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If you, like me, love to dive, you probably have some favorite, uncompromizable dive spots your heart continues to return to. But, as most avid divers, there’s always room for new experiences beneath the surface. Today, I list three underwater art sites worthy of a deeper glance…

 

Christ of the AbyssDon’t miss the amazing Christ of the Abyss in San Fruttuoso, Italy

Placed at the bottom of the ocean at approximatelly 17 meters depth, originally in 1954, this statue is popular amongst Mediterranean divers. It has also gotten a large amount of Doppelgangers around the world, amongst others in St George, Grenada.

Originally, this bronze statue marked the spot where Dario Gonzatti, the first Italian diver to use SCUBA gear, died in 1947. Iit has been resurfaced for restoration in 2003, and submerged once again for divers to visit since 2004.

 

Cancun underwater museumAnother amazing site is the Cancun underwater museum, off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico

Consisting of 400 clay statues, all by Jason deCaires Taylor, placed right between the shore of Cancun and Isla Mujeres, this new addition to the Mexican experience is a must-see. The statues depict different stages of the Mayan development, and cover only about 14m2 area at a depth of about 9 meters, so even first level divers can experience this amazing site.

 

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My first dive ever was in Green Bay, Cyprus. And Cyprus offers so much more than partying 20-somethings – in Green Bay, you can explore ancient amphoraes and a statue park worthy any above-sea-level museum. Perfect for beginners as it’s regarded as “sheltered open water”.

Here’ the main sight are the sunken statues, scattered over an area of about 30 sq meters, at a depth of 10-12 meters. Perfect visibility for up to 45 meters in good weather contionds. Easy land access and plenty parking space adjacent.

 

Not a diver yet? Surf over to PADI, and enroll in a course on your next vacation (you can even do the theory online beforehand)! You will NOT be sorry!

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