If you’re looking for something different to do on your next vacation, one of these jaw dropping underwater sites could be the answer. Hotel rooms, sculpture parks, restaurants…take your pick!
#10 Christ of the Abyss
You can find a number of versions of these Jesus statues scattered on the ocean floor. However, to see the original version (pictured here) you’ll need to head to the Mediterranean Sea, and precisely off the coast of San Fruttuso. The eight foot tall Jesus likeness was commissioned by the Italian diver Duilio Marcante in 1954 as a memorial to his diving friend Dario Gonzatti. Gonzatti had died in this exact spot while diving a few years before. Guido Galletti sculpted the huge statue. I wonder who placed it on the ocean floor?
#9 Ithaa Underwater Restaurant
Fancy a dinner date under water? Head to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Hotel where you can dine at the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant, Ithaa. Impress your significant other with caviar and Maldivian lobster while enjoying the 180-degree panoramic views of the water above.
#8 Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA)
The next time you’re near Cancun and Isla Mujeres arrange a tour to visit this enchanting underwater museum. The museum features 400-plus life-size sculptures on the ocean floor. You’ll visit the museum via boat and have the amazing opportunity to admire the sculptures while snorkeling above. The sculptures range from groups of people to a seaweed covered Volkswagen
#7 Dos Ojos (Two Eyes), Tulum Mexican
Here’s another amazing underwater site located in Mexico! Dubbed “Two Eyes” because of its double entry points, this humongous cenote is just so incredible that it’s been featured in an episode of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Planet Earth’, and in the IMAX flick Journey in Amazing Caves. Great for snorkelers, but to scuba dive you’ll have to be experienced. Want to see some bats? Swallow your fear and surface in the system’s bat cave. You guessed it, the cave is inhabited by bats. Yikes!
#6 The Underwater Room
The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Zanzibar, in 2013) opened a three-level hotel room that is submerged four meters under the sea. Guests get to enjoy an amazing 360-degree view of the surrounding ocean, coral, and sea life. Surrounded by all that beauty, you probably won’t be thinking to much about sleep.
#5 Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
The park is the brain child of globetrotting artist and photographer Jason deCaires Taylor, and the world’s first underwater sculpture park. Visitors can snorkel through the Moliniere Bay marine park to get a fish-eye view of the underwater sculptures.
” His site-specific, permanent works are designed to act as artificial reefs, attracting corals, increasing marine biomass and aggregating fish species, while crucially diverting tourists away from fragile natural reefs and thus providing space for natural rejuvenation” (from his website)
#4 The Great Blue Hole
The Lighthouse Reef, located approximately 60 miles off the coast of Belize, is home to stunningly beautiful coral, shallow turquoise waters, and a vertical drop that’s over 400 feet deep. The Great Blue Hole, is a 1,000-foot-wide, circular sinkhole found in the middle of the atoll. The vertical cave sits about 40 feet below the surface and is surrounded by a limestone shelf. Once you leave the shelf it’s a straight jump down into the deep unknown. The further down adventurous divers go, the clearer and more beautiful the rock formations become.
#3 The Green Lake, Tragoess, Austria
If you visit Austria’s Green Lake during the fall and winter, you’ll enjoy a small but scenic body of water surrounded by popular hiking trails. However, when the mountain snow begins to melt in the spring, the run-off causes the lake’s water levels to dramatically rise. By June, the nearby park is completely submerged under water, making for one of the worlds most unusual diving experiences.
#2 Underwater Museum at Cape Tarkhanku
You’ll probably be surprised at what you’ll find in the Black Sea waters off of the coast of Crimea. After the fall of the U.S.S.R, diver Vladimir Boromensky collected thousands of discards sculptures of prominent Communist leaders, including Lenin, Stalin, and Marx. He took these sculptures and created an under sea “Alley of Leaders”. The site now includes more than 50 sculptures. In addition to the Communist leaders, you’ll now even find Paris’s Eiffel Tower and London’t Tower Bridge.
#1 USAT Liberty Shipwreck, Bali, Indonesia
Torpedoed by the Japanese in January 1942, this U.S. supply ship ended up beached on the island of Bali. A 1963 volcanic eruption moved the ship off of the beach, and the wreck is now a popular dive site.
I’d love to visit all of these, beginning with the underwater restaurant, Ithaa. How about you?