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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

 


Crete Shoreline

Kayaking in Crete, Greece: The Libyan Sea to Phaestros and Beyond

An eight-day paddle in Crete sounded like the perfect trip: I'd been wanting to return to Greece, and I'd been wanting to improve my paddling skills, which to this point had often resulted in me being tangled in mangrove roots. My adventure began in Mátala, Crete. Sitting alongside the Libyan Sea ...
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Chubasco III motors into the harbor.

Deep-Sea Fishing in Nassau, Bahamas

“Most people go a lifetime without catching a fish like that,” Capt. Mike Russell told me aboard the Chubasca III. It surprised me, the rush of pride I felt there afloat in the 6,000-foot deep waters outside of Nassau Harbour, mugging for the camera with the 20-pound mahi-mahi I had just ...
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Birds like to use the dead trunks and branches as lookout points (©Coen Wubbels)

Bamboo Rafting in Kerala’s Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, India

Tiger footprints. We stop in our tracks. Excitement rises. Our guide kneels and studies them, and concludes they are old ones. Disillusion comes with a hidden sense of relief. There is a gun-carrying guard with us, but still. We set off once more along trails through a forest so hot and ...
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Kayaking on the Russian River is fun in an inflatable water craft. (Melanie Radzicki McManus)

Kayaking Northern California’s Russian River

The river is totally quiet today, except for the occasional sound of our paddles dipping into the water to steer us around a branch or rock. The weather probably has something to do with it — it’s cloudy and a bit nippy out. But I don’t mind. We were promised ...
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Fishing in Baja Mexico

Retreating Into The Las Animas Wilderness in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

"How would you like," I asked my seven-year-old grandson Sam, "to go to a place that you can't get to by road?" "I would like," he answered. "And how would you like to go fishing in a place that has so many hungry fish that you only stop catching them because it's ...
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Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea, Israel

The water looks like nothing special. I walk out till I am thigh-deep, then lean all the way back and kick my feet out from under me. I find myself lying back as if in an (invisible, wet) armchair. I am one of the more than one million foreign tourists ...
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Evening Walk on Negril's Seven-Mile Beach

Beach-Walking in Jamaica on Negril’s Seven-Mile Beach

Jamaica's Seven Mile beach should really be called the "Four-point-something-plus-two-point-something-Mile Beach." I know because I tried to walk it from my hotel down to the end, and got stuck at a headland that separates what are in fact two separate beaches. The longer beach runs along Long Bay, to the ...
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Stand-up Paddleboarding in Kauai

Learning to Stand-Up Paddleboard on Kauai’s Hanalei River

Standing up is not all that easy, just ask any infant. Or a first time stand-up paddle boarder. I can't exactly remember being an infant, but if recent history with balance-related sports is anything to go by, I have to assume I was one of those babies who had to try to ...
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