Diving With Sharks

Diving With Sharks
Diving With Sharks

There’s more to fashion brand names, technology and dining options at the swanky Siam Paragon shopping mall. Down in the basement is Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, managed by the Oceanis Australia Group, one of the best aquarium operators in the world. Spread over two floors, this US$30 million aquatic wonderland is divided into seven individually designed zones with specimens from various regions and depths around the world.

The 400 species include locals like the Mekong giant catfish and the Siamese tiger fish, bizarre marine specimens like humped head Maori wrasse, the striped frog fish and even a blind cave fish. There are touch tanks for handling starfish and touch-screen terminals along the way throw up further information about each creature on view. The centrepiece is long undersea tunnel that opens eight-metre-deep glass-walled tank to display the “open ocean complete with coral reef drop-off. Some of the top predators from the ocean are housed here: ragged-tooth sharks, black-tipped sharks, leopard sharks, tawny nurse sharks, bamboo sharks, giant groupers, and a variety of graceful rays.

Diving With Sharks

And for most ichthyophiles, it is also their chance to get up, close and personal with the predators of the deep. The ‘Dive with the Sharks’ programme allows them to just that for 30 minutes. The brave souls are provided with the necessary equipment, including a full-body wetsuit with hood, gloves and boots. Those without dive certification must do a morning training session before taking the plunge. The less adventurous can either do a walk on the bottom of the giant tank with an Ocean Walker Helmet, or stick to a glass-bottom boat ride.



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