Under the water’s surface is a vast world of diverse life and interesting formations.
It used to be only the few and experienced divers were able to bask in all that sea life had to offer.
But now with snorkeling, diving, and glass-bottomed boats, anyone can take an excursion more bright, beautiful, and bewildering than anything experienced before – and we’re going to tell you what places to see first!
So skip the regular tourist-filled trips to a major city and opt for a unique vacation at one of these four underwater museums instead.
1. Baia Underwater Park, Italy
Countless stories and movies tell of the destruction of the ancient Roman city, Pompeii.
While this city is surely a historic marvel, the more mysterious city of Baia became “abandoned and then submerged underwater,” as Trip Savvy reports.
This city is best explored by diving through Baia Underwater Park, which is a few kilometers north of Naples, but can also be seen by snorkeling or taking a glass-bottomed boat on clear days.
It is said that Baia was a rich and affluent city where wealthy Romans would gather for a luxury experience, much like visiting the Hamptons or renting a penthouse suite today.
Imagine the laughter and lavish Roman feasts while you glide above marble sculptures and mosaic floors.
2. Herod’s Harbor, Israel
Seems the Romans had the bad luck of having their cities swept away by water.
Just like the underwater city of Baia, Herod’s Harbor is an underwater museum in the Mediterranean Sea that features the largest port during the Roman Empire.
There is a snorkeling trail or a diving trail that’s perfectly suitable for novices.
Each station offers a glimpse into the grand vision of King Herod during his reign.
Among the 36 sites are a ruined lighthouse, original foundations, anchors, and pedestals.
While the large underwater adventure may seem intimidating, it’s all easy to navigate using your personal underwater map.
Give yourself plenty of time to explore Herod’s Harbor, but also Israel in general, because there are so many historic, artistic, and entertaining adventures to experience.
And don’t forget to check out our Best of Israel before you depart and learn how to navigate Israel like a pro.
3. Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park
This man-made exhibit was designed by artist and photographer Jason deCaires and is an exciting new way to get your dose of culture on your next trip to this Caribbean island.
A vast display of 65 concrete and rebar statues are anchored tightly to the floor of Moliniere Bay.
No need to check the expiration date on your SCUBA certification for this adventure – it can all be seen in a fun snorkeling experience the whole family will enjoy!
4. Shipwreck Trail, Florida
One of the most coveted underwater adventures by young children and adults alike is searching for lost treasure among fallen ships.
In the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, nearly a dozen ships that met their doom to the unforgiving waters can be explored.
Some ships date back three centuries. While no treasure has reportedly been found, the ships have still given historians insight into maritime life of the era.
It will surely be a vacation to remember as you pass through the bows and sterns of vessels of old.
If you like these ideas for a one-of-a-kind underwater experience, then you will love Proud American Traveler’s list of unique museums to round out your adventure.
Or if you’ve always wanted to get up close to a shark without risking life and limb, consider dining at Cargo Hold in Durban, South Africa.
Whatever blue water escape you choose, you’re sure to have a tale only you can tell.