Indian Ocean is less well known to the general diving public than
some other destinations, but dont let a lack of publicity
fool you. The Seychelles, Maldives and Ningaloo Reef off Western
Australia are several of the sites that are commonly visited by
of eastern Africa, the Seychelles are a group of lush volcanic islands
and coral atolls in the Indian Ocean to the northeast of Madagascar.
Impressive reef formations, enormous schools of fishes, a number
of excellent wreck dives and offshore sites that often produce encounters
with giant stingrays and Whale Sharks are the major drawing cards.
Far to the west, the famed atoll of Aldabra is considered one of
the worlds most treasured diving locations.
across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean to the southwest
of Sri Lanka, the 26 coral atolls, white sandy beaches and palm-fringed
islands collectively known as the Maldives await. This topside paradise
is highly acclaimed as a divers haven. Strict local regulation
of fishing and commercial exploitation has kept the marine environment
in a near-pristine state.
is done in and around the atolls and channels they form. Currents
that run through the channels bring in big animals, such as mantas,
to feed. Outside the atolls are sloping reefs where sharks, turtles,
Eagle Rays and Manta Rays cruise over healthy and vibrant corals.
northern sector of the West Cape of Australia is fringed by the
Ningaloo Reef, one of the world's largest fringing reef systems.
The intricate reef system stretches over 160 miles and, at some
points, is only a few yards from the beach. The Ningaloo Reef system
is home to myriad life forms, including common sightings of the
largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark. Up to 50 feet in length,
though most are considerably shorter, these leviathans are regular
visitors in the Ningaloo area from March through May. Add the bio-diversity
of 250 plus species of corals and more than 450 different types
of fishes, and it makes the Exmouth area an impressive diving destination
all year round.