If you come across the Tahina spectabilis on Madagascar, snap a photo while you have a chance. This unique species of palm, which was discovered last year when a scientist stumbled upon photos posted on an Internet message board, grows to an astonishing 60-foot-high tower and then, after about 50 years, it self-destructs in a bizarre display of botanical suicide. Talk about deeply rooted issues. kew.org
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.