Between 2 Continents and Tectonic Plates
Location: Silfra Fissure, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Water Temp: 2C/35F
Max Depth: 18m/59ft
Other Adventures Around Town: go down into a volcano, see the northern lights, and swim in the Blue Lagoon
Silfra is the only place on the planet where you can dive between two continental plates, not to mention the underwater visibility is over 100m, making your view stunningly clear. I got to experience this adventure, and yes I thought I was going to die, but it was totally worth it! Of all the adventures I’ve been on, this was truly one of the most magical. You get a crazy feeling knowing you’re diving into the earth, between two continents, in between two tectonic plates (North America and Eurasia). It’s utterly mindblowing and truly breathtaking. I simply cannot explain the feeling of being submerged in glacial water between two continents—I highly suggest you go experience this. Now, why did I think I was going to die if I just said it was so awesome? Well, water gets into your gloves and on your face and neck—and with the water at a crisp 35 degrees Fahrenheit, let’s just say I was a wee bit chilly for quite a while. But, like I said, the experience was totally worth it!
Through an Underwater Museum
Location: MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art), Cancun, Mexico
Water Temp: 78-84F/26-29C
Max Depth: 29ft/9m
Other Adventures Around Town: dive with whale sharks, go ziplining, and dive into an underwater river
As a diver, you’re probably used to seeing reefs and wildlife—maybe a shipwreck here and there. That’s why the underwater museum in Cancun is such a unique treat—it consists of around 500 submerged statues eerily fixed into an underwater display. Every sculpture is made to become an artificial reef, and all materials promote life and the local ecosystem. The man behind the museum is Jason de Caires Taylor, an artist turned underwater-museum-maverick. Taylor has created the first underwater museum in the world—a must for every diver’s bucket list.
With Bioluminescent Organisms
Location: Salt River Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Water Temp: 26.5-28C/80-82F
Max Depth: 6m/20ft
Other Adventures Around Town: dive the Salt River Canyon, go kayaking, and go horseback riding on the beach
Talk about magical! Can you imagine diving surrounded by bioluminescent organisms? Imagine tiny glowing creatures, moving with you like they’re playfully mimicking you. This is quite a treat, especially since there are only a few bioluminescent bays in the world. A bioluminescent dive is definitely a diving bucket list must. Just remember, bioluminescent organisms are EXTREMELY fragile, so please be careful and follow all rules and regulations to protect this fragile phenomenon.
Down into Y-40, the Deepest Pool in the World
Location: Hotel Terme Millepini, Montegrotto Terme, Italy
Water Temp: 32-34C/89-93F
Max Depth: 40m/131ft
Other Adventures Around Town: hike the Piano Grande, take a hot air balloon ride over Assisi, or go hang gliding in Umbria
Dive down into the dark depths of Y-40 and experience the deepest pool in the world. There may not be any wildlife or wrecks in this 40m-deep pool, but it still has an eerie, otherworldly feel to it. Y-40 allows divers to dive as deep as a 12 story building. Y-40, dubbed The Deep Joy, won the title of the deepest pool in the world in 2014, previously held by Nemo33 in Brussels, Belgium with a depth of 34.5m.