Beneath the waters of the world, there is a whole realm of underwater wonders. There are sunken cities, forests, caves and even sculptures. Let’s explore a few of these magnificent watery landscapes.
Lake Kaindy, Kazahstan
Lake Kaindy, also known as the sunken forest, is a spectacular sight to behold. It was formed when an earthquake triggered a landslide of limestone that formed a dam. Lake Kaindy features tree trunks protruding out of the water, giving the appearance of a forest upon the lake.
The submerged city of Pavlopetri is an archaeological site discovered in 1967. It is dated at 5000 years old and is believed to be the oldest submerged city in the world. Many artifacts have been found such as Minoan jars, tableware and fragments of buildings.
In 1986, a diver made a startling discovery off the south shore of the remote Yonaguni Island in Japan. It is unknown whether the underwater ruins are natural or manmade. However, the Yongauni pyramid looks as though it is manmade and the formation of steps appears as if they once led to a palace that may have been part of an ancient city. Perhaps time will explain the enigma of these unusual structures.
Green Lake, Austria
Green Lake has the surreal appearance of an underwater park where divers could rest on a bench. However, it has a natural explanation. During the winter the water recedes and the area is used as a park. Once spring arrives the lake fills with snow from the surrounding mountains submerging the trees, bridges and park benches.
Cleopatra’s Palace, Egypt
Once believed to be a myth, the remains of Cleopatra’s Palace were found sunken in the waters off of Alexandria in Egypt. Several artifacts have been found including coins, jewelry, amulets and two preserved sphinxes which were guardians of the palace.
According to legend, Dwarka was home to Lord Krishna. After his death, the city sank beneath the Gomti River. Many artifacts have been recovered from the site, lending credence to the ancient story.
Christ of the Abyss, Italy
A giant statue of Christ standing with arms outstretched and reaching skyward stands submerged in the Mediterranean Sea. The incredible work of art was created by Guido Galletti in 1954.
Orda Cave, Russia
Orda Cave is an underwater world of white walls, clear water and connecting tunnels. The cave is filled with deep vaults and an abundance of gypsum. According to legend, the Lady of the Cave protects it from harm.
Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
This deep blue shaft of salt water is a diver’s dream. As you dive deeper you find yourself surrounded by wonderful creatures such as turtles, barracudas and sea horses. This sinkhole has extremely clear water and excellent visibility.
Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius
Mauritius is home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna, as well as an underwater waterfall. However, the waterfall is actually an optical illusion created by sediments of silt and sand. It is a popular tourist attraction and a beautiful sight to see.
These are just a few of the many underwater wonders around the world. Do some exploring of your own. If you love to travel, add some of these underwater wonders to your travel itinerary. If you’re planning a vacation any of these locations would be a great place to visit.