The water occupies the majority of the Earth’s surface, and its depths are the great mystery of the world. As such, many travelers associate luxury vacations and backpacking journeys with beaches, lagoons, oceans, rivers, and other bodies of water. The Great Blue Sea is synonymous with adventure, and we definitely agree. Whether you’ve booked an all-inclusive travel package to Mexico or opted for a cheap vacation in Southeast Asia, there are plenty of water thrills to be had. The following amazing water excursions offer the adventure of a lifetime.
Kayak Puerto Rico’s Mosquito Bay
Puerto Rico vacations already offer visitors plenty: its land is chockful of beaches and there are ample opportunities for water sports. But one of the most breathtaking water journeys of all is at Mosquito Bay. Mosquito Bay, one of a handful of bioluminescent bays in the world, is home to hundreds of millions of Pyrodinium bahamense — an ancient, 446-billion-year-old organism that glows bright when irritated (read: touched).
To give you an idea of the volume of Pyros in this area, consider this: there’s roughly 700,000 of them in a single gallon of water. They’re so attracted to this area because of the vitamins that seep from red mangrove trees into the water. Each dip of your paddle creates an illustrious halo effect, and wandering fish leave behind trails of glowing blow. Pictures don’t do it justice: you’ll have to see it to believe it.
Dive Into Yucatan’s Cenotes
Mexico is a popular vacation destination for travelers seeking all-inclusive vacation packages, but this country has so much more to offer than luxury all-inclusive resorts. Wander away from the hotel grounds, and you’ll quickly understand what we mean. For an otherworldly experience, arrange a trip to dive Yucatan’s cenotes.
Cenotes, which are essentially underwater sinkholes, are a part of Yucatan’s natural heritage, and play a major role in the prehistoric Mayan civilization. The cenotes are predicted to be a part of the most complex underground system on Earth. And divers will have plenty to gape at as they swim past immense rock formations and catch of glimpse of the sunlight piercing through the water’s surface into these underwater caverns.
Get Up Close & Personal With Orcas in Canada
Every summer, the Johnstone Strait, which is situated between British Columbia’s mainland and Vancouver Island, sees more orcas passing through than any other place in the world. During the summer, up to 250 orcas make the journey — making the probability of a sighting almost certain.
These killer whales come to eat, as larges masses of salmon migrate through the Strait. Many cruise liners pass through Johnstone during this spectacle, but there are also guided kayak experiences for visitors who truly want to get up close and personal. Travelers intending to see an orca, whether from a liner, kayak, or even the coast, usually camp nearby overnight, where the sounds of orcas penetrate the night.
Watch A Sardine Run In South Africa
Each year, millions of Sardines migrate from South Africa to Southern Cape to reach their breeding grounds. And this school of sardines creates a chaotic feeding frenzy underwater. Travelers who are brave enough to jump in and watch the sardines in action, along with the predators who come out to hunt them, can take a guided trip to watch it with nothing but a snorkel.
These predators include orcas, dolphins, a variety of birds, and even sharks. More than 20,000 dolphins alone follow these sardines, working together with other predators to create a “bait ball” that feeds everyone. Guides in this area are very knowledgeable, and will ensure you have a great, safe experience.