Splash, Explore, and Relax

Photo: David J. Ruck/NOAA

Dip your toes in! The waters and coastline of national marine sanctuaries are waiting for you. Whether swimming for sport or sheer enjoyment, or exploring the tide pools along the coastline, national marine sanctuaries offer opportunities for all.

A hiker looks down to the ocean in front of him

beach exploration



jumping for joy from the top of a rock

Above, left to right: Hiking, Monterey Bay NMS; beach exploration, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale NMS; splashing, Thunder Bay NMS; tidepooling, Olympic Coast NMS; jumping for joy, Monterey Bay NMS. Photos: Allison Formica; Matt McIntosh/NOAA; David J. Ruck/NOAA; David J. Ruck/NOAA; David J. Ruck/NOAA