Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling its better
Down where its wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin
Full time to floatin
Under the sea
When Sebastian sang these thoughtful lyrics to persuade Ariel to stay beneath the waves, he wasnt wrong. Tell me this: if you were a mermaid, would you want to grow a pair of legs and join the rat race? Its so peaceful and gorgeous down there! Who would want to leave? (Lets, for a moment, pretend that the only monsters living down there are bumbling Disney villains like Ursula the witch. No giant squids, no Lochness monsters, and no Megalodons. *gulp*)
Darling, its definitely better under the sea. Those of us who have a knack for free-diving (no scuba gear allowed) would agree. There are certain free diving locations in the world where you can test your endurance, and swim alongside the myriad creatures of the sea. Here are some of the best:
1. Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
When you think of coral, fish decked in vibrant hues and colours, and underwater diversity, the first place that comes to mind is the Great Barrier Reef . Cod Hole located in Queensland, Australia, this spot is one of the best known dive sites. You will be able to feed potato cods, which have been listed in the IUCN list of threatened species within these clear, blue waters. You will also encounter emperor angels, trigger fishes and whitetip reef sharks here.
2. Marys Place, Roatan Bay Islands, Honduras
Do you want a colourful, almost surreal underwater experience? Then Honduras is the place to be. This stunning dive site was created through volcanic activity during prehistoric times. The rich waters have allowed for coral and sponges to multiply in the fissure created by this activity. You will be able to dive among trunkfish, turtles an even stingrays.
3. USS Liberty Shipwreck, Bali, Indonesia
This is the place to go if you love or want to experience wreck freediving. The USS Liberty was hit by a Japanese torpedo in 1963 causing it to beach. Then, the eruption of Mount Agung caused the vessel to slip off the beach and into the crystal clear waters. This makes for an amazing freediving experience, especially for beginners.
4. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
This is one of the eerie freediving locations in the world that adventurous readers would love to visit. The Great Blue Hole is, well, a great blue hole. It's a sinkhole off the coast of Belize which was naturally created 15,000 years ago and offers spectacular views of underwater stalactites; you might even glimpse a hammerhead or reef shark. It's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5. Elephant Head Rock, Similan Islands
Named Elephant Head because of the shape of the rock at its surface, this free diving destination is comprised of a menagerie of arches, caves and swim-throughs.Here, you'll spot many a blacktip, whitetip and leopard shark beside huge schools of barracudas and trevallies. It's an exciting playground for freedivers who want to push themselves to their limits.
Freediving is not for the faint-hearted. But if your heart truly desires some underwater adventure, it is one of the most liberating and serene experiences. Dive ahead. Sebastian approves!
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