Have you ever thought you can also dive in a pool? Boring? It depends on the place!
Nemo 33: the first deepest scuba diving pool in the world
Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium, is the most amazing diving pool and the deepest one in the World… Well used to be since the opening of Y-40 in Italy in June 2014. It is supposed to be 33m deep but my dive computer said 34,4m before they installed a platform so last time I went there I had a maximum depth of 32,4m! The fresh water is heated by solar panels at 33°C so you can dive there in swimming suit even in the middle of the winter.
The best is to gather among friends during winter time and enjoy scuba sensation in warm water while having fun! This pool is actually equipped with a tunnel, caves with air pockets and windows looking at the bar! One of the advantages of diving there is the price of the entrance (25€) includes gear so you don’t need to bring anything (for information Y-40 in Italy is much more expensive with a single entrance at 35€)!
You can also discover my video about scuba diving in Nemo 33 to understand better how the place looks like.
Nemo 33 is my favourite place to organise World Adventure Divers’ meet up in Europe
Nemo 33 is kind of World Adventure Divers’ headquarters in Europe. I have organised already 4 gatherings there. Brussels being the capital of Europe, it makes it easy for all our fellow European divers to join.
The Thai food served at the restaurant is incredibly tasty and they have home-made cakes to die for. The cocktail menu is also worth a try and especially the Aqua Lung cocktail! But only if you’re finished diving and if you’re not driving home!
Best things to do in Brussels
Beyond Nemo 33, Brussels is the Capital of the European Union and an incredible city to discover the time of a long weekend:
These are my favourite things to do in Brussels :
- Tasting chocolate from the best chocolate maker in Europe: Pierre Marcolini, in “Place des Sablons”
- Drinking a “Delirium Tremens” or one of the 2000 other beers offered in the bar (“Estaminet”) of the same name.
- Eating a giant chocolate and whipped cream waffle on “Grand Place” or just some Belgian fries (because no, there are not French)
- Wandering around “Place du Jeu de Balle” flea market.
- Walking around the city looking for Art Nouveau style buildings or the many comic strip mural paintings.
- Visiting the Magritte Museum and the Comic strip museum.
How to go to Brussels and Nemo 33?
Brussels can be easily reached by Thalys high-speed train from Amsterdam or Paris to Brussels Midi Station. Book your train ticket 3 months in advance to get the best fares.
Nemo 33 is the south suburbs of Brussels, in the town of Uccle. You can easily get there by tram. Have a look at the map above to find your way or use the journey planner of public transportation of the city of Brussels.
Nemo 33 is also close to Brussels Ring, so for those of you who want to come by car but be warned that parking spaces weren’t so easy to find recently.
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