The Maldives, a vast island nation in the Indian Ocean, was blessed by the scuba diving gods. The Dive Maldives Manata Rayturquoise seas around the islands boast plenty of pelagic species including manta rays, whale sharks and hammerheads.
Most dive sites take advantage of the country’s system of channels and pinnacles (kandus and thilas), but you’ll also find quite a few dramatic walls, soft coral reefs and shipwrecks to explore.
The Felgueiras Lighthouse
The Felgueiras Lighthouse is situated where the Douro River finds the Atlantic. Although no longer in operation, the mariners' beacon continues to command respect more than 200 years after its construction.
Giant ocean waves are known to slam the lighthouse's jetty, making it a must-see for photographers. The lighthouse's historic neighborhood, Foz do Douro, one of Portugal's most affluent enclaves, is well worth exploring: wave-washed granite at Ourigo Beach and the weathered walls of the Fort São João de Foz contextualize the lighthouse's genesis.
Relaxing and pristine Kauai (the Garden Island) is the least commercially developed of the Hawaiian islands. Waterfalls, scenic drives and more than 60 beaches dot the landscape. Some beaches have great snorkeling, others offer child-friendly tidal pools and some are perfect for all kinds of water sports.
Dry-land activities include hiking the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali coastline, taking a day trip to Waimea Canyon and experiencing life on a sugar plantation at Grove Farm Homestead Museum.
Artist / Gaston La Touche
Gaston La Touche, or de La Touche was a French painter, illustrator, engraver and sculptor.
Laguna Beach, California
Laguna Beach, city, Orange county, southwestern California, U.S. Lying along the Pacific Ocean, Laguna Beach is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles.
Part of the Mexican land grant (1837) called Rancho San Joaquin, it was named Lagona, a corruption of the Spanish word meaning “lagoon,” for the two lagoons at the head of Laguna Canyon.
Founded in 1887 as Lagonas, it was renamed Laguna Beach in 1904.
The city of Sydney, Australia, is home to some of the finest and most famous beaches in the world .
Australia is surrounded by ocean currents that have a strong controlling influence on things such as climate, ecosystems, fish migrations, the transport of ocean debris and on water quality.