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Treasure Islands

As the temperature drops in the Northern Hemisphere, a certain flight impulse takes hold in travelers' hearts. So, to help facilitate your escape, we offer a dozen of the world's best island destinations—from tropical to temperate, and classic to unexpected.


Although the Hawaiian Islands were formed by a chain of undersea volcanoes, Kauai’s lush greenery lends the sense that it rose whole from the ocean floor like an ancient, moss-covered turtle. At Tunnels Beach on the island’s north shore, the verdant spire of Bali Hai—named for the role it played in the 1958 film version of the musical South Pacific—pitches sharply down to peach-colored sand and impossibly clear water. The sea itself provides the source of the beach’s name: When the surf is up, perfect barrel waves roll down the shore with surfers inside like pimentos in olives. When conditions are flat, snorkelers and the odd intrepid diver pursue the beach’s more celebrated pastime—namely, following parrot fish, sea turtles and reef sharks through two concentric circles of labyrinthine lava caves.

4 Responses to “Treasure Islands”

  1. Alberto Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you for share some news about this paradise.. In fact we must say that in this small island there are many incredible attractions, not only the 3 amazing falls or the volcano hot springs , but for the sea lovers incredible many fish sanctuary and the world’s biggest Giant Clams Sanctuary.. All the island is a great untouched natural park.. and life here is very cheap and confortable..
    I really love this place..
    Quite everybody speak english (better of me) Alberto from Italy

  2. Philip H Sykes Says:
    May 26th, 2013 at 4:03 am

    With a circumference of 64 Kim the island has 10 major sites to visit. There are several more interesting sites in the mountains and steep valleys well worth the effort hidden waterfalls and cool pools.
    The wonderful Mantigue Island 20 minutes off shore offers a true Robinson Crusoe experience, with the greeting ” hi friend” a nice touch by all the local kids.
    New flights from Cebu (Pacific) every MWF offer an easier route however for me the ferry ride arriving from Balingoan or Fast Cat from CDO always give the best view and excite the new visitor.

  3. Dan Mercurio Says:
    May 27th, 2013 at 3:36 am

    Very Nice…

  4. Dan Mercurio Says:
    May 27th, 2013 at 3:37 am


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