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If blue is your favorite color, you’ve come to the right place: This is the section of the site where we go on the water and under it. Divers, snorkelers, paddlers, and sailors will all find enough trips to keep you dreaming through snowy winters.

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Beaches & Water Sports: The Bucket List

 


Pontoon at Norman Reef, Queensland, Australia (With permission: Great Adventure Tours)

Boating from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

When we asked friends from Brisbane and Sydney what’s the best time to visit Australia, they said September to November, not March when we had planned to go. Our timing to experience the Great Barrier Reef wasn't the best either. The Lonely Planet advice? Avoid going between December and March ...
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Journeying into the Jungles of Tayrona in Colombia

Watching mating turkeys was never really how I envisioned my Caribbean paradises. Nonetheless, as the morning sun turned my tent all aglow, I started my first full day in Tayronait to the ruckus of a horny male gobbling after an uninterested hen. The courting had gone on much of the ...
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Divers ready to explore Table Rock Lake at Indian Point Marina, one of two places near Branson that offers dive lessons.  Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

Scuba Diving in the Show-Me State

For the first half an hour or so, my only consciousness was the sound of my own breathing – in and out in that labored Darth Vadar-ish kind of rhythm. My other senses didn’t take in my surroundings, so concentrated was I on the simple act of breathing in this ...
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Swimming with leatherbacks. Photo by Shannon O'Malley

Swimming with Leatherback Turtles in Barbados

Shannon was crying. I knew she would. I knew she was crying, in fact, even before she lifted her snorkel mask. She still cries, after all, every time she talks about a leatherback sea turtle nest-hatching experience we shared in Antigua a few years ago. And here we were now in Barbados ...
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Zipolete, Mexico

Skinny-Dipping or Snorkeling in Zipolite, Mexico

I chose it because the beach was of a clothing-optional variety, and coming from a fairly purist Southern family, I’d not seen a lot of that sort of thing: strangers’ boobs set free in nature and whatnot. I couldn’t very well tell my girlfriend at the time (in the coming ...
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Diving the Former Mines of Southeast Missouri

If you were looking for one of North America's Top Ten Adventures, where would you look? Probably NOT the little town of Bonne Terre, Missouri, about an hour south of St. Louis. Not so long ago, National Geographic Magazine called a visit to the little hillside community just that. Actually, it's not Bonne ...
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Photo by Tim Rock/Kosrae Nautilus Resort. Diver inspects one of the many coral heads at Hiroshi Point. Kosrae, Micronesia.

Diving Kosrae, A Hidden Treasure

Okay, you won’t be able to do this in many other places, if any: From arrival of your jet in Kosrae, Micronesia, to scuba dive site: 30 minutes. Customs took 20 seconds and a guy from Kosrae Village Ecolodge (KVR) was waiting for me. We grabbed my hand luggage (only carry-on with ...
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The rugged black-sand beach of Rosalie Bay

Tuning into Dominica at Rosalie Bay Eco-Resort

I ended up with a riverside suite at Rosalie Bay boutique eco-resort, rather than a room oceanside. I was immediately glad it worked out that way. The view and chortling of the rocky Rosalie River was soothing and oh-so apropos for the mountainous east Caribbean island of Dominica, which claims ...
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