Explore the Great Barrier Reef
Where – Near the coast of Queensland, Australia
If you’re absolutely in love with the sea and all the amazing life forms it embraces, your stay on earth will remain incomplete without exploring the colossal Great Barrier Reef (or at least a part of it), in Australia. Known to be the largest barrier reef in the world, this mammoth reef has 900 islands stretching over 2,300 kilometres, and is home to over 1,500 species of fish and marine organisms, including dolphins, porpoises, olive ridley turtles, giant clams, seahorses and more! Snorkel, scuba-dive, ride a glass-bottomed boat or take a helicopter ride over the reef – explore it the way you want, but don’t miss it! (Bonus: The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the ONLY living organism on earth visible from space!)
Check out the Dubai Mall Aquarium
Where – The Dubai Mall, Dubai
There are tiny aquariums, big aquariums and then, there is the Dubai Mall Aquarium! Housed inside one of the largest shopping malls (the Dubai Mall) in the world, the Dubai Mall Aquarium is one of the world’s largest aquarium. The aquarium has a stunning capacity to hold almost 10 million litres of water and is home to over 33,000 marine animals and species including rays and sharks. Over 50 metres long and 20 metres wide, laying your eyes on this gigantic aquarium is bound to be an out-of-the-world experience.
Attempt Cage Diving with the Great White Sharks!
Where – Guadalupe Island (Mexico), Neptune Islands (Australia), Farallon Islands (California, USA), the Bahamas, Shark Alley (South Africa) among others
Let’s face it, there can’t possibly be any marine experience more thrilling and bone-chilling at the same time, than getting up, close and personal with the Great White Shark! Go cage diving and spend some quality time, just inches away, from the ocean’s most legendary yet misunderstood creatures, the Great White Sharks. Cage diving is becoming increasingly popular with marine enthusiasts and there are numerous destinations around the world which offer this unique experience.
Glide alongside the most gigantic fish in the ocean – the Whale Shark!
Where – Utila (Honduras), Gladden Spit (Belize), Koh Tao (Thailand), Cabo and Isla Holbox (Mexico), and Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia)
One of the most epic sea experiences any marine lover could have is to swim alongside the largest fish in the ocean – the Whale Shark. Though these fishes may look massive and intimidating, in reality, they are quite gentle and pose no significant threat to humans. Snorkelling or swimming with these gentle giants is definitely the ultimate bucket-list experience for anyone who can’t get enough of the sea.
Float over the Dead Sea
Where – Along the eastern coast of Jordan
Ever fancied simply floating on water while you sit back and read a book or sip on a margarita, maybe? Well, if yes, here’s your chance! Head to the Dead Sea or the ‘Sea of Salt’, which has its eastern coast in Jordan and is known to be the lowest point in the world! The Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest water bodies (it’s water is almost 10 times more salty than the ocean water!) and contains a high content of salt and minerals, due to which people can easily float on water, because of the natural buoyancy! Yes, you can literally put your hands and feet up, as you bob over the sea’s surface. As long as you’re floating only on your back, it’s almost impossible to drown! Besides, the minerals in the water are known to have healing affects and no, there are no sharks (or any fish for that matter) here!