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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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Our Crab Cake Lunch

Crabbing On Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

"America's Toughest Jobs," this isn't. A couple hours catching crabs off British Columbia's Salt Spring Island is a kick, a pinch, a slosh. And quite tasty. Brought to you by the Hastings House, the crab catch is a few hours of wet, slimy fun. "These traps have been down 10 days .. ...
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Some of those 50 shades of blue

Island-Hopping Exuma in the Bahamas

The adventure began with free-diving to the sea’s bottom to spot a mermaid and ended with a hot bubble bath strewn with red tropical flower petals in our villa. In between there were swimming pigs, grape-eating endangered dinosaur descendants, a free dive into Thunderball Cave (shoot site of the eponymous ...
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Kitesurfing in Brazil (©photocoen)

Taking a Kitesurfing Course at Tatajuba Beach in Brazil

From our apartment I look out over the beach, the mouth of the lagoon, and the ocean. During the morning hours it is quiet: a fisherman may be returning with his catch or somebody is going for a stroll along the shore. Somewhere after 11 am tranquility transforms into hustle ...
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Campeggio Nurapolis: Camping in Sardinia

Camping in Sardinia, Italy

On the first day the rain was simply romantic. On the second day it did not worry us too much, since our little tent stayed dry and warm. On the third day, the little puddles of water that had appeared on the tent floor overnight were starting to make us ...
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Feeding fish underwater with a tube in Moorea's lagoon.

Walking Underwater in Moorea, French Polynesia

I am staring at the eighty-pound helmet that will encapsulate my head: Will it be as weightless underwater as I am told? And the stingrays are on my mind too: One killed the Australian diver and conservationist Steve Irwin. I am only partially reassured when our guide says that if ...
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Wild horses on Cumberland Island

Backpacking Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia

A quiet snuffle, and a snort, awakens me from slumber. Silhouettes of live oak branches laden with Spanish moss pattern the roof of my tent in the pale moonlight. I roll over in the sleeping bag and peer out through the tent screen. Horses! The moment I've waited for. They walk softly ...
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Baía de Guaraqueçaba in the early morning hours (©Coen Wubbels)

Boating Through The Ecological Reserve of Sebuí in Brazil

In the early morning we sailed through the Baia de Guaraqueçaba in an open motor boat: a world of sapphire-colored water surrounded by blue-grey mountain ranges outlined against a cobalt, slightly clouded sky. With dolphins accompanying us in the distance, the scenery couldn't have been more peaceful. From open water we ...
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Deep Sea Fishing

Deep-Sea Fishing off Alabama’s Gulf of Mexico Coast

Something is trying to pull me into the Gulf of Mexico. And even though many years ago I got an A+ on an essay about The Old Man and the Sea, it is only now that I have even the beginnings of a glimpse of an idea of what that ...
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