the ancient sunken city in Kekova, Turkey

It's crazy to think that if you're in your twenties right now, a small Turkish city has been banned to visitors for your entire lifetime. Now, 30 years later, archaeologists and local experts are working together to reopen it, meaning you could be one of the first to experience it since 1986.

Located near the island of Kekova, the partly submerged city is the result of multiple earthquakes that occurred in the 2nd century. While it was open to divers 30 years ago, access has since been cut off in an attempt to preserve it, strictly prohibiting any and all swimming or diving activity. At present, the closest you can get is through a sea-kayaking tour by Kaş operators, however if the ban is overturned you'll be able to dive beneath the surface, witnessing all of the buildings, staircases, and moorings up close.

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Should you wish to visit Kekova before then, diving is permitted in 32 spots just south of the island, including the Iberian shipwreck, Shark's Point, and the Yelkenli shipwreck. With so much rich history, it's one of the leading spots for boat tours, and is absolutely worthy of a visit — above or below the surface.