LONDON, June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Every year on June 8, the world's five continents come together in a fantastic celebration of the ocean. More than 50 countries take part in World Ocean Day, which strives to raise awareness of our delicate underwater environments.
From sea kayaking on the Scottish coast to scuba diving on discount Caribbean cruises, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the aquatic festival this year.
World Ocean Day encourages people from all walks of life to think about how they can become caretakers of the water and help conserve the ocean for future generations. For instance, the Dove Marine Laboratory in Tynemouth raised awareness of local marine conservation with a fantastic day out for all the family on June 7. Nature-lovers of all ages can take part in a beach clean at Longsands and learn about the problems caused by pollution and litter.
Rockcliffe beach in Dumfries and Galloway also hosted a range of fun sea activities on Sunday, June 3. Adults and children tried out rock-pooling, sea kayaking and wildlife watching, while beach poetry and art helped the local community celebrate their beautiful shoreline. Meanwhile in Ross-shire the Marine Conservation Society was running wildlife cruises with marine biologists, who were giving passengers tips on how to turn the world blue.
Another great way to celebrate the ocean is to set sail and experience it first hand. Last minute cruise holiday deals allow you to expand your travel horizons and experience the dazzling tranquility of the planet's vast waterways. Mediterranean cruise deals take you to some of Europe's best holiday spots, including cities on the French, Spanish and Italian Riviera.
Holidaymakers can also book trips to the Canary Islands, where volcanic islands rise majestically from the glittering turquoise waters. Meanwhile Royal Caribbean cruise offers are a fantastic choice for anyone looking to escape to more exotic climes, with voyages available to Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados and many more island paradises.
Scuba diving offers an unforgettable way to explore our blue planet and is truly the experience of a lifetime. Cheap P&O cruises to the Caribbean take passengers to some of the most awe-inspiring dive sites in the world. Those new to underwater diving can take part in onboard certification training, for a gentle introduction to safety procedures before arriving at your dive site. At all dive sites, an in-house Dive Master is on hand to help divers of all levels enjoy a fascinating day in the warm Caribbean Sea.
SOURCE Thomas Cook