On Cambodia's southwest coast, it only takes $5 and a one-hour boat ride to go from crowded beaches and noisy peddlers to paradise. On the island of Koh Russei -- named for the bamboo that fills its shores -- the only beach mates you'll find are harmless cows. The barkeeps are happy to hand over chairs and snorkel gear, as long as you buy one drink. After a lunch of grilled barracuda or curry, ask your waiter about the trail that extends from the north beach to the southwest part of the island, where choppier surf laps on smoother sand. Hang a right when you hit the beach and wander along the shoreline awash with sun-bleached coral remains and rocky outcrops with stellar views. Don't be surprised if your desire to stay grows faster than the bamboo. tourismcambodia.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.