Get Inspired / Central America / USA / Australasia / Hawaii / Mexico Escape to the deep Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Central America / USA / Australasia / Hawaii / Mexico Escape to the deep story by: Tom Ricketts If you thought the world above ground was a dazzler, you’ll be astounded by what exists beneath the water. Swimming with Whale Sharks Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia Getting into the water with a 20 tonne, 13 metre shark certainly doesn’t sound appealing. Especially when it’s called a Whale Shark! “What on Earth is that?” you say. “A shark the size of a whale?!” Thankfully no. In fact these creatures share more similarities to a whale than they do a shark. They’re slow moving, docile, friendly, and most importantly, they only eat plankton. Suddenly swimming with these creatures sounds far more awesome than it does scary. There are only a few places around the world where it can be done, and one of those places is the Ningaloo Reef, off Exmouth, Western Australia. Museo Subacuatico de Arte Cancun, Mexico Cancun is famed the world over for its all-inclusive resorts, great beaches and balmy weather. But quite possibly its coolest (sorry) attraction lies just off the beach… under the Gulf of Mexico. Divers will rejoice at the Museo Subacuatico de Arte. Over 500 permanent life size sculptures have been installed on the ocean floor over two different sites by artist Jason deCaires Taylor, who, wanting to create an artificial reef onto which sea life could flourish, built one of the most ambitious underwater art attractions in the world. From VW Beetles to lounge settees, the most eerie are the human sculptures, gradually being swallowed by corals and weeds to create some rather creepy underwater scenes. Manta Ray Dive Kona Coast, Hawai`i Island Ever seen a manta ray doing a barrel roll? If the answer’s no, take yourself to Hawai`i Island for a manta ray dive. We know what you’re thinking and it involves a certain Steve Irwin, but these mantas do not have stingers, just large grinning mouths which they use to gobble plankton. Which is also the main reason why they venture – en masse – to the Kona Coast, to the bay fronting Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa; their favourite spot to hang out. Come nightfall, spotlights are used to attract mantas to the plankton, while boat tours, certified divers and snorkelers are allowed to venture amongst them. Guests are treated to an amazing show of somersaults, flips and of course, impressive barrel rolls. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 9 things you need to know before you cruise Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Experience these festivals for free Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.