Looking to add something extra to your summer holiday? Fed up of just lying on a sun bed with a book. Then read on…

1. Contemporary Underwater Museum - Cancun, Mexico

If you are Mexico bound then Cancun and the Riviera Maya is always a good choice. Whether you want to swim in the turquoise waters or visit ancient Mayan ruins, it’s all there. However you should definitely add the underwater museum to your itinerary too.  It is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater artificial art attractions in the world and aims to demonstrate the interaction between art and environmental science. With over 500 sculptures fixed to the seabed using special materials to promote coral life, we think this should be on everyone’s to do list.

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2. Black sand on the Big Island, Hawaii

Take a break from the usual white sand beaches and head to something a little more unique. Punaluu beach in Hawaii has just that and won’t disappoint. The black sand was made by ancient volcanic lava being cooled by the sea and is a must see for those looking for new experiences. Punaluu is also home to sea turtles so a day here could see swimming in the waters with these friendly creatures while taking the ultimate selfie on the black beach.

 3. Zipline over the ocean – Cancun, Mexico

We know how hard it is to immerse yourself in cold water and there is no need with this experience, where you will fling yourself over the waters rather than into them. Zip lining is a popular excursion around the world but having the chance to zip line over the sea is a whole new experience.

4. Floating not swimming – Lake Assal, Djibouti

The Dead Sea is the most well-known hypersaline body of water, however there are other unique places to try a similar experience. Lake Assal in Djibouti is the lowest point in Africa, has 10 times the salinity level of the sea and is considered a national treasure.  No need for tiring yourself out swimming, because here you can just float and feel the ultimate holiday relaxation take over.

5. Swim in a crater - Flores, Indonesia

Forget about swimming in a pool this summer, try swimming in a crater.  Indonesia’s Mount Kelimutu has three lakes all within the same volcano and all of which are different colours . This phenomenon is believed to be because of the different mineral contents and sees the lakes change colours over the years.

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