We won't mess around and just dive in (sorry we couldn't resist). Ultimately, the following list is far from exhaustive and in no particular order. So without further ado here are ten great underwater attractions across the globe. Enjoy.
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1. Underwater post office, Vanuatu
Our first entry on our list of underwater attractions, is a rather, interesting one. For no apparent reason, Vanuatu Postal Service decided to create the world's first and only underwater post office. You can find this in the Hideaway Island Marine Sanctuary. This is probably the most niche service we've ever seen. Anyway, if you do decide to visit this one, visitors are provided with a snorkel and diving suit to reach the post box a mere 3 meters underwater.
You'll be relieved to hear that special waterproof postcards are provided for you to post. These are even collected and mailed locally and internationally. Nice.
2. Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), Mexico
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit an art exhibition under water? Well now you can with this unique underwater attraction that can be found just off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. This place is far from what you might have come to expect from a "museum".
This place is actually a subaquatic sculpture garden around 4 to 8 meters below the ocean surface. This museum features 500 life-size figurines and is, frankly, a little ominous. The MUSA also has some environmental ambitions as well as artistic ones. Each of the 500 sculptures is made of material meant to promote coral life in the area. The ambition is to form a reef for marine colonization and conservation.
This video is in Spanish (sorry), but it gives you a good idea of what to expect.
3. Shi Cheng, China
Often referred to as "China's Atlantis Re-discovered", Shi Cheng is a stunning submerged city. Situated in the Qiandao Lake in China's Zhejiang Province, this site is truly awe-inspiring. Translated to English, Qiandao means 1000 islands, and unsuspecting visitors can be forgiven for missing this site. Hidden deep underwater, this ancient city dates back to the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-200AD). It was once known as the Lion City borrowing from the nearby 5 Lion Mountain. This beautifully preserved city can be found 26-40 meters underwater.
Interestingly, the city was only flooded about 50 years ago when a local dam was built.
4. LIME Spa, Maldives
Our next entry on our list of underwater attractions is pretty awesome. LIME is part of the Per AQUUM's Huvafen Fushi Resort and it offers a pretty unique experience for visitors. This resort offers spa treatments in one of two underwater rooms. Why not get pampered whilst enjoying the bounty of the depths of the ocean during your stay? Each LIME Light Ritual lasts for about 180 minutes and is described as the "signature underwater experience".
5. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Another entry on our list of underwater attractions from the Maldives here. Why not enjoy an 180-degreee panoramic view of the ocean whilst munching down on some fine cuisine. You can find this marvelous dining experience at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort. Ithaa offers a selection of European cuisine and is located 5 meters under water. The views are obviously difficult to beat and you can even book a table for breakfasts or special events.
6. The Green Lake, Austria
A passing internet search for Green Lake will crop up some images that looked clearly photoshopped. How could there be luscious grass several meters under water? Well, take a trip at the right time of year to this park near the snowy Karst Mountains of Tragoess, Austria and found out for yourself. For most of the year, visitors can happily stroll around the park without the need for diving gear, or in fact get wet at all. The lake is normally only a meter deep for most of the year.
How is this an underwater attraction we hear you ask?
Once a year meltwater from the Karst mountains transforms the park into something out of this world. 12 meters of fresh water inundate the entire park and temporarily render it off limits for visitors without diving gear. This event submerges trees, footpaths, benches, and bridges. Beautiful.
7. The Underwater Room, Zanzibar
Sick and tired of staying in hotel rooms with a "city view" that actually turns out to be a brick wall? Then this might be the solution. Situated in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Zanzibar, The Manta Resort's underwater rooms are a sight to behold. This floating glass cube lets guests literally become immersed in the area's natural beauty. You can choose between "sleeping with the fishes" or under the stars at this unique holiday destination.
8. Dos Ojos, Mexico
Dos Ojos. meaning "Two Eyes" is a beautiful diving experience in a cenote of the Riviera Maya. You'll find this wonderful place between the Playa del Carmen and Tulum in Mexico. The amazing, easy and accessible diving experience is for all certified divers. Granted this might disqualify some readers from initially visiting the site, but if this doesn't inspire you to take some diving lessons we are not sure what will.
9. Christ of the Abyss, Italy
Whether you are a theist or not, the sight of a sunken statue of "the son of God" is an impressive and thought provoking experience. If you take a little trip just off the coast of San Fruttuoso, Italy, you might just "run" into this life sized statue of Jesus Christ. For some, this might be enough to put them off diving forever. The statue is a bronze-likeness of Jesus Christ made by Guido Galletti and was placed at the bottom of the Meditteranean Sea in honor of Dario Gonzatt. Dario was the first Italian to use scuba diving gear. Nice touch.
The statue is at about 17 meters under water and was laid in August of 1954.
10. Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius
Finally, we'll end our list of underwater attractions with a truly magnificent natural wonder. Just off the coast of Mauritius, this "underwater waterfall" is actually an optical illusion on a grand scale. Runoff of silt and sand from the coastal shelf resembles an underwater waterfall from the air. To truly experience the phenomena in all its glory, it is best to view from the air, for obvious reasons.
Have you seen any of these for yourself? Most of all, we'd be pleased to hear your recommendations, experiences, and suggestions, as always.
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