Photo credit: Caroline Fisher

Whether you’re in the water or on top of it, in the tropics or the Arctic, these adventures are unforgettable.


There’s a joy in discovering just how comically misshapen and ungainly your own body is when you get up close underwater with the sea lions at Baird Bay on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. The sleek, marble-eyed animals run rings around you, slicing through the clear sea like torpedoes, popping up ­behind your back as if playing a game of hide and seek. A colony of about 140 Australian sea lions, an endangered species experiencing a rare population increase in this secluded spot, have grown up living alongside Alan and Trish Payne, who run Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience…

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