Blue Planet 2-inspired holidays for top adventures at sea
The much-anticipated release of Blue Planet II will take us on a journey to the ocean's greatest depths to witness marine life like never before.
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We're counting down the days until British icon David Attenborough returns to our screens on 29 October for the seven-part series. This time, viewers will explore the oceans of the world and some of the best moments will feature the bird-catching Giant Trevally fish, dancing Mobula rays and hunting Humboldt squid.
If the series has you dreaming of the wonders of the oceans, you'll love our pick of Blue Planet 2-inspired holidays, from Wales to Australia.
Dive with whale sharks off Tanzania
Episode seven sees scientists undertake the task of measuring the largest fish in the ocean: the whale shark. These magnificent creatures can grow up to 12 metres long and weigh over 20 tonnes. For travellers looking to get up close to the gentle giants, Original Diving takes you to Mafia Island Marine Park in Tanzania where you're guaranteed to spot them between October and February as they move inland to forage on shrimp at the water's surface. You may also spot the endangered dugong (sea cow) and giant green turtles while you're there. The seven-night full-board holiday costs from £2,985 per person, including flights, a stay in eco-lodge Pole Pole on Mafia Island and ten dives.
Spot green turtles in Borneo
Those keen to view the green turtle in Borneo, as seen close up in Blue Planet 2, can enjoy some of the world's finest wildlife-viewing experiences, including turtles. Green turtles are named after the colour of their skin and shell and aside from these wonderful creatures, Borneo allows travellers to spot orangutans, pygmy elephants, monitor lizards, as well as watch turtles hatch on the remote island of Selingan Turtle Island. Wexas Travel offers a 13-day itinerary taking you across Borneo to discover some of the best wildlife. The holiday costs £2,585 per person and includes flights, private guided tours, accommodation and local dining.
Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
From natural wonders to vibrant cities, Australia is a land of icons but wildlife lovers to the glorious country know the best views are found in the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. In the first episode of Blue Planet 2, we meet the hungry orange-dotted tuskfish, who holds a clam in its jaws for his lunch. Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef is an experience like no other and on The Luxury Holiday Company's 15-night tailor-made Australia holiday, you can try to spot the orange-dotted tuskfish, enjoy a luxury catamaran cruise and spend time on white-sand beaches. The trip, which costs from £3,635 including flights, also takes in Sydney and the Outback.
Meet puffins on Skomer Island
Some of the amazing wildlife featured in Blue Planet 2 is the creatures found along the world's coasts, such as the Atlantic puffin on Hornoya Island in Norway. If you'd rather stay closer to home to view puffins, they can be seen on Wales' Skomer Island. The island plays a vital part to the puffin population and although the species is declining in other parts of the world, 2017's puffin count on Skomer was the highest since modern records began, with a whopping 25,227 individuals. The largest puffin colonies are in North Haven, West of Garland Stone, The Wick and between High Cliff and South Stream. Day visits to the island are possible during spring and summer, although wildlife lovers wishing to spend the night can stay in a converted barn with space for up to 16 people from just £30 per person with the Wildlife Trust.
Go wild in New Zealand
New Zealand features in episode one, where viewers are shown different oceans around the world, from the tropics to frozen waters. Home to almost half the world's whale and dolphin species, New Zealand is one of the best destinations for travellers hoping to spot different marine life in its natural habitat. In the first episode, you'll catch a pod of beautiful false killers whales, filmed just off the shore of North Island. Fancy exploring New Zealand's waters for yourself? Austravel offers a 19-night holiday to the North Island from £2,689 per person at hotels where you can spot little blue penguins, whales and dolphins. The holiday includes flights and 16 days' car hire.
Dive deep in Antarctica
Filmed using manned submersibles, the Antarctica episode of Blue Planet 2 focuses on the deep oceans surrounding the White Continent. The natural history team used the latest marine technology to record footage from 1,000 metres under the Antarctic Ocean. The results include footage of creatures that are newly discovered and never-before filmed, such as hairy-chested Hoff crabs. For adventures closer to the surface, Dive Worldwide's Classic Antarctica trip offers diving in the icy water, kayaking around Wienche Island and wildlife watching of the continent's penguins and whales, The holiday costs from £5,695 per person, including a stay aboard a specially-designed polar vessel, talks from a naturalist each evening, shore excursions and activities.