Top Ten United Kingdom Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Swim With Sea Lions

Sure, the Brits created the idea of the African safari, but now you can take one right in Mother England. Just one catch: You have to go underwater. These safaris operate in the warm (by British standards) and clear waters of the Isles of Scilly. Local divers here have spent several years cultivating the trust of the herd of gray Atlantic seals, so you can dive or snorkel quite freely into their midst. Be prepared for a game of tag among the rocks and kelp, with seals kissing your dive mask, nipping your fins, and running their bodies along yours. The experience is quite magical. Qualified divers can also investigate the scores of local wrecks, some of which are more or less intact with cannons, skulls and all—allow time for at least three dives.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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