Each year on February 14th, couples all over the world treat St Valentine’s Day as a reason to celebrate their special bond. From chocolates and flowers to a romantic getaway, couples have their own way of showing how much they mean to each other. If you want 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.
When it comes to memorable dining, there are few experiences more sensational than dining under the sea. For the very best in deluxe dining, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives is unmatched, and a magical 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 its guests year after year. The all-glass restaurant sits five metres below the sea’s surface, offering panoramic views of coral gardens and unsuspecting marine life in their natural habitat. This experience 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. Perhaps the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach after all.
Other amazing underwater dining experiences: 5.8 Undersea Restaurant and Subsix in the Maldives, and Under in Norway.
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Lovers Deep Submarine
Designed specifically for couples, “Lovers Deep” is a bookable submarine which delivers a unique and romantic night under the sea. The incredibly romantic, luxury five-star submarine accommodation takes couples on an exciting and unforgettable underwater journey. Lovers Deep dives beneath into the azure Caribbean waters, and visits nearby islands including Barbados, Montserrat, Martinique and St. Lucia. Guests stay in a double bedroom with ocean views, complete with private ensuite. Along with the Captain, there is a chef and butler onboard to see to guests’ needs.
Other underwater stay experiences: Reefsuites near Australia’s Hardy Reef, The Muraka Suite at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, and the Underwater Room at Manta Resort Pemba Island in Tanzania.
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Living Underwater Art
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 include 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 have 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.
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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 who want to do something a little different for their Valentine’s Day celebrations should head to Susami Bay, Japan. In a bid to bring attention to the Kumano Kodo pilgramage and put Susami Bay on the map, former postmaster Toshihiko Matsymoto decided that placing a postbox ten 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 write on them 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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