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Sea World Resort and Reef Helmet Dive

Thursday, April 3, 2008
The people at Sea World just never stop improving their popular family holiday destination.

Sea World Resort has just undergone a multimillion dollar refurbishment — the biggest since it all began 19 years ago. The new miniature version of Wet'n'Wild Water World's Buccaneer Bay by the pool has created a theme park within the resort.

There have been no structural changes in the resort — it's been given new-look rooms and a new lobby. Décor and furnishings are also all brand new in the 405 international-standard rooms.

Sea World Resort offers low-rise accommodation with three wings, each with a plant-filled atrium. All rooms have a balcony or patio with garden, pool or Broadwater views. Choose from five grades of accommodation.

Waterplay at the resort's pool has the lot: sprays, jets, water guns and a huge bucket splash. It provides hours of fun and we wish you well trying to tear away from it for lunch, dinner or bed!

Another exciting addition is Reef Helmet Dive at Shark Bay. Previously, you could only scuba with the sharks, but now it is accessible to everyone with no qualification necessary!

It is the only program in Australia where you can get up close to reef flora and fauna in a controlled environment using underwater viewing helmets. You experience a dive-like encounter in the Tropical Reef Lagoon in Shark Bay among tropical fish, rays, the harmless and toothless leopard shark and white-tip reef sharks.

The two-level exhibit provides fantastic viewing both above water and underwater through three 10x3 metre windows allowing you to come face-to-face with the Bay's inhabitants. Three main zones allow for viewing and interaction. There is a touch pool, snorkel and dive lagoon and shark lagoon.

Shark Bay is the world's largest man-made lagoon system for sharks and has some incredible species living there.

There has always been a turbulent relationship between humans and sharks, one of the world's great predators. Shark Bay gives a new dimension of understanding of these creatures and unravels some of the mystery and misconception surrounding the majestic species.

Divers are supplied with a wet suit and all equipment and are accompanied at all times by a dive leader.

Seal Quad is a new interactive show with a Fish Detective theme. The two sea lion stars — Buddy and Claude — recently featured in the film Nim's Island with Jodie Foster. There is also a comical pelican in the show. It's great fun and those dolphins are natural comedians.

Sesame Street Beach was launched late last year. It's a multimillion dollar attraction with rides and shows for young and old. There are five little Sesame Street rides with room for an adult to sit with small children. Little ones below 105 centimetres are not permitted on Bert and Ernie's Big Dive but are fine on all the other rides when accompanied by an adult.

Enjoy Bert and Ernie's Big Dive, Oscar's Sweep the Beach, Elmo's Sea Subs, Big Bird Bounce, Zoe's Sub Splash and The Cookie Monster Cup Carousel.

A live stage show, Bert and Ernie's Island Holiday, has singing and dancing and all the favourite characters from Sesame Street will be seen wandering around for meet-and-photograph opportunities.


Queensland's Gold Coast


The Reef Helmet Dive is $80 per person for around 50 minutes with 20 minutes in the water. It is for people 14 years or over and runs twice daily. Snorkelling is $65 per person.

Fish Detectives runs for 15 minutes at 11:30am and 2:15pm.

Sea World admission is $66 for adults and $43 for children.

Sea World Resort rooms start at $208 a night for up to four guests. Log on to the website for special rates and deals. Conditions apply.

Prices correct at April 3, 2008.

For further information

Sea World Resort
Seaworld Drive
Main Beach
Gold Coast 4217
Ph: (07) 5591 0000
Fax: (07) 5591 0088

Sea World
Seaworld Drive
Main Beach,
Gold Coast 4217
Ph: (07) 5588 2222
Fax: (07) 5588 2180

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