You don’t need to have experience, but you certainly need the experience. Even if you’ve never dived before, these days it’s quite possible to swim with sharks (the friendly variety), giant turtles and stingrays – and it’s simply got to be done.

Possibly the least threatening way to be fish bait is at Oceanworld Manly, NSW, where you can dive for 30min after a few test runs in their 4.5 million litre tank.

“Are you crazy?”
– David Koch

Ningaloo Reef in WA is famous for its whale sharks and manta ray swims, again for the non-diver community (see entry No.7, or – a little more difficult to get to – entry No.57). Getting up close and personal with these gentle giants is something you have to do once in your lifetime.

Did you know?
Grey nurse sharks are critically endangered, with less than 400 sharks found off the coast of Australia. Maia, born at Oceanworld in Manly, NSW, is just the world’s fourth grey nurse shark to be born in captivity.

Further information

For more information on Ningaloo Reef see Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef.

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