There´s another world waiting to be discovered beneath the ocean. The natural beauty of the underwater world is often hidden from sight by the density of the water and sometimes, more astonishingly, divers find lost ancient worlds that were swallowed by the ocean thousands of years ago. Take a look at our list of the 7 wonders of the underwater world and where on Earth you can find them.
In 1985, an ancient subterranean world was found just off the coast of Yonaguni-Jima in Japan. Carved into the bedrock is what scientists believe is a lost underwater city complete with pyramids similar to those found on land in Egypt and Mexico. It is possible that the underwater city is thousands of years older than anything we know of on the planet and could mean that historians will have to rewrite the history books for a more accurate version than the current understanding of when and where advanced civilisation began.
As far as underwater beauty goes, the island archipelago of Palau is ranked as the best location in the world. With 90 miles of spectacular coral reefs and colourful tropical fish, the warm, turquoise blue waters are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling, but even if you don´t like going in the water, the pristine water is so clear you can see fish and manta rays from the deck of a boat. And with 400 islands to choose from there are plenty of guided tours and expeditions to explore and even more to discover in the ocean.
Bay of Cambay, India
Another fascinating location that should make scholars correct the history books can be found in the Bay of Cambay along the east coast of India. Submerged below the surface of the waves is an ancient city believed to be around 9500 years old and has been called, “Dwarka,” or “Golden City.” Visitors will find a much preserved city complete with hieroglyphs that indicate an advanced civilization once flourished here, a discovery that western scientists are trying to dismiss because it does not fit their theories about the development of man. Dwarka has to be seen to be believed.
Lake Baikal, Russia
The beautiful Lake Baikal in Siberia is the world´s deepest and most voluminous lake, holding more water than all of the Great Lakes in North America combined. The crescent moon-shape gives it a magical presence and the legends passed down from Buddhism and Shamanism beliefs add to the mystique of this sacred 25 million year old lake. Daily scuba diving trips are available throughout the summer, but for a truly magical experience why not try ice diving in the winter.
The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Australia´s Great Barrier Reef is perhaps the most famous stretch of water in the world that is associated with scuba diving, and quite rightly so as this impressive 2000km coral garden of natural beauty offers some of the best underwater sights on the planet. With over 500 species living in this subterranean paradise the Great Barrier Reef has been added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites and is best reached from Queensland.
The ancient city of Alexandria in Egypt is all that remains of the astonishing Empire founded by Alexander the Great of Macedonia following an earthquake some 1500 years ago. The rest of the city is underwater together with an abundance of statues, columns and other artifacts. Visitors can see the ruins on any number of diving trips arranged by local tour operators and see Egypt from a completely different perspective.
Mauritius, Pacific Ocean
The idyllic islands of Mauritius nestled in the glittering sapphire-blue Indian Ocean presents some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world. The area has abundant coral reefs and beautiful tropical fish which are fascinating in their own right, but scuba excursions have been enhanced with ships wrecks you can explore together with natural underwater caves making the scuba diving experience even more interesting.