With the release of The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water, just around the corner, fans may want a chance to experience their own version of Bikini Bottom. Though there is no substitute for the cartoon paradise, there are wacky underwater destinations worldwide, from museums to natural phenomenon to the world’s first underwater post office. Here are the ten wildest underwater attractions around the globe sure to release the sea creature in everyone.
1. Underwater Post Office – Vanuatu
Fulfill your childhood dream of mailing the Little Mermaid a letter at this one-of-a-kind location. The Vanuatu Post has created the world’s first and only underwater post office in the Hideaway Island Marine Sanctuary. Visitors can grab a snorkel or a diving suit and head to the post office, which is submerged around three meters deep, to mail a special waterproof postcard. These postcards can be mailed locally and internationally.
2. Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA) – Cancun, Mexico
Picture a sculpture garden located four to eight meters below the ocean’s surface and you have an image of Museo Subacuático de Arte. Featuring more than 500 life-size sculptures, MUSA has environmental as well as artistic goals. Each sculpture is made of a material meant to promote coral life in order to form a reef for marine life to colonize.
3. Baiheliang Underwater Museum – Fuling, China
To visit an underwater museum that doesn’t require a scuba suit, head to Baiheliang in Fuling, China. Underwater channels with escalators have been built to transport visitors beneath the ocean where they can view ancient inscriptions on the Baiheliang ridge. Inscriptions include different images as well as poetry.
4. LIME Spa – Maldives
During your next spa trip, rather than getting a seaweed body wrap, why not opt for a spa amongst the seaweed? LIME, a part of Per AQUUM’s Huvafen Fushi resort, is the first spa to offer two underwater treatment rooms. Enjoy the view of the ocean’s depths during the LIME Light Ritual, a 180-minute treatment described as “the signature underwater experience.”
5. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant – Maldives
Enjoy an ornate lunch or dinner with the benefit of a 180-degree panoramic view of the ocean at this restaurant in Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. Ithaa offers European cuisine and is located five meters underneath the water. The views are unbeatable and, in addition to regular mealtimes, the location can be booked for breakfast or special events.
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6. Subsix Bar –Maldives
Another Per AQUUM special located within the Niyama Resort, Subsix allows people to party and celebrate in the depths of the Indian Ocean. The luxury club was constructed on land before being submerged and offers massive windows for the full ocean view, as well as a bar and DJ booth so guests can really party in style.
7. Weeki Wachee Springs – Spring Hill, Florida
If you truly want to live out the mermaid fantasies of your childhood, try Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Once there, you can attend the historic mermaid show, held in an underwater theater. For sixty years, the mermaids have performed shows and stunts like eating and drinking underwater.
8. Jules’ Undersea Lodge –Key Largo, Florida
For the chance to literally sleep with the fishes, plan your next vacation to Key Largo Undersea Park. While you’re there, you can book an afternoon lunch or a full night at Jules’. To enter the lodge, visitors must be able to scuba dive down. Once inside, they can enjoy the two private bedrooms and a common room equipped with amenities like a telephone and an iHome. There’s even free Wi-Fi.
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9. Cenote Angelita – Tulum, Mexico
Advanced divers looking to discover something amazing should plan a trip to this one-of-a-kind dive location in Tulum. What makes Cenote Angelita stand out is the fact that there is a layer of fresh water and a layer of salt water separated by hydrogen sulfate, which gives the site the appearance of an underwater river.
10. Underwater Waterfall – Mauritius
Like Cenote Angelita, this amazing phenomenon off the coast of Mauritius is an illusion. Runoff of silt and sand from a costal shelf creates what looks like a waterfall under the water. Unlike the other items on this list, the waterfall is not something to view from the bottom of the sea, but rather is best experienced from the air in a helicopter.