Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

Photo: Mark Wassell, Pink Sunset Australia’s Northern Territory boasts nearly 100 national parks and reserves, including two of Australia’s most famous parks — Uluru and Kakadu. The well-known monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock), 348 meters high, is near the southwest corner of the Territory and may be Australia’s most familiar natural icon. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National …

New Zealand = Aotearoa

Photo: Sheep Entrance New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa (its Māori name meaning “the land of the long white cloud”) or the “green Island on the other side of the earth”, boasts jaw-dropping landscapes, fabulous festivals and superb food and wines. More than one-third of the country is designated protected parkland and marine reserves. New Zealand is world famous for …

Henderson Island

Photo: Henderson UNESCO: Henderson Island, which lies in the eastern South Pacific, is one of the few atolls in the world whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence. Its isolated location provides the ideal context for studying the dynamics of insular evolution and natural selection. It is particularly notable for the 10 …

Heard Island

Photo: Eddie Australia’s tallest mountain is located off the mainland on a remote island with an active volcano. Key Links http://heardisland.antarctica.gov.au Management plan Elsewhere on the Web http://whc.unesco.org/pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=577 Heard Island Expedition Fan page Headlines Australia’s Heard Island: A mysterious land of fire and ice – @abcrural Wikipedia: The Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands …

Kangaroo Island

Photo: Royston Rascals, Penneshaw Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island, after Tasmania and Melville Island. It lies in the state of South Australia 112 km (70 miles) southwest of Adelaide. Half the bushland remains just as it was when British navigator Matthew Flinders named the island in 1802. Separated from the South Australian coast about …

Rapa Nui = Easter Island

Photo: MMAChile Spotlight on Chile’s Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Recommended Listening http://www.radiolab.org/story/what-happened-easter-island-new-even-scarier-scenario The Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de la Aldea Ceremonial de Orongo, is a new visitor center located at the entrance to the Orongo Ceremonial Village, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Rapa Nui National Park and the most visited place …

Madagascar

Photo Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of southern Africa, east of Mozambique. It is the fourth largest island in the world. The capital is Antananarivo. Twitter @FAPBM @HonkoMangrove Tourism Portals madagascar-tourisme.com Parks Marojejy National Park Madagascar’s Marine Jewel – the Barren Isles archipelago Antananarivo Current local time in …

Sumatra

Photo: Bernard Spragg, Sumatran Tiger Sumatra, a large Indonesian island west of Java and south of the Malay Peninsula, is known for its coffee, wildlife, and smoldering volcanoes. Wikipedia Sumatra Planeta.com Indonesia Islands Coffee Tigers

Sulawesi

Photo: Tomohon Sulawesi, an Indonesian island east of Borneo, comprises several long peninsulas radiating from a mountainous center. It is known for coral reefs and dive sites including Bunaken National Park, the Togian Islands and Wakatobi National Park. Bunaken National Park Bunaken National Park Wikipedia Sulawesi Planeta.com Indonesia Islands Coffee

O’ahu

Photo: Jimmy Emerson, Aloha Stadium O‘ahu, known as “The Gathering Place”, is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Headlines Photos in Oahu show the ‘real Hawaii’ beyond the tourist spots – CNN Hanauma Bay Hanauma Bay is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District on the Island of Oahu. Hanauma_Bay https://hanaumabaystatepark.com https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60982-d261241-Reviews-Hanauma_Bay_Nature_Preserve-Honolulu_Oahu_Hawaii.html …