Australia - Port Lincoln 23.11.11
Port Lincoln is a small town in South Australia close to Adelaide and is one of only two places in the world where you can pay to jump in a cage to see Great White sharks. This expensive experience ($500) is what Aurelie got me for my 27th birthday and unfortunately we were unlucky and only got to see a glimpse of a 3-4m shark for less than a second :(
On the way to Port Lincoln we spent the afternoon looking around Adelaide city centre in museums, galleries and the botanical gardens.
First day in Port Lincoln was spent chilling out and having a look around the small seaside town which has been made famous for farming blue fin tuna and shipping it off to Japan for sushi. Fact, Port Lincoln has the richest amount of people per capita in Australia thanks to the blue fin tuna industry :)
Second day we awoke early and jumped on the Calypso Star great white shark cage diving boat to set off in to the southern ocean on a 2 and a half hour journey to the Neptune Islands where great whites hang out most of the year due to good feeds of blue fin tuna and NZ fur seals. We arrived at the islands and it took an hour and a half for a shark to arrive which made the 28 keen divers very excited and happy as the company guarantees sharks 80% of the time. Throughout the day the shark made a handful of very brief appearances 10-15m away from the cage and Aurelie and I only got to see it for a second once and we spent close to 2 hours in the freezing cold water! Trip was a complete disaster and there were a lot of disappointed faces on the way back.
On our fourth and final day we visited a blue fin tuna farm which was heaps of fun as you are allowed to swim with the tuna and hand feed them! This was by far the highlight of the holiday and something you must do when visiting Port Lincoln.
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