introducing – for the first time – one day Shark Cage Diving tours opening up an entirely new market for time-poor adventure seekers.

As owners of the business, who now employ 8 full time and 15 casual staff, we believe we offer one of the most memorable and unique tourism experiences available anywhere, in one of the most stunning parts of the world, attracting more visitors than any other Australian Shark Cage Diving operator. While swimming with Sealions is fun and loved by our guests, giving people the chance to see a Great White Shark up close in its natural habitat is awe inspiring and something our guests relive and remember for the rest of their lives.

Why book direct with Calypso Star Charters

  • We are available 24 hours a day and bookings can me made direct online or phone +61 8 8682 3939
  • Live availability & Instant confirmation Secure your booking immediately
  • Best price available nowhere else online you will find a better price
  • Flexibility booking direct allows you to reschedule or postpone up to 48 hours before with no extra cost
  • Lowest cancellation fee If for any unforeseen circumstances you do need to cancel, our cancellation fee will be the lowest.
  • Secure and safe transition We use the industry best standard, your details are safe with us.  The option to direct debit is also available.

We are Shark Cage Diving & Swimming with the Sea lion experts we do not sell any other tours and have expert knowledge of the area, and the wildlife.  You can ask us any question!

Whilst we are happy for you to use your preferred travel arranger to book with us, but please if you do make sure you ask for us directly and check your paperwork to make sure you have been booked on with us to avoid any disappointment.

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Travel, stay and play

We are located in Port Lincoln, South Australia on Southern Eyre Peninsula. Port Lincoln is set on the shores of Boston Bay and is a 640km drive or 40 minute flight from Adelaide and is one of only 4 locations worldwide and the only place in Australia where cage diving with Great White Sharks is available.

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Contact us

Contact our Office on:

Telephone +61 (8) 8682 3939


Fax +61 (8) 8682 6877

Office Location 3/10 South Quay Boulevard, Port Lincoln SA 5606

Postal PO Box 2058, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5606

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Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm

Saturdays & Public holidays 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sundays CLOSED*


+61 (8) 8682 3939

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Advanced Eco Tourism

In 2011 Calypso Star achieved Advanced Eco Tourism accreditation keeping us at the forefront of sustainable tourism in Australia. This, coupled with our long association with the CSIRO display our commitment to shark preservation and research. Our commitment to the CSIRO research has seen us making financial contributions and also ‘on the ground’ support with deployment and servicing of tag monitoring equipment at the Neptune Islands.

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