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From discovering whole worlds below the surface to taking in the views high above the water, these are the best things to do under (and over) the sea.

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Snorkel between tectonic plates at Silfra and witness breathtaking scenery, crystal clear water, and unique geological formations. The skilled guides will help you enjoy a smooth and safe adventure suitable for all skill levels.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 12-99, max of 15 per group
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Veli was our tour guide and he was so amazing! 5 stars for him! He was super informative, helpful with all equipment and very patient as we eased into this new experience. Thank you Veli and the rest of the amazing team who all stepped in to assist us whenever they could.
    jessicatY6216PP
    @jessicatY6216PP
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant experience ...Gabe our guide is the best !! :) I was very apprehensive in the beginning but Gabe gave me a lot of encouragement and support!! He was very positive, helpful and patient :) He helped us with our dry suits too. The water was so clear and I could not believe I was seeing such amazing vibrant colors !!! Once in a lifetime experience !!! My family loved every bit of it !!
    GSGinDallas
    @GSGinDallas
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was such an amazing experience and our guide, Eline, was a big part of that! She was professional, calming and made sure we were all prepared for the water. We would really recommend this to everyone visiting Iceland :)
    C3471OTalices
    @C3471OTalices
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We could not be happier with our magnificent experience. Briosh was our guide. He was patient, kind, and very experienced. My son has anxiety when it comes to water, and Briosh explained every step of the experience in a way that made my son feels safe and supported. I couldn't recommend it more.
    99melodyf
    @99melodyf
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fun experience with a very friendly guide. A recommendation to everyone who visita Iceland. Thanks Kevin for everything!
    674dirkw
    @674dirkw
    Reviewed June 2024

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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,390 reviews
Explore Honolulu’s underwater world on a beginner scuba diving adventure. With attentive instructors, you'll learn the ropes in a safe and comfortable environment. Swim alongside sea turtles, check out the colorful coral, and spot diverse marine life. Educational videos are included to capture your memories, and you’ll get refreshments after the dive. It’s perfect for families and non-swimmers.
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 Duration: 1h 30m
 Ages 10-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles4,553 reviews
Soar high above the waves with Honolulu Xtreme Parasail for a thrilling ride over beautiful scenery. The attentive and efficient crew ensures a smooth experience, complete with clear instructions and easy check-in. Perfect for teens and kids, this parasailing adventure offers great selfie opportunities and a memorable time for everyone.
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 Duration: 1h
 Ages 3-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,832 reviews
Set sail on a 6-hour Ibiza Beach Hopping Cruise and make the most of the stunning scenery, clear waters, and friendly crew. Soak up the sun as you hop between beaches, paddleboard in warm waters, and enjoy a delicious light lunch. With unlimited beer, sangria, and cava included, this well-organized day offers a variety of fun water activities and breathtaking sunset views, making it a memorable and relaxing time.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,498 reviews
Dolphins and Benagil Caves from Albufeira provides a memorable mix of amazing boat handling skills, friendly dolphins, and breathtaking caves. On this scenic trip along the Algarve coastline, you'll have fun with engaging guides and plenty of swimming opportunities. The competent crew ensures a safe and exhilarating ride while sharing intelligent and humorous commentary. Don't forget your camera for those stunning rock formations and playful, acrobatic dolphins.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,548 reviews
For an experience like no other, hop on an LED kayak and glide through the serene waters of the Condado Lagoon. Take in wondrous city views at night, and keep a look out for local wildlife like starfishes. Knowledgeable guides are also there to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and relaxing journey.
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 Duration: 1h
 Ages 3-90, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,834 reviews
From picturesque villages to the stunning Blue Cave, scenic wonders are everywhere on Croatia's coast. See it all on this exciting speedboat tour that includes island hopping, snorkeling, and swimming in crystal-clear waters. The small-group setting also creates a vibrant atmosphere, and passionate guides ensure everyone has a fun time.
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 10–12 hours
 Ages 5-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles785 reviews
In just three days, become a certified diver with the Open Water Course. Dive into the crystal clear waters of Koh Tao, Thailand, and explore stunning marine life under the guidance of patient and skilled instructors. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention, while well-maintained equipment keeps you safe. Between dives, relish delicious food and enjoy the friendly atmosphere created by the helpful staff.
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 Duration: 3 days
 Ages 10-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,695 reviews
Experience snorkeling with a twist on this exciting Puerto Rico Jet Snorkel tour. Hold onto powerful jets that help you glide through crystal-clear waters, and admire breathtaking corals, turtles, and colorful fish. The tour also includes free photos and videos of your adventure, taken by the friendly guides.
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 Duration: 1h 30m
 Ages 10-75, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,880 reviews
Combine sightseeing and adventure on this exhilarating speedboat ride along the Thames River. The knowledgeable crew will dish out interesting facts and stories at each landmark, while ensuring a safe trip for everyone. Best part? This experience is perfect for all ages, and is sure to be a massive hit with kids.
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 Duration: 50m
 Ages 1-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles987 reviews
On the Mayan Jungle Tour: Speed Boat, Snorkel and Snack, you'll find a fantastic mix of adventure and nature. Explore the great jungle on a thrilling speed boat ride, then dive into calm waters to snorkel among colorful fish with quality gear provided. Top it off with a tasty snack as you soak in the beautiful scenery, all while enjoying the company of entertaining guides and a family-friendly atmosphere.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 6-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,027 reviews
This all-inclusive Bali Snorkeling Tour will have you swimming alongside colorful fish and more in turquoise waters. With two beautiful lagoons to explore, you'll get to see incredible corals and a stunning variety of marine life. The helpful guides ensure a fun, relaxing experience, and will help to take great photos too.
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 Duration: 6h
 Ages 5-70, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles737 reviews
Zip across the open water on Dubai's fastest JetSki for a thrilling adventure with skyline and Burj Al Arab views. Feel the adrenaline rush as you safely navigate the high-speed ride under the watchful eye of a skilled guide. Besides the excitement, it's also quite therapeutic, making it a perfect family-friendly activity. You can expect a smooth, well-organized, and memorable time on the water.
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 Duration: 30m
 Ages 14-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,164 reviews
Glide through the scenic Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3 in Costa Rica with an experienced team and professional guides. This five-star activity offers a thrilling yet safe ride, perfect for a fun family day out. Be ready to spot some wildlife and take in beautiful landscapes, while the friendly guides share interesting facts. Afterward, unwind with some delicious food and cherish the enduring memories of this well-organized adventure.
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 Duration: 5h
 Ages 5-65, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,009 reviews
With ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas Snorkelling max 12 passengers, you can dive into a personalized snorkeling adventure in crystal-clear waters. Swim alongside reef sharks and spot turtles, while enjoying the vibrant coral and reef. The passionate crew ensures a safe and comfortable atmosphere, while experienced guides share their knowledge. Catering to all snorkeling levels, this small-group excursion creates once-in-a-lifetime memories in a serene underwater world.
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 Duration: 7h 15m
 Ages 7-65, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,932 reviews
Take a break from the bustling city on this Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour with Adventure Dubrovnik. Paddle around the medieval walls of the Old Town before heading over to Lokrum Island. The tour also includes a stop at an isolated cave, where you can snorkel or just laze on the beach.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 12-60, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,702 reviews
Whitsundays Guided Jet Ski Tour lets you zip through crystal-clear waters, taking in breathtaking views and spotting sea turtles along the way. With a friendly and informative guide, you'll receive an extensive safety briefing and polarised sunglasses, ensuring a comfortable and confident ride. The tour includes stops at various picturesque locations for beautiful photos, making it an exciting and fun day out on the water.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 8-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,222 reviews
Spend a full day on a Waterfall Adventure, where you'll slide down natural water slides, jump off cliffs, and swim in refreshing spots. Listen to cultural stories from friendly guides, while hiking through stunning landscapes and capturing amazing photos. You'll also appreciate the organic farm lunch, featuring delicious local cuisine, and enjoy a fun beach visit ideal for the whole family.
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 Duration: 7h
 Ages 0-90, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles620 reviews
Reef Discovery Half Day Group Signature Tour provides a serene snorkeling adventure in crystal clear waters, guided by knowledgeable and fun professionals. Glide through stunning coral reefs, spotting vibrant marine life like seahorses and stonefish, all while enjoying a comfortable boat ride. With small group sizes, you'll appreciate the personal attention and beautiful scenery, complete with refreshing beverages and high-quality equipment.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 0-95, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles469 reviews
Take on the rapids at the River Dee on this thrilling rafting adventure. The skilled, friendly instructors ensure a safe experience for all, making this experience a fab pick for beginners and families. Between paddling and enjoying the adrenaline rush, take some time to soak up the stunning views across the valley.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 12-75, max of 15 per group
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4.5 of 5 bubbles501 reviews
Escape the crowds on land on this luxury snorkeling cruise. Kick back in style as you explore the Caribbean Sea on a spacious catamaran. There's plenty to do, from sunbathing to snorkeling and paddleboarding. With attentive staff, an open bar, and a delicious lunch, you're all set for an unforgettable time.
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 Duration: 4h
 Ages 8-79, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles322 reviews
Playful dolphins, attentive crew, great music—this snorkeling adventure in Hurghada has all that and more. Hop on a spacious boat and sail out to the Red Sea, where you can swim with dolphins and explore dazzling spots filled with colorful fish and corals. Lunch is included, so you can dine with spectacular sea views.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 0-120, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,281 reviews
Rotorua Rafting - Kaituna River White Water Rafting combines fun and safety with beautiful scenery for a memorable adventure. Along the way, you'll appreciate the variety of experiences, from thrilling rapids to educational moments about conservation efforts. The great guides and equipment, warm welcome, and energizing staff make it accommodating for all ages, and the value for money is highly recommended.
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 Duration: 2h 30m
 Ages 10-80, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,203 reviews
Trade the bustle of Barcelona for the beautiful caves and beaches of Costa Brava. In this well-organized tour, you'll kayak alongside skilled guides and snorkel in clear waters teeming with vibrant marine life. Eager travelers can also try cliff jumping. The experience also comes with a delicious meal and great photos to boot.
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 Duration: 8h
 Ages 7-99, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles433 reviews
Have a blast at Wild Water Adventures, where well-planned thrills and attention to detail make for a memorable time. You'll be in good hands with expert guides who prioritize safety while keeping things fun and engaging. Expect lots of splashing, laughter, and breathtaking scenery as you navigate the rapids in smaller, flatter boats. This adrenaline-inducing adventure is a fantastic way to appreciate the Rockies.
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 Duration: 4h
 Ages 8-88, max of 15 per group
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