As creatures of the land, we humans are always keen on learning more about the underwater world. Shipwrecks, sculptures, and even underwater parks all offer us a stunning underwater world. We are here with 11 underwater attractions which are the perfect combination of fascinating mysteries and breathtaking beauties.
1. Yonaguni Monument, Japan
Discovered in 1986 off the coast of Yonaguni, the Yonaguni Monument is located the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. Since then, it has been the subject of research of much speculation and debate. This rock formation has straight edges and tiered planes, forming almost like a pyramid. Some claim that it looks manmade, while others confirm it is actually a normal sandstone with strange shape created by tectonic activity.
2. Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA), Cancun, Mexico
This unique underwater museum offers visitors 400 permanent life-size statues on the seabed. Each statue is designed to be the home to coral and marine animals. Visitors can come here by boat and then snorkel above the various sculptures, from a group of people to a seaweed-covered Volkswagen.
3. Ginnie Springs, Florida
Florida features a wide range of freshwater underground caves to explore, but Ginnie Springs is well received thanks to its accessibility and crystal-clear water. You do not need to practice more to discover the large cavern in Ginnie Springs. It is quite safe for people who have gained experience in scuba diving. The sun shining down through the entrance offers visitors a magnificent sight.
4. Shipwreck of the Sweepstakes, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada
In the Great Lakes region, there are more than 6,000 shipwrecks, which are largely inaccessible to. However, some of the wrecks lie in shallower waters, including the schooner Bug Sweepstakes that is situated in Fathom Five National Marine Park. Sinking about 50 yards from the shore in September 1885, however, Sweepstakes has remained intact, which makes it a popular attraction for divers and tourists.
5. Dos Ojos, Tulum, Mexico
This cavernous cenote has two entrances and the IMAX film Journey Into Amazing Caves and an episode of Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth were shot here. This is an ideal destination for snorkelers, experienced scuba divers and those who are brave enough to surface in the system’s bat cave.
6. Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy
The eight-foot-tall Christ of the Abyss is situated in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of San Fruttuoso since the 1950s. With its outreached arms and upward gaze, it’s not easy to decide whether the statue is sublime or spooky. Regardless, it will be worthy of your time to take a 55-foot dive down to snap an underwater selfie with Jesus.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a 1,000-foot-wide sinkhole located in the midst of Belize’s Lighthouse and is a well-known spot for divers. The limestone shelf surrounding the vertical cave lies at a depth of 40 feet. The deeper divers go, the clearer and more stunning the massive underwater stalactites and stalagmites get.
The Green Lake, Tragoess, Austria
During the autumn and winter, Austria’s Green Lake is just a barren valley. However, when the snow on the bordering mountains starts to melt in the spring, the runoff results in the lake’s increasing water levels. By June, the nearby park goes under the surface of water, which makes it become a unique spot for divers around the world.
Silfra fissure, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Iceland’s Silfra fissure gives adventure enthusiasts all over the world the opportunity to get a memorable experience, which is to swim between 2 continental plates. The fissure between the Eurasian and North American plates widens 2 cm per year and provides divers and snorkelers with crystal-clear water and sheer geological uniqueness.
Amphitrite statue, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
If you want to see a mermaid, you should head to Grand Cayman for your next vacation. One of the weirdest attractions is a haunting mermaid statue located at a depth of 50 feet off the coast of the beach. The statue, which is 9 foot tall and weighs more than 270 kg, is based off of Amphitrite, goddess of the sea and wife of Poseidon in Greek mythology.