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Under the Sea

Article by Raegan Johnson 06.20.2016

A tropical vacation is the perfect way to take in the spectrum of our seas — turquoise, teal, emerald, cerulean. Don’t just appreciate the colors of the oceans from the sandy shores. Take a dive beneath the water to explore the vibrant reefs and colorful marine life that live in the sea.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Head out with dive masters to explore the waters around Pulau Langkawi. Guides will take you to deep waters, where you’ll see barracudas, cod and snapper. Or stay in the shallows and snorkel around the unspoiled coral reefs.

View of Langkawi island in Malaysia


Take an underwater tour of Maui’s fascinating natural coral reefs, fish and marine life aboard an Atlantis Submarine. This high-tech undersea vessel explores depths of over 100 feet and provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Green sea turtle swimming in ocean sea in Maui

Krabi, Thailand

The warm, clear waters of the Andaman Sea boast some of the best diving in the world. Go diving at the Ao Nang Archipelago to see colorful marine life like mantis shrimp, seahorses and nudibranchs. If you’re an advanced diver, head to the Shark Point Marine Sanctuary for sightings of leopard sharks, moray eels and the Anemone Reef.

Loh samah bay at phi phi island, krabi Thailand

Bali, Indonesia

During World War II, a Japanese torpedo hit the U.S. Army supply ship USAT Liberty. No one was hurt, and the ship was abandoned off the coast of Tulamben, where a volcano eruption in 1963 pushed it further into sea. Subsequently, it became covered in coral and marine life. This underwater marvel is yours to explore with the aid of expert scuba guides.

The shipwreck USAT Liberty undersea in Bali, Indonesia


At most sea parks, one can interact with dolphins and watch adorable sea lions do tricks for fish, but the Miami Seaquarium takes the experience a huge leap further. Guests can take an underwater walking tour of the 300,000-gallon tropical reef while equipped with dive helmets that allow them to breathe underwater — and get up close and personal with fish, stingrays and other sea life. 

Blue starfish underwater at the Miami Seaquarium

Grand Cayman Island

For a truly unique experience, head to the North Sound of Grand Cayman Island, where you’ll find Stingray City. The graceful animals that live in these shallow waters aren’t afraid of humans, so feel free to swim with — and pet! — these soft, friendly giants.

Rows of stingrays in Stingray City, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands


Forget touring the surface of Aruba’s gorgeous waters in a Jet Ski. Head below the sea with a SEABOB scooter, a fast, eco-friendly and intuitive vehicle that lets you explore the beautiful reefs while moving gracefully underwater. Take a tour of Malmok and Arashi beaches, where you’ll spy sea turtles and colorful marine life. 

Red sea bob on deck of luxury yacht in sunlight

Explore Hotels with Underwater Adventures

  • Kapalua

    Location Maui, Hawaii

    Experience A resort rich in cultural traditions and a warm Aloha spirit.

    • Unique ocean activities for everyone
    • Three distinctive beachside cabana offerings
    • Snorkeling & underwater photography
  • Bali

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience Beautiful cliff tops overlooking the Indian Ocean and white sands.

    • Tropical paradise with lush landscapes
    • Spacious cliff top villas with private pools
    • Exotic dishes made with local flavors
  • Phulay Bay

    Location Krabi, Thailand

    Experience A luxurious spa sanctuary with an aura of serenity and surrender.

    • 5-day retreats led by wellness experts 
    • Full moon and candlelight yoga
    • Meditation & Pilates overlooking a lavish jungle
  • Grand Cayman

    Location Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Experience The natural beauty and soft sands of Seven Mile Beach.

    • Turquoise waters blend with a cerulean sky
    • Decadent seafood at Blue by Eric Ripert
    • Greg Norman-designed Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
  • Aruba

    Location Palm Beach, Aruba

    Experience Crystal blue Caribbean waters and the powdery sand of Palm Beach.

    • Rejuvenating island-inspired spa treatments
    • Roll the dice at a world-class casino
    • Accommodations feature a private balcony
  • Bal Harbour

    Location Bal Harbour, Florida

    Experience The exclusive Bal Harbour Village neighborhood.

    • Atlantic Ocean and Intracostal views
    • Waterfront spa treatments & outdoor spa terrace
    • European-edged outdoor heated pool
  • Coconut Grove

    Location Coconut Grove, Florida

    Experience A stay in Miami’s original neighborhood and cultural soul.

    • Art galleries, museums, boutiques nearby
    • Private balconies with Biscayne Bay views
    • Florida fare, from farm and sea to table
  • Key Biscayne

    Location Miami, Florida

    Experience Adventure and relaxation on Miami’s 5-mile island oasis.

    • West Indies Colonial architecture
    • 11 tennis courts designed by Cliff Drysdale
    • Named one of "America's Best Beaches"
  • South Beach

    Location Miami Beach, Florida

    Experience Miami Beach’s most well-known, vibrant community.

    • A landmark hotel since 1953
    • Allure Magazine’s Best Day Spa in Miami
    • Steps from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road