Diving is an amazing sport. It enhances just about every aspect of your life. It boosts your confidence, gives your life more excitement, and other people (especially non-divers) begin to look at you like a Navy Seal or something. Yes, we get all kinds of cool benefits from diving, yet many divers find themselves in serious need of places to dive. Though there are many places around the world that feature wonderful diving, we can always use more. More places to explore. More places to discover. More places to experience. To that end, we are thrilled to highlight some stories about plans for some pretty cool underwater theme parks.
Underwater Theme Park for Dubai
The Pearl of Dubai has been in the planning and development stages since 2014, and when it’s done you might want to make sure your passport is updated. Think about it: you get to soar underwater through a giant representation of the lost ancient city of Atlantis. The five-acre park, soon to be the largest underwater tourism locale in the world, will be open to swimmers and divers of all ages and levels. The parent company, Reef Worlds, is concerend about sustainability, so the Peal of Dubai will also entail the creation of new animal habitat. Sounds like a win-win!
Developers consider turning sunken Titanic sister ship into divers’ theme park
From Fox news.com: “The HMS Britannic, a WWI era ship dubbed “Titanic 2,” has been resting at the bottom of the Aegean for almost 100 years. But now the owner of a local diving club is considering redeveloping the wreckage into an underwater theme park that could generate tourist-driven capital into Greece’s cash-strapped economy. Yiannis Tsavelakos has been guiding dives throughout the Meditteranean for years. After recently attending a forum about the Britannic, the diver says he came up with the idea of creating a subterranean diving paradise, connecting the Britannic with other sunken wrecks in the Kea Channel.” No word yet on a projected opening date. Stay tuned!
Japan theme park plans floating hotel with underwater views
Now, we’ve already posted stories on underwater and/or floating hotels before. The jury is still out on many of them. Are they scams? Will they ever see the light of day? In Japan, plans are underway for one such resort, and it looks like it will actually be built. According to Nikkei.com, “Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed amusement park in Nagasaki Prefecture, plans to create a floating hotel that can be towed around by a boat. Each hotel guest room will be contained inside a sphere measuring 6.5 meters in diameter. The theme park operator plans to set up the hotel in Omura Bay and move it between the park and an uninhabited island in the bay. The subsidiary of Japanese travel agency H.I.S. purchased the island last year and also has bought a boat. Hotel construction is to go into full swing in 2017.”
Mexico sinks navy vessel as part of plans for scuba Marine Park on Baja California coast
Sinking a ship is a great way to create a refuge for sealife and an interesting dive site at the same time. Artificial reefs, is what they are called, and Mexico is creating one in some of the most beautiful waters in the world-Baja. Says attractionsmanagement.com “In addition to the sunken vessel, the Rosarito Marine Park will also feature an underwater sculpture garden in shallow waters, as well as three more sunken ships further out. The deeper waters will also be home to several pyramids and an area paying tribute to the Titanic.”