13.09.2010 Australia, Western Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef

In terms of Australia adventure vacations, scuba diving is one of the most sought-after experiences by eager travelers. The country’s oceanscape is rightly famous for a diverse collection of wildlife, extraordinary beauty and exceptional locations in which to dive. Entirely encircled by the ocean as it is, Australia is home to numerous exciting locations to take a dive, and a grand tour of them would make a solid basis for any exciting trip to the island nation.

The most famous of these destinations is, of course, the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Queensland. Unlike the myth of the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef actually can be seen from space, without special magnification. It is a vast and mysterious ecosystem of coral and other aquatic life, with a bounty of colors and species to examine and delight in. There are even the shipwrecks of the Yongala and the Llewellyn to explore when accompanied by an experienced guide.

For those who can’t get enough of the big and the powerful, Ningaloo in Western Australia offers the opportunity to swim with the massive creatures known as Whale Sharks. Entirely nonaggressive toward humans, they are still tremendous beasts and are awe-inspiring to see cruising through the water only meters away.

Travelers with a more playful bent will not want to miss Baird Bay in South Australia. This locale offers the exciting chance to swim with affectionate and sometimes rambunctious sea lions and dolphins, some of the most beautiful and energetic creatures in the sea. Whole herds and pods of these animals will happily swim around and tease divers with their playful antics, and if the diver is lucky they might even pose for an underwater photo shot.

Diving is an exciting, traditional way to explore the beauty and the power of a world that’s just next door to our own, yet in many ways entirely different. When it comes to a chance to explore the diving life of a country as rich and diverse as Australia, the opportunity is one well worth taking.

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