The Hydro-Electric Zone
A tourist magnet, Whale Island is a large region of land that was formed from volcanic activity a millennia ago. There is a strange abundance of electrical energy present on this island which, rather than posing a problem, has complemented the island entirely. The entire area is a haven for water Pokémon with even the mountain craters filled to the brim, the abundance of water sports and holiday travel locations ensuring the time you spend here is never dull. Cities and townships are located all across the island, with resorts, inns, and travel lodges in ample supply. The Hydra River is the main waterway, starting up in the north-west area of the island and down through the Central Plains where the great Hydro-Electric Dam has been constructed, before leading down to the south-eastern corner of the island and back out to sea. Whether it's action water sports you're after, or just lazing on a nice stretch of beach somewhere, you'll definitely find the place you're looking for on the famous Whale Island.
Northern BeachesUnless you're travelling along the Hydra River, the northern beaches tend to attract the wealthier crowd due to the fact the small beaches lining its shore have been purchased privately by those who have subsequently built properties by the water. Some of the rarer water and electric type Pokémon can be found along here, but if a wealthy beach owner finds you trespassing on their land there may be some unpleasant consequences.
Shell Harbour: The entry point for those visiting the northern beaches, Shell Harbour offers cafe's, restaurants, a travel lodge, and several shops. Further down the wharf you'll find a boat hire agent who can organise guided tours unless you'd like to sail solo.
Opal Cove Resort: An exclusive luxury retreat on the northern beaches catering for those who appreciate the best.
Raine's Wildlife Park: A nice spot for a family day out, Raine's Wildlife Park is open to visitors who are interested in seeing some of Whale Island's native Pokémon without having to venture too far themselves.
Brumby Lake: A popular fishing spot for locals and tourists alike, Brumby Lake is also well-known for the riding stables nearby where you can hire Blitzle or Zebstrika and enjoy riding the many trails around the lake and surrounding bushland.
Ancient Ruins: Several hundred feet from shore, and a few hundred feet deep, lay the remains of an ancient city. Dubbed "Atlantis" for obvious reasons, many of its structures are in remarkably good condition. You'll need a Pokémon with Dive if you're wanting to explore here, but be warned; many of the tunnels have not yet been mapped so take care to ensure you don't become lost.
East CoastBy far the most popular tourist destination spot, the East Coast of Whale Island seems to be constantly abuzz with activity both day and night. Unfortunately the downside to this is the crime rate has risen so be sure to keep an eye out for the con artists and thieves who are looking to swindle unsuspecting travellers out of their holiday spending money. Despite this downside the east coast is a great place to holiday, especially if you're looking to make the most of daytime and night time entertainment.
Pieli Harbour: Both a large harbour and resort, Pieli Harbour is famous for the best ice cream in the land, as well as its massive shipping stations, with boats as small as canoes to colossal ferries. The resort itself is archetypical of a seaside funfair, with several small rides as well as a roller coaster and ferris wheel, though the promenade at night is a sight for sore eyes to drown their sorrows on.
Ampere Beach: The largest stretch of coastal sand in all of Fizzy Bubbles, Ampere Beach is famed for its sand which contains a mild electrical current that soothes the body. This charge is the result of the high salinity content, combined with the naturally high electricity from the central regions, providing an earthing ground for the static. As a result, the beach is often used in therapeutics, evident by the resort known as Pieli Harbour.
Seaside City: Built up over time, Seaside City has attracted quite a number of tourists as well as long-term residents. It is now a sprawling city with all the trimmings, including shopping malls, schools, parks, and industrial sector. With plenty to do and places to visit, you'd be hard-pressed for a lazy time.
Rainbow Reef: One of Whale Island's most remarkable natural gifts, Rainbow Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of one of the world's largest coral reefs containing an abundance of marine life. Whether snorkelling or diving, you're sure to become immersed by this wonderful underwater world.
SS Calypso Shipwreck: Approximately ten miles from shore, laying almost 100 metres deep, lays the remains of the once magnificent SS Calypso cruise liner. Sunk by a torpedo during wartime several decades ago and killing more than 2,000 of the 2,500 passengers and crew on board, the Calypso's silent remains are said to be haunted by the spirits of those who died that fateful day. Strange happenings in the waters surrounding the wreck cause most to stay away, but there are some whose curiosity attracts them to the site.
Laguna PeninsulaThe Laguna Peninsula, also known as "Pirate Isle", is mainly forest and is famous for once harbouring a particularly nasty clan of pirates whose treasure is rumoured to still be hidden away somewhere in the vicinity. The peninsula is located on the south east end of Whale Island and although the pirates have long since vacated the land, they've certainly left their mark. Other than a rest house occupied by the peninsula's caretaker, there are no other dwellings here, the entire peninsula being under the protection of the Whale Island Conservation Society (WICS). It is said secret hideouts are cleverly hidden everywhere, so even if you're not aware of it you'll definitely have passed several of them if you're to take a scenic walk across the peninsula. Visit Pirate Isle and you'll be in for a jolly good time.
The Caverns: While Laguna Beach surrounds the majority of the Laguna Peninsula, there is one stretch of coast whose rocky cliffs are not so inviting. Here the waters are quite treacherous and if you sail too close the risk of being slammed against the rocks is very high. Caverns dot the cliffside, making them the perfect hideout for the rumoured hidden treasure, but they are also home to many wild Pokémon. Explore at your own risk!
The Black Swan: The Black Swan, once one of the largest and most feared pirate ships of its day, now lays rotting on Laguna Beach. Strangely enough wild Pokémon steer clear of the wreck; a sign that people perhaps shouldn't ignore.
Kakatua Lagoon: Protected by a shallow sandy atoll, Kakatua Lagoon is surrounded by forest making it the perfect romantic retreat for those looking for a little privacy. It's not uncommon to find couples camping here, though the stories of hidden treasure often attract a more nefarious element to the area.
Laguna Lake: A freshwater lake where the local Pokémon come to drink. People will often picnic here while trainers are more interested in seeing the kinds of Pokémon the lake attracts.
Ghostly Galleon: It is said that when Black Friday falls upon a night with a full moon, the Ghostly Galleon will appear, unaware that she has sailed through a rift in time. Fact or fiction? Only time will tell...
Central PlainsMostly fertile farmland there's not much here for your average tourist or trainer although a few areas of interest do attract the more adventurous trainers. Electric Pokémon thrive out here and are often found roaming the fields. Better beware though, they're not all that fond of trainers getting too close to their young so take a wrong step and you may find yourself on the wrong end of a lightning bolt that hasn't come from the sky.
Cetus Port: The main arrival and departure area for the Central Plains, the Cetus Port is located on the banks of the Hydra River and hosts a few warehouses, a post office, and an inn. People rarely stay long here, eager to venture out onto one of the several paths leading away from the river and out into the Central Plains.
Thunder Plains: The Thunder Plains are consistently lashed with vicious thunderstorms making travel for unprepared trainers a dance with death if not adequately equipped. The ferocity of the lightning bolts literally crack the hardened stony ground with every strike, and a Pokémon designed for attracting lightning is a nigh-on requisite for travelling through the plains without being smote. Indeed, such are the conditions that only the hardiest Pokémon reside here, calling the plains home.
Hydro-Electric Dam: Relatively new to the island is the Hydro-Electric dam, a massive construct that has created a reservoir of water several dozen million cubic feet in volume. Chosen due it being a renewable source of clean energy, and promoted for the fact it produces no waste or greenhouse gases, the dam has become a tourist attraction in its own right, its rich power source attracting a large variety of electric Pokémon to the area.
Energos Quarry: As a mine abandoned after an errant spark caused a massive cave-in that crushed hundreds of workers, Energos Quarry is full of an electro-magnetic ore that causes electrical devices to malfunction and electric Pokémon to act strangely even inside their Pokéballs. Although abandoned, there are still many gemstones to be found in the tunnels and mines within, although plucky adventurers are warned that some of the Pokémon living in the mines may be reluctant to part with the treasures.
Crater Lake: Atop an extinct volcano, its crater is now a freshwater lake and home to many wild Pokémon. A travel lodge awaits weary visitors who have trekked up the mountainside, where they can rest their weary bones and have a bite to eat. Some say ancient Pokémon reside way down deep inside the throat of the volcano but nobody has been able to verify these stories.
Southern GulfThe southern regions of Whale Island are known to be beautiful grassland with rolling hills and grazing Mareep by the thousand, as well as vast forests protected by the Whale Island Conservation Society. Some unapproved logging has been taking place recently, however, causing much stress to both the WICS and the local wildlife, prompting the Pokémon to show higher levels of hostility toward trainers and picnickers alike.
Pearl Cove: The entry point to Pearl City, the southern gulf's main residential and commercial district, you're sure to find some activity with which to pass the time. The WICS Head Office is located here, as is the local Pokémon Centre, but due to the illegal logging that has been taking place in the vicinity recently the locals have become quite suspicious of strangers. Win their trust and they may be able to point you in a rewarding direction.
Raikou's Effigy: A life size stone statue of the Legendary Thunder Pokémon Raikou, depicted in an eternal roar. Some say the statue is real, and that Raikou comes to life when needed. Whether this is true or not, the statue has a powerful presence and some swear its eyes follow them across the grassy fields.
Blitz River: The second longest river on the island, the Blitz is a lovely crystalline river that is greatly admired. While the water seems pure, there have been reports that the local Pokémon in the region use it for all their cleaning duties, making it rather impure for the body. The fishing at the riverside, however, is unparalleled.
Cascade Waterfall: The largest of a series of waterfalls along the Blitz River, the Cascade Waterfall is by far the most amazing of them all. Walking trails lead up and down either side of the falls and through the surrounding bushland, making it a lovely place to visit on anyone's itinerary. Wild Pokémon have become accustomed to the number of people visiting here and can sometimes be quite friendly.
Pirate's Cove: A sizable gulf set in some cliffs, with torrential waters at the entrance preventing proper investigation. So called for the fact that pirates frequented the cove for their plunder, and located not too far from the Laguna Peninsula, the rapids have resulted in the area being less cordoned as a tourist spot. Though several people have managed to brave the waters, using their powerful Surfing Pokémon to break through, none have emerged from the hallowed cliffs, rumoured to contain vast swathes of booty.
Western ShoreThe western shore of Whale Island has more rocky, craggy cliffs than stunning sandy beaches, but has its own attractions nonetheless. Several villages and freshwater springs dot the area. Whether you're here for relaxation, adrenaline rushing water sports, or to find new Pokémon, you're sure to find something to keep you happy during your stay.
Delphin Harbour: A bustling harbour and the entry point for Whale Island's western shore, Delphin Harbour is practically the sister port to the east coast's Pieli Harbour. Shops to tend to most of your needs can be found upon the main strip making it a pleasant place to explore, and if you're feeling a little adventurous you can walk to the far end of the harbour to find the famous blowhole which then leads around to Delphin Beach and its accompanying boardwalk and amusement park.
The Lighthouse: A lighthouse situated atop the cliffs overlooking the Delphin Heads, the lighthouse has long since been unmanned. It's light never goes out, however, despite the fact no maintenance has been carried out here for more than forty years...
Suicune's Effigy: A life size stone statue of the Legendary Aurora Pokémon Suicune, depicted in an eternal roar. Some say the statue is real, and that Suicune comes to life when needed. Whether this is true or not, the statue has a powerful presence and some swear its eyes follow them as they pass by.
Wet'n'Wild Recreation Park: A massive water theme park set in a deep valley through which the Centaur River flows. With many rides and water based games, discover the wide range of activities to get the heart racing, such as sky diving, bungee jumping, para-sailing and jet skiing to name a few. You can swim with the tamed water Pokémon, have fun partaking in other activities, or simply laze by a pool. However you choose to spend your time you're sure to have fun doing it.
Crescent Trench: About a mile offshore is a deep sea trench in the shape of a crescent moon. Only some of the stronger Pokémon can be found here but it gets pretty cold and dark way down in the depths of the ocean. Your Pokémon will need some special training before you even attempt exploring this area.