Most Surreal Places to Go If You Love Water
Some of the best things on Earth involve water. Islands, springs, lakes, cenotes, underwater caves, cliffs and sinkholes are spectacular sites to explore and admire.
But some bodies of water are extra special and unique. If you're a water lover, these are 25 surreal locations you should visit.
Cenote Dos Ojos
Location: Tulum, Mexico
What Makes Cenote Dos Ojos Unique
Cenote Dos Ojos is a well-known cenote (or sinkhole) in Mexico that means "Two Eyes," and it doesn't disappoint.
This cenote has two sides, one shallow side perfect for swimmers and snorkelers, and a deeper side for scuba divers.
Location: Williston, Florida
What Makes Devil's Den Unique
Devil's Den is a magical cave. You can take a swim in the light beams or scuba dive in the cave system below the surface.
The Meeting of Two Seas
Location: Grenan in Skagen, Denmark
What Makes The Meeting of Two Seas Unique
A rare site, the Grenan sandbar between the Skagerrak sea and the Kattegat sea is an incredible location where the currents of the two seas crash into each other.
Location: Bimini, Bahamas
What Makes the Sapona Shipwreck Unique
A half-submerged shipwreck, the Sapona has a rich history and more recently is known as a unique spot to explore. Underwater, you'll find colorful fish, rays and the occasional shark.
Although it's not recommended, skilled adventurers have been known to climb to the top of the ship and jump off into the ocean.
Location: Furore, Italy
What Makes Furore Bridge Unique
Set in the scenic mountains of the Amalfi Coast is the Furore Bridge, a most excellent spot for cliff jumping into the ocean.
Locals call this spot "Neverland."
Location: Straddling the border of California and Nevada, United States
What Makes Lake Tahoe Unique
Lake Tahoe is a treasure trove of endless possibilities.
Sitting between the state lines of California and Nevada, the crystal clear lake is a great spot for paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, jumping off boulders, and exploring nature.
Location: Styria, Austria
What Makes Green Lake Unique
In the winter months, Green Lake is a great place for trail hiking and exploring. In warmer months, the snow from the mountains melts down into the lake.
This causes it to rise seven times its normal depth, covering trees and park benches and creating a unique underwater world for exploring.
Ban Gioc Waterfalls
Location: Cao Bang province, Vietnam
What Makes Ban Gioc Waterfalls Unique
Like something out of a fairy tale, Ban Gioc is the largest waterfall in Asia with multiple terraces to explore.
Weeki Wachee Springs
Location: Weeki Wachee, Florida
What Makes Weeki Wachee Springs Unique
Mermaids do exist. At least they do in this spring.
The mermaid show is just one of the coolest things about Weeki Wachee. The spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found.
Visitors enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming in this natural wonder.
The Manta Resort
Location: Pemba Island, Zanzibar
What Makes the Manta Resort Unique
Where else can you go from bed to jumping into the ocean in five seconds?
The Manta Resort's underwater room is located in the Indian Ocean and is a pristine location to disconnect.
Location: Midway, Utah
What Makes Homestead Crater Unique
The Homestead Crater is a geothermal spring located in a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped section of limestone.
In addition to exploring and swimming in the spring, the location also hosts stand-up paddleboard yoga.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
What Makes Newfoundland and Labrador Unique
A chillier spot to experience, Newfoundland and Labrador is an amazing spot to see large glaciers.
Other activities include kayaking, cold-water surfing and whale watching.
What Makes the Dead Sea Unique
The Dead Sea has such high salinity that you can't swim in it, but it will hold you up and let you float across the surface.
Location: Aysén, Chile
What Makes The Marble Caves Unique
The Marble Caves in Chile are a colorful spot to explore by boat or kayak.
What Makes Havasupai Falls Unique
You'll have to take a hike to get to this amazing spot, but once you do, you won't regret it.
Location: Tulum, Mexico
What Makes Cenote Angelita Unique
You won't find another location quite like this one. Cenote Angelita, meaning "Little Angel," is a dark, mysterious place to explore.
The cenote has a misty appearance due to a river running beneath it.
Location: New South Wales, Australia
What Makes Jervis Bay Unique
This natural phenomenon is not to be missed.
The waters of Jervis Bay appear to glow in the warmer months when glowing algae called noctiluca dance in the waters at night.
Location: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
What Makes Silfra Fissure Unique
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, head to Iceland to swim between two tectonic plates.
Iceland is the only place in the world that you can swim between two continents.
Location: High Springs, Florida
What Makes Ginnie Springs Unique
There's no shortage of exciting activities to partake in at Ginnie Springs. You can camp, dive, cave dive, snorkel, and paddleboard throughout the extensive spring system.
A dual-colored waterscape creates a stunning backdrop for photos where the Santa Fe River meets the fresh spring water.
Location: Tenorio Volcano National Park, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
What Makes Rio Celeste Unique
The Rio Celeste waterfall takes about an hour to hike to, and once you're there, you can enjoy exploring the trails and jump into the turquoise blue water.
What Makes the Gili Islands Unique
If you're thinking about Bali, you might head to the Gili Islands instead of Bali.
In addition to spectacular white sand beaches, the islands are an amazing spot for diving and observing marine life.
Great Blue Hole
Location: San Pedro, Belize
What Makes the Great Blue Hole Unique
If you're up for an epic diving adventure into the unknown, the Great Blue Hole is where you need to be.
The sinkhole, a famous diving spot, has a 400-foot drop.
Musa Underwater Museum
Location: Cancun, Mexico
What Makes Musa Underwater Museum Unique
After coral reefs were destroyed in storms, sculptures by artist Jason TK were submerged in efforts to restore marine life in the area.
They also serve as a surreal spot for underwater exploration.
Location: Eil Malk island, Palau
What Makes Jellyfish Lake Unique
Don't fret. It's perfectly safe to swim in this lake filled with golden jellyfish that are believed to exist only in this lake.
Although the golden jellyfish can sting, it's said that the sting is nearly undetectable making this lake a popular swimming location.
Location: Los Angeles County, California
What Makes Catalina Island Unique
Catalina Island is 22 miles from the mainland of Long Beach. You can get there in one hour by boat or 15 minutes by helicopter.
One of the Channel Islands, Catalina is known for its wildlife and interesting diving spots, including a kelp forest.