Not all lagoons are created naturally. The landscape of the Venetian Lagoon has been radically altered by human activity. The Hilton Lagoon, just yards from the beaches of the Maui, Hawaii, is not a part of the natural landscape at all. The manmade lagoon was created for hotel visitors to enjoy water sports, including swimming with dolphins.

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