Are you someone who once fantasized about actually being The Little Mermaid? How about swimming with real-life Nemo and Dory? Or are you simply looking to do something a bit out of the ordinary on your honeymoon? If the answer to any of those is yes—and you and your love are into all things ocean—then you might want to consider planning your post–“I do” holiday around one of a few new experiences happening under the sea. Some involve special skills (as in scuba diving or snorkeling), but other escapades don’t even require the ability to swim. Either way, once-in-a-lifetime memories are guaranteed.
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1. The Muraka at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Ever thought you’d actually want to sleep with the fishes? This recently debuted luxury residence at the Conrad’s island paradise in the Maldives definitely makes a compelling argument for it. For a honeymoon adventure that none of your friends will match, book the world’s first undersea residence, where you’ll be hanging out both above and below the dreamy surface. With two levels, the place to be is the undersea bedroom, with glass arching over your heads like a rainbow, immersing you in the most surreal blue alternate universe both day and night. Additional underwater living space and a bathroom join an above-water bedroom and living, dining, and entertainment spaces, and it all comes with a personal butler at your service 24 hours a day.
2. Huvafen Fushi’s Underwater Spa
A yearlong transformation of this private island resort in the Maldives’ North Malé Atoll includes a total revamp of Huvafen Spa, with its first-in-the-world underwater spa rooms. There, surrounded by a panorama of glowing turquoise water and sea life—behind glass of course—couples can book the new six-hour Indulgent Dreamscape experience. The morning starts with a customized elixir of healing herbs before a yoga and meditation class for two in this magical setting, and continues with an underwater breakfast then a curated two-hour journey of head-to-toe massage treatments.
3. Norway’s Groundbreaking Underwater Restaurant
What’s the next frontier for foodies? Eating 18 feet below the ocean’s surface! Under is Lindesnes, Norway’s new culinary and architectural wonder. Designed by the team behind the Oslo Opera House, the concrete structure seems to tip into the sea and actually sits over a seabed, creating a theater-like effect, as if the striking icy green water were a stage on which the 40 diners are watching a show. The prix-fixe menu changes seasonally, with equal care given to both the sustainability of ingredients and marine research as to gastronomy. Make sure to plan in advance—Under's waitlist for a reservation is months' long.
4. A Hotel in the Great Barrier Reef
The Whitsunday Islands around the Great Barrier Reef—the famed reef as large as Japan if you put it all together (also equivalent to 70 million football fields)—aren’t lacking for luxurious or honeymoon-perfect accommodations, but Hardy Reef will soon get its very own beds, dubbed Reefsuites, on the Reefworld pontoon that floats, appropriately for newlyweds, close to the postcard-worthy Heart Reef. The two forthcoming rooms and bathrooms, even, have floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the splendors of the UNESCO-protected biosphere. You’ll also get a guided snorkeling and semi-submarine tour as part of the experience. Until it's operational, there’s the option to glamp on top of the pontoon, under the stars. Not too shabby either.
5. Beach Diving in Barbados
Angelfish, stingrays, turtles, oh my! The latest offering at Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences on Barbados’ beautiful Platinum Coast is off-beach scuba diving, allowing couples the ease of walking right off their patio and into the breathtaking waters of the pristine reef beginning just 10 feet offshore. Diving up to 50 feet, you’ll see everything from lobsters to lionfish and butterfly fish, and if you bring a spear and manage to catch dinner, the chef will prepare it on the beach.
6. BVI’s Submersed Pirate Ship Playground
Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. When one of the British Virgin Islands’ most famous floating bars, The Willy T, was destroyed by last year’s Hurricane Irma, Beyond the Reef took the devastation and made it something special again—an interactive underwater pirate ship playground, to be precise. Opened this year, the bar’s sunken ship along with three disused airplanes—creatively turned into sharks—are now not only a cool, artistic place to dive but also an artificial reef environment where aquatic species can thrive in an area decimated by natural disasters. You can feel even better about your adventures here, because a $5 donation supports a community initiative to teach local children to swim (currently less than one third can).