To discover this mythical land lined with gold, commission a pair of ships, sail from the Dutch East Indies and plant your flag at Adventure Bay. Or if rough seas thwart you, as they did Abel Tasman in 1642, just drive about 40 minutes south from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart to Kettering, and take the car ferry. Drive through rural North Bruny and start across the isthmus (pictured above) toward South Bruny. Then stop to climb those steps to Truganini Lookout, dedicated to an Aborigine woman. Get panoramic views of some of Australia’s best beaches; then drive on for all the island’s sights, cultivated flavors and miniature kangaroos. brunyisland.net
Putting together a gallery of epic Fiji photos is, we’re a little embarrassed to say, as easy as it looks. After all, the islands of Fiji abound with everything from tumbling jungle waterfalls to white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms. But Fiji isn’t just about idyllic South Pacific islandscapes. What makes these islands so enchanting are the people. Establish eye contact for a second and you’ll find yourself downing kava with the local chief and shouting “Bula!” Fiji is truly the friendliest place in the world. Think of this list of our top 11 things to do in Fiji as a starting point for your dream Fiji vacation, and for more Fiji travel tips, check out Islands’ Destination Fiji special issue.
A journey aboard a 237-foot, 110-year-old tall ship brings one adventurer to a beach with water as clear and as bright as the sky.
From Australia to Bora Bora to Ireland and every island paradise along the way, travel fans have submitted some incredible images for our 2013 ISLANDS Photo Contest. Here are 10 more of our favorite images ... so far. These aren't our winners just yet. Do you have a photo that can top these?