Of course, one of the best way to access the wonders of the water world is by boat – especially if you’re heading into the icy realms of the north. You could set sail aboard the expedition ship the M/S Freya on the lookout for polar bears in Svalbard, or happily ensconced in the comfort of The Island Roamer yacht before taking to a sea kayak to paddle alongside killer whales in the fjords of British Columbia – then hopping onto dry land to track the elusive spirit bear.
This same intoxicating rhythm of sailing between stunning locations then encountering the creatures of the water margin is also evident in the Galapagos. By night you’ll live in resplendent comfort and by day you’ll encounter another unique species of wildlife on its very own island paradise or take to the water to blow bubbles with sea-lions.
Alternatively, you could be camping near the edge of the ice along the Northwest Passage as you wait for narwhals to surface on their Arctic migration, slipping into the water to swim with these near mythical creatures. Or turn up the heat by relaxing in a five-star resort on the shores of Mauritius, basking in the glow of having snorkelled with manta rays and whale sharks in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.