5 Unique Diving Experiences to add to Your Bucket List
#1 The Silfra Fissure in Iceland
A geological wonder, Iceland’s Silfra Fissure is a crack between the North American and European continents and one of the world’s most beautiful dive sites due to the crystal clear water. From the Langjökull glacier, frigid water flows through lava fields before entering the Silfra River. This filtering process makes the water incredibly clear and snorkelers and divers can even drink the water while swimming through the fissure.
Enhancing the experience further, while exploring between the tectonic plates, divers and snorkelers can actually be touching two continents at the same time in some of the more narrow spaces.
#2 Big Island Manta Ray Dive
Manta rays are one of the ocean’s largest and most mysterious fishes with wingspans of up to 20 feet or more. Just a few miles off the Kona Coast in Hawaii, divers are afforded an incredible opportunity to encounter these magnificent creatures.
The magic happens once night falls. Extremely bright lights are placed on the ocean floor to attract the microscopic plankton, which in turn lures the Manta Rays. Divers are then exposed to the show of a lifetime as giant manta rays glide and swim within arms-length.
#3 Big Island Black Water Dive
Two miles off the coast of Kona, divers can experience a truly surreal adventure with encounters among some profoundly strange marine life. Alien like, luminescent pelagic creatures light up the water via their own bioluminescence. At night, millions of these rarely seen creatures trek to the ocean’s surface to feed in what is considered the world’s largest migration. Most of the marine life seen are so rare and unknown they don’t even have a classification or a name.
Unlike other night dives on a reef, during a black water dive divers drift with the ocean in 10,000 feet of water. Although the dive is generally only a maximum depth of 45 feet, even for the experienced diver it can be very disorienting and nerve-wracking because there is no sense of direction.
#4 Cenotes of the Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Cenotes, derived from the Mayan word “Dzonot”, were considered by the Mayans to be the entrance the underwater world. Take a swim through scientific history while exploring underground rivers intricate caves, rooms, and passageways that were created nearly 8,000 years ago after the last ice age.
What makes these cenotes and caves so beautiful is the turquoise water which is so clear, divers can see up to 500 feet in front of them and in some of the caves and caverns, sunlight shines through cracks creating a beautiful halocline effect.
There are over 3,000 cenotes in the Riviera Maya, many of which have not yet been explored.
#5 Green Lake in Tragoess, Austria
During the winter months, Grüner Lake is only about three to six feet deep.
However, during summer the lake’s depth reaches about 40 feet because the snow and ice from the surrounding mountains melts, transforming the park into an underwater world complete with trails, trees and park benches.
The lake is only deep enough to dive in for about a month each year. Be forewarned though; the snow-melted water is cold, ranging from 39-46 °F.