Most people picture the unique African savannah when they think of wildlife safaris, but safari is a fairly broad term that can encompass a range of different wilderness adventures. One of the most popular kinds of safaris is the one that sees visitors going out into the ocean to see the various kinds of wildlife that can be found in the sea.
While similar to land safaris in most ways, there are some key differences that travellers and adventurers might want to keep in mind the next time they decide they want to give a marine safari a try.
Travelling on the ocean has long been associated with motion sickness, which is caused by the constant motion of the boat as it travels on top of the waves. For most people, this isn’t too much of an issue, but there are some that become incredibly sick within a few minutes of being out on the boat, and this is a good way of really ruining an experience that is meant to be quite memorable otherwise.
This is why it’s a good idea to get a hold of some motion sickness pills before boarding the vessel, especially if you have had problems with motion sickness in the past.
Adequate Sun Protection
Most tour boats will have some kind of canopy or roof that tourists are able to comfortably sit under, but it won’t provide any real protection from the sun.
Travelling out into the coast means that you will be surrounded by water, which is excellent at reflecting heat and light, and it’s much easier than many people realise to get sunburnt without having to be in the sun for any period of time. Sun protection is absolutely vital, so a good hat, sunglasses, and reef-safe sunscreen is a must before leaving the shore.
Listen To The Guide
There’s very little that can go wrong while out touring the savannah, and while there is a little risk present, for the most part it’s perfectly safe to remain in the vehicle, even when surrounded by potentially dangerous animals. The same could be said of a marine safari, but it’s also worth keeping in mind that being surrounded by water increases the risk, especially when far from the coast.
Modern boats almost never sink, but anyone that has been on a marine tour before will know that the guide will spend some time going over all the safety precautions in place to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible while out on the water. It’s for this reason that it’s always worth always giving your full attention to the guide.
Have A Good Camera
It can be extremely difficult to get any decent pictures of marine life while out on the rocky water. Most smartphones are not that good at stabilisation – they’re far better for looking up the best Australian Open betting, which can make it nearly impossible to capture any memorable pictures. Rather rely on the guide and the gear that they take with or invest in a decent quality DSLR camera.