These Three Underwater Locations Will Blow Your Mind…If You Can Get There

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1. Cleopatra’s Palace, Egypt

The legendary Queen Cleopatra of Egypt’s beauty was rumored to be completely unassailable. The rest of her stuff, however, was not quite as impregnable. Maybe it was a coincidence, or maybe Poseidon was looking to make a pre-Greco name for himself by getting tough with some Egyptian architecture.

Whatever the case, one day a combination of earthquake(s) and the resulting tidal waves promptly
swallowed up the royal quarters that housed the personal effects of history’s beauty queen in one fell
splash. Now pieces of the palace, shipwrecks, golden statues and even a mini Sphinx litter the ocean
floor just off the coast of Alexandria. There is even a couple collectors’ edition copies of The Scorpion
King DVD scattered around the premises.

While this place is not available for public access, the government of Egypt is thinking of providing tours in the future, so stay tuned.

2. The World’s Longest Underwater Crystal Cave in Russia

Located near Orda village in Perm region, Ural, Orda is the world’s longest underwater gypsum
cave, which means that located near Orda village in Perm region, Ural, Orda, is the world’s longest
underwater cave of completely transparent water. That’s right; gypsum causes water to turn transparent, and we’re not talking Caribbean blue here, people. We’re talking reading glass clear. We’re talking retina display water that can project blue-rays.

Book an excursion and check it out yourself, just be warned: you can’t just break out your iPad and
start snapping pictures. “There is extremely low water temperature, about 3C and 20C below zero on the surface. Under these circumstances shooting became very challenging,” said Victor Lyagushkin, the team leader of the team of divers that snagged some amazing pictures.

3. Port Royal, Jamaica

Port Royal, Jamaica is situated at the mouth of the Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica—
underwater. Before it was hammered to its final resting place due to Mother Nature by earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis, Port Royal was a haven for gamblers and pirates looking to do what they do best: rape and pillage. Known as the Sodom of the New World, this oceanic opium den allowed swashbucklers safe refuge as they plied shipping lanes to and from Spain and Panama.

It is harder to get an underwater tour of the area, but Port Royal is home to many museums and beach-front tours that will bring you within proximity enough of the grey to outright blackened sin that still emanates from those otherwise clear Bermudian depths.

BONUS: The Bay of Cambay, India

Located 120 feet underwater in India, is an entire city. Not just a couple stores and a post office, but
a city five miles long and two miles wide. What’s more interesting than the fact this entire city was
submerged when the ice caps melted at the end of the last Ice Age, is the fact that carbon dating
estimates the Blue Water District in question is a mind-bending 9,500 years old. This underwater
metropolis predates what were previously thought to be the oldest ruins in the area by about 5,000 years, and the oldest known human civilization by 2,000 years.

As this is a discovery that could re-write the time line of history and put many people out of a job, this
city is still being studied closely, and is not currently accessible to the public. But this is a great time to
bust out Philippica and brush up on your Plato. Maybe Atlantis is real, after all.

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