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5 Strange Places To Dive

1) A Former Soviet Labour Camp

Rummu in Estonia is a former Soviet prison camp and open cast mine which naturally flooded after it was abandoned and has become a popular local dive site with good viz and strange buildings and structures to explore.


2) An Active Volcano in Indonesia

The underwater volcano Banua Wuhu rises more than 400m from the sea floor to form a shoal less than 5m below sea level and is located just off the island of Mahengetang in Northern Sulawesi.


3) The Ancient Ruins of Lion City, Qiandao Lake, China

A maze of temples and memorial arches of the ancient Chinese city of Shi Cheng near Five Lion Mountain disappeared in 1959 when a vast hydroelectric scheme dammed the valley. Today it is a dive back to Imperial China.


4) A Flooded Former Slate Mine in Germany

Underneath a busy ski resort this former slate mine in Willingen might be a tad chilly (5ºC), but the viz is great and there is lots of machinery and the like to check out.


5) Where Two Continents Clash

Swim between two continents. The Silfra fissure in Iceland's Thingvellier National Park is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The viz is staggering (more than 100m) and each year the crack gets 2cm wider.

 

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  • Guest - Taliena

    Dived serval times in Willingen in the mine. Really great. There are more slatemines to dive. Nuttlar, Schwalefeld, Kleinenbremen. And some in Belgium (officially forbidden). Diving in old slatemines is really nice.

    from Friesland, The Netherlands
  • Guest - Clay Harris

    What???? "The only place in the world where you can swim between two continents"??? Technically speaking, that is one serious piece of scientific illiteracy. Think for a moment ... aren't you swimming "between two continents" while in any ocean in the world? You got it right when you said, that "the Silfra fissure in Iceland's Thingvellier National Park is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet", but that "only place" continent comment is a complete washout. Utter nonsense. At that location, the nearest continental blocks (geologically speaking) are Greenland and Norway. Whereas Iceland is a hotspot volcano -- NOT a continent. Look it up on Wikipedia.

    from United States
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