Dive the fragrant harbour
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.