Deep Sea Desert Diving

By: Summer Harrington Email
By: Summer Harrington Email


Breathing underwater takes us completely out of our element, giving us a chance to see the world from a much different point of view.

Standing at the waters edge of Bonneville Seabase, it's hard to imagine all that lives below, but when you dive in it all comes alive.

This underwater wonderland is home to a colorful spectrum of exotic marine life. Adding to the attraction is the ocean's most infamous predator, the shark, and if are lucky enough to get by one you can run your hand down its side.

Bonneville Seabase brings scuba divers from some of the most land–locked areas of the nation to enjoy the ocean's colorful marine life.

This mini ocean is in Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. We maybe nearly 12,000 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, but Bonneville Seabase is only around 300 miles away from the Grand Valley.

This mini ocean maybe in the middle of a desert, but it is no a mirage.

It's all possible because of a unique set of natural circumstances.

Heated through natural hot springs in the area and close enough to the Great Salt Lake to give it just the right amount of salt, it is one of the area's best kept secrets, or at least until owner Linda Nelson found and developed it into three large ponds, then opened it to the public.

So whether you are feeding the beautiful tropical fish or swimming next to the docile nurse sharks, it's hard to believe that when you surface you find yourself in the middle of Utah.

It only cost 15 dollar for a whole day in the water. The visibility is around five feet, but many of the tropical fish are not shy and will come right up to drivers and eat from their hands.

For more information and a list of prices and services head over to the Bonneville Seabase website at

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  • by Nancy Location: Delta on Aug 31, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    I'm glad you weren't eaten alive! I need to check that out
  • by Marth Location: Salt Late on Aug 30, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    That is amazing! I didn't even know it existed!
  • by Tony Location: Frankfurt on Aug 30, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    Wowie Kazowie! That is amazing!!
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