8 Must-See Snorkeling & Diving Destinations

Dive into the watery deep for up-close encounters with the world’s diverse marine life. From colorful reefs in warm tropical waters to converging tectonic plates in the icy currents of the Arctic, travelers around the globe witness some of the most magical sea creatures and undersea geology through snorkeling and diving excursions.

With a set of swim fins, a sturdy pair of goggles, and a wetsuit for the waters that aren’t so warm, you can explore every rocky coastline and blue lagoon. Slip on your snorkel and explore these 8 scenic snorkeling and diving spots:

1. Norman Reef in Queensland, Australia

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New Photo Sweepstakes – Dive in to the #AquaTrove!

H2-Ohhh yeah! Take the plunge into the cerulean waters of the #AquaTrove! For our latest photo challenge, we’re seeking your primo finds of watery fun. From lakeside leisure to wet & wild adventures, show us the best spots to get your feet wet. You could win $1500 for travel!

Woman Snorkeling in Australia

Add your watery finds to the #AquaTrove for your chance to win. Photo by Mark Fitz.

Dive deep into your camera roll to help the #AquaTrove overflow with watery goodness. Have you soaked up the scene of Thailand’s floating markets or discovered Mexico’s secret cenotes? We want to see it! From the serenity of hidden hot springs to the power of thundering waterfalls, share your photos & tips of aquatic marvels, wet adventure & pure fun for your chance to win a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize!

 

Upload your photos by August 29, 2017. Write a few lines about your discovery and tag each one #AquaTrove with your description to enter into our sweepstakes for a $1500 Expedia Travel Prize. The more your share, the better your chances. Check out the full #AquaTrove photo list for inspiration!

Wild Adventures – a photo list by Trover


How to Enter the #AquaTrove Photo Sweepstakes:

1) Upload an original photo of an interesting discovery or experience that prominently features a hiking activity or fits the hiking theme. You can upload to Trover.com or the iOS App or Android AppBe sure to upload before the contest ends at 11.59 p.m. PT on 29 August 2017.

2) Write a couple of lines about your discovery. This could be details about the destination or activity, tips on how to find it or what to do there, or any interesting facts or stories about your discovery. Include “#AquaTrove” in the description field.

3) Et voila! You’re entered to win the $1500 Expedia voucher!

This is a Sweepstakes. The more eligible photos you upload, the higher your chance of winning!

This sweepstake is only open to NEW Trover photos. Add yours by August 29th to be considered! 

Read sweepstakes terms and conditions.

Questions? Talk to us at feedback@trover.com.

10 Incredible Summer Hikes in Washington State

Attention outdoors lovers! Are you itching for a new adventure but can’t pick a destination? Well, it’s a good time to visit The Evergreen State. You will be astonished by a stunning diversity of landscapes it has to offer. From the deserts of Eastern Washington to the rainforests and beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, and from the long range of peaks in the North Cascades to the active volcanoes of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, Washington State is spectacular. Although it may not be known for the best weather all-year-round, the summers here are one-of-a-kind. Here’s a list of ten incredible summer hikes that show off just how beautiful this state is:

1. Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout
Mount Rainier National Park – 7.5 Miles Roundtrip – Difficulty: Moderate

Trover photo by Mark Lloyd.

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August 2017 Trover Travel Scholarship

We are inspired every day by the beautiful discoveries you share with us. To honor the vibrancy and value that each of you brings to Trover, we created the $500 Trover Travel Scholarship. Each month, we award it to one traveler who has particularly inspired us with their photos and stories.

This month, we’re thrilled to award the Trover Travel Scholarship to IntentionalTravelers!

Who are IntentionalTravelers? They’re Jedd & Michelle Chang, former Peace Corps volunteers turned digital nomads.

Trover Travel Scholarship Recipients - Intentional TravelersVia the IntentionalTravelers blog, Michelle & Jedd inspire & equip every-day people to seek out transformative travel experiences across the globe. They note that “experiencing a world outside of our own bubble has the power to make us better people.”

IntentionalTravelers joined Trover “to share the hidden treasures we find along our travels and to find new places to try nearby, wherever we go.” Be sure to follow IntentionalTravelers on Trover where they share life-changing discoveries from around the world.

Where to next for this globetrotting couple? IntentionalTravelers will celebrate their 10 year wedding anniversary with an epic trip. During their celebratory 10 Countries, 10 Stories: Global Neighbor Project, IntentionalTravelers will share “the every-day lives, hopes, and dreams of our neighbors a world away.” You can join their journey via their blog! You can also find IntentionalTravelers on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter.

IntentionalTravelers’ favorite Trover finds including natural wonders & cultural experiences. (Left to right: Switzerland’s Chemins des Vignes; Uxmal, Mexico; and the Mau’umae Trail on Oahu.)

Thank you, IntentionalTravelers, for sharing your eye-opening photos & inspiring travel tips with the Trover community! We can’t wait to see what you find on your upcoming adventure! Enjoy the $500 for travel!

 

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#TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes Winner

Jaw-dropping discoveries await when you explore beyond the beaten path—proven by the winning entry of our #TakeAHike Photo Sweepstakes! Congratulations to Where I’ve Been Wandering, aka Sarah Brown, for this monumental find from Alberta, Canada. Sarah is the lucky winner of a $1500 Expedia travel prize!

Hiking trail with rocky outcropping and river.

The winning #TakeAHike discovery from Alberta, Canada. Photo by Where I’ve Been Wandering.

You can experience this rockin’ river wonder on the outskirts of Banff in Johnston Canyon. Sarah serves up great info about hiking in the area and what it takes to reach this natural treasure. Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your epic photo and tremendous travel tips with the Trover community. Be sure to follow Where I’ve Been Wandering on Trover to find out where she wanders next. Congrats, Sarah!

Thank you to everyone for sharing your top-notch spots to #TakeAHike! Your rise-and-shine adventures, take-your-breath away views, and quiet reflection left us ready to strap on that backpack and hit the trail. Be sure to thank your favorites and discover your next spot to #TakeAHike!

Follow Trover on FacebookTwitter or Instagram for a daily dose of inspiration and to stay in the know for your next chance to win. Trove on!