In celebration of World Water Day, we dive deep into some of the world’s most interesting water attractions. Whether it’s floating on the surface or deep into the ocean, these experiences will certainly get you wet. From underwater museums to bedrooms under the sea, hold your breath whilst we take you on a water adventure.
There are 400 concrete sculptures residing under the sea in Isla Mujeres in Mexico, just off the coast of Cancun. Each sculpute was lowered one by one into place, a permanent fixture that has now become a tourist attraction – for humans and fish alike.
This stunning natural phenomenon is located on the island of Mauritius, about 2,000 kilometres from Africa’s Southeast Coast near Madagascar. Whilst it looks scariliy eerie (you wouldn’t want to swim too close) it’s actually an optical illusion created by sand and silt deposits that flow through the sea and change the colour of the water (making it appear like a waterfall flowing deep below the sea).
Ever the innovators in short-stay rentals, last year Airbnb floated a unique rental on their site – A floating apartment on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In partnership with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory, the apartment offered guests the chance to experience one of the largest natural wonders in the world. The ultimate base for snorkelers and scuba divers, the floating apartment was available for one night and has since been repurposed for a nearby turtle hatching program.
Imagine immersing yourself into the world of art, taking it in all 140 feet below the surface of the ocean. On an Air Force missile tracking ship that sank in 2009, an underwater gallery was created by Austria artist Andreas Franke. As part of the artists ‘Sinking World’ series, the photos were submerged underwater, accessible to scuba divers willing to take the plunge (for arts sake).
UNDERWATER MUSEUM IN SPAIN
Europe’s first underwater museum, the Museo Alantico in Lanzarote Spain was created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. He’s the man also responsible for Mexico’s and Western Grenada’s underwater museums, creating entirely man made sculptures that attract coral and sea life, enabling them to fit into their surroundings.
If dining with sharks is your idea of a good time, then you could have considered entering into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Airbnb. In a world first, Airbnb hosted the first ever sleep-over in a shark aquarium. The company offered three lucky winners a chance to experience what it’s like to live under the sea. Not for the faint hearted, this underwater bedroom was made up of a large cylindrical bed and immersed amongst the creatures of the sea (including sharks). Now that the competition is over, the submarine bedroom remains as an observatory for biologists to study the behaviours of creatures of the sea.
UNDERWATER SHIP WRECKS IN MALTA
These underwater ship wrecks that lay beneath the sea tell the story of World War II, when Malta became one of the most bombed locations in history. Some of the wrecks date back to 1918, towards the end of World War I, leaving behind the history of Malta’s battle in the clear blue waters.