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Scuba diving – 5 unusual underwater adventures:

Date Created: 09 June 2015

1. The Underwater Museum ~ Cancun, Mexico

Underwater Museum


Over 400, life-sized human figures rest in an underwater museum created by artist Jason deCaire Taylor in Cancun, Mexico.  This monument can be accessed by both snorkelers and divers and was placed specifically to form an artificial reef.  Each sculpture is made from marine-grade cement, and materials designed to promote the growth of coral.  While extremely lifelike, detailed and beautiful, the museum is a conservation initiative to draw tourists from more fragile environments while at the same time creating a new reef ecosystem of its own. 



2. The underwater volcano Banua Wuhu ~ Indonesia

Located just five meters beneath the surface, Banua Wuhu is located in the seismically active archipelago of Indonesia. The underwater volcano has thousands of tiny vents that release bubbles into the sea, making it seem as if you’re diving in a glass of champagne. But be careful – those beautiful silvery bubbles are sulphur gas, and can burn your fingers. Nearby Mahangetang Volcano may not sport an impressive array of sea life, but divers can revel in the satisfaction of being present for the birth of a new coral reef.



3. The lost civilisation of Yonaguni ~ Japan

The lost civilisation of Yonaguni


Yonaguni's unique attraction for both archaeologists and divers alike are the mysterious underwater ruins which lie off the south coast of the island. Discovered in 1986 by then divemaster, Mr Kihachiro Aratake when he was scouting the area for new hammerhead schooling sites, the megalith structures have sparked much debate as to whether they were completely naturally formed, were naturally formed then modified by man or are man-made structures created by an ancient civilisation dating back to the last Ice Age (around 10,000 BC) which would make the Monument the oldest man-made artefact on earth, pre-dating the pyramids in Egypt.



4. The wreck graveyard of the Red Sea ~ Egypt

The wreck graveyard of the Red Sea is an apt name for the exposed reefs of Abu Nuhas at the southern end of the Straits of Gubal. Stretching across the mouth of the Gulf of Suez, these reefs have been responsible for the deaths of several vessels - the last as recently as 1983. For visiting divers, this area offers the possibility of several days of wreck exploration. They can dive their way through several eras of shipping - from the glory days of steam and sail to modern cargo freighters. Most of these wrecks can be reached by day boat from either Sharm El Sheikh or Hurghada, but the best way of diving them is to join a liveaboard vessel!



5. The vivid colours of the soft corals ~ Fiji

Imagine a wildly colourful reef garden – pink, purple, yellow, red, green, blue – and then imagine it all moving. Swaying in a liquid breeze. Pulsing with life. This is Fiji – often cited as “soft coral capital” of the diving world – and with good reasons. Many areas of Fiji feature beautiful reefs with large swathes that are totally encrusted with soft corals, which are shrub-like organisms that puff up in the current and appear in a rainbow of vivid colours.

Soft Corals Fiji


Written by Vittoria Soddu.