If you say Australia, shark diving is maybe not the first thing which comes to mind. But it is actually possible to do some great shark dives in Australia. |
You can do everything from a simple one-day aquarium shark dive to a several-day live-aboard shark diving tour. You can also do cage diving in Australia.
Does scuba diving among wobbygong sharks and grey nurse sharks sounds interesting? Then the South West Rocks is the place to go. The area is rarely affected by current and you can dive close to sheer walls that plunge to an average depth of 30 meters. No wonder why the dive site is voted among the ten best in Australia.
But if you want the largest thrill of them all, a great white shark dive, you do not have to go to South Africa. Australia is a superb place for this special kind of scuba diving.
One option for great white shark cage diving in Australia is going on a shark diving tour from Sydney. But more popular departure points for great white shark diving expeditions are Adelaide and Port Lincoln in South Australia.
Both Adelaide and Port Lincoln is great places to start a live-aboard great white shark cage dive expedition. From here you sail to Neptune Islands in the Southern Ocean. Even though the main attraction is the great white sharks, you can also see a lot of other interesting animals like a huge amount of birds, fur seals, dolphins and even the rare and beautiful Australian sea lion.
So if you never have tried a great white shark cage dive and you are on vacation in Australia, you have the option to try it for the first time.
If you are not into several days of shark diving expeditions, a more easy way to dive with sharks are in an aquarium. Australia has several places to do that; like Melbourne, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.
If you are not a certified diver you will normally be offered and introduction to diving in a pool (certified divers can skip this part). After the introduction to diving and the sharks, you can start the actual shark dive in the big tanks of the aquarium. Sometimes you can even feed the sharks. If they like, your family and friends can watch the dive from outside.
So if the thought about great white shark diving scares you a little too much, an aquarium shark dive is a great way to feel the thrill that a close encounter with sharks gives.
Australia is a great place to try shark diving; no matter if it is a great white shark dive in the open water or a more relaxing shark dive in an aquarium.
Morten Elm is writing about feeding sharks in the Shark Diving Guide. Here you can also read more about shark diving in Australia.
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