Lizard Island -Excellent Dive Site

Lizard Island Resort, which caters for a maximum of 64 guests, is one of the most upmarket, exclusive resorts  on the Reef. Although basic in design, it is a real getaway and many famous...

Cap D’Agde-Go au Naturel

No shirt, no shoes, no problem. Like any good oceanside resort, Cap d’Agde in southern France has a wide, sundrenched beach, an interesting variety of shops and restaurants, and  daily  activities  such  as  beach  volleyball,  windsurfing,  and...

Tresco – A Blooming Miracle

It lies just 47km (29 miles) across the water from  rugged  Land’s  End,  Cornwall,  from where it takes only 20 minutes to get here by  helicopter.  You’d  think  the  outlying location would serve up...

Isla Contadora – The Pearl of Panama

For some U.S. audiences, the name “Pearl Islands” conjures one image: that of CBS reality show Survivor, which was shot here in 2003. Although development is still minimal in this archipelago sprinkled throughout the...

Pohnpei-Mysteries in Paradise

One  of  the  lushest  islands  in  the  Pacific  is Pohnpei, the largest of the four states in the Federated  States  of  Micronesia  (FSM).  Its jungly  atmosphere  is  due  to  its  rainfall—it gets more rain than any other island...

Hokkaido-Japan’s Last Frontier

Think  of  it  as  Japan’s  version  of  the  Wild West.  The  most  northern  island  in  the Japanese  archipelago,  Hokkaido  is  a  land of sparsely settled mountains and forests that  still  feel  like  frontier  territory.  Unlike the  rest  of  overpopulated...

Saint Barthelemy Island

There are moments in life when you need to unplug, forget about the daily grind, and get away. Everyone dreams of exotic locales or far-off lands where you can find sanctuary. Yet for those...

Assateague Island-Do the Pony on the Eastern Shore

Most of the problems facing  Assateague Island are man-made : population growth in neighboring areas, which affects water quality, marine life, and vegetation in the bay and ocean; threats from recreational boaters and clam fishermen;...

Isla Partida – Paradise in the Sea of Cortez

There are beautiful beaches, and then there are beaches that literally take your breath away: Pristine coastal ecosystems where the living inhabitants—here, dolphins, manta rays, seals, and more—are in such elegant sync with their...

Mergui Archipelago – Home to a Nomadic Seafaring People

The islands that make up the Mergui (Myeik) Archipelago in the Andaman Sea are mostly uninhabited. Some are made up of towerlike limestone formations pockmarked with caves and covered with tropical forests inland. The...

Naxos – Substantial in the Cyclades

Santorini and its spectacular crater apart, the Cyclades islands aren’t generally known for their intrinsic natural beauty. There are other attractions—whether nightlife, archaeology, or beaches—that draw visitors to this mostly scrubby Greek archipelago set...

Robben Island – Island of Tears

The sun shines just about all the time here, and the air is gin-clear, swept clean by the “Cape Doctor” winds that blow in from the southeast. Across the bay, Table Mountain towers  over ...