Under the Sea: Marine Adventures in RTX Destinations

From whale watching to swimming with sharks, Maui has plenty to offer for sea life encounters. If you seek out time with marine animals on your vacations, check out these destinations where you can swim with the fishes – or just observe them from a comfortable distance if you prefer.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida

This laid back beach town just south of Daytona has several opportunities for visitors to interact with and learn about the local sea life. The Marine Discovery Center offers boat tours and kayak tours as well as educational programs for all ages, while the nearby Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet is the best place in the area to learn about sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation. For a fun and educational boat tour for the whole family, check out Turtle Mound Boat Tours.

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

On the Caribbean coast of Mexico, the Riviera Maya is famous for its beautiful beaches and stunning waters. To explore the area’s hidden gems, take a tour of the subterranean rivers and ponds in the breathtaking caverns of Cenotes Labnaha or Cenote Santa Cruz. Options are endless for snorkeling, SCUBA, eco and boat tours from outfitters like Riviera Adventours and Alltournative Offtrack Adventures. For more underwater adventure, explore the wrecks of Xcaret and the Puerto Morelos reef.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Whale watchers flock to the Cape between April and October to spot the three species of whales found in the waters off the shore. The rare North Atlantic right whale breeds in the Cape Cod Bay, and the Stellwagen Bank, just off the mouth of the Bay, is where the whales feed. A tour with one of the many operators like Hyannis Whale Watcher or Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch is sure to reward visitors with plenty of action from these large sea creatures.

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Jamaica

White sand beaches and turquoise blue waters are easy to picture when thinking of Jamaica, and there are plenty of opportunities to get in (or on) the water to experience the wonders that lie below. SUNBABY Glass Bottom Boat tours cruises over marine gardens so that passengers can view coral reefs and the colorful fish that live in them. Guests can also swim or snorkel during the tour. To go a little deeper, Dream Team Divers provides SCUBA excursions for novices and experienced divers.

 

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