Oceanworld Manly - Shark Dive Xtreme
West Esplanade MANLY NSW 2095, Sydney, Australia
sharkdive.oceanworld.com.au - 61 2 8251 7877
Oceanworld Manly - Shark Dive Xtreme Sydney Reviews
May 18, 2007
When you read travel reviews about Sydney, hardly anyone ever mentions Oceanworld. Everyone recommends going to the Sydney Aquarium. This is because Oceanworld is not even in the same league as the Sydney Aquarium! But Oceanworld does have something going for it... Shark Dive Xtreme!
If you love sharks, you can sign up and dive in the Aquarium with instructors from Scube School International (SSI). I did it and it was worth every penny! You will be taken around the aquarium and shown the sharks, rays and turtles from the observation tubes that circle the tanks. You will watch an instructional video and be suited up in a wet suit and given full SCUBA gear. Not a certified diver? Not a problem! You will be taught everything you need to know about how to breathe, and other important things like clearing your mask, popping your ears and expelling water from the regualtor. The instructors are very patient, and make sure that you are okay every step of the way.
The pool you train in is connected to the aquarium, and a school of fish and a giant ray often swam in to our practice area - It was amazing!
Once everyone is ready to go, you swim into the aquarium and walk around a bit. The grey nurse sharks, turtles and rays are pretty curious, and will swim right up to you... Just be sure not to touch them! You will be taken to the area where the sharks prefer to hang out, and will stand on the edge of the tube. If you stand still, the sharks will come within inches! The staff diving with you will take a ton of pictures and even a video of you under water. Some of the pictures they got were amazing, but like everywhere else, be prepared to pay a pretty penny to buy them!
I loved this experience, and was glad I made the trip to Manly for the dive.
Part of the Sydney May 2007 travel blog
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