For those who believe they are a human born into the wrong body (i.e. you believe you really should have been a mermaid, dolphin or nudibranch), there are lots of things you can do to make yourself feel more at one with your true identity. We’ve checked out some of the most amazing, most breathtaking, and most daft things people are doing underwater. So, without further ado, here are ten things you can do underwater:
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #1 Be born
Ocean births and dolphin assisted births (Yes, you read that correctly) really do exist. Whilst most parents-to-be who are interested in water births will opt for a hospital, birth centre or their own home as the place they would like to welcome their baby into the world, some will choose to go a step or two even closer to get the most natural water birth possible.
Ocean births are particularly popular in Russia along the coast of the black sea, and it has been claimed that birthing with dolphins in Hawaii was a matter of course until the 1930s. Certainly dolphins are fully aware when a woman is pregnant as they can echolocate on her belly and ‘see’ the baby inside the womb…
Disclaimer: Go Freediving neither supports or endorses these birth options….. etc
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #2 Eat
We’re not talking cramming something quick from the Vobster burger van in your mouth before you ‘go under’. How about dining in some of the most luxurious locations in the world? Like the Maldives, for instance… In the worlds first all-glass underwater restaurant, no less. The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant was crowned “most beautiful restaurant in the world” by the New York Daily News. But if that’s not enough, why not go one step further and scuba dive down for your supper? The Pearl is a recently opened restaurant pod five metres below the surface at NEMO33 in Brussels.
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #3 Go Clubbing
Whoop whoop! If you fancy cutting some rug, or just nipping out for a couple of drinks, why not visit your local nightclub? While this is actually a watch advert, we think it could be a sign of what’s to come for the Go Freediving Summer parties!
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #4 Sleep
Everyone likes to have a peaceful night’s sleep, so where better than in an underwater hotel? The gorgeous Underwater Room on the amazing Manta Resort is located just off Pemba – a remote island on the east coast of Africa. But if that is just a little too remote for you, what about the World’s First Undersea Boutique Hotel, planned to open in Cuba – if you can wait for it to be built, that is!
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #5 Get Married
Yes, we know this one has been around for a while, and even though it is growing in popularity (with numerous resorts capitalising on the trend), it’s still different enough to be cool – and makes for some stunning, unique wedding photos.
10 things you can do underwater – get married – photo credit Liz Cantor
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #7 Go to a Concert
Now this looks like a whole heap of fun! Your chance to Jam Out at the Florida Keys Underwater Music Festival. But if you’re not an underwater extrovert, just reserve a spot on one of the party boats. Then stage ‘dive’ with your scuba or snorkel gear, and enjoy the show! If on the other hand you just want to chill out to the best freediving music, we have that covered too!
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #8 Visit a Museum
If you’re ever passing through Cancun, Mexico here’s another thing to add to your underwater bucket list – visiting a museum. In 2009 a monumental underwater contemporary museum of art called MUSA was formed
MUSA consists of over 500 permanent life-sized and monumental sculptures and is easily accessed by divers, snorkelers, and glass-bottomed boats.
And there’s a stunning sculpture park in Lanzarote that is being expanded. The artist Jason DeCaires Taylor is described as a sculptor, environmentalist, professional underwater photographer and renowned for his underwater creations and his work is truly breathtaking
Here are just a handful of photos from the park. It is a dream location for divers, photographers and anyone with an appreciation for art, ecology and conservation
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #9 Post a Letter
If you thought your posting letters days were behind you, this neat little post office might just change your mind. Located in 3 metres of water, they say that “…If snorkellers cannot duck-dive down that far, Hideaway Island staff will be on the spot to help out…” Another fabulous reason to perfect that duck dive!
10 things you can find underwater – underwater post office
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #10 Be Buried
The Memorial Reef is the worlds largest artifical reef covering over 16 acres of ocean floor, built in the US as an artistic interpretation of the lost city of Atlantis. Not only is it a place of ecological importance, is is also a ‘green burial’ site, where people can choose to have their cremated remains placed in memorial or scattered.
Ten Things You Can Do Underwater #11 Go to Mermaid Camp… (sorry, this one had to be added!)
Ok. I might have got a little too excited about this one! But seriously, you can train to be a mermaid! What’s not to love? Kiddies and adults can become their inner mermaid, living out their mermaid fantasies while meeting other Ariel wannabe’s in these fun-packed underwater courses!
So, there you have it. Ten things you can do underwater – from birth to death and everything in between. If you’re still hungry for ideas, here are some of the more crazy things that didn’t quite make the list:
Underwater pumpkin carving
Play Under-Ice Hockey
Ride a bike
Swim with pigs
Be a model
Make a music video
jump on pogo stick
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