A Deep Dive Into Underwater Treasure Hunting

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Underwater treasure hunting is full of adventure and opportunities to find some really valuable and interesting finds. Whether you are using scuba equipment, snorkeling, or using our new BLU3 Nemo Dive System, you want to know where to hunt, what to expect to find, and what equipment you need. Continue reading for an in-depth look into the exciting world of underwater treasure hunting.

The Different Ways to Treasure Hunt Underwater

Underwater Metal Detecting
One of the best, most consistent, and thorough ways to find lost treasure is by metal detecting underwater. Whether you want to hunt shipwrecks, along heavily-frequented beaches, or in a river that saw Civil War action, metal detecting gives you options. It can be as simple as purchasing an underwater metal detector and wading into a river or along a beach, or as involved as scuba diving lost shipwrecks. Either way, underwater metal detecting is one of the greatest ways to find valuables and connect to history.

Magnet Fishing
If you have ever gone fishing for bass, catfish, or virtually any other fish in the world, you already have some experience with this one! Magnet fishing at its most basic is essentially tossing a heavy-duty magnet into a body of water, waiting for it to sink to the bottom, and then dragging it along the bottom until you feel something connect. Simply pull the item up and you have successfully recovered an item. This is a fun way to enjoy finding a sunken treasure in deep water.

Snorkeling
Snorkeling and searching for buried treasure with a metal detector is a great way to gain access to deep water situations without needing to use scuba gear. While you will not get the same depth capabilities, snorkeling is much less bulky and less complicated. Depending on where you are planning to hunt, snorkeling with a metal detector might be the best way to approach that particular area.

Scuba Diving
If you are looking to hunt deep water, this may be your best option. Scuba gear allows you access to some of the deepest shipwrecks and areas of interest that are ripe for the taking of sunken treasure from the seafloor. Many people seeking adventures try to locate lost shipwrecks and go hunt them, and many have succeeded. If you are wanting to hunt anything deeper than rivers and beaches, it will more than likely require you to rent or purchase scuba gear.

Best Places to Look for Underwater Treasure

Rivers
Freshwater rivers are some of the best places to metal detect or treasure hunt in certain areas. Many treasure hunters have pulled up cannonballs, firearms, and other great Civil War relics from streams that saw battle in the war. In addition to Civil War relics, some treasure hunters have found coins, jewelry, and other valuables in these often-forgotten areas. One of the best things about rivers is that in many cases, they are shallow enough to allow for wading with a waterproof metal detector and do not require the use of snorkels or scuba gear.

Lakes
Some metal detectorists and treasure hunters find lakes to be their most productive areas. Try looking for lakes in your area that are visited often and have a beach area, picnic areas, campgrounds, sand volleyball courts, and playgrounds. These areas all produce coins, silver and gold jewelry, and a variety of other valuables. Wading into the water from the beach might be the single best way to find all kinds of jewelry, coins, and other goods that have washed into the surf from the beach. If you want to go a little bit deeper, snorkeling is a great option for this type of treasure hunting.

Beaches
Beaches are hands-down one of the best places to search for valuable jewelry, as the tides from the ocean or wake from the lake help to bring all of the items to the surface of the bottom quite frequently. Many detectorists and treasure hunters like to wade into the deeper water and use their metal detector there, finding all kinds of silver and gold earrings, rings, and watches. This is an especially great place to hunt when it is a heavily visited area.

Oceans
Gold coins, silver coins, gold bars, silver ingots, cannonballs, and much more are ripe for the taking when you decide to hunt the ocean. While deep-water ocean hunting requires scuba gear, this gear is quickly paid for if you happen to stumble across a sunken treasure. From old pirate galleons to more recent shipwrecks, there is no shortage of history and valuables to be recovered as many people search for the various treasure that is said to be still washing up on Florida beaches from various treasure fleets. A popular one being the 1715 Treasure Fleet, a Spanish treasure fleet where 10 Spanish treasure ships were destroyed by a hurricane. Needless to say, the ocean floor is littered with history and valuables just waiting to be found. If you are someone who enjoys adventure, this is hands-down the best way to treasure hunt underwater.

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