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10 Tourist Attractions Under the Sea

10. Discovery Undersea Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Glass-bottom boats are common enough,  but not like Discovery. This 125-passenger boat cruises the reef to give passengers an up-close look through 20 underwater windows. It's great for anyone who wants a more casual experience than scuba diving, but it's especially cool for anyone with kids too young to suit up.

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9. Manta Resort

Pemba Island, Tanzania

There's something about the Indian Ocean that draws underwater attractions. Near Pemba Island, you'll find The Manta Resort, a floating hotel that extends to the nearby beach. The resort has a lot to offer—beachside accommodations, a pool, and a dining area atop the floating hotel just to name a few. The standout feature, though, is the underwater room that lets you drift off to sleep surrounded by turquoise water and curious fish.

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8. Lime Spa

Kaafu Atoll, Maldives

The Maldives have no shortage of underwater beauty to flaunt. Lime Spa is part of a resort called Per Aquum Hufaven Fushi. While the beach bungalows there are breathtaking, the prospect of getting massages, peels, and facials—all surrounded by gorgeous ocean viewshas got to be the standout.

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7. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Alif Dhaal Atoll, Maldives

Of course, there's more to undersea attractions than just hotel rooms. Consider Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. The restaurant is one of seven at Hilton's Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. The resort takes up two private tropical islands, yet Ithaa may be the most striking part of the whole resort. Diners descend a spiral staircase to a clear tunnel 16 feet underwater. The restaurant's caviar and line-caught reef fish might be delightful, but we imagine that people mostly remember the view.

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6. Cave Diving

There's no feeling in the world quite like being in a cave, and there's nothing quite like scuba diving, either. Fans of each will tell you that it's like being in a completely different world. The number of people who combine the two is pretty low, and that's fair—cave diving is much more challenging than spelunking or scuba diving alone. If you take adequate steps to prepare and learn from someone who knows what they're doing, however, there are many wonders to be discovered.

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5. Specialty Dives at the Dubai Aquarium

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oh, Dubai. You never cease to amaze. It's not uncommon for aquariums to offer dives for certified scuba divers. In addition to a free-dive, Dubai Aquarium also offers visitors lessons in underwater photography as well as the opportunity to feed sharks from a diving cage.

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4. Museo Subacuatico de Arte

Cancún, Mexico

The Cancun Underwater Museum is a unique installation of 500 sculptures from 6 sculptors across 3 galleries—all underwater. The Museum is a worthwhile visit in its own righthe statues are beautiful, and their setting adds a haunting dimension to the experiencebut the original purpose behind the Museum's founding was to become a new artificial reef. The intent was to draw visitors away from the Manchones reef which was beginning to suffer severely under the strain of 500,000 visitors a year.

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3. Atlantis, The Palm

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Key Largo may have a hotel named for Jules Verne, but the incredible underwater opulence at Atlantis, The Palm is more in line with Captain Nemo's aesthetic. Not every room is underwater, but if you can afford to stay here at all, odds are you can spring for the underwater room.

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2. Jules' Undersea Lodge

Key Largo, Florida

Jules' Undersea Lodge is the only underwater hotel in the U.S. and one of our favorite oddball hotels. Formerly an undersea lab, it now contains a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom retreat. Guests are scuba-certified (if they weren't already) and then dive down 21 feet to the front door. The hotel managers famously dive down to deliver pizza to you during your stay.

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1. Lovers Deep

Caribbean Sea

It's been billed as the "Mile Low Club." Still, Lovers Deep is an incredible luxury private submarine for two lovebirds, guaranteeing you intimate privacy anywhere in the Caribbean you want to go. The staff of threea Captain, chef, and butler—have a soundproof accommodation at the other end of the sub to ensure privacy even as they maintain constant offerings of oysters and caviar.

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