Bora Bora in the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia
French Polynesia is a sort of geographic nesting doll of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Bora Bora is one of the Leeward Islands, a part of the larger Society Islands group, which is included in the still larger collection of islands and reefs that make up French Polynesia. Like Tahiti, Bora Bora thrives on tourism. There are but 11 square miles to this island group, but oh what fantastic square miles they are. And for as many shades of green you can find here on land, there may be more shades of blue in the reef-sheltered lagoons surrounding Bora Bora.
Acre for acre one of the most scenic places on Earth, the Isle of Skye has no shortage of stop-in-your-tracks views. Throughout time, landslips have turned this island in the Scottish Hebrides into a place rich with surreal rock formations, sharp cliffs, and massive peninsulas. Here, we’re perched on the slopes of The Storr, a cliff rising more than 2,000 feet in elevation. Just beneath us is its most renowned citizen, a group of jutting, flinty rocks known as the Old Man of Storr. The otherworldly beauty of The Storr is a favorite of painters, photographers, and filmmakers, including director Ridley Scott who used the location to eerie effect in ‘Prometheus‘.
Whooper Swans are the Eurasian cousin of North American Trumpeter swans. They breed all over Iceland, and some overwinter in the thermally heated parts of Lake Myvatn. Interestingly, their North American Trumpeter Swan cousins do the same thing, spending winter in the thermally heated parts of the Yellowstone River. These beauties are aptly named as […]
When it comes to natural wonders in Vietnam, you have to talk about Ha Long Bay. There’s no other place like it in the world, which is why hordes of tourists visit every year. But Vietnam has so much more to offer nature lovers, so let’s take a look at the mountains, rice paddies, lakes, waterfalls, caves and spectacular beaches you should also check out.
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Tours into the cave—the world’s biggest, by volume—aren’t cheap. The descent is tricky as well, so only experienced guides are allowed to take tourists inside. You also have to climb over the The Great Wall of Vietnam. This isn’t an excursion for a casual hiker, but it’s an experience to remember.
These lesser-known islands lie off the southern coast of Vietnam. In days long gone, political prisoners and other undesirables were sent here to be tortured for information. Nowadays, however, there are prime scuba diving spots and amazing hikes, plus you can check out some local wildlife such as the Crab-Eating Macaque and the Black Giant Squirrel. Sea turtles breed on these islands as well, and you can arrange with local park rangers to watch newly hatched babies as they start their harrowing adventures.
Patagonia (Spanish pronunciation: [pataˈɣonja]) is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, pampas and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes. Patagonia has two coasts: western facing the Pacific Ocean and eastern facing the Atlantic Ocean.
The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia. The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Reloncaví Estuary.
Seems like nearly every shade of blue glimmers in the waters that lap the coastline of Formentera. You’ll be tempted to glide through that translucent sea with snorkel and goggles. What else can you do on this 32-square-mile island off the east coast of Spain? If you follow the advice of many past visitors, the best course of action on Formentera is to do almost nothing. Walk the beautiful beaches. Snooze on the sand. Gaze at the sun as it sets over the Mediterranean Sea.
Unlike its more famous cousin Ibiza, some 4 miles north, Formentera isn’t full of dance clubs and partiers. It remains laid-back (especially during the off-season) and is one of the best places in the Balearic chain of Spanish Mediterranean islands to kick back and contemplate the nuances between azure, turquoise, and cerulean blue.
From 1403 to the early 18th century the threat of barbary pirate attacks rendered the island uninhabitable.
The island (along with its surrounding islets) became a separate insular council (with the same territory as the municipality of the same name) after 1977. Before that, it was administered in the former insular council of Ibiza and Formentera (covering the whole group of the Pityusic Islands), but in a separate comarca (which already covered the current municipality of Formentera). This reform allowed Ibiza to unify its comarca (of five municipalities) with its new insular council (no longer administrating Formentera).
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