The best underwater attractions around the world

Published on : Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Underwater Attractions

The world is home to several attractions that lie beneath its water bodies. The universe under the sea allows travellers to explore a different portal of its own. Underwater adventures have now become one of the most popular tourist attractions across the globe. Therefore, SportsCover Direct, a specialist sports insurance provider recently analysed the amount of searches for top underwater landmarks.

The data for the survey has been taken from compiled seedlists to reveal underwater attractions around the world, and whether they are manmade, natural, or wrecks. Take a look at some of the top underwater attractions:

Underwater hotspots

With several popular locations, the east coast of Mexico, extending down into Belize, is the place to be for tourists looking to submerge themselves in as many underwater attractions as possible. The natural sites in this area are particularly impressive, due to the limestone peninsula which has created sinkholes that have gone on to form deep cenotes, massive marine holes and complex underwater tunnel systems. Notably, the Great Blue Hole, Belize, is one of the world’s deepest pits at around 400 feet deep, and is also one of the most Googled underwater attractions at 276,000 searches, making it worth a visit.

On the whole, the Caribbean Sea has the most underwater attractions, with Port Royal in Jamaica, and Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park adding to the numerous attractions of Mexico and Belize. Port Royal was hit by an earthquake in 1692, followed by a tsunami, dragging 33 acres of the city under the water where it now lies in 40 feet of water. This underwater attraction is also the third most Googled, with 840,000 annual searches, behind the Great Barrier Reef, and Lake Baikal.

The furthest inland dive

Proving that not all the top dive sites are out at sea, is our furthest inland attraction, The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan. Following a landslide and subsequent flooding, the forest sunk into the lake, with the cold water preserving the submerged trees, providing a unique view for any divers that venture beneath the surface.

For divers accustomed to warmer climates, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is another great inland dive spot. As the world’s longest network of cenotes (water-filled sinkholes connected by underwater passages), there’s plenty of caverns to explore, with Dos Ojos as one of the most famous, due to its striking eye-like double entrance. 

Diversify your dive

If you don’t have a particular landmark in mind, or if you’re looking for more variety in dive spots, travel between Florida and the Bahamas to experience a variety of underwater attractions. For accommodation, visit Jule’s Undersea Lodge, Florida Keys, to experience the only underwater hotel in the United States. Guests scuba dive down 21 feet to get to their rooms, which are situated at the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon. If you’re looking for wreck dives, the 120-mile-long Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail, comprising approximately 1,000 shipwrecks, offers a variety of dive spots, with some easy shallow dives and other much deeper sites requiring more experience. 

Living the underwater high life

If luxury is your focus over danger, or if you’re simply looking for a unique fine dining experience, then the Ithaa Restaurant,  Maldives will exceed expectations. This underwater restaurant has achieved the titles of Global Restaurant of the Year, and Luxury Unique Experience, and offers 180-degree views of the surrounding marine landscape, without the need to touch a drop of water. There’s also a cocktail hour, if you prefer diving into an extravagant drinks menu instead of the sea.

A natural wonder of the world

Off the coast of Queensland, in the aptly named Coral Sea, lies the Great Barrier Reef, the most Googled underwater attraction, with 3,036,000 annual searches. Any divers bucket list wouldn’t be complete without visiting this natural wonder of the world, which is made up of over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, providing an almost endless 1,430 miles of diving. The SS Yongala wreck is also located off the Queensland coast and is famed for being one of the best preserved and largest shipwrecks in Australia.

Whether you’re looking for diversity in your dive, a concentration of a particular type of location, or a specific experience, there’s always a dive spot that will meet your needs.

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