SportsCover Direct, a specialist sports insurance provider, analyzed the number of searches for top underwater landmarks based on compiled seedlists to reveal underwater attractions around the world, as well as whether they are manmade, natural, or wrecks. Using this interactive map, you can find the best dive spots.
The Most Googled Underwater Attractions
|Great Barrier Reef||253,000||3,036,000|
Hotspots under the sea
The east coast of Mexico, which extends down into Belize, is the place to be for tourists looking to immerse themselves in as many underwater attractions as possible. The natural sites in this area are especially impressive because of the limestone peninsula, which has created sinkholes that have led to the formation of deep cenotes, massive marine holes, and complex underwater tunnel systems. Notably, the Great Blue Hole in Belize is one of the world’s deepest pits at around 400 feet, and it is also one of the most Googled underwater attractions, with 276,000 searches, making it worthwhile to visit.
Overall, the Caribbean Sea has the most underwater attractions, with Port Royal in Jamaica and Grenada’s Underwater Sculpture Park joining Mexico and Belize’s numerous attractions. In 1692, an earthquake struck Port Royal, followed by a tsunami, dragging 33 acres of the city under water, where it now lies in 40 feet of water. With 840,000 annual searches, this underwater attraction is also the third most Googled, trailing only the Great Barrier Reef and Lake Baikal.
The most inland dive
Our farthest inland attraction, The Sunken Forest of Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan, demonstrates that not all of the best dive sites are at sea. The forest sank into the lake as a result of a landslide and subsequent flooding, with the cold water preserving the submerged trees and providing a unique view for any divers who venture beneath the surface.
For divers used to warmer climates, the Riviera Maya in Mexico is another excellent inland diving destination. There are plenty of caverns to explore in the world’s longest network of cenotes (water-filled sinkholes connected by underwater passages), with Dos Ojos being one of the most famous, due to its striking eye-like double entrance.
Diversify your dive
If you don’t have a particular landmark in mind, or if you’re looking for more variety in dive spots, travel between Florida and the Bahamas to experience a variety of underwater attractions. For accommodation, visit Jule’s Undersea Lodge, Florida Keys, to experience the only underwater hotel in the United States. Guests scuba dive down 21 feet to get to their rooms, which are situated at the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon. If you’re looking for wreck dives, the 120-mile-long Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail, comprising approximately 1,000 shipwrecks, offers a variety of dive spots, with some easy shallow dives and other much deeper sites requiring more experience.
Living the underwater high life
If luxury is your focus over danger, or if you’re simply looking for a unique fine dining experience, then the Ithaa Restaurant, Maldives will exceed expectations. This underwater restaurant has achieved the titles of Global Restaurant of the Year, and Luxury Unique Experience, and offers 180-degree views of the surrounding marine landscape, without the need to touch a drop of water. There’s also a cocktail hour, if you prefer diving into an extravagant drinks menu instead of the sea.
The world’s natural wonder
The Great Barrier Reef, located off the coast of Queensland in the aptly named Coral Sea, is the most Googled underwater attraction, with 3,036,000 annual searches. Any diver’s bucket list would be incomplete if they did not include a visit to this natural wonder of the world, which is made up of over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, providing an almost endless 1,430 miles of diving. The SS Yongala wreck is also located off the coast of Queensland and is known for being one of Australia’s best preserved and largest shipwrecks.
There is a dive spot that will meet your needs, whether you want diversity in your dive, a concentration of a specific type of location, or a specific experience. So, which underwater attraction will you visit next?