Swimming in a Warm Sea

“The water is warm Mum!”  Squeals little T as she first dipped her little toes on the beach.  We were visiting my sister-in-law’s lovely family whose house is located by the beach.  Yes, I know.  Lucky people.  This was little T’s first experience of visiting a beach in a tropical country.  Here in Cornwall, the water is always cold even in the summer, so the experience was really a joy for little T.

And here she is swimming with my brother.

As you would have guessed, after those first few dips, she was hooked and would nag us every morning to go to the beach.  She wasn’t the only one who loved it, their black labrador named, Ali would happily bounce along with T for a little jaunt on the beach and water.

T also loved beach-combing and would spend hours hunting for special shells and shiny stones to take with her back to Cornwall.

And then she found this:

I want to take this back with us to England!  She exclaimed.

Adamant that she was taking this driftwood back with her, she didn’t stop until her dad agreed to take it back with us to the house where we were staying.  Thankfully, she forgot all about it after a few days.

We also had a chance to visit, Boracay.  A famous beach where tourists would flock to every month of the year.  Since the Philippines is a tropical country, there is no such thing as tourist season.  People visit from all over to bask in the warm weather, white sands and turquoise sea.

 Since we were already nearby, we decided to visit it too.

Little T loved the powdery white sands and warm water.

She also enjoyed having her hair plaited by the many women who for a fee, offered to braid tourists hair with different styles.  I didn’t know there were many to choose from!

Last time I was here was sometime in 2005.  It was better then of course, sadly today, Boracay is amassed with tourist and “touristy stuff” which frankly isn’t appealing to me at all.  Thank goodness the white powdery beach and lovely sea is still breathtaking … just keep your eyes focused on that and try to forget everything else that is in the island.

What about you?

Did you go anywhere warm over the summer holiday?


  1. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill)

    Gorgeous photos, I have to say we have the best beaches here but I rarely go in the sea without a wetsuit! It is such a joy to enjoy the sea being warm and not having to rush out with numb feet! We managed to visit family in the south of France and also loved the warmth of the sea, but I still love the Cornish coast even with the cold water. Sounds like a perfect summer get aw way for you and a chance to miss some of the August tourist rush here. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • Thanks! I agree with you. The beaches here are breathtakingly beautiful too, have yet to swim in the sea though. But yes, definitely enjoyed swimming in a warm sea 🙂

  2. Claire at Tin Box Traveller

    This looks idyllic. We had some slightly chillier beach experiences here in the UK over the summer. Our first was in Devon after a very wet and windy week. We were determined to have at least one beach day. I dared not dip a toe in the water but it was warm enough to sit on the sand. Our next few beach days were in Essex and the water did feel a tiny bit warm. Far from tropical though 🙂 #countrykids

    • Love the beaches in Devon too! Have yet to experience the ones in Essex, if the water is warmer there – then a visit is a must 😉

  3. Oh wow! Well we did go in search of some summer sun but nowhere quite as near to paradise as that!!

  4. Caro | The Twinkles Mama

    Gosh — that looks fabulous! Sadly, we’ve not left these shores for 6 years now! I’m desperate for a *proper* holiday. Certainly one that last longer than 4 days, which is all we’ve managed recently!! #CountryKids

  5. Kriss MacDonald

    I’m now seriously missing warm water beaches! I’m crazy about diving too – but only in warm water. You can see from your gorgeous photos what a lovely time T had during her visit.

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I have to say I’ve enjoyed the hot weather and lovely seas here this year. Not warm like you will have had, but just perfect on hot days. Looks like Little T had a wonderful time. Beautiful photos x #countrykids

  7. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    That beach looks absolutely gorgeous and it must be wonderful swimming in the warm sea. I can still vividly remember the one and only time I experienced warm sea, on a holiday to southern Italy when I was 26. I couldn’t get enough of being in the water – I never realised that the sea could actually be warm. I can see why T liked the piece of driftwood but glad she forgot about it quickly too! Sounds like you had a lovely time visiting family 🙂

  8. chickenruby

    i hate the warm waters in dubai, it so very strange to dive in the sea and it to be the same temperature as the air around you, it is a very strange experience

    • I must admit, don’t know how warm the waters are in Dubai… Can imagine though how uncomfortable it would be if it was as warm as the temperature around you 😉

  9. domesstique

    Omg! This made me miss home more. I miss swimming in a warm sea, that warm that you can’t resist a night swimming too. Oh and I love Boracay, it’s just albeit touristy for me though. xx

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