Venture to Fiji and check ‘swimming with manta rays’ off your bucket list

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 10 July 2015

If you’re looking for your next adventure, forget the hustle and bustle of crowded city streets for sightseeing and head to the pristine waters of the Fiji Islands. Tucked away in the South Pacific, this extraordinary paradise is home to more than 330 islands and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with manta rays.

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Yes, you can actually swim with the jellyfish in this tropical paradise

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 May 2015

Pack your bags, everyone, we’re going on holiday to swim with the jellyfish! Sounds bizarre (terrifying, if, like me, you’re afraid of jellies), but in fact there’s a stretch of water on Eil Malk island in Palau that contains millions of golden jellyfish.

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Shark fin swimming aids make every kid look cool in the water

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 18 May 2015

There comes a time in every child’s life when they have to suck it up and learn how to swim. In some cases, it can be a very scary event (I’m having flashbacks), but in order to make them feel a little more confident, SwimFin has made really cool shark fin flotation devices to get them from the shallow end of the pool, to the deepest.

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Disney just helped create an autonomous robot that digs up large scale images in the sand

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 19 January 2015

Australia Day is the day to celebrate being an Aussie while eating a sausage breakfast and building sand castles. But what if you were able to grab a robot that could design the sand into intricate images of Disney characters? You’d definitely win first prize at the sand castle competition. So here it is. It’s […]

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The world’s largest swimming pool is more like an inland sea

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 July 2014

You won’t believe your eyes. We present to you… the World’s largest swimming pool! In some ways we’re not even sure if swimming pool is the right term to use as it conjures images of a few yards of water that you can swim across in under a minute easy. If it’s a big one you might not be able to stand in the deep end but that’s normally about the limit. This monster at the San Alfonso Del Mar private resort in Chile is technically a swimming pool, but we urge you to remain open minded!

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Swimmers had quite the shock when what looked like an oil spill turned out to be something quite different

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Tuesday 15 July 2014

Early last week there was quite a stir at Scripps Pier off La Jolla in California. Initially locals were shocked and appalled to see what looked like a oil spill nearing the beach. On closer inspection swimmers were equally shocked, but also delighted, to discover that it was actually a monumentally-large shoal of anchovies.

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65000 ping pong balls glowing in a pool

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Thursday 25 April 2013

Some people really know how to throw a party, and this pool party is like no other you’ve seen. The savvy people of Red Paper Heart art studio filled a full sized swimming pool with 65000 ping pong balls. The floating installation featured sound activated lights to coordinate with music and beautiful synchronized swimmers performing graceful movements to match […]

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Photo of mass swimmers above school of fish

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 8 January 2013

That US photographer Donald Miralle Jr. is at one with water — he’s an elite paddleboard racer and lives in the San Diego beach community of Leucadia — shows. He took this evocative shot of Ironman competitors swimming over a school of fish at Kailua Bay in Kona, Hawaii, which in turn won the World […]

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Bern, Switzerland: Take a dip in the glacial water

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By Merz in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 November 2012

Initially, one of the attractions of being in Bern was the Alps, snowboarding in winter, and all that. What I didn’t bank on was the unique summer swimming experience in the fast flowing, glacial river that runs around the capital. It’s a bizarre but blissful ritual; on a really hot day, tens of thousands of […]

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