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16:20  09 june  2019
16:20  09 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The circular underwater cave is home to an exotic variety of marine life, including reef and nurse sharks. The hole is, as the name suggests, perfectly circular Considered one of the best cave -diving locations in Mexico, the Taj Mahal has a mesmerizing web of tunnels and chambers to explore.

From deep and beautiful cenotes in Mexico to the quiet and serene Ginnie Springs in Florida, U.S., here is a look at some of the most spectacular underwater caves that offer an amazing diving experience.

From deep and beautiful cenotes in Mexico to the quiet and serene Ginnie Springs in Florida, U.S., here is a look at some of the most spectacular underwater caves that offer an amazing diving experience.

Chac Mool, Mexico

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Karen Doody/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images A visit to the deep, dark and mysterious Chac Mool cenote in Mexico is made breathtaking by low levels of light underwater, making it a technically difficult dive even for professionals. It is also an interesting dive because of haloclines – a layer of water that acts as a buffer between normal to salty levels of seawater.

Great Blue Hole, Belize

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Andrew Hounslea/Getty Images A large marine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is one of the world’s best scuba diving locations. The circular underwater cave is home to an exotic variety of marine life, including reef and nurse sharks. The hole is, as the name suggests, perfectly circular, and is 410 feet (125 meters) deep.

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Here’s a look at some beautiful underwater caves from around the world that will uplift your travel experiences. You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Amazing underwater caves that will mesmerize you .

The Chinhoyi Caves have a colorful history, including tales of robber barons, tribal warfare and murder. A principal attraction here is the Wonder Hole – a cavern with a collapsed roof which drops to the Sleeping Pool and its crystal-clear waters . The Hole is open year-round but, be warned, the cave

Green Cave, Ravnik, Croatia

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Marin Tomas/Getty Images Located on an islet called Ravnik (on the south side of the island of Vis), the Green Cave is a little off the beaten path but offers a stunning dive. The color of the cave and waters comes from sunlight bouncing off the green algae growing on the ceiling.

Ordinskaya, Russia

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Viktor Lyagushkin/Getty Images Ordinskaya (also called Orda Cave) is the longest in Russia and the largest underwater gypsum cave in the world. The caverns and passages here are believed to have been formed over 300 million years ago. Interestingly, since it is composed of anhydrite rocks and gypsum – which are water-soluble and fragile – the cave's structure keeps changing over time, with new passages and chambers forming almost daily.

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From deep and beautiful cenotes in Mexico to the quiet and serene Ginnie Springs in Florida, U.S., here is a look at some of the most spectacular underwater caves that offer an amazing diving experience.

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Chinhoyi Caves, Zimbabwe

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© KITAMU/Shutterstock The Chinhoyi Caves have a colorful history, including tales of robber barons, tribal warfare and murder. A principal attraction here is the Wonder Hole – a cavern with a collapsed roof which drops to the Sleeping Pool and its crystal-clear waters. The Hole is open year-round, but the cave system is slowly collapsing and could disappear over time.

Poço Azul, Chapada Diamantina, Brazil

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© diegograndi/Getty Images Located inside the Chapada Diamantina National Park, the Poço Azul (which translates as Blue Well), is an underwater cavern that is between 50 and 60 feet (15 and 18 meters) deep. The water supposedly stays warm throughout the year and is so clear that, during some parts of the day, swimmers appear to be floating in the air.

Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto, Cayman Islands

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Amanda Nicholls/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images Located on the Grand Cayman island, Eden Rock and Devil’s Grotto are cavern and reef systems filled with tunnels and underwater caves and chambers, lit by rays of sunlight filtering in through overgrowth and vegetation on the ceiling. Explore these wonderful chambers with Barracuda sharks, turtles and even stingrays for company.

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The Yucatan Peninsula is rife with deep, sometimes creepy and hauntingly beautiful underwater caves called cenotes. Some have multiple layers of fresh water

Tajma Ha Cenote, Mexico

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Karen Doody/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images Considered one of the best cave-diving locations in Mexico, the Tajma Ha has a mesmerizing web of tunnels and chambers to explore. What’s more, some rock sections glow when lit by sunlight (or torch light, for that matter) to create jagged laser-like light shows.

Dos Ojos, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Divepic/Getty Images This cenote’s name translates to “two eyes” and is named for two contrasting pools of water – one is crystal clear and the other is dark and cavernous.

Nohoch Nah Chich, Mexico

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Wilhelm Mönnikes/500px/Getty Images A deep, dark and mysterious labyrinth that is part of the Sac Actun cave system, this diving experience offers varieties of stalactite and stalagmite formations to marvel at, as well as a network of flooded cave passages to explore.

Cenote Chan Hol, Mexico

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Westend61/Getty Images Another beautiful cenote in Mexico, this one is particularly famous for the discovery of a nearly intact skeleton in 2006; it was found about 1,500 feet (457 meters) inside the cave. The skeleton, scientists later said, was probably of a man who lived 10,000 years ago.

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The Grotto, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Canada

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Jason Webb/Getty Images A large sea cave with an underwater tunnel that runs from the pool, through the cliff to Canada’s Georgian Bay, The Grotto is known for the brilliant blue color of its waters. Divers have two options to enter the cave – either via a rocky tunnel from the top or climb 40 feet (12 meters) down the cliff.

Ginnie Springs, Florida, US

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© desant7474/Getty Images One of the world's most popular freshwater dive sites, Ginne Springs offers breathtakingly clear waters for adventure enthusiasts. A popular destination for scuba diving, snorkeling and canoeing, the springs (there are four of them) also feature underwater caverns with sand and limestone floors.

Chandelier Cave, Palau

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Shutterstock The multi-chamber underwater cave below the island of Ngarol is named for numerous stalactite and stalagmite formations that, when lit by torches, resemble glittering chandeliers. Four of the chambers are filled with water and accessible for scuba divers.

First Cathedral, Maui, Hawaii

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Michael Zeigler/Getty Images The First Cathedral is an underwater cavern (also called lava tube) that consists of several tunnels, ridges and passageways that can reach depths of 60 feet (18.3 meters). The caverns are home to a variety of marine wildlife, including the charmingly named Bandit Angel Fish.

Cenote Zapote, Mexico

Underwater caves that will mesmerize you© Sam Camp/Getty Images Known colloquially as Hell’s Bells (a route to the Mayan underworld) and named after the Zapote trees growing nearby, this cenote is famous for unique formations that look like bells. These formations are commonly described as elephant feet or trumpets. The more academically inclined divers will be interested to know that a late Cretaceous-era fossil was discovered here.

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