Even today the world’s oceans hold a vast array of secrets.
Despite our technologies being more advanced than ever,
only a small portion of them have ever been explored, making us ask the question
‘what else is hidden beneath?’.
That said, what explorers have discovered is nothing short of wondrous
and these 5 incredible underwater sights are sure to blow your mind…
1. Museo Subacuático de Arte, Mexico
Believe it or not, British artist Jason deCaires Taylor has successfully created an underwater museum. Beneath the waves just off the shore of Cancun in Cancún’s National Marine Park lies his work of art which holds some 400 pieces molded from pH-neutral concrete.
In time, coral and sea-life will likely overcome Taylor’s creations, transforming them from concrete structures into living works or art. You can visit the attraction either by scuba-diving, snorkelling, or even by glass-bottomed boat.
2. Truk Lagoon, Micronesia
Truk, what was once the forward stronghold of Japan’s Imperial Navy during the days of World War II, is now the most incredible (if somewhat haunting) underwater ghost-fleet there is.
Lying at an average depth of 65 feet beneath the Pacific in Micronesia, scuba divers will find some 60 ships and 275 airplanes which were laid to rest when they were bombed in February 1944. The fleet is not coral-encrusted, making for an eerie yet wondrous sight, and the area has become a paradise for divers and photographers alike.
3. Underwater Post Office, Vanuatu
Yes, you read that right, there is intact a working underwater post office under the waves of Vanuatu. About 150 feet below the water’s surface just off the marine sanctuary Hideaway Island stands a lone yellow post box.
For about $4, your can have a waterproof postcard mailed to anywhere in the world from the post box and your mail will be fished out from the depths of the ocean by scuba-gear-clad mailmen.
4. Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet, Norway
After a landslide in 1908 blocked the Lygna River in the Norangsdal Valley, this pristine mountain lake was formed.
Due to Lake Lygnstøylsvatnet’s sheltered location, the waters are still like glass, reflecting the countryside all around. Beneath the surface, divers can explore the pristine remains of old alpine huts which still sport birch-bark roofs and they can even swim under the stone bridge which was once used to cross the Lygna River.
The lake is also home to what’s known locally as the Troll Forest, a vast collection of dead tree trunks which are surrounded at their bases with thick green algae, making it appear as though they stand among grass.
5. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Composed of 2,900 individual reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on Earth.
The reef truly is a natural wonder and while it can also be seen from above water (even from space!) it’s best viewed from below the waves while scuba diving or in a glass bottom boat. Amongst the reef nature flourishes and the area is host to six species of sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, 400 species of coral and countless other marine animals which make up this colourful spectacle.
While two million people visit the Great Barrier Reef each year, there are concerns that this is harmful to the fragile environment and so visitors are carefully managed and allowed only to swim in areas where there is less of a risk to the coral (though they are no less beautiful). For any scuba-diver or even a simple nature fan the Great Barrier Reef is a must see that is sure to blow your mind.