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Between two continents

You have to give something for it, because the water temperature is only two to four degrees. But those who dare are assured of a unique experience that is not possible anywhere else in the world.

At the Silfra gorge in Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park you can dive between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This makes it the only place in the world where you can be so close between two continents.

The dive is unique for another reason. The water in the gorge is one of the clearest in the world with a visibility of over 100 meters. The canyon fills with melt water from one of Iceland’s largest glaciers that is filtered through the underground lava rocks, making it extremely pure.

Underwater museum

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor places images of steel and cement in the ocean all over the world. In 2006 he established Europe’s first underwater museum Museo Atlantico (photo) in Lanzarote. On the other side of the ocean, off the coast of Grenada, he opened the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park. In 2009, Taylor settled off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, where he founded the Museo de Arte Subaquactico with the support of the government: 400 square meters of statues on the ocean floor. Because the sculptures eventually become overgrown, they immediately supplement the ecosystem.

Real waterfall under water ?!

If you watch the moving images of this natural phenomenon on the southern tip of Mauritius, you will be enchanted by unprecedented natural beauty. Under water you seem to see a grand waterfall. However, an optical illusion, because underwater waterfalls do not exist. What you see falling is white sand that is dragged back into the water from the coast by the strong current in the Indian Ocean.

Endangered coral

At over 2,600 contiguous kilometers, the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia is the largest living structure in the world.

The colorful coral is home to thousands of species of exotic fish, as well as larger marine life such as sharks, turtles, whales and manta rays. Unfortunately, the reef is seriously threatened by climate change.

Dive in hole

More than 300 meters in diameter, 124 meters deep and perfectly round, the Blue Hole in Belize is a must for adventurous divers.

The surrounding Lighthouse reef is home to beautiful colorful coral and the further you go into the depth of the blue hole, the more spectacular the limestone rock formations become.

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