If you’re tired of diving the typical reefs and seeing the same types of marine life, you’re probably aching for an out-of-the-ordinary diving opportunity.
Thankfully, there are plenty to choose from, including swimming towards an active volcano or seeing underwater artwork and diving in clear water in what’s actually a crack found between two continents.
Below are just some of the many unusual, incredible, and mysterious dive sites around the world that offer something truly different to divers who want a new challenge and new scenery to explore.
A truly thrilling dive in Japan is the mysterious ruins known as Yonaguni. People wonder where this dive site came from, and whether it was once an ancient civilization.
Found off the westernmost area of Japan in the Yaeyama Islands, Yonaguni is a very small remote island that’s also hard to get to. Its popularity stems from the dive site found off its southern coast that has puzzled divers.
What will you find here that’s so impressive?
Well, it’s an underwater pyramid called the Yonaguni monument, and no one is certain how it got there. While some think it may have been part of a city that once was, others think it might just be a natural phenomenon. Some people even think it might be the work of aliens.
No matter where it came from, though, this underwater monument is certainly impressive, as it seems to be anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 years old. Smooth steps come to right angles and may have been carved from rock.
Unfortunately, this dive isn’t for those who are still beginners because it’s found in open waters that have strong currents and high waves.
Iceland’s Continental Rift (Silfra)
Want to dive between two continents? Then you’ll need to head to Iceland, to the Thingvellir National Park. The area’s Silfra fissure is the spot where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates come together.
You can dive within the crack that was caused by these two continental plates gradually moving apart from one another, averaging about 2 cm per year.
The waters are extremely clear, to the point that many divers lose their sense of depth and even endure vertigo while travelling through the site.
Expect cold temperatures all year long, but that’s what gives the water its clarity. Temperatures range from 2-4°C. The water is also very pure because it comes from a glacier that’s set high on Hofsjokull Mountain.
The water is filtered as it travels through layer after layer of porous lava rock until it gets to the national park.
This exciting dive is divided into three sections: the Cathedral, the Silfra Lagoon, and Silfra Hall.
Artwork in Mexico
If you’re in search of a bit of art and culture for your upcoming diving expedition, check out the blue waters of Cancun.
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