Take a dip with cute creatures on your first married trip.

By Katie James Watkinson
August 20, 2018
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Want to get up-close-and-personal with some wildlife on your honeymoon? Why not take the aquatic route? From frolicking with playful manatees right here in the U.S., to traveling halfway around the world to take a dip with seals off the cost of South Africa, meeting your trip location's native wildlife will only give you a deeper appreciation for the place. Ahead, you'll discover four destinations that all boast swimming with animals as an excursion highlight.

Pigs in the Bahamas

Bonding with crazy-cute pigs on the Exumas' Pig Island has become an island-goer's rite of passage. Book a four-hour excursion from Island Routes via Sandals Emerald Bay and you'll sail by catamaran to meet the porcine wonders and seek out endangered Bahamian rock iguanas on nearby islands.

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Manatees in Florida

Citrus County, on the Gulf Coast, is the only place in North America where you can swim with West Indian manatees. Post up at the Plantation on Crystal River to snorkel daily with the playful, lazy sea cows, which seek out the 72-degree waters from October through March.

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Stingrays in Belize

This tiny Central American country fronts the Northern Hemisphere's longest barrier reef, home to incredible dive sites like Shark Ray Alley. You can almost touch the giant rays on a snorkeling excursion, courtesy of the outfitter at the new Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio-A Collection by Hilton.

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Cape Fur Seals in South Africa

Suit up in the cute beach town of Simon's Town (where Shark Explorers is based). You'll LOL into your snorkel watching these ocean clowns dip and dive as you approach. Retreat to Cape Town's luxe Silo Hotel for a hot shower and a two-person Mouille Point mule cocktail.


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