Photograph by Tom Till, Getty Images. LORD HOWE ISLAND...Located off the east coast of Australia. Sydney-based yachtsman Ian Kiernan calls it “Australia’s own Galápagos”; the island stayed totally isolated and—except for a native bat—devoid of mammals from creation until European discovery in 1788. Excerpt from "50 Places of a Lifetime" in the October 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Photograph by Tim McKenna. BORA BORA has so many natural advantages it deserves its long-held reputation as the South Pacific’s loveliest island retreat. “It’s everything a Polynesian island should be—blue lagoon, sand-fringed motus, soaring peaks,” says Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler. Excerpt from "A Year of Islands: Eden Found" in the May/June 2004 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine
Photograph by Christian Kober, Photolibrary An outrigger canoe glides across crystal waters off PALAWAN ISLAND in the Philippines. It’s an island of Jules Verne-like vistas, where giant eagles soar, rare seashells litter quiet beaches, and exotic orchids bloom in dark mahogany forests. Excerpt from "Paradise Found" in the October 1999 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine
Photograph by Andrea Booher, Getty Images PALAU ROCK ISLANDS Teeming with exotic marine life and Crayola-colored reefs, the more than 300 islands of Palau, in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Guam, feature some of the world’s best dive sites and the unique foliage-frosted Rock Islands. Palau is also a living World War II museum—WWII wrecks lie submerged just off the Rock Islands. Excerpt from "America's Best Kept Secret" in the September 2007 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine
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