Swimsuits not required.

By Ellie Nan Storck
November 09, 2015
Bay Islands Underwater Museum

In a tiny museum off the coast of Honduras near the island of Roatán, four eras of history lies just below the surface of the Caribbean Sea's pristine blue water. The Bay Islands Underwater Museum isn’t just any ordinary museum: as it's name suggests, it’s entirely underwater.

Bay Islands Underwater Museum

The museum is home to dozens of amazing sculptures and artifacts—such as Spanish galleons, canoes from settlers of African descent, and even a submerged Mayan cemetery. Thanks to the Mesoamerican barrier reef that surrounds the entire island, the museum is engulfed by a lively aquatic world, and thus, the perfect opportunity to marvel at a variety of colorful sea creatures that call the space home (think: sea turtles, stingrays, lionfish, and moray eels). In short, it's dream-come-true for any diver (or history buff).

Ellie Storck is the Digital Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure. You can follow her on Instagram at @ellienan.