Spooky Dive Sites
Halloween is on the doorstep and divers around the world are looking for the extra thrill. Here's a list of underwater experiences that are not for the faint-hearted.
1 Cheow Larn Lake, Thailand
'Diving in Thailand is usually associated with warm, tropical waters and coral reefs. The Similan Islands on the west coast and Koh Tao and Koh Samui on the east coast attract thousands of divers a year to see the gentle, giant whale sharks and swooping manta rays – but you won’t find these in Khao Sok. The appeal of the diving here is not the marine life, but rather the experience of engulfing yourself in the eerie, strangely mystical, underwater landscape.' - Lia Barrett
Read more about diving Cheow Larn Lake here.
Credit: Lia Barrett
2 SS YONGALA, AUSTRALIA
The SS Yongala sank off the Queensland coast, en route from Melbourne to Cairns during a storm in 1911. All 122 passengers died and it was not until 1958 that the wreck was found. Today, the wreck is a popular dive site and not only the tragic history of the wreck but dozens of olive sea snakes that live on the wreck make for an eerie feeling.
3 JELLYFISH LAKE, PALAU
Although scuba diving is prohibited in the lake, swimmers and snorkellers flock here for to jump in the water with thousands of jellyfish. They're harmless but the floating though the murky jellyfish-infested water might send a shiver down your spine.
4 WILLINGEN SLATE MINE, 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 Salem Express, Red Sea
On 17 December 1991 the Salem Express collided with Hyndman Reef and sank shortly thereafter. Records state that between 470 and 690 people lost their lives in this tragic incident and not all bodies were recovered from the wreckage. Until now, pieces of luggage, children's toys and cars can be seen through openings and scattered around the wreck. The Salem Express is one of the world's most controversial dives and the debate on whether or not diver should be allowed to dive the site has never come to a conclusion. Many divers choose not to dive the wreck but it goes without saying that those who choose to do so should dive the site with the utmost respect for the people who lost their life here in 1991.
6 AUSTRALIA'S NULLARBOR PLAIN
Australia’s vast Nullarbor plain is scattered with limestone caves and tunnels. The Weebuddie cave is the deepest cave of the plain and one of the largest underwater caves in the world. Diving here is a surreal experience. With a visibility of 150m (500 feet), the water is so clear it is barely visible and divers seem to be flying through the cave system.
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