What lies below the ocean is just as important as attractions on land, so it’s no surprise interest in aquatic holidays is growing.
Whether you plan to snorkel at the beach or dive in an exotic location, it’s useful to bring your own waterproof and ocean-friendly gear.
Here are some of the items you might want to pack…
We all know about the importance of protecting our oceans, but only recently have the dangers posed by sun creams come to light. There are several reef-friendly products on the market, but Ultrasun is the only brand to go the whole hog and earn BASF EcoSun accreditation. Along with eliminating contaminating ingredients such as oxybenzone, these sunscreens are less toxic to land and sea. The sports range is made with a water resistant formula, making it ideal for aquatic activities.
Buy it: Available in SPF 20, 30 and 50. Ultrasun Sports Gel, Marks & Spencer (marksandspencer.com)
Sticking your expensive camera in a plastic bag and submerging it in water does sound risky, but this sealed camera carrier promises to keep electrical items dry down to 10 metres. Unlike most expensive underwater camera housing which is designed for specific models, this case fits a range of camera brands. It’s sandproof too, so ideal for protecting your gear on the beach.
Buy it: aquapac.net
If the idea of sticking your head in the water is daunting, this full face mask could be the solution. Without having to negotiate a separate mask and mouthpiece, nervous snorkelers will feel at greater ease in the water. A 180-degree field of vision also means more opportunities to enjoy the view, and the comfortable strap has been designed to minimise hair-pulling.
Buy it: simplyscuba.com
Even in a hot country, emerging from the sea can be cold. Slip straight into this waterproof, windproof and fully fleece-lined number to avoid catching a chill. Much more effective than a towel, it’ll warm you up in a matter of minutes – perfect if you plan to do any surfing, wild swimming or diving in the UK. It’s also large enough to change a full wetsuit underneath.
Buy it: redoriginal.com