Explore these ten destinations- underwater
It’s one thing to be awed by gorgeous scenery above ground, it’s another thing to be amazed by the ocean’s secrets- both manmade and natural. Listed below are ten underwater destinations that attract divers and tourists alike to explore its magnificence.
Orda Cave, Perm Krai, Russia
The longest cave in the world made of the mineral gypsum, divers are welcome to explore the Orda Cave in Russia. Above ground, the place looks like any other grassy hills, but underground, the white, cathedral like walls gleam in the crystal clear water, making up passages that can be explored.
Underwater Post Office, Vanuatu
No, it’s not an old post office that sunk to the bottom of the ocean like the Titanic. The Post Office under the water in Vanuatu is a fully functioning one. It’s located ten feet under the water, off the Hideaway Island Resort and Marine Sanctuary at Vanuatu. You can put on some snorkeling gear, swim down to the fiberglass booth and mail waterproof postcards to your near and dear ones. You can even pose for a photo too.
Shipwreck of the Sweetstakes, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada
Although there exists more than 6000 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, only few of them have been explored by humans. However, there are some that are visible in the shallow waters, including the shipwreck of the Sweetstakes, located in Lake Huron’s Fathom Five National Marine Park. The boat sank in September 1885, from around fifty yards from the shore, and has remained quite intact, inviting divers and tourists.
Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy
Christ of the Abyss is located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of San Fruttuoso. Although there are several versions of the same statue scattered around the ocean floor, this one stands eight feet tall. The statue was created by the sculptor Guido Galletti, commissioned by the Italian diver Duilio Marcante in 1954. Marcante lost his friend Dario Gonzatti while he was diving, so he wanted to place a memorial at the exact spot. And so, Christ of the Abyss came to be.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, The Maldives
Located 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel, this restaurant was the first all-glass undersea restaurant in the world. Take a panoramic 180- degree view of the water swirling around you and dig into your dishes- including caviar and Maldivian lobster. The seats are limited to only 14 guests.
Museo Subacuatico de Arte, Cancun, Mexico
There are more than 400 permanent life-size sculptures on the ocean floor, at this underwater museum between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Each of these sculptures were designed to promote coral and marine life. You can get to the museum via boat, and then snorkel above the sculptures, ranging from groups of people to a Volkswagen covered with seaweed.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Lighthouse Reef located around 60 miles off the coast of Belize has beautiful corals, turquoise blue water and a vertical drop that is more than 400 feet deep. This perfectly circular sinkhole sits right it the middle of an atoll, and is 1000-feet-wide. Forty feet below the surface is the limestone shelf surrounding the cave, and then, it’s a straight jump into the unknown. Adventurers who have gone further down claim the more they go, the more beautiful and clearer the water and rock formations become. Talk about paradise underwater.
The Underwater Room, Manta Resort, Zanzibar
The Manta Resort in Zanzibar opened its underwater room in 2013. The three level hotel room is submerged four meters underwater, and those who stay in the floating room get a 360 degree view of the ocean, coral and incredible marine life. The view becomes more spectacular after dark, when creatures like squid and octopuses make appearances.
Underwater Museum at Cape Tarkhankut, Ukraine
Once the U.S.S.R. fell, diver Vladimir Borumensky collected thousands of statues and busts of Communist figures, including those of Stalin, Lenin and Marx. He turned them into a subaquatic Alley of Leaders. Over the last two decades, the collection has grown to include more than fifty sculptures, like Paris’s Eiffel Tower and London’s Tower Bridge.
The Green Lake, Targoess, Austria
This is one of the most unusual diving experiences around the world. During fall and winter season, the Green Lake is a body of water surrounded by hiking trails. But when the snow on the bordering mountains starts melting off during spring, the water runs into the lake, causing the lake’s water levels to rise significantly. By June, the nearby park is completely submerged, making it quite a spot for divers to explore!