Shark Experience

Shark Experience


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10 Marine Animals

4 Bluff

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Great white Shark
Shark near the cage Photo Credit: Amy Stevenson
Divers preparing to dive
Divers Photo Credit: Johnny Sheppard
Big girl near the cage Photo Credit Jake Williams
Southern Isle - Shark Cage Diving boat


Come eye to eye with a great white shark in the safety of our shark cage – this gives you all the excitement & adrenalin rush you are looking for while keeping in a safe environment!

Shark Experience departs from Bluff is a port village located 2&1/2 hours drive from Queenstown, at the bottom of the South Island. Our local Department of Conservation estimated there could be over 120 individual animals in the area of the Northern Titi Islands which is about 8 km from Oban Stewart Island. In fact, we have had over 9 individual whites in one day.

If getting into the cage is not for you, the great white shark can be seen just as well from the top deck of the vessel. The sharks have an inquisitive nature and tend to spend long periods near the surface to investigate the activities that are taking place onboard, they will even lift their head above water to get a better view.

Shark Experiences primary vessel Southern Isle has a viewing platform on the roof for a maximum 6 people at a time, hot showers, comfortable seating, with a live video of the sharks on a big screen in the cabin.

The trip to the dive site takes around 45mins, crossing Foveaux Strait to Edward Island, where we then bait for sharks. New divers are provided with training in the Introduction to Scuba by our qualified dive instructor. All dive equipment is provided for the day.

The custom-made dive cage is fixed to the stern of Southern Isle via pins as opposed to using ropes. If at any time a diver is not comfortable in the cage, all they need to do is put one foot on the ladder and their head is above water, with easy access to the back of the boat.

Our staff are passionate about our local marine life and your trip out includes a commentary on Great Whites, local marine life and the islands history.

A light lunch is provided, with complimentary tea, coffee and hot soup during the day.

If the opportunity presents and we are able we will stop for shots of seals, whales, etc

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Operating Season And Hours

Shark cage diving/Sightseeing trips are run Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday/Saturday leaving at 7.00am each day, operating from 1 December to the end of June each year. We take a maximum of 15 people per trip. Day trips leave from the historic port village of Bluff or from Stewart Island on arrangement, and return times to the main land depend mostly on the sharks!. We also charter rates to large or corporate groups.


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Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!! Well worth the money, and I didn't even go down in the cage. Bf saw 3 'big fish', up close! And no, not in the teasing-shark-way you see in other parts the world, but a very naturefriendly way; happy sharks. Great crew: Skipper rode those waves on the Strait like it was a kiddypool, and there are some waves. All are knowledgeable, very helpfull and good sense of humor. Delicious fresh lunch, hot drinks, you can catch(and-release) fish, they even provided benoculars (seals!). We saw Albatros real close. I advice this trip to everyone (I now have the guts to go down myself after this experience), especially to us Europeans ;) They don't go out if the waters or weather is not safe so make sure you call before hand (and book on line) but be flexible daywise in case the NZ weather acts up. All in all sooooo cool.

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