Seeking adventure and seeing some of the most beautiful sites around the world is one of the many privileges associated with travel. Oftentimes we forget what an amazing opportunity travel is, and how it benefits our lives on such a personal level. With that in mind, visiting the sites below the sea might prove to be more of an adventure than what’s going on atop the land. With this in mind, FlightHub reviews the best underwater sites to visit around the world.
The Christ of the Abyss Statue, Portofino
One of the most accessible diving spots in the world, make your way to Portofino, Italy and grab a swimsuit. Standing at 2.5 meters tall and only 17m below the surface, this bronze statue is dedicated to all the lost souls at sea. The statue was initially commissioned and placed in the water in the 1950’s. Diving is accessible for all levels, but with all water activity, FlightHub encourages only those with strong swimming skills to attempt the dive.
Underwater grotto, Bohol, Philippines
In 2010, the local government of Bien Unido, was worried about the destructive practice of blast fishing. This practice, much like it sounds, uses explosives submerged underwater and “blasts” the fish, collecting them afterwards. However, this type of fishing method is harmful to ecosystems, especially coral reefs which support an environment of healthy sea life. To combat this practice, the government installed an underwater grotto, making it a pilgrimage site for many as they submerged a 14ft tall statue into the depth of the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reed Marine Park.
The Underwater Museum, Mexico
In the warm, cool waters next to Cancun, Mexico is an underwater experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard before. Dubbed the Underwater Museum, snorkel or dive to explore more than 470 underwater statues sitting, and protecting, the coral reef below. See marine life thrive below the surface as art integrates itself into the natural life and rhythm of the ocean.
Glass-ceiling boat rides, as well as diving excursions are available for those wishing to see the beautiful display of art and life mixing together.
Port Royal, Jamaica
Port Royal was once synonymous with the stories of pirates, waring battles on the water, all-night parties, and was known to be “the most wicked and sinful city in the world.” But in June 1692, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit this prosperous and thriving English colony, effectively sinking the city to the bottom of the ocean. Leaving behind a virtually untouched display of 17th century lie in the colonies, this site has since been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and tourists from around the globe visit every year.. Located 40ft below the surface, the magnificent architecture remains tall and proud, despite over 400 years of erosion.