Underwater attractions with a human signature

If you’re bored of diving around the same spots all the time, try diving in some of the most unique diving spots on the planet. Many of which were made by humans.

For the time being, forget about sunken shipwrecks and coral reefs and think about how many people you actually know can say they spent the night in an underwater hotel. Or who touched an underwater active volcano? It’s also thrilling to explore an old underwater mine where mining was still going on till a few decades ago. If you enjoy art, you can even go to an underwater museum of art. 

Underwater cemetery – Neptune Memorial Reef – USA

Only for those who wish to “sleep with the fish” in a dignified manner. 

Off the coast of Key Biscayne in Florida lies a cemetery about 14 feet below the surface of the ocean with all the parts that most cemeteries in the world have: doors, walkways, monuments and even benches. Divers from all over the globe visit this cemetery to dive in a unique atmosphere that some even consider extreme. The Neptune Memorial Reef’s designers envisioned it as the ideal ultimate resting place for all those who were in love with the ocean. 

The cemetery is currently under construction, but when it is finished, it will be the world’s largest man-made ridge, spanning 6.5 acres and containing 125,000 graves. The ashes of the deceased are shaped and put in the reef after being combined with seawater cement. At the burial site, there is a bronze plaque with the deceased’s biography. The price of burial varies – it can cost from $ 995 to $ 6,495, depending on the place of rest in this unusual cemetery. This unusual cemetery also holds the grave of Bert Kilibride, who died at the age of 93. Kilbride claimed to be the last pirate of the Caribbean and the world’s oldest diver, earning him a spot in the Guinness Book of Records. The cemetery’s structures were constructed of cement, bronze, and steel. The engineers claim that they can resist even the most powerful storms that hit Florida in the previous century.

Museum of Modern Underwater Art – Mexico

Culture as an alternative to visiting “tired” corals.

The Museo de Arte Subacuático (MUSA) is a museum of modern underwater art located in the Isla Mujeres National Underwater Park in the Caribbean Sea, near the Mexican city of Cancun. This initiative contributes to the protection of Cancun Marine Park’s coral reef from the devastation caused by many tourist visits. Their goal is to build a type of artificial reef that will reawaken the marine environment. The sculptures are now overgrown with corals, which give them a new depth and create a whole new type of art with their different colors and shapes.The museum has three main installations: El Coleccionista de Suenos (Dream Collector), Hombre en Llamas (Man on Fire) and La Evolución Silenciosa (Silent Evolution). This last sculpture is also the largest and is composed of over 400 life-size sculptures of people of all ages. Jason de Caires Taylor created all of the sculptures. He meticulously analyzes how water influences the design of his underwater sculptures when constructing them. The connections between art, science, and the environment are explored via sculptures. Jason de Caires Taylor is also the Museum’s creative director, which was founded in November 2009. He was the first sculptor in the world to present his work underwater when he launched his exhibition at the Underwater Museum in Granada in 2006. Mexican people believe that the new tourist destination would serve as a viable alternative to coral reefs, which are becoming increasingly threatened as a result of over-tourism. “The coral reefs will be able to rest thanks to the underwater museum. It’s like a restoration process. ” , remarked Jamie Gonzales, the National Park’s director, at the museum’s opening. They intend to welcome artists from all over the world to display their work in this one-of-a-kind museum in the next phase.

Homestead Crater – USA

Dive into the crater’s volcanic water, then shopping in the tunnel.

A crater filled with warm water (35.5 degrees Celsius) is located near the peaceful town of Midway in the US state of Utah. According to Scuba Diving Corner it’s one of the best diving locations for divers seeking something new and unique. The hive-shaped dome that overhangs the limestone crater is little more than 15 meters high, with a hole wide enough at the top to let sunshine and fresh air flow through. A man-made tunnel leads to the crater’s entrance. The crater draws many visitors who come to swim after skiing, and it attracts many divers, because the crater also hosts diving courses. Those who have tried diving in it, say it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Because of the high water temperature, there is no life in the crater, yet there are still many intriguing things to discover. Inside the cave, there is a lake that is around 60 feet broad and up to 65 feet deep. The hourglass-shaped cave contains fascinating mineral formations on its walls. On the muddy bottom, bottles and money were hurled. To avoid raising dirt from the bottom, it is advised that all divers limit their dive depth to 45 feet before diving. Underwater artificial lights are placed at the 20 and 40 feet, although they don’t assist much, diving lights are recommended. There is a specially stocked diving equipment store inside the crater where you may buy or rent diving equipment. Given the heat of the water in the crater, diving suits are not required.

Bonne Terre Mine – USA

Learn about mining life, but only from an underwater perspective.

It is possible to dive down the mine’s corridors in the US state of Missouri. The village of St. Louis is roughly 62 miles away from Bonne Terre. It was the company’s primary mine for nearly 100 years, until he was ultimately imprisoned in 1962. Chambers the size of football stadiums have been dug in the mine after decades of mining. The ceiling is supported by huge stone pillars that are quite magnificent. Tunnels go between the rooms. Following the end of all activities, the water pumps were turned off,which consequently led to the sinking of the mine. Water completely covered everything in the mine, including numerous tools. Doug and Cathy Goergen, enthusiastic divers, went into the mine in 1978 and instantly realized it was a unique location, so they leased the mine’s rights. They turned it into a diving attraction with all the appropriate tourist amenities over time. The mine is around 100 square kilometers in size, with 20-mile-long passageways. The mine’s greatest depth is 390 feet, and 24 paths have been created so far for divers hungry to explore the mine’s interior. With a steady water temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, visibility reaches up to 100 feet. Because lights have been installed throughout the mine, diving provides a fascinating tour where you can observe carts, various tools, and all the relics of human activity. 

Osborne Reef – USA

An artificial reef that has degraded and serves as a training ground for military divers.

Osborne Reef is a man-made reef located off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was built in 1972 using leftover concrete blocks that were formerly used to protect arches from waves. The reef is still a popular diving location, and it has been enhanced over time with wrecks of boats, cement, and tires, so there are currently 112 diving spots in the region. It was the tires that proved to be a complete disaster when Boward County decided to build an artificial reef to boost the previously weak marine life. Furthermore, in 1972, local authorities asked Boward Artificial Reef Inc (BRINC), which had previously shown effectiveness in creating artificial reefs all over the world, to enhance the Osborne Reef. To that goal, BRINC enlisted the help of US Army engineers, who flung over two million car tires across a 150-square-kilometer area. The move proved disastrous. A small number of marine life migrated to this new reef, and the one that came did not stay long. The steel and nylon wires that were meant to keep all those tires together burst over time, allowing sea currents to carry a large number of tires to the shore or deeper into the ocean. A minimum of two million floating tires have impacted negatively on the ecosystem. The threat of colliding with existing reefs or destroying beaches has become a reality. And environmentalists were concerned that the toxins from the tires would cause widespread devastation. Concerns grew especially once it was realized that storms might begin moving tires to another state. Therefore, in 2001, a tire removal project was undertaken, which, despite millions of dollars, proved to be a failure. The US military eventually joined the initiative in 2007, reducing annual expenditures from $ 30 million to $ 2 million. The military did this because they realized that pulling tires might be useful training for military divers. Every day, 1,000 tires are pulled to the surface by military divers, with an aim of removing 700,000 tires. 

Armored beasts below the surface – Jordan

It is better to encounter them in coral-covered waters than on the battlefield.

To most people, seeing a parked tank on land is an amazing event, but below the surface, it is an experience on a whole other level. Artificial reefs built of once-terrifying armored vehicles began to grow in an increasing number of areas.Tanks that have sunk “naturally” are frequently in difficult locations and are rarely “along the way” when you go diving. So we discovered an intriguing spot where you can observe a purposefully submerged steel monster. Namely, they accomplished an excellent job in Jordan, transforming a discarded armored vehicle into a major underwater tourist attraction in Aqaba. This armored vehicle, popularly known as “The Tank,” is actually the M-42 “Duster” anti-aircraft gun that the Jordanian army disposed of and handed over to the Jordanian Royal Environmental Diving Society. It is a popular snorkeling site since it is submerged at a shallow depth of about 20 feet in the bay. 

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