INSTEAD OF NAVIGATING overcrowded Pompeii, why not explore another intriguing ancient city — resting just five to 15 feet underwater off Naples.
You’ll be snorkelling past eerily beautiful mosaic-floored villas at Italy’s Parco Archeologico Sommerso di Baia in no time.
We’re just beginning to appreciate the depth of the ocean’s wonders, as demonstrated by film director James Cameron’s recent seven-mile free fall to the lowest point of the Mariana Trench, roughly 50 times the size of the Grand Canyon.
Then there is Guinness’s latest stunt – turning a submarine into a deep sea bar.
You might surprised by how much we already have to gawk at below the waves. The coolest underwater attractions include ancient ruins, World War II shipwrecks, art, and kitsch – and you don’t necessarily need to be a scuba diver to enjoy them.
Here, we’re highlighting the surprising array of man-made attractions under the sea that don’t depend on Mother Nature (unless you count an earthquake or two).
Take the plunge now to explore these cool underwater attractions—it’s a brave new world down there…
1. Museo Subacuatico de Arte, Cancún, Mexico
2. Parco Archeologico Sommerso di Baia, Pozzuli, Italy
3. Truk Lagoon, Micronesia
4. Neptune Memorial Reef, Key Biscayne, Florida
5. Port Royal, Jamaica
6. Yonaguni Monument, Okinawa, Japan
7. Underwater Post Office, Vanuata
8. Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show, Spring Hill, Florida
9. Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail
10. Vaersenbaai Car Piles, Curacao
11. Pharos Lighthouse and Cleopatra's Palace, Alexandria, Egypt