3 Dream Destinations For Underwater Explorers
If you want great underwater destinations, look no further than the islands. That’s not to say states or countries landlocked on most of their sides don’t have good snorkeling or diving off of their beaches, but the beauty typically found underwater around islands is unparalleled. The places on this list are especially noted for their underwater scenes. Here are three dream destinations for underwater explorers:
3. Mediterranean Sea
There’s no one “best” place to go underwater in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s all crystal-clear waters and utter beauty. There are hundreds of popular diving spots, among them: Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast; Iraklia, Greece; Stintino, Sardinia (Italy); the MS Zenobia shipwreck in Cyprus; Azores, Portugal; Cote d’Azur, France; and Illes Medes, Spain. Basically, just point to a place on the map and you’re bound to find good diving, depending on the time of year. The Mediterranean has 7-10 percent of the world’s marine biodiversity, according to Nature Magazine. However, the environment is struggling with overfishing, habitat loss, and climate change effects, as is true in most underwater locations, so it’s best to be thoughtful with your dive and support organizations working to protect the local underwater habitats for future generations of explorers.
2. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands offer yet another unforgettable underwater world, offering all sorts of tours and excursions below the Caribbean Sea. Padi Travel calls diving there “the perfect cocktail of reef, wrecks and rum.” That’s because there are deep drop-offs, wreck dives to the LCM David Nicholson, as well as opportunities to spot wildlife along the reef, such as spotted eagle rays and sea turtles. What makes the Cayman Islands so ideal is the lack of current in the water along the shore. Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park, off of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, are places to go aside from the biggest and most popular Grand Cayman. To top all that off, visibility averages between 60 and 100 feet, meaning you’re bound to see quite a bit without even having to look too hard.