Lavish resorts. Infinity pools. If there’s such a thing as a complaint in the Maldives, it’s that my visits rarely allow much exploring or a chance to meet many locals. The resorts – and the scattered nature of the region’s 1,190 islands -- make staying put easy. Too easy. On my last trip, however, I discovered the Four Seasons Explorer, a luxury dive boat that carries 22 guests on 3-, 4-, and 7-night safaris through the archipelago.
Google has just launched underwater Street View in partnership with The Catlin Seaview Survey. You can now use Google Maps to swim with sea turtles, chase a manta ray or watch the sun set over a reef. You can drift dive Maui's Molokini Crater, or snorkel Oahu's famous Hanauma Bay. All of this without ever getting wet or leaving your desk.
What's more terrifying than a pack of hungry sharks? Perhaps the thought of our oceans without them.
More than 1 million travelers will dive or snorkel in the Florida Keys this year. They’ll raise about 5 million lobsters from beneath coral heads and from cracks in the ocean and Gulf floors. We’re talking take-home-for-the-grill lobstering, not commercial harvesting.
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