I’ve been snorkelling many times, and always enjoyed it.
In Turks and Caicos last month, I managed to see five sting rays and a turtle at once, which was amazing.
I’ve thought constantly about taking the next step to scuba diving — the only thing stopping me is that I don’t like being in situations I can’t easy get out of.
When snorkelling, you can simply raise your head above the water line if you are having difficulties breathing, while with scuba diving I know there is no quick exit if you panic!
But Bahrain has announced they are building an underwater theme park, and it might just tempt me to take the plunge to scuba diving.
It will feature various attractions as part of its man made reef. However, the centrepiece will be a fully submerged, special Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.
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Bahrain Launches the world’s largest eco-friendly underwater theme park . . The Personal Representative of His Majesty King Hamad, President of the Supreme Council for Environment, HH Shaikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa today announced the launch of the world’s largest underwater theme park. Covering an area of over 100,000 sqm, the exceptional dive experience includes several structures in addition to a submerged Jumbo Jet as its centerpiece, such as a replica of a traditional Bahraini pearl merchant’s house, artificial coral reefs and other sculptures fabricated from eco-friendly materials, all submerged to provide a safe haven for coral reef growth and a habitat for marine life. The underwater dive site will be launched in the coming weeks in partnership with the private sector, local dive companies and clubs and will open to diving enthusiasts and visitors before the summer of 2019. More details to be available soon on @divebahrain @sce.bh @tourismbh #DiveBahrain #Dive #Bahrain #Scubadiving #SCE #BahrainOursYours #ecotourism #underwater #underwaterworld
The theme park is a partnership between the Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and private investors.
Bahrain Tourism has told CNN the submerging of the aircraft will be environmentally friendly as part of the world’s largest ‘eco friendly theme park’ (so it won’t be destroying any natural reef to build this man made reef), saying:
All aircraft surfaces will be subjected to a high-pressure wash with bio-friendly detergents to ensure all post-production coatings, oil and grime are removed. Furthermore, a vast amount of time has been spent removing contaminants from the aircraft. This has included removing all wiring, all hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel systems, and all adhesives, insulation, plastics, rubbers, chemicals or other potential toxic substances.
I really want to visit Bahrain, even though on Ben’s trip a few years back he asked a hotel concierge what the best sightseeing was in town to which he was told:
‘Well it’s only a short flight to Dubai’
Still, this is exactly the sort of unique tourism activity destinations like Bahrain should be doing, to attract tourists to places the average tourist wouldn’t think to visit.
The underwater theme park is set to open this summer.
Although the promotional photo shows all the aircraft doors closed, it would be awesome if they are able to remove all the doors to allow the divers to swim right through the plane.
The claustrophobic in me shudders at the sound of that, though!
Would you scuba dive through a Boeing 747?