We’re always focused on incredible places to visit around the world, but since 70% of our planet is covered by water all this focus on above-the-seas sightseeing was beginning to feel a little biased. So sit back while we even things out with these incredible images of under the sea sights that are not to be missed.
Great Barrier Reef – Australia
There are too many dive sites to pick just one from on the Great Barrier Reef – Australia does everything on a supersize scale as the 2,600 kilometre long reef system demonstrates. Here’s one teeny tiny part:
Sharm el Sheikh – Ras Mohammed National Park
Can’t quite stretch to the airfare to Australia – well book some cheap flights to Sharm el Sheikh, the most popular dive destination on the Red Sea. You won’t be disappointed with the 130-foot drop walls of coral in Ras Mohammed National Park (130-foot drop walls not pictured!)
Image by ComùnicaTI
Underwater sculpture park – Grenada
Artist Jason de Caires Taylor has created several underwater sculpture parks in Mexico and Grenada – where the sculpture adapts to fit the environment, slowly covering over with coral.
Vicissitudes – Photo by SunCat
Thingvellir National Park – Iceland
There aren’t many places in the world where you can swim along the fissure where two tectonic plates meet. Iceland is one such and the water here is freshly melted from glaciers, making it cold but very very clear.
Photo by ronaldhole
Yolanda Wreck – Sharm el Sheikh
Second shout out to Sharm el Sheikh where you can visit the wreck of Yolanda – complete with the cargo she was carrying which included cars, and hundreds of toilet bowls, as you can see!
© caan2gobelow – Fotolia.com
Cenotes – Mexico
Mexico holds some of the most amazing underwater cave systems you can explore – there are several of these limestone sink holes known as Cenotes in the Yucatán peninsula.
Image by dMap Travel Guide
Chuuk Lagoon – Micronesia
The lagoon floor here is littered with wrecks dating back to WW2 when there was a Japanese Naval base nearby, making it one of the best sites in the world for wreck diving. Take a look at this coral covered gun:
Image by NOAA Photo Library