Category: ocean

Travel to the northern-most point of Kaua‘i and the Main Hawaiian Islands and you’ll be met with a paradise known as Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. When Anne Readel photographed this shot in March, red-footed boobies circled the skies around the setting sun, she described it as a “truly magical place”. Gorgeous views from the 568-foot ocean bluff, incredible wildlife watching and mesmerizing waves crashing below – a trip to Hawaii could be the perfect goal for the next year. What is your dream #usinterior destination? Photo courtesy of Anne Readel.

We’re wishing you a warm World Hello Day ☀️ from the clear waters of Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge! Photographer Heather Bautista sailed over to Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Virgin Islands to find crystal clear water teeming with graceful sea turtles. “I was in heaven. I was keeping a respectful distance watching them feed on the grass below when this particular turtle surprised me by coming up for air right next to me. A moment I will never forget!” Clear water and clear communication definitely make the world a better and more peaceful place, make time to surface to say hello! Photo by Heather Bautista (

Golden morning light shimmers on the ocean and glints against the black rock cliffs at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This unique park reveals at least 70 million years of volcanism, migration and evolution that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex ecosystems and a distinct human culture. Visitors might not realize it, but they’re standing near the top of the most massive mountain on Earth, rising 56,000 feet from the sea floor. Mother Nature really knows how to build. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.

Trace the coastline, enjoy a sunset or listen to the waves crash along Baker Beach, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The mile-long Baker Beach is at the foot of rugged serpentine cliffs with excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. At nearly 81,000 acres, Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the nation’s largest national park unit in an urban setting and was the most visited park in 2018. Photo by Michael Stultz (

Warm sunlight breaks through clouds at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, the coastal barrier island that the refuge is on is part of the Outer Banks. Pull off when you see the signs and take a peaceful stroll along the beach to enjoy the rolling surf. Lauded as an excellent spot for bird watching, it’s a fantastic location to sit by the ocean, enjoy some privacy and take in a sunrise or sunset. Photo courtesy David Blevins.

Happy World Oceans Day! Covering over 70 percent of the planet, oceans are vital to our climate, food supply, economy and way of life. Wherever you live, everyone is connected to the ocean in some way. Managing thousands of miles of coastline and millions of acres in marine and coastal national parks, Interior is a principal steward of America’s ocean resources. Photo of a whale breaching at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve in Alaska by National Park Service.

Waves break under a cotton candy morning sky at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. Spend time listening to the sound of the surf, climb to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, camp under the stars and find peace of mind in the sunshine at the nation’s first national seashore. With splendid views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Hatteras National Seashore allows you the beach time you’ve been craving. Photo by Roupen Baker (

In 1513, Don Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the islands of the Dry Tortugas 70 miles west of Florida. By the time Florida was acquired by the United States in 1821, military strategists of the young nation already had plans for this vital anchorage. Construction on Fort Jefferson began in 1846, but was hindered by heat, hurricanes, disease and distance. Today, Dry Tortugas National Park preserves the fort, as well as the marine ecosystems and island beauty that mesmerize everyone who visits. Photo by Glenn Gardner, National Park Service.

A true tropical paradise, National Park of American Samoa is the ideal island getaway. Photographer Ian Shive explains “The park is spectacularly beautiful. I was able to walk up the beach alone, without seeing any other people, just the occasional crab climbing out of a hole in the sand.” National Park of American Samoa is really ‘three parks’ on three separate islands–Ta’u, Ofu, and Tutuila in the South Pacific. Relax in the shade, learn about the area’s rich culture, snorkel and see an abundance of fish, and enjoy a walk along the beach. It’s time to recharge. Photo courtesy of Ian Shive.

Coastal lupine flowers dance in the wind as the fog clears from the coastline at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. About an hour drive from San Francisco, the park offers stunning views of the ocean and over 150 miles of trails to explore. Stop in at the visitor center and see the exhibits about the historic lighthouse or collect more information on the whales, seals, sea lions and wildflowers, all part of what makes this national seashore a treasure. Pic by Lauren Buchholz (