Valentine’s Day. Love and romance – is there anything better? Each year on February 14th couples all over the world celebrate their special bond. From chocolates and flowers to a romantic getaway, every couple has their own way of showing how much they mean to each other in their own way. If you’re wanting to step up your Valentine’s Day game and do something totally unique, why not spend it under the sea? Our top four underwater experiences are sure to make your next Valentine’s Day one to treasure.
Underwater Dining – The Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
When it comes to memorable dining, nothing is more memorable than dining under the sea. For the very best in deluxe dining, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives is unmatched. And the perfect place to wine and dine on Valentine’s Day.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant was the first of its kind. As far as underwater dining goes, this prestigious restaurant continues to wow guests year after year. The all-glass restaurant sits five metres below the seas surface, offering panoramic views of coral gardens and unsuspecting marine life in their natural habitat. An experience like this comes with a price tag, and can only be accessed by guests of the five-star Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort. Guests can choose to indulge in a four-course lunch or six-course dinner featuring contemporary European cuisine and excellently paired wines. The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach after all.
Other underwater dining experiences: 5.8 Undersea Restaurant and Subsix in the Maldives, and Under in Norway.
Lovers Deep Submarine – Barbados, Montserrat, Martinique, and St. Lucia
Designed specifically for couples, “Lovers Deep” is a bookable submarine for a romantic night under the sea. The incredibly romantic, luxury 5-star submarine accommodation, takes couples on an exciting and unforgettable underwater journey. Lover’s Deep dives deep into the azure Caribbean waters, and visits nearby islands including Barbados, Montserrat, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Guests will stay in a double bedroom with ocean views with private ensuite. Along with the Captain, there will be a chef and butler to see to guest needs. A trip aboard the Lover’s Deep submarine starts from £175,000 per night per night.
Other underwater stay experiences: Reefsuites near Australia’s Hardy Reef, Poseidon Underwater Resort in Fiji, The Muraka Suite at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and the Underwater Room at Manta Resort Pemba Island in Tanzania.
Living Underwater Art – British artist Jason de Caires Taylor
British artist Jason de Caires Taylor is the MASTER of underwater art. With several underwater art projects around the world to choose from, dive enthusiasts and romantics can enjoy a unique Valentine’s Day experience under the sea. Some of his most famous works are the Museo Subacuático de Arte in Cancún, the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park in Western Grenada, Museo Atlantico in Bahía de Las Coloradas (just off the southern coast of Lanzarote), and BASK Gili Meno in Indonesia. The locations for each sculpture project has been carefully selected to ensure they don’t affect natural healthy reef systems. Each sculpture has been individually designed using safe pH neutral materials with textured surfaces to create homes, breeding areas and protective spaces for local marine life. It’s not just art, it’s living art.
The art of letter writing & an underwater postbox
In a world where it’s all too easy to send a text message or an email, writing and sending a letter is special. And sending a letter from an underwater postbox – that’s extra special.
Lovers wanting to do something a little different for their Valentine’s Day celebrations, should head to Susami Bay, Japan. Wanting to bring attention to the Kumano Kodo pilgramage and put Susami Bay on the map, former postmaster Toshihiko Matsymoto decided a postbox 10 metres below the surface of Susami Bay was an excellent idea. He was right. Since 1999, visitors to the region have been able to buy waterproof cards they write on with oil-based markers, and then dive to the underwater postbox to mail them. Why not write each other a secret Valentine’s message you can send underwater? It’ll be an excellent reminder of your holiday, Valentine’s Day and of course, your love.
Other destinations you can send underwater letters: Hideaway Island in Vanuatu, and Pulau Layang-Layang in Malaysia.
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