Dive the fra­grant har­bour

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I T ’ S A L I T T L E K NOWN FAC T T HAT Hong Kong holds some great op­por­tu­ni­ties for lovers of the out­doors, and that even ex­tends to scuba div­ing. Sit­u­ated on the south­ern coast of China by the mouth of the Pearl River, the waters that sur­round the ter­ri­tory’s out­ly­ing is­lands are home to a va­ri­ety of both tem­per­ate and trop­i­cal ma­rine species. Al­though you might not think of ex­otic ma­rine life when you think of this vi­brant city, more than 80 dif­fer­ent species of hard and soft co­ral can be found in its waters, as well as over 300 species of fish. The ma­jor­ity of pop­u­lar dive lo­ca­tions are found on the eastern and south­east­ern side of the city, as this area tends to have bet­ter vis­i­bil­ity and be­ing washed by oceanic cur­rents. Pop­u­lar dive sites in­clude Aberdeen, Ninepins, Breaker Reef, Pe­dro Blanco and Port Is­land, where any­thing from macro crit­ters to cut­tle­fish and tur­tles can be found. Whale sharks and blue mar­lin are also known to visit Pe­dro Blanco on oc­ca­sion. Con­serv­ing its un­der­wa­ter her­itage for the ben­e­fit of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, Hong Kong has also es­tab­lished a num­ber of ma­rine parks and ar­ti­fi­cial reefs with re­stric­tions on the types of ac­tiv­i­ties al­lowed. While div­ing in Hong Kong is not on a par with Asia’s best des­ti­na­tions, it does of­fer some sur­prises. Why not visit PADI.COM to find a PADI Dive Shop ahead of your next visit and bring a fresh di­men­sion to your ex­plo­rations of the city.

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