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Water world

Water world

Scuba diving in Micronesia, a collection of islands north of the equator in the Western Pacific is an unforgettable adventure. Palau, Guam Yap and Chuuk rank highly on any diver’s underwater wish list, famed for their tropical environments and remote locations. The Republic of Palau, the western-most island group, is one of the most extraordinary dive destinations on the planet, with sheer walls, blue holes, vibrant reefs and vast numbers of sharks, turtles, dolphins, manta rays and other fish life. Aesthetics of Nature.

Water world
Blue Corner, Big Drop-off and German Channel are Palau’s most popular sites. Wreck enthusiasts head to Chuuk State to the east, to giant Chuuk Lagoon, to explore what must surely be the greatest number of shipwrecks in the world. Numerous World War II wrecks are scattered across 200 square kilometres of ocean floor, home to pelagics, colourful corals and reef fish. Best wreck dives include Fujikawa Maru, Shinkoku Maru and Yamagiri Maru.

Dhoni delights

Dhoni delights
For an exciting underwater experience paired with true island indulgence, head for the crystal clear waters of the Maldives. One of the best diving destinations in the world, the Indian Ocean offers an abundance of marine life. Dive with the colourful schools of fish, graceful manta rays, turtles, octopus and sharks which roam the coral reefs. Catering to divers and non-divers alike, the luxurious Dhoni Mighili resort on the Ari Atoll offers private island homes with seciuded plunge pool, walled courtyard, spa treatments and personal butler.
Each home is partnered with its own beautifully appointed dhoni – a 20-metre traditionally handcrafted Maldivian sailboat – offering stylish cabins with inviting king-sized beds, Frette linens, Philippe Starck bathroom fittings and a sunbathing deck with oversized silk cushions. At night the dhoni transforms into a sensual setting for dining at sea under the stars. A truly private affair.

Jungle adventure

Jungle adventure
Natural wonders, rugged landscapes and numerous animal adventures await in exotic Sabah which nestles on the northern tip of the island of Borneo. Sabah is a land of eco-treasures where wildlife roams the forests, mountains and seas. See orang-utans swinging through the trees at the Sepilok Orang-Utan Centre, part of a carefully planned conservation programme which dates back to the 1930s. Take a riverboat to see the unique Proboscis monkey with its distinctive pendulous red nose.
Jungle adventure
From Sandakan, go by boat to the Turtle Islands Park where rare turtles come up onto the beaches to lay their eggs. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike up towering Mount Kinabalu, Southeast Asia’s highest peak which soars to 4,100 metres at its highest point. The trek goes from tropical forest to rocky sub-alpine plateau and is teeming with bird life including the Indigo Flycatcher, the Short-tailed Magpie and the friendly Bush Warbler.

Close encounters

Kaikoura
Off the coast of Kaikoura in New Zealand’s South Island, a deep undersea canyon combined with unusual sea currents attracts an abundance of marine life, in particular the extraordinary giant Sperm Whale, the world’s largest living carnivore. Visitors to the area can experience a remarkable marine ‘close encounter’ by joining one of the daily eco-sightseeing tours run by Whale Watch, a local, Maori-owned company.
Close encounters
With a 95 per cent whale-sighting success rate, visitors can view these remarkable creatures from specially designed, eco-friendly catamarans. Air-conditioned cabins with comfortable seating, plasma screens and outside viewing decks provide the ideal platform from which to view whales, fur seals, dolphins and the largest concentration and variety of seabirds to be found on mainland New Zealand.

Eco adventure

stunning waterfalls
The Kimberley Coast lies a thousand nautical miles north of Perth, Western Australia and has been hailed as the last great wilderness frontier. Explore this billion-year- old natural landscape from the comfort of a custom-built luxury cruiser with The Great Escape Charter Company. No two cruises are alike as guests enjoy fishing, mud crabbing, bush walking and swimming in freshwater holes and around stunning waterfalls.

At sunset, enjoy chilled champagne and five-star cuisine using ingredients obtained from the wilderness. A day’s cruise west of Broome is the Rowley Shoals, a chain of three spectacular coral atolls. Dive amongst giant clams or with huge potato cod and Maori wrasse. With a water temperature of 28 degrees, visibility between 20 to 6o metres and over 200 species of hard and soft corals, Rowley Shoals offers an unmatched diving experience.

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