500 Underwater Ruins Discovered so far Around the World
Between 17,000 years ago and 7000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, terrible things happened to the world our ancestors lived in. Great ice caps over northern Europe and north America melted down creating huge floods that ripped across the earth. Sea-level rose by more than 100 metres, and about 25 million square kilometres of formerly habitable lands were swallowed up by the waves creating underwater ruins.
There are hundreds of man made structures that sank underwater for scuba divers to experience these underwater ruins. From the 500 ruins that have been discovered so far, 100 were dated to be over 3000 years old.
There are still many underwater ruins that have not been discovered yet and some could even be in a lake, river or ocean in your own city. Most of the scuba diving research and archaeology has been targeted towards ship wrecks due to the wealth that could be found in them, which has left a lot of the underwater ruins undiscovered.
Some of the discovered underwater ruins that are now famous include:
– Cleopatra’s Palace in Alexandria (Egypt): This is in 20ft of water in the Mediterranean off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt. It is a challenging dive due to the limited visibility. Scuba divers that are use to diving in limited visibility conditions find this site very rewarding.
– World’s Wickedest City, Port Royal (Jamaica): Unfrotunately this underwater ruin is off limits to scuba divers. You need to get government permission to dive this site. Many structures are still fully intact making it a truly amazing dive.
– The submerged temples of Mahabalipuram (India): This underwater ruin still has pillars rising from the sea bed making this a great dive site. Visibility can be limited at times so it is something to be aware of.
– 8000-year-old Yonaguni-Jima (Japan): A series of steps is what you will see from these underwater ruins. It is a very popular dive site in Japan with many divers visiting it annually.
– Pavlopetri (Greece): Greece is filled with underwater ruins and Pavlopetri is the most popular. The city still has structures in tact making for a great dive. Visibility is limited like most of the Mediterranean.
– Dwarka Port (India): Another one of the great underwater ruins in India. You will see part of the ancient port in this submerged city.
– The Lost Villages (St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada): This one is close to home for us here in Canada. The flooded rivers took this city underwater making for a series of underwater ruins. It is a fresh water dive with visibility changing all the time. Not much remains of these villages.
These are just snapshots of what you could experience scuba diving in underwater ruins. Consider diving in some of these spots if you are on a trip close by and always keep your eye open as you never know what you can stumble across on your next dive.