Think you’ve seen it all? Hardly! Even the most well-traveled among us probably haven’t spent much time exploring the world under the sea. And that’s quite the travesty, because there are plenty of fascinating things to explore in the world’s oceans and lakes. From a fancy meal to a game of basketball, click through to check out some of the world’s most incredible underwater attractions.
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1. Lake Jocassee, South Carolina
Remember that cemetery from Deliverance? Yep, it currently sits about 130 feet under South Carolina’s Lake Jocassee. And that’s not all lurking beneath the waters of the damn-formed lake — there’s also a lodge, an almost completely intact hotel! Expert divers to the area can actually shoot hoops in the hotel’s former basketball court, as you can see in the incredible video above.
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2. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Be prepared to spend a pretty penny to dine under the sea — but hey, the views can’t be beat! Accessible via a a spiral staircase,†the restaurant is one of seven at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. You can even get married there!
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3. The Silent Evolution, Mexico
You’ll find the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. The 400 piece-strong collection isn’t purely aesthetic — not only did the sculptor, †Jason De Caires Taylor, build them to attract tourists away from the strained nearby reefs, but the sculptures are actually artificial reefs themselves!
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Photo Credit: Jason DeCaires Taylor via Wikimedia Commons
4. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida
Who needs the Holiday Inn?! After diving 21 feet in the Florida Keys, you’ll reach Jules’ Undersea Lodge, a former marine lab getting a second life as a hotel. The lodge comes complete with a two bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, air conditioning, a hot shower, a television — there’s even wi-fi! And, of course, you’ll find watch some fascinating marine life out of one of the lodge’s many large windows.
5. Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan
You’ll find this picturesque lake thousands of feet above sea level in Kazakhstan’s Tian Shan mountain range. Just over a century ago, an earthquake triggered a landslide, forming a natural dam, and, eventually, †a lake. The new lake submerged several large pine trees, and the water is so cold that the trees still retain their needles underwater!