Aldabra Island-The Galdpagos of the Indian Ocean

At the center of Aldabra, the world's largest raised coral atoll, lies one of the world's largest lagoons, like a sea within a vast tropical ocean. This 50-square-mile atoll encompasses an ecosystem so isolated...

Galveston Island – The Comeback Queen

What other American city can claim such a rogue for a founding father? In 1817 debonair  privateer  Jean  Lafitte,  evading  New Orleans’s  customs  officers,  launched  a “pirate   kingdom”   on   this   32-mile-long (51km)   barrier   island  ...

Buck Island – Lucky Buck

The  largest  of  the  U.S.  Virgin  Islands,  St. Croix has  plenty  of  attractions—relaxing  beach  resorts,  stands  of  lush  rainforest,   historic   plantation   houses,   and   a thriving  rum  factory.  But  many...

Turks and Caicos Island

The weather is hot and humid, stillness and serenity reign over you, and you can almost taste the fairy-tale atmosphere. Simply close your eyes and listen to the music as the wind accompanies the...

Tobago-Robinson Crusoe’s Paradise

When  Daniel  Defoe  wrote  his  adventure classic castaway tale Robinson Crusoe, he couldn’t  have  chosen  to  set  it  on  a  more stunning  island  than  Tobago.   (Although Isla Robinson Crusoe in Chile disputes that  Tobago ...

Wellesley Island – Water Under the Bridge

In  a  way,  the  Thousand  Islands  region  is the  inverse  of  the  nearby  Adirondacks: The ’Dacks is a mass of thick forest dotted with specks of blue water, while the Thousand Islands is a...

Fraser Island

Location Australia Lying just south of the Great Barrier Reef, this is the world's biggest sand island, an ecological marvel where ancient eucalyptus rainforest actually grows out of dunes up to 240m (787 ft.) high....

Texel Island- Wadden Sea Eco-Paradise

When the tides pull out from Texel Island, they  leave  behind  broad  glistening  mud flats,  where  the  North  Sea  had  been  lapping  only  hours  earlier.  That  enormous displacement  of  water  stirs  up  so  many...

Livingstone Island: Island with a View

It’s  quite  a  sight,  whether  from  above  or below. But perhaps the best place to see and  experience  Victoria  Falls,  one  of  the great natural wonders of the world, is on Livingstone Island, which...

Martha’s Vineyard – Illumination Night

On  my  first  visit  to  Martha’s  Vineyard—that salt-weathered island off Cape Cod, a summertime  magnet  for  celebrities  from musicians  James  Taylor  and  Paul  McCartney  to  the  late  newsman  Walter  Cronkite and  former  President  Bill ...

Otter Island – Loggerhead Getaway

Coastline development, fishing, human disturbance of nesting areas,and pollution have hastened the decline of loggerhead populations. And because loggerheads range throughout the world’s oceans during their long lives, they are a resource shared by...

Explore the Farasan Islands

The waters of the Red Sea are renowned for their great diversity of animal and plant life, but for a long time only those with ties to the Saudi royal family were allowed to...