Herschel Island – Whaling Ghost Town

It’s deserted today except for the formidable exemplars of Arctic wildlife that spend part of the year here, but this 117-sq.-km (45-sq.-mile) island on the top shelf of the North American continent was, for...

Explore the Anglesey Coast

Anglesey, the rural island in North Wales, is a pretty sleepy place, but the inauguration of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is enticing visitors to explore the superb scenery of the North Wales...

Staffa-Where the Sea Sings

Barely  one  kilometer  long  and  half  a  kilo-meter  wide,  Staffa’s  so  small,  it  makes neighboring    Iona  look  gigantic. Nobody lives on this sparse little island in the Inner Hebrides; nobody has in the past century  and  a...

Explore The Great Barrier Reef

There is a bewildering array of options for those wishing to explore the Great Barrier Reef itself. This 2,300km stretch of coral tracks the coast, sometimes within a few kilometres but sometimes as far...

Andaman Islands – Escape from the Modern World

For a vacation that blends tropical relaxation and edifying colonial history all at a very affordable price, the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean’s Bay of Bengal are a very attractive spot. They also...

Gran Canaria – From Sand Dunes to Majestic Mountains

Venture  up  to  the  green  ravines  and  forests  of  Gran  Canaria’s  interior,  and  you might be reminded of the mountain ranges of the American West, while just 25km (16 miles) away, there are coastal...

Lampedusa – Italian Traditions in an African Landscape

Named for the lampa (light) that guided sailors safely around its perimeter, Lampedusa hovers in a sort of Mediterranean limbo south of Sicily and northeast of Africa. Here, in a desertlike landscape where agave,...

10 Disappearing Beaches

When seas rise, beaches disappear. And even setting climate change aside, scientists predict a 10- to 12-inch (25–30cm) rise in ocean levels by the end of this century. And for each inch (2.5cm) the...

Best Beaches on the Monterey Bay Area

In the good life of Monterey Bay's coast-side towns, in the pleasures of its luxurious resorts, and in the vitality of its resplendent marine habitat, this piece of California shows off its natural appeal. North...

Phu Quoc-Wild & Pungent

There are plenty of island paradises in Southeast Asia  that have been discovered by Western tourists, but Phu Quoc is not one of them—for now, anyway. Just west of mainland Vietnam in the Gulf...

Explore Lundy Island

The tiny island of Lundy, 3.5 miles (5.5 km) by 0.5 miles (0.8 km), is a well-kept secret. After a two-hour ferry trip from the North Devon port of llfracombe, arriving on the island...

Isle of Islay – Queen of the Hebrides

Only 26km (16 miles) of cold grey sea lie between the Kintyre peninsula, on Scotland’s west coast, and the Isle of Islay. Still, that’s more than enough distance to keep Islay (pronounced Eye-la) isolated...