Providenciales – Turks and Caicos
The most populated of the Turks and Caicos islands, Providenciales is one of the world’s top beach destinations. The diving and snorkeling is as convenient as it is stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that’s easily accessible from the shore. The upscale resorts and captivating beachscapes of Grace Bay make it a popular choice for waterfront escapes. The cliffs and crags of Chalk Sound make a lovely backdrop for kayaking the bright turquoise waters.
Don’t miss the best of Providenciales
Grace Bay – A perennial Travelers’ Choice Beaches winner, Grace Bay is famous for its long stretch of soft white sand and beautiful blue water.
Chalk Sound – A beautiful lagoon made up of brilliant blues and rocky cliffs.
Maui – United States
The Hawaiian island of Maui is a destination for true nature lovers. The ethereal bamboo forest and churning waterfalls in Haleakala National Park can be explored via the Waimoku Falls Trail. Stretch out on warm, golden sands or hit the surf for an unforgettable windsurfing or snorkeling session. Driving the scenic road to Hana along the island’s northeastern shore will be among the most spectacular journeys of your life. Time stands still at the Hawaiian village of Keanae, definitely worth a visit.
Don’t miss the best of Maui
Ka’anapali Beach – One of the best beaches in Maui, a favorite for relaxation as well as water sports.
Kapalua Costal Trail – A two-mile walk along Maui’s northwest coast, the trail begins and ends on a beach. In between, you’ll see spectacular oceanfront and bountiful greenery on the dramatic coastline.
Roatan – Honduras
The best way to cap off a day of pristine Roatán reef diving and heart-pumping adventure is to sip a sunset cocktail by the beach. From zip-lining to deep-sea fishing to exploring the military-protected archipelago of Cayos Cochinos, the Honduran island is a playground for lovers of water sports and ecotourism. Landlubbers will adore the Carambola botanical gardens, touring the Stone Castle Cameo Factory, or exploring the beaches on horseback.
Don’t miss the best of Roatan
West Bay Beach – West Bay is what many consider the picture-perfect Caribbean destination: white sand, clear, calm waters and full service resorts. The variety of water activities include scuba diving, fishing charters, snorkeling and parasailing. Scuba diving and other outfitters leave directly from the beach so starting your water-based activities is easy and convenient.
Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails – The 100% natural 40 acres of the Carambola Botanical Gardens and their many jungle trails offer a perfect place for hiking, wildlife and scenic photography, eco tours, bird watching, nature studies, and of course, relaxation. So, “take a walk on the wild side” and watch the playful Monkey La La scurry along jungle trails as you enjoy flowering plants, orchids, medicinal plants, exotic spices, fruit and nut trees, including the very popular “Chocolate Tree” and the world famous Honduran mahogany tree.
Santorini – Greece
Even if you’ve never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you’d still recognize it immediately – candy-colored houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters, gleaming white buildings topped with half-spheres the color of a stormy sky. Here you’ll find peace as you roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Beautiful Oia is world famous for its sunsets, which seem tinted with every shade of an artist’s palette.
Don’t miss the best of Santorini
Skaros Rock – Skaros was considered the most important of Santorini’s five castle fortresses. The rock was inhabited in medieval times, because the fortress constructed there offered protection from pirates.
Akrotiri Archaeological Site – This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving it for present-day archaeologists and interested tourists. The site is so well preserved that it is often referred to as the Pompeii of the Aegean.
Ko Tao, Thailand
Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. White sand beaches sheltered by steep hills – some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles – and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging.
Don’t miss the best of Ko Tao
Sai Nuan Beach – This beautiful, remote cove has a sandy beach and is accessible by foot or by boat.
Apnea Total – Apnea Total Koh Tao is the headquarters for the network of Freediving schools based around the world, it is an independent organization established in 2003, and the first freediving school in Southeast Asia operating for over 10 yrs.
Madeira – Portugal
Breezy Madeira is an eponymous island in the Madeira Islands, a Portuguese archipelago. The capital city of Funchal was settled in the 15th century and is a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites, and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and you’ll feel like you’ve climbed through the clouds. Unwind over a glass of Madeira wine, an historic fortified beverage that’s musky and subtly sweet.
Don’t miss the best of Madeira
Monte Palace Tropical Garden – Open to the public since 1991, this masterpiece includes one of the most important tile collections in Portugal. The tiles exhibited amidst the tropical vegetation represent several ages, coming from palaces, churches, chapels and private houses throughout the former Portuguese empire.
Monte Cable Car – This journey offers magnificent panoramic views from Funchal towards Monte.
Bali – Indonesia
Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.
Don’t miss the best of Bali
Three Days in Bali – This guide is for the traveler who wants to experience everything Bali has to offer in 3 days — sun, sand, sea, mountains, temples, scenery and much more — and not so much for the traveler who wants to relax and chill.
One Day in Bali – If you only have one day in Bali, then these are some of the highlights you won’t want to miss. Get ready for 24 hours that includes a little bit of everything — from white sand beaches to tropical rain forests, and from ancient Hindu Temples to mesmerizing waterfalls.
Mauritius is arguably Africa’s wealthiest destination, a tropical paradise with tons to do. Port Louis, the modern capital of this 38-mile by 29-mile island, is a bustling port with a revitalized waterfront and a busy market. But most visitors gravitate toward resort areas such as Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches and the more bustling Flic en Flac, popular with scuba divers. Rivière Noire is ideal for those looking for great deep-sea fishing.
Don’t miss the best of Mauritius
Le Morne Beach – This stretch of spectacular beachfront stretches more than three kilometers.
Trou d’Argent Beach – Hike along rocky cliffs to this pristine, uncrowded beach tucked between two jagged cliffs on the eastern side of Rodrigues Island.
Bora Bora – French Polynesia
Turquoise lagoons, soft white sands, and deep tangerine sunsets set the scene for romance on the island so nice they named it twice. Mingle with tropical fish as you flutter around Coral Gardens or Tupitipiti Point, or relax in a self-driving tour as you take in beautiful views of the once-volcanic Mount Otemanu. At the Lagoonarium you can watch shark feedings and swim with turtles. Cap it all off with a succulent meal at one of the island’s fine French restaurants, then sip a tropical cocktail under the stars.
Don’t miss the best of Bora Bora
Matira Beach – Picturesque beach offers scenic hiking trails and tourist services including several boutique shops, the popular Ben’s Place snack bar and restaurants.
Pure Snorkeling – Offering you four snorkeling stops in the most preserved corals gardens of the lagoon, you will see a rich variety of fishes like anemone fishes, moray eel, beautiful preserved coral formations and the amazing Manta rays and Eagle rays. Ride on a luxury boat just for eight clients and enjoy a personalized treatment with the best and knowledgeable snorkeling guides.
Fernando de Noronha – Brazil
The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles, making Noronha one of the world’s top diving destinations. On land, hike the ecological trails of Jardim Elizabeth, the Esmerelda Coast or Sancho Bay, which culminates in a climb up a steep set of stairs carved into the split of a cliff.
Don’t miss the best of Fernando de Noronha
Fortaleza N S dos Remedios – The largest Brazilian 18th-century fortification established by the Portuguese. The fort later served as a prison and then housed American soldiers in World War II.
Cacimba do Padre Beach – Cacimba do Padre is famous for seashells and soft sand. Jutting out from the sea is the Two Brothers (Morro Dois Irmaos) rock formation.
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