Want to slip below the water's surface, stretching your arms out and swooping down into the reefs like a bird among the treetops, with the water rushing past you? With summer here, there's no better time than now to start diving.
Fortunately for summer lovers, if you are living in Shenzhen, you don’t need to travel all the way to Phuket or the Maldives; there are several diving spots right here just waiting to be discovered.
Luzui in Yangmeikeng
Luzui in Yangmeikeng is one of the most beautiful places in Shenzhen. “The Mermaid” directed by Stephen Chow was filmed here. The crystal-clear water is so clear that you can count the stones resting on the seafloor.
The turquoise blue waters here are sure to lure you right in. Take your first breaths underwater, look down and you may nearly lose your sense of being out of awe. A rainbow of soft corals awaits you to swim among them.
Add: Reef area, Yangmeikeng, Nan’ao Subdistrict, Dapeng New District
Transport: Take Bus E11 from downtown Shenzhen to Nan’ao Subdistrict Office, then transfer to Bus M274 and get off at the Nan’ao Yangmeikeng stop.
Guiwan Bay, Dapeng Peninsula
Many people might freak out when they first hear the name of this place, Guiwan Bay, which literally means "ghost bay." But the name holds no water. In reality, it is a gorgeous diving location.
Guiwan Bay is seldom disturbed by people, thus it is home to a rich variety of marine life such as sea anemones and starfish.
The underwater garden here will definitely dazzle your eyes and make you aware of the vastness and power of the ocean.
Add: The water area between Dahengzhou and Xiaohengzhou, near Sanmen Island, south to Dapeng Peninsula
Transport: Take bus E11 from downtown Shenzhen to Nan’ao Subdistrict Office, then transfer to bus M232 to Xichong Beach. Next, take a boat to Guiwan Bay.
Qingren Island in Xichong
Xichong Qingren Island, or "Island for Lovers," is the definition of romance. Submerged like a cork in the sea, it's like entering a crystal wonderland teeming with all kinds of colorful creatures.
As the island boasts the largest number of clown fish in Shenzhen, one may even spot the leading character of “Finding Nemo” there. Bring your date here and leave with some amazing memories.
Or, propose to your girlfriend. Let the sea witness the love and romance between you two.
Add: Xianrenzhang Beach, Xichong, Nan'ao Subdistrict, Dapeng New District
Transport: Take bus E11 from downtown Shenzhen to Nan'ao Subdistrict Office, then transfer to bus M232 to Xichong Beach. Next, take a boat to Qingren Island.