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11 Incredible Underwater Attractions

From Austria's Green Lake to Christ of the Abyss statue in Florida, U.S., here are some magnificent underwater sites.

11 Incredible Underwater Attractions around the World

By Julius Choudhury, dearJulius.com

If you thought all great places for travelers to visit were on dry land, think again! Be it museums, art installations or naturally occurring sites, there are many mesmerizing underwater locales around the world that any sub-aqua enthusiast can explore. Scroll down for some fascinating sub-aquatic treasures that are a 'must-sea.'



The Cancún Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico


The Cancún Underwater Museum also known as Museo Subacuático de Arte, known as MUSA, is a non-profit organization based in Cancún, Mexico devoted to the art of conservation. The museum has a total of 500 sculptures, most by the British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and the others by five Mexican sculptors, with three different galleries submerged between three and six meters deep in the ocean at the Cancún National Marine Park. The museum was thought up by Marine Park Director Jaime Gonzalez Canto, with Taylor's assistance, with the objective of saving the nearby coral reefs by providing an alternative destination for divers. It was started in 2009 and officially opened in November 2010.



Neptune Memorial Reef in Miami, Florida

Neptune Memorial Reef in Miami, Florida

The Neptune Memorial Reef originally conceived by Gary Levine and designed by artist Kim Brandell and known as the Atlantis Reef Project or the Atlantis Reef is an underwater columbarium in what was conceived by the creator as the world's largest man-made reef (covering over 600,000 square feet (65,000 m²) of ocean floor) at a depth of 40 feet. As of 2012, the Reef occupies a half-acre space, but a planned expansion to 16 acres is underway. The city design involves underwater roads leading to a central feature with benches and statuary.

The place was chosen at 3.25 miles (5.2 km) off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida. It is a type of burial at sea and the first phase is estimated to be able to accommodate 850 remains, with an eventual goal of more than 125,000 remains. Though often referred to in news articles as an underwater mausoleum or underwater cemetery, the Neptune Society Memorial Reef meets the criterion for neither. Cremated remains are mixed with cement to form features of the Reef, and memorial plaques are added. The Reef is more correctly identified as a cremation memorial site.

The man-made reef, located three miles (5 km) off the coast of Florida's Key Biscayne, opened in 2007 after a number of difficulties, including permits. After an extensive evaluation and permitting process, the Atlantis Reef Project has been permitted by the EPA, DERM, NOAA, Florida Fish and Wildlife, and the Army Corps of Engineers. One of the construction requirements was that the Memorial Reef be built to withstand the strongest storm in the last 100 years. During the permitting process, Hurricane Andrew, a category 5 hurricane swept through, requiring a re-engineering of the Reef.

The reef stretches across 16 acres (65,000 m2) of ocean floor designed as both a home for sea life and "a destination for divers". The Neptune Memorial Reef lies in a special management zone. Boaters and divers are welcome, but no fishing or lobster-taking is allowed. Now that reef-building coral have developed at the site, the Reef can be properly identified as a coral reef.

The Neptune Memorial Reef is actively working the site and is currently expanding. There was a major addition to the site placed on 7/2/2018.



Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria

Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria

Grüner See also known as Green Lake, is a lake in Styria, Austria in a village named Tragöß. The lake is surrounded by the Hochschwab Mountains and forests. The name "Green Lake" originated because of its emerald-green water. The clean and clear water comes from the snowmelt from the karst mountains and has a temperature of 6–7 °C (43–45 °F). During winter, the lake is only 1–2 m (3–7 ft) deep and the surrounding area is used as a county park.

However, in spring, when the temperature rises and snow melts, the basin of land below the mountains fills with water. The lake reaches its maximum depth of around 12 m (39 ft) from mid-May to June and is claimed to look the most beautiful at this time. In July, the water begins to recede.

The lake supports a variety of fauna such as snails, water fleas, small crabs, fly larvae, and different species of trout. The flora is not abundant because of the rocky bottom of the lake. Furthermore, the lake’s depth is variable since its inflow comes from snowmelt.

The lake was popular among divers who could observe the green meadows in the edge zone of the lake particularly in June when the water is at its highest. A bridge and a bench could also be found underwater. Furthermore, trails and trees could also be seen underwater.

Because of the spike in tourist visits that has occurred and expected damage of this sensitive environment, the use of this lake for all watersports activities has been prohibited since 1 January 2016.



Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida

Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida

Weeki Wachee Springs is a natural tourist attraction located in Weeki Wachee, Florida, where underwater performances by "mermaids", women wearing fish tails as well as other fanciful outfits, can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting in the spring of the Weeki Wachee River. A waterpark, Buccaneer Bay, river boat rides, kayak and paddleboard rental are some of the other activities offered at Weeki Wachee Springs.



Cenotes in Mexico

Cenotes in Mexico

Cenotes – natural sinkholes filled with fresh groundwater – are found all over the Riviera Maya, near Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Some of these cenotes were once used by ancient Mayans for sacrificial offerings. This incredible and unique ecosystem in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula was created by a combination of various geological events and climate changes.



Christ of the Abyss in Florida

Christ of the Abyss in Florida

This submerged statue of Jesus Christ is one of the prominent versions of Italy’s Christ of the Abyss installation. Located near the Dry Rocks, off Key Largo in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the bronze statue is a major attraction among divers and a popular photography site in the Florida Keys.



Great Blue Hole, Belize

Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, 318 m (1,043 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep.[1] It was formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciation when sea levels were much lower. Analysis of stalactites found in the Great Blue Hole shows that formation took place 153,000; 66,000; 60,000; and 15,000 years ago. As the ocean began to rise again, the cave was flooded.[2] The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



Chuuk Lagoon in Federated States of Micronesia

Chuuk Lagoon in Federated States of Micronesia
Chuuk Lagoon (also previously known as Truk Lagoon) is a sheltered body of water in the central Pacific. About 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) north-east of New Guinea, it is located mid-ocean at 7 degrees North latitude, and is part of Chuuk State within the Federated States of Micronesia. The atoll consists of a protective reef, 225 kilometres (140 mi) around, enclosing a natural harbour 79 by 50 kilometres (49 by 31 miles), with an area of 2,130 square kilometres (820 square miles). It has a land area of 93.07 square kilometres (35.93 square miles), with a population of 36,158 people and a maximal height of 443 m. Weno city on Moen Island functions as the atoll's capital and also as the state capital and is the largest city in the FSM with its 13,700 people.



Vanuatu Post in Vanuatu

Vanuatu Post in Vanuatu

Located within the Hideaway Island marine sanctuary, Vanuatu Post is the world's first and only underwater post office. Those who wish to send a postcard from under the sea, in the company of corals and multicolored fishes, need only scuba-dive, snorkel or, better yet, swim to the post office. The postcards are made of waterproof plastic and embossed with waterproof stamps.



Underwater Museum at Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea

Underwater Museum at Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea

This underwater museum features sculptures and busts of prominent historical figures as well as former Soviet Union leaders such as Lenin, Stalin and Felix Dzerzhinsky, among others. The collection of busts is known as the Alley of Leaders. Created in 1992 by diver Vladimir Broumenskyy, the museum also houses duplicates of attractions like Eiffel Tower and Tower Bridge of London.



Silfra fissure in Iceland

Silfra fissure in Iceland

Silfra fissure offers a unique chance to dive between the continental plates of Eurasia and North America. Divers and snorkelers here enjoy unparalleled visibility and views of multi-colored algae. The crack between the plates widens about 0.8 inches (two centimeters) with every passing year.

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