While traveling around the world, most people keep their feet on the ground. There are those who like getting a view from above during a helicopter ride or a hot air balloon tour, but there are also those for whom exploring sea beds and sightseeing underwater spots defines the idea of traveling. If you belong to the last category, here are five surreal underwater places you should not miss:
Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia - Flickr/Matt Kieffer
The Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia
Also known as the Chuuk Atoll, the Chuuk Lagoon is made up of several islands and archipelagos. Extending on a radius of over 70 kilometers, the Lagoon is home to a large number of wrecks dating from the Second World War, but preserved in an excellent condition. The explorers have already counted 250 warplanes and 30 vessels. Among the most impressive water buildings in the Chuuk Laggon, there are the Heian Maru (160 meters deep), the Fujikawa Maru (130 meters deep), while the planes Betty Bomber and Fujikawa are located within less than 20 meters of depth. Note, however, that some wrecks are now covered with coral. Visiting these wrecks is also a good opportunity to discover the local wildlife: manta rays, turtles, eagle rays, etc.
The Museum of Underwater Art, Cancun, Mexico
Located off the coast of Isla Mujeres, the Museum of Underwater Art where you can admire as exhibits a series of sculptures signed but the British artist Jason de Caires Taylor aims to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science. Created in 2009, Museo de Arte Subacuático (MUSA) has a permanent collection of more than 450 life-size sculptures representative for the Mexican society, according to the artist. The sculptures were made with special type of cement favorable for corals.
The Azure Window is probably the most impressive site of the Maltese archipelago. Located on the western end of the island of Gozo, near the town of St. Lawrence, this natural rock arch is the equivalent of a 10 story building. The site is popular with visitors because of its beauty, but also because of the amazing diving opportunities it offers. The Azure Window stands above the Blue Hole – a 25 meters deep underwater cavern dotted with interesting fossils and home to an amazing ecosystem.
The Green Lake, Austria
The Green Lake (Gruner See) is an amazing place that can be visited on foot during the winter and in a wetsuit during the summer! Why? Because in the early days of spring, the water resulted from the melting of the snow on Mount Hochschwab floods the Austrian park Tragöß. Roads, schools, meadows and trees are then covered by crystal clear water, turning the area into a scuba diving site, where you can follow the trails, relax on the benches and navigate around trees.