In Situ Access

Once out of the water and exhibited on land, objects from submerged archaeological sites are deprived of their context and lose part of their significance. Therefore, several recent initiatives have been undertaken to offer visitors in situ experiences. These include dive trails and tours on glass-bottom boats or submersible for non-divers.

Diver Access

SCUBA diving is increasing in popularity worldwide, with the number of certified divers growing by an estimated 12-14% annually. Diving allows visitors to experience underwater cultural heritage in the splendour and authenticity of its original surroundings. 
However, initiatives for diver access must go hand in hand with site protection. Different countries have come up with creative solutions to this problem including the establishment of official dive trails, the protection of sites in metal cages and the granting of site-stewardship to certified local dive clubs.  

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