It's no wonder Indonesia has some of the world's most beautiful beaches, coral reefs and volcanic mountains: With 17,508 islands, it's the largest archipelagic state in the world. Stretching from Sumatra in the west to New Guinea in the east, the nation spans 3,200 miles and connects the Indian Ocean to the Pacific. That's a distance equivalent to one-eighth of the Earth's circumference. Those stats -- plus a total area of 741,100 square miles (about three times the size of Texas) -- must make Hawaii and the Caribbean jealous. indonesia-tourism.com
At Isla Secas Resort, it's just you and 13 other guests (if that) on a 16-island archipelago. Here, your getaway can be as adventurous and secluded as you want, but luxury touches (like dinner waiting for you in your private yurt suite) make it the best of both worlds. Islands photographer Jon Whittle experienced it all first-hand — here's how you can do it too.
Islands’ staffers beg for trips. Occasionally, an island begs for a staffer. In this case, call it a Z thing. Staff photographer Zach Stovall arrived on Zanzibar and felt like he stepped into an Indiana Jones movie. He loves those movies. Maybe that explains why this gallery, originally slated at ten images, ballooned into an epic adventure. Follow his trip’s highlights and plan yours with our Do’s and Don’ts Zanzibar travel guide.