The Anti-Tourist

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Ocean exploring

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If life should be anything it is lived, and one of the best ways to do that is by making the most out of each adventure. It doesn’t matter if it is a family holiday or a lifetime of traveling you have chosen, precious days feel that much longer when they are that little bit more fulfilling. It could be learning a new skill, enjoying your favorite hobby or simply smiling your way through, and one of the best ways to achieve this fulfillment is by exploring the water.

The ocean has everything people should want: beauty, freedom and, of course, mystery, and that is why it has such a pull. As such, we have come up with a list of water-based activities you have to try and do, that you have to add to your bucket list and one day experience, because all of these experiences are absolutely mind-blowing, and they are in some of the most amazing locations anywhere in the world.

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Mexico is known for having one of the most bio-diverse seas anywhere on earth and, is easily explorable through trips such as a 9-day tour. On paper, this experience may read in such a way you think it is just a snorkeling holiday, but it is so much more than that. Instead, it is a liberating and almost meditative experience, one where you get taught by a champion freediver the art of holding your breath before you get to swim with whale sharks without any scuba gear whatsoever. But that’s not all because of this an experience where your breath while be snatched away time and time again as you play with sea lions, dive with jackfish and explore a shipwreck.

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If you’re thinking that Alaska is too cold for anyone to swim in the waters there then you’d be right. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience some of the greatest water-based experiences anyone can ever hope to bear witness to. And one of these is the chance to go Ketchikan Fishing. The marine waters in the Ketchikan area support an astounding amount of fish, with around five types of salmon surviving there. Yes, you’ll most definitely want to pack a raincoat, but be sure you leave enough space in that suitcase to take home an immense amount of memories. It is fishing like you have never seen.

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Not a holiday destination that makes it onto most people’s list, but the chance to explore a chain of 800 islands on a 50-foot catamaran should not be passed up. It may not have all the luxuries you would hope for, but what it lacks in that area it makes up for in accessibility. You see, being on a smaller boat means you can access places cruise liners can’t, you get the real experience, you get to see hidden gems and discover things off the beaten track with nothing but the ultimate traveling playlist coming through your headphones. You get to see the little bays, meet the elders of Moken (an indigenous tribe), paddleboard through the mangroves and see kingfishers and hornbills like you have never seen them. The sailing is done in short bursts too, which means you’ll get to do all the exploring you want, namely snorkeling over reefs, truly staggering reefs. And what better way is there to relax on a catamaran than to lie on the hammock at the front and watch as the sun sets on the waters around you.

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