One of the newest trends in eco-travel is that of the underwater museum. The core concept behind the idea of the underwater museum is to give tourists and travelers experiences that happen quite literary underwater. These experiences can range from taking a little snorkel trip through a sunken ship, to a driving tour of a coral reef.
"Artist should get involved in environmental matters so it is not just scientists getting the message out there" Dr Paul Jepson, Oxford University
Opened in 2009 off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula near the tourist town of Cancun, this museum was established by the Mexican Government as part of an effort to save a nearby patch of coral reef called "Punta Nizuc". Punta Nizuc came under threat from the tourists that visited this scenic spot annually.
The new museum features a collection of hundreds of statues, all made out of a PH neutral concert, designed to attract algae and become part of the local ecosystem.
La Jardinera de la Esperanza, a young girl lying on garden patio, was the first statue to be installed in this underwater museum. If you look closely at the potted plants in this statue, you will notice they are really propagated coral. All this underlines the serious effort put in by both the artist and government in creating a piece of art that is truly one with nature...more
The Egyptian Government, with the support of UNCESCO is planning an underwater museum in Alexandria. This museum will play host to all the treasures belonging to Queen Cleopatra that have been found in the bay of Alexandria...more
Open in the spring of 2009, the Baiheliang Underwater opened. Created from a natural ridge in the Yangtze River, visitors can see inscriptions in classic chinese written through the ages by poets and writers."...more