Bring along a pair of goggles and dive into the deep blue seas: accompanied by dolphins and whales in Perth; see the friendly side of sharks by joining a diving course in Sentosa; and in Saipan, the mesmerising coral reefs will open your eyes to a colourful world.
Perth: Swimming with Dolphins
Located on the west coast of Australia, Perth is surrounded by the Indian Ocean with a superb underwater ecosystem and a variety of species. In the areas near Rockingham, wild dolphins can be easily seen. For a close encounter, visitors can join local boat tours, from which over 200 of them can be spot. A snorkelling experience is also included, where you can swim alongside dolphins, admiring their graceful movements and overlapping sounds.
Rottnest Island is a resort area just offshore from Perth. As a protected nature reserve, no car is allowed and the island is only reachable by boat. The pristine environment is an ideal spot for whale watching. Every April, about 35,000 humpback whales and southern right whales migrate from the South to the North along the western shore of Australia. From August to November, they stay with new-born calves around Rottnest Island for an extended period of time. One of the best places to view the whales is from the newly constructed West End Boardwalk, which is accessible by bike or bus. Moreover, the island, home to sea lions, seals and the super cute and photogenic quokka, is a true animal paradise. A selfie with them will make the perfect souvenir.
珀斯以北是珊瑚海岸，那裡的寧格魯是世界上最大的岸礁之一，擁有200種硬珊瑚、50種軟珊瑚以及500多種魚類， 聚集很多海龜、熱帶魚、魔鬼魚等。不想只在遠方觀看？那不妨與座頭鯨或鯨鯊共舞，3至10月是鯨鯊在這聚集的最佳季節，8至10月則是座頭鯨的“地盤” 。能夠與海洋的龐然大物相處，感受人類的渺小，絕對是一次難忘的經驗，加上鯨是好奇又不攻擊人的生物，說不定會朝您的方向游來！
To the North of Perth, Ningaloo Reef is the world’s largest fringing reef, accommodating over 200 types of hard corals and 50 types of soft corals. It is home to more than 500 species of fish, sea turtles, tropical fish and stingrays. Every March to October, whale sharks gather at the area. From August to October, the territory is shared by humpback whales. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience to swim with these massive but friendly mammals.
Sentosa: A Date with Sharks
After meeting some of the largest species in the ocean, it is time to be introduced to another majestic player in the marine world – sharks. The S.E.A Aquarium at the Resort World in Sentosa, Singapore, offers a range of different underwater experiences. The Sea Trek Adventure allows you to walk between thousands of marine species and breathe freely with a helmet. No scuba certificate is needed. Visitors are free to stroll in the tank after a short introduction.
The Shark Encounter experience at S.E.A Aquarium is recognised by RatesToGo and often compared to other popular attractions in Maldives, Ecuador and San Diego. From an acrylic enclosure, you can get up close to the apex predators in the tank. The aquarium houses over 100 sharks of 12 different species, including some endangered ones. Occasionally, a shark would tap the enclosure, reminding the curious onlookers of the movie “Jaws”, sending chills down their spines. Even more adventurous visitors can swim with them in the Shark Dive experience. It is surely an exciting experience to have such a close encounter with species such as scalloped hammerhead, silvertip and sandbar. Count the teeth of the sharks for a further adrenaline boost. However, both the Shark Encounter and Shark Dive activities require a scuba licence and reservation is mandatory.
The aquarium offers a variety of diving certificate courses by professional coaches. The introductory scuba course takes only 30 minutes. For the PADI Open Water programme, participants would first have to enroll in a fourweek online course. These programmes can be a good challenge for those interested in further exploring the marine world.
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Saipan: Coral Wonderland
Saipan is a diving paradise with a number of magnificent spots. Managaha Island, located on the West of Saipan, is particularly famous. Despite its small size, the uninhabited island is surrounded by pristine water, under which grow colourful coral reefs. Tropical fish and other marine species are also clearly visible. The Grotto, at the north-eastern corner of Saipan, is recognised as one of the best diving destinations in the world. The cavern, with water in cobalt blue, is connected to the Pacific Ocean through a few limestone passages, a result of long-term erosion by the sea. Other popular diving spots include Laolao Bay, Obyan Beach, Banzai Cliff, etc, all unique in their own characteristics. It is definitely worth spending more time in Saipan to discover all the interesting underwater scenery it has to offer.
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