From Jules Verne and his 20,000 leagues beneath the sea to the Beatles in their octopus's garden, landlubbers have long had a fascination with the world below the waves. Much of the seduction comes from visions of multi-hued fish and balletic manta rays drifting along the currents, as well as marine treasures such as spectacular coral and mysterious shipwrecks. You can explore this wonderland on the big screen ("The Little Mermaid," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Open Water"), but why not visit it in person? Whether you want to dive an abandoned mine, the Great Barrier Reef or the Tuscan coastline, our list of eclectic destinations will quench your undersea thirst.
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Here are our top picks of places to sip cocktails alongside a lagoon, sun on the beach, walk through lush jungles and dive amidst some of the most stunning reefs in the world.
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Give yourself (and the environment) a vacation at one of these resorts, where you can reduce your carbon footprint without having to sacrifice those creature comforts.
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Whether you're into great heights, your own private island or living the hobbit life, our list of adventurous hotels is sure to give you something exciting to take the plunge into.