5 Underwater Tourist Attractions

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Underwater, you're weightless. Sound is muted, distant. Particles eddy and disburse. Beneath the sea is a world that is dreamlike and magical, filled with unexpected color, haunted by shadows of sound.

Maybe that's why the ocean holds such allure for explorers, scientists, vacationers and eco-tourists. People have gone to great lengths to do nutty things underwater. Some underwater activities, like scuba diving and snorkeling, are fairly common. However, some aquatic enthusiasts take their antics to extremes, staging underwater weddings, creating underwater sculpture or, in the case of wealthy entrepreneur Richard Branson, building an underwater plane.

In this article, we'll explore some of the top underwater tourist attractions. First up, let's discuss an underwater skill you'll need to learn in order to document any of your underwater experiences. Discover the art of underwater photography after the jump.