Duke Kahanamoku Beach: approved by Dr. Beach

The Duke Kahanamoku Beach has been considered the best American beach of 2014 by Dr. Beach.

Coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor at Florida International University, has released a list with the Top 10 Beaches for 2014. The highest award goes to Waikiki, in Hawaii.

The Duke Kahanamoku Beach is located at the west end of Waikiki Beach, far from the large crowds elsewhere. It is the widest beach on this stretch of famous sands, and it is protected by an offshore coral reef, making it an excellent beach for families with children.

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Wake Island: part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

US President Barack Obama has proposed a vast expansion of Pacific Ocean sanctuaries for marine life. Fishing and energy exploration activities will be banned.

The proposal might create the world's largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected. As a result, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will be expanded from almost 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles.

"Growing up in Hawaii, I learned early to appreciate the beauty and power of the ocean," says Barack Obama.

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Great Blue Hole: a natural treasure located in Belize | Photo: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

"Planet Ocean" is a 90-minute film directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot featuring the greatest natural mystery of the Earth.

The film-documentary hopes to change the way people look at the ocean, and to help our children believe in a better and more sustainable world.

"Planet Ocean" also offers solutions for what we can all do to help improve the health of our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers and the eco-systems they harbour.

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