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6/7/2016
Top 5…Underwater Experiences
Top 5…Underwater Experiences

Taking a trip beneath the waves is a truly remarkable experience. People prize the ability to admire otherwise unobservable species, drift through decades-long derelict wrecks, and explore the Earth's dark depths – and there are all sorts of places a person can travel to experience the best diving trip possible. Here are five of our favourites.

Mahé, Seychelles
Any lover of luxury knows of the Seychelles, but the archipelago doesn't just offer relaxation and tranquillity – it is well equipped when it comes to diving, too. Guests basing themselves at the Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare, one of the island's most idyllic locations, are in for a treat when they set out by boat to the many reefs surrounding the island chain.

Submerged beneath the waves, huge shoals of brightly coloured fish, forests of coral and incredible underwater structures can be seen across the oceanic landscape – an unforgettable experience.

Sea Turtle

The SS Yongala, Queensland
Known across the diving community as one of the best places to view underwater life, the wreck of the SS Yongala – located three miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia – is one of the best diving spots in the world.

Lost in 1911 during a tropical cyclone, the Yongala was rediscovered in 1958, and since then its 110m long hull has become a haven for divers. Alongside the coral-peppered wreck glide sea turtles, sea snakes, sharks, barracudas, and both eagle and manta rays. What is more, visit the wreck on a good day and you may catch a glimpse of a humpback or minke whale, or even a whale shark.

Gozo, Malta
With exceptional visibility, wonderfully warm waters and dizzying underwater geology, the waters off the island of Gozo are some of the most enjoyable in the world – underwater caves and structures hosting all sorts of species make for an exciting dive, whatever the time of year.

Visitors wanting to explore the landscape of the Maltese Mediterranean can stay at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, one of the most sumptuous resorts Gozo has to offer.

Sipandan, Malaysia
Malaysia's only oceanic island, Sipandan, is situated in the middle of 600m-deep water and the resorts on the island are perched on a limestone and coral peak. It is these one-of-a-kind conditions that have given the island its amazing variety and quantity of underwater life – perfect for scuba diving.

Masses of barracuda, many varieties of turtle and all sorts of rays can be seen in the waters surrounding the island, with the best time to visit being between April and December.

Diving

Goubet al Kharab, Djibouti
Located on the Djiboutian coast at the meeting point between the Indian Ocean and Red Sea, Goubet al Kharab (known as the devil's cauldron in English) is one of the world's foremost diving locations, easily putting the tiny East African nation on the map.

Staying at the luxurious Djibouti Palace Kempinski, guests can enjoy viewing the slow and peaceful whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays and whales that frequent the warm and coral-filled waters.

Earth's seas and oceans are ready and waiting to be explored, and the above are some of the best places to do so. For more information on diving experiences located close to Kempinski's hotels, please get in touch.

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