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Coming Down the Mountain
This photo was taken by Ty Sawyer, editorial director of ISLANDS Magazine, when creating the Maui feature in the December issue. It is of upcountry Maui, which wraps around the slopes of Haleakala in a fertile ring of farms and ranches.
Coming Down the Mountain
This photo was taken by Ty Sawyer, editorial director of ISLANDS Magazine, when creating the Maui feature in the December issue. Hundreds of waterfalls tumble through only the most picturesque of places.
Coming Down the Mountain
This photo was taken by Ty Sawyer, editorial director of ISLANDS Magazine, when creating the Maui feature in the December issue. Eventually everything in Maui leads to the vast Pacific, which provides the pulse and catalyst of everyday life, including feral, volcanic red-sand beaches.
Lord Howe
A hawksbill turtle patrols the southern end of the EAC (East Australian Current). Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Lord Howe
Age-old banyans and endemic Kentia palm-tree forests. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Lord Howe
The bucolic view from Capella Lodge looking over Salmon Beach; in the distance are Mounts Lidgbird and Gower. Lord Howe, it has been said has the world's most perfect climate. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Lord Howe
The waters off the island are home to the world's southern-most coral reefs. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia, is known for its Victorian hotel and historic cottages that once served as an exclusive escape for such American luminaries as William Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Joseph Pulitzer. Photo taken by Ty Sawyer.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island is a quiet enclave with 10 miles of beaches, 22 miles of meandering bike paths and a thriving ecosystem. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Latitude 131, the restaurant on historic Jekyll Island Wharf, wakes up as the sun settles on the horizon. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Egrets looking for breakfast at sunrise. Photo by Ty Sawyer.
Guadeloupe
In August, the island hosts the Tour de Guadeloupe. Photo by Justin Lewis.
Guadeloupe
Located between Antigua and Dominica, Guadeloupe is a Caribbean gem. Photo by Justin Lewis.
Guadeloupe
Hike to Guadeloupe's interior and see its waterfalls. Shown is Cascade Birloton on Basse-Terre. Photo by Justin Lewis.
Stingray off Antigua
Antigua has its own Stingray City off its northeast coast.
"Taverna Da Oreste" in Lazise, Lake Garda
Lake Garda, Verona (Italy) and Dominican Rep.
Old friends drinking Spritzer in Verona
Playa Dorada, Dominican Republic
Malinoa Island
This beautiful little island is about 15 minutes from the main island of Tongatapu, in the Kingdom of Tonga, but a world away. You can download hundreds of images in my Webshots Gallery.
Mounu Island Tonga
This beautiful little island is a resort run by my friend, you can book at www.mounuisland.com
Beach on Ovalau Island, Tonga
This is one of the whitest beaches you will ever see
Stone Town Water Front Zanzibar
Stone Town Water Front Zanzibar
Grand Cayman sunset
Grand Cayman sunset
Courtesy Grace Bay Club
Visiting my little friends in Fiji!
Seven Sacred Pools, Maui, HI
My ship has come in!
Aloha from Hawaii!
Upcountry Maui
Traveling in New Zealand
First overwater bures in Fiji!
map marker food try
map marker food try
map marker stay try
map marker stay try
Old Providence Island- Mancheneel Beach
Morning Wake Up Call in Cancun
This was the view from my pillow when I awoke on my first morning in Cancun. A very warm welcome indeed. Taken with my iPhone.
High Above the Manatees
This is my friend Kevin tightroping across a lagoon in Xcaret where manatees were swimming below. He made it without a splash! Also taken with my iPhone.
Come along... the beach is yours!
Also taken in Cancun on my iPhone from the terrace at sunrise. Weather was perfect: still, serene, warm soft breeze. The sun had a sparkly determined feel about it -- nothing would keep it from shining warmly through that day.
Puerto Vallarta Sunset
Puerto Vallarta Sunset
Fishing boat
Boat in Tortola
Gorilla's Head
Gorilla's Head at Baths (Virgin Gorda)
Long Bay
Long Bay beach Tortola
Old Providence Island
This side of the island is the one place in the world where I have seen so many different shades of blue mixed together...
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Puerto Vallarta Sunset
Puerto Vallarta Sunset
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Dolphin
The perfect dolphin shot in Moorea
Bora Bora Blue
My feet dangling off the side of a catamaran in the lagoon of Bora Bora
It's a dogs life
That dog is the luckiest dog on the east side of the island, this is his back yard.
The Perfect Match
This is a shot through two Palm trees out to the breaking surf on the coral reef
Muri Beach Boat
This is a boat moored in front of the Muri Beach Boat Club
Glass Lagoon
This is a photo of my "dream boat" anchored outside the reef from the beach in front of our cottage on Aitutaki
Little Polynesian Pool Side
This is a photo taken at the Little Polynesian
Sailing with the Kite Surfers
This is a photo of John sailing our pontoon boat we brought over along side the local kite surfers at Muri beach
Survivor Island
This is a photo of one of the two motus Survivor Cook Islands was filmed on.
Halo Sunset
This shot was taken at Black Rock during one of the most amazing, blazing sunsets I have ever seen. The sun had a halo wrapped around its top till it dissapeard below the horizon. I have never seen something like this, before or since this photo was taken.
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Moorea Sheraton Resort
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Surfers launching at Parlours, just south of Soup Bowl.
Barbados waterman Brian Talma offers lessons at Silver Sands.
Brian Talma stand-up paddlinga at Silver Sands on the south shore.
View of Petit Piton from a room at Jade Mountain.
Jade Mountain refers to their rooms as sanctuaries, and this view explains why.
Ladera Resort Pool
View of Petit Piton from the Ladera Resort
View from Dasheene's, the restaurant at the Ladera Resort
View of the Gros Piton from Ladera Resort
View of the Petit Piton from Ladera Resort
Nightlight St. Lucia
Renaissance Aruba Resort
Matthew Windsurfs Aruba
Astra Apartments and Suites, Santorini, Greece
Bamboo Forest, Maui
Bamboo forest on the trail above O'heo Gulch in Haleakala National Park past Hana, Maui
My View at Sapphire Beach, Belize
This is what I wake up to every morning!
My Villa at Sapphire Beach
My Villa is almost finished. Join me at Sapphire Beach! www.sapphirebeachbelize.com
Sunrise on the Sea of Cortez
Took this one on a live-aboard before the first morning's dive. It was a very tranquil shot with one of the skiffs in the foreground. Most of the "islands" on the trip were nothing more than rocky outcroppings, but they all had unique qualities for diving.
Bora Bora
Can't go wrong with any photo of Bora Bora. I managed to capture this one just as the entire island was tilting to the right. Luckily I was able to maintain balance without spilling any of my Hinano. It's a great island, warm friendly people, great diving, snorkeling, very romantic... it just has a tendancy to tilt periodically.
Hammock-cam!
Another tricky action shot requiring a steady hand, a keen sense of anticipatory timing, and a strong understanding of which way is "up". Bora Bora...
Poipu Beach sunset
Island sunsets are always a highlight of a vacation. This one's at Poipu Beach on Kauai.
Tamuning, Guam
a little after sunset at low tide
Sunrise
off shore leeward islands
Keywest
Offshore sailing from Key West
A  powerful Vietnamese woman
Talking about the women in Vietnam you do not think they are strong. But looking at this picture you will believe!