Monday, June 8th is World Ocean’s Day. We have a lot to thank our oceans for: from providing most of the oxygen we need to breathe and filtering into freshwater lakes to create water for us to drink, to offering food sources such as shellfish or kelp for both us as humans and the rest of the oceanic ecosystem.
We have been cooped up in our homes for quite a while, and as the weather gets warmer and quarantine regulations get lifted, we love the idea of honoring our oceans by planning to venture to these water-centric locations as our first real outings. Here are five of our favorite splashiest and secluded aquatic destinations to dream about.
Photo accredited to OceanicSociety.org
Turneffe Atoll, Belize
This destination is a place our founder holds dear to her heart. She spent part of a high school summer on this Atoll studying marine life with National Geographic and the Oceanic Society, which has a research branch on the island. Though Yasmin grew fond of the people she encountered on Turneffe, to this day she cannot say she has seen a more picturesque beachside sunset anywhere else. Besides scientific residents of the Oceanic Society, there are few tourists that visit the atoll, as they often favor the more populated Caye Caulker. This only leaves more room to explore for you, as you dive and snorkel near the Belize Barrier Reef and experience nurse sharks, barracuda, sea turtles, rays, and more in their natural habitat.
Photo accredited to VisitSvalbard.com
Isfjord Radio Hotel, Svalbard
While this destination may not point to a specific beach, we consider this remote adventure hotel a once-in-a-lifetime vacation point. Only accessible by dogsled or snowmobile in the winter, and by boat in the summertime, isolated is the only way to describe this luxury outpost in the middle of one of the northernmost places in the world. We recommend a summertime adventure for the ability to take a short dip in the Arctic waters, but a visit in winter when you can watch the coastline from the comfort of the island’s only sauna through a grand window. You might spot a polar bear during your stay, but don’t worry, they’re usually just passing through.
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Mozambique’s oceans are famous for sightings of megafauna. In Tofo, you can experience manta rays and whale sharks in the wild on ocean safaris, or relax on picturesque, practically empty beaches, or take advantage of your often wifi-less state in this location and connect with nature or pick up a few books. Despite the town having many tourist-focused businesses, Tofo has managed to stay rather quiet, so be prepared to meet lots of friendly locals!
Photo accredited to RedwoodHikes.com
Enderts Beach, California, USA
If you’re starting to think about traveling again but are not willing to leave The States or take to the skies just yet, this secluded beach is the perfect add on to a road trip. A short hike on the California Coastal Trail by the Redwood forest rewards you with access to this tidepool filled narrow stretch of beach that is worth the walk.
Photo accredited to JeremyRichards / Lonely Planet
The Falkland Islands, UK Territory
This remote archipelago in the Southern Atlantic is home to rugged cliffs, sheep farms, and enough bird species to make it a birdwatcher’s paradise. One of the few places left on Earth where wilderness takes the center stage, these islands are the perfect destination for those wanting a glimpse of Arctic wildlife, with a side of history, as there are many sites dedicated to the Falklands War.