While I really enjoy snorkeling I haven’t really done any underwater exploration. I used to have an interest in scuba diving but really have no interest anymore.
Years back Kim and I took scuba lessons in anticipation of visiting the Great Barrier Reef during our honeymoon to Australia. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to open water- I usually get a very bad case of seasickness. I’d say that within 15 minutes of our boat leaving for the GBR, I was upchucking that morning’s breakfast! This made for a torturous day stuck on the boat. I got in the water and tried to descend one time but when I went to clear my mask, one of the instructors yanked down on me, causing me to push him off and head back for the surface. This was the end of my scuba diving career before it even got started.
After this instance I can’t say that I’ve had any desire to try scuba diving ever again.
I don’t feel like I am missing much due to not diving but I would like to see more of what’s below the surface someday.
I’d like to go explore on a submarine if possible at some point or dine in an underwater restaurant!
I came across a slideshow from Conde Naste Traveler which shows 7 Underwater Restaurants and Bars Around the World.
Here is the list:
- Ithaa Undesea Restaurant– Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives- The word’s first all-glass underwater restaurant located 16 feet below.
- Al Mahara– Dubai, UAE- Located within the Burj Al Arab, features a floor to ceiling aquarium.
- Atrium Bar– Berlin, Germany- While we didn’t eat or drink here, Kim (and especially) Lucas and I loved seeing the massive aquarium in the lobby of the Raddison Blu Berlin (photo above) during our stay.
- Aquarium Restaurant– Nashville, TN- Located at a mall, the restaurant has a 200,000 gallon aquarium with over 100 species of fish from around the world.
- Sea– Kihavah, Maldives- Has a “mirrored interior which reflects the sea life while you dine”. This place looks really amazing.
- Cargo Hold Restaurant– Durban, South Africa- “Housed within the stern of the Phantom Ship, it’s a tribute to Durban’s coastal ghost lore”. This one sounds very interesting.
- Subsix– Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives- The world’s first underwater club, located 20 feet below and only accessible by boat from Niyama Resort.
I found it interesting that 3 of the 7 places mentioned by CN Traveler were located in one country. The underwater options in the Maldives also happened to sound like they would be the best places to dine and drink at from the list.
What do you think about the idea of dining underwater? I’d love to give it a try!
Click here to check out the slideshow from CN Traveler.