Nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface is covered by water. What lies below is a remarkable and strange world of immersed canyons, dazzling corals, and amazing marine life.
Going into the home of whales, jellyfish, and other sea animals typically suggests scuba diving– requiring extensive, open-water training and certification for using intricate equipment. However new diving innovation, submarines, and underwater destinations are offering non-divers a chance to get closer to the worlds below the surface area. (See beautiful pictures of life undersea.)
Here are 10 extraordinary undersea experiences available to anyone– whether you want to dive in, go for a spin, or stay dry listed below the surface area.
Snorkel with the H2O Ninja Mask: Standard snorkeling often suggests wrestling with foggy masks and awkward breathing tubes. However the full-face H2O Ninja Mask permits you to breathe normally while looking down to the seafloor. The Hawaii-based business’s advanced design functions Dry Top technology that keeps water from entering the air tube– even when you dive undersea– and an anti-fog system that reduces fogging by up to 90 percent. The newest designs have GoPro installs to help movie your island adventures.
Dive with snuba: Snuba bridges the space between snorkeling and scuba diving; you can stay entirely underwater without bulky and complicated scuba equipment. An easy regulator and lengthy pipe connect to an air supply floating on a raft, enabling swimmers to move easily and dive as much as 15 feet. With their clear, shallow waters, the Florida Keys are amongst the most popular places for snuba. Divers can explore the 140- mile-long Great Florida Reef, the only barrier reef in the continental United States.
Flight a submersible scooter: With the B.O.S.S. (Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter), you do not even require to swim. The self-propelled motorized bike cruises through the water eight feet below the surface. A clear dome rests over the head and shoulders, permitting people to breathe usually; the bike holds the attached scuba tank. It resembles remaining in your own (tiny) yellow submarine. Based in the U.S. Virgin Islands, B.O.S.S. trips can be discovered in Honduras, Hawaii, and Mauritius.
Norway’s Under Dining establishment: Norway’s brand-new Under dining establishment on the craggy Lindesnes coast angles 18 feet below the icy waters of the North Sea like an upended periscope. Head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard’s Immersion tasting menu features almost 20 seasonally influenced meals, with a focus on locally caught Norwegian seafood. Sustainability is constructed into the dining establishment itself: the rough concrete outside draws in limpets and kelp, slowly forming an artificial reef; checking out researchers study the biology and behavior of the abundant cold-water marine life.
5.8 Undersea Dining Establishment in Maldives: Called for its depth 5.8 meters (19 feet) below the surface, Hurawalhí Resort’s water restaurant rests on the seafloor simply off Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives. A clear curving roofing system provides panoramic views of Indian Ocean’s fish and corals, where stingrays swim overhead and inquisitive parrotfish come right as much as the glass. The food is fittingly seafood focused, with seared scallops, smoked lobster, and sea urchin mousse on the menu.
Manta Resort in Tanzania: Manta Resort’s Underwater Room is a drifting sanctuary in a marine sanctuary off Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar island chain. The roof-deck uses sunbathing by day and stargazing by night, while a ladder leads down to an immersed bed room surrounded by windows that frame the reef (and schools of exotic fish). At night, undersea spotlights attract squid, octopus, and blazing red Spanish dancer sea slugs that ripple past the glass. (Discover other uncommon hotels all over the world.)
Huvafen Fushi Pearl Health Club, Maldives: Medical spas are meant to be places of harmony and escape, where all your cares float away. What better location than under the sea? Huvafen Fushi’s Pearl Medspa, on North Malé Atoll in the Maldives, has two undersea couples massage spaces that look onto schools of silvery fish flitting over the reef. The two-hour Underwater Rendezvous treatment includes top-to-toe renewing massages with indigenous island coconut oil, made all the more soothing by the swirling currents beyond.
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Aquatica Submarines: Aquatica’s nimble 3- and five-person Stingray submarines can slip through areas most other subs can not reach and dive as much as 3,300 feet. Research study expeditions to Belize’s Blue Hole and the British Virgin Islands have produced 3-D maps and are examining the health of the reefs. In the Pacific Northwest, sub enthusiasts can ride on trips of the lovely 9,000- year-old glass sponge reefs off the coast of British Columbia, the only living specimens known to exist.
Atlantis Submarines: From Hawaii to the Caribbean to Guam, Atlantis’s 10 submarines ply depths approximately one hundred feet and can carry dozens of guests. The battery-powered subs don’t emit contaminants and glide silently through the water so as not to disturb ocean life. At dive websites in Waikiki and Maui, the company has set up artificial reefs from sunken ships, producing habitats where green sea turtles, yellow tangs, and reef sharks grow. (Discover more shipwrecks around the world.)
Fan’s Deep: This is the supreme honeymoon extravagance: a personal, luxury submarine where couples can invest a night under the waves. The sub can be moored anywhere visitors desire, from a reef off St. Lucia to a sunken battleship in the Red Sea, and the interior is styled to their choices. The rate is high (from $230,000), but it comes with a personal chef, butler, and a tasting menu starring oysters, champagne, and chocolate fondue.
Based in Washington, D.C., Karen Carmichael regularly adds to National Geographic Travel. Follow her adventures on.