Wonder beneath the waves

From Australia’s awesome Great Barrier Reef to whale watching in Canada, we’ve rounded up some incredible marine experiences, including some that keep you bone dry!

Say ‘G’day’ to the Great Barrier Reef

When it comes to top scuba diving destinations, they don’t come bigger than the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the world’s largest reef system and stretches more than 1,400 miles off the coast of Queensland. The warm waters of the Coral Sea are perfect for learners or more experienced divers. As well as more than 1,500 species of fish, there are turtles, whales, sea snakes, sharks and stingrays.

Crystal clear in Croatia

The coast of the Croatian mainland and its many islands (there are more than 1,000) are brilliant for snorkeling – think clear waters, pale pebbly beaches, pretty coves and caves. The aquatic life of the Adriatic may not be as colourful as the equivalent in tropical waters, but you could be lucky and spot some dolphins or monk seals.

Have a whale of a time in Canada

Canada’s western coast is a great place to spot Humpback, Orca and Minke whales. Depending on the time of year, the waters around Vancouver Island are home to all these varieties of whale, as well as pods of dolphins and porpoises, river otters and sea lions. Book a boat trip or, for the adventurous, kayak with a guide.

Swimming with pigs in the Bahamas

Ditch the doggy paddle for piggy paddle, and go the whole hog on Big Grande Cay.

This tiny island is home to a family of 20 or so pigs. How they got there is a mystery, but they enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, foraging on the island for food, lazing on the beach and playing in the sea. They’ll happily swim alongside people and enjoy treats from the tourist boats.

A dive with a difference in Hawaii

Hawaii’s known for its world-class surfing but visit the islands of Waikiki, Maui or Kona, and you can dive up to 100ft to explore the depths of the ocean on a submarine tour. Natural and man-made reefs teem with colourful fish and marine life, and these special passenger submarines are a great way to see it all without getting wet.

Wherever you decide to dive in, if you’re 50 or over, Saga Travel Insurance could provide you with all the cover you need for your marine adventures – including medical expenses, lost luggage and even cancellation – leaving you free to enjoy life above and below the ocean waves.


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