7 SPECTACULAR Underwater Fairy Tale Views! #3 is a Sunken PARADISE!
Roughly 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. Our oceans are an unexplored world that is bursting with wonder and beauty. Whether classic fairy tales like The Little Mermaid inspired you to love the serene ocean or another classic tale brought you to these shores, it’s time to enjoy these incredible views.
Check out our picks for seven spectacular underwater fairy tale vistas!
1. Coral Reef
Coral Reefs are living art that can be found all over the ocean. Coral grows incredibly slow, at just 0.3 to 2 centimeters per year. It can take up to 10,000 years for a coral reef to form! That’s why it’s so important to protect the reefs we do have, so future generations can enjoy our serene oceans.
2. Apo Island – Phillippines
Apo Island is located in the Phillippines. It’s a volcanic island and marine reserve which is known for its incredible diving and snorkeling opportunities. You’ll find lots of green sea turtles here as well.
With over 650 species of fish and 400 types of coral, there’s no shortage of sights to see under the surface here.
3. The Great Barrier Reef – Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the only living thing on Earth that can be seen from space. It has over 100 islands, 3,000 reef systems, and 1,500 species of tropical fish. Humpback whales make stops here, and many endangered species call it home.
4. Hanauma Bay – Oahu
Hawaii may be known for surfing, but it’s also a great place to check out some spectacular snorkeling views. Oahu itself is a perfect place to find tons of reefs and species of fish. Makaha Beach Park is an especially good place to check out.
5. Silfra – Iceland
Silfra is another UNESCO World Heritage site located in Iceland. Thingvellir National Park has an amazing snorkeling spot and the Silfra fissure. This fissure is a crack between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. The water is extremely clear, offering visibility up to 328 feet!
6. Fakarava Atoll – French Polynesia
Fakarava is known for being a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It’s a narrow underwater area that is known for lemon, whitetip, and hammerhead sharks. You’ll also find Manihi, which is a little-known destination that houses manta and eagle rays. The inner lagoon is a great place to find Tahitian black pearls.
7. Wilson Island – Australia
Did you know that Google street view lets you see awesome images like this? It’s true, that was how this image of sunset at Wilson Island was captured. Next time you want to take an underwater journey, you won’t even need to leave your living room!
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