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Sightseeing Underwater

This is an article “Sightseeing Underwater” by Marc Pulisci.

While most tourists hop from one land destination to another, a select few know how the rich and vast expanse the world’s seas and oceans offer breathtaking sights and experiences. The adventure that comes with the exploration of sunken wrecks and the beautiful array of deepwater biodiversity is simply too enchanting for a true world traveler to pass up. From the Maltese coast to dabbling into some virtual reality (VR) seascape, discovering the many treasures of the Earth’s waters has never been so exciting.

Underwater sightseeing

While numerous travel restrictions are still in place for most countries affected by COVID-19, it might be best to put some of these off on your bucket list in the meantime. Of course, this doesn’t mean there’s no way to go on a sightseeing underwater adventure even from the comforts of your own home with the latest 3D and VR tech available for cyber tourism.

To give you a clue on where to start your undersea adventures, here are a couple of great destinations to consider:

Heritage Malta

This premiere museum in Malta recently launched its free online underwater museum which features 3D renderings of plane and ship wreckage that went down around the islands of the archipelago, with some even dated 2,500 years ago. These maritime discoveries continue to serve their international importance, going beyond Malta’s own cultural heritage.

Models can be examined via mobile or laptops, in a 360-degree rotation capability created with thousands of images taken by deep sea divers of the various wrecks then converted into 3D models. One of the most fascinating of these wrecks is the 2,700-year old Phoenician ship that took divers three hours to descend to and capture images of. With the 15 minutes available for them to snap photos of the wreckage, this ancient find 110 meters below the surface level proved to be one of the most interesting highlights of the virtual underwater adventure.

Ribbon Reef, Australia

With 10 individual reefs that start at the north of Cairns and spans to the east of Lizard Island and a hundred kilometers off the coast of Queensland, this favorite Aussie scuba spot can only be reached via Australian liveaboards due to its isolated nature.

200-kilometers of the great Barrier Reef offer diving enthusiasts an assortment of underwater plant and animal species, particularly the elusive giant clam which is famous for its fluorescent interior along with 3,000 individual reef systems and islands formed from coral sediments. Beneath its waters are sandy gullies that separate the islands and where big and small reef life can be found.

One good spot for sightseeing biodiversity is in Cod Hole with hundreds of friendly Potato Cods swimming with divers along with giant Humphead Wrasses. Others that call Cod Hole home are Whitetip Reef Sharks, as well as various species of Angel and Trigger fishes.

Sai Kung, Hong Kong

Over in Asian waters, Sai Kung in Hong Kong is one of the most frequented diving spots because of its friendly waters and rich biodiversity that includes moray eels, cardinal fish, octopuses, seahorses, crabs (of various shapes and appearances), and a wide assortment of coral gardens.

Recognized by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as one of the best diving spots in the region, Sai Kung is the perfect training ground for novice divers because of its calmer currents and ease of access. 10 minutes from the Sai Kung Public Pier, you can find Sharp Island which also offers snorkeling activities with the colorful coral reef fish that can be spotted in its shallow waters, as well as souvenir and scuba shops you can hang around and visit while on land.

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