A great part of why we travel is to explore the unseen and discover hidden treasures that make this magnificent planet. Most tourist destinations publicise their uniqueness with neon signs on their manifestos, urging you to hop on the next all-expenses paid package. However there are a few locations left that can deliver a truly inimitable experience.
The turquoise beauty of this archipelago can hardly be matched by any other place on the planet. A collection of 1,190 coral islands formed around 26 natural ring-like atolls, the Maldives is the nation with the lowest altitude in the world.
Yes, its years are numbered, owing to the rise in global temperatures. The stunning beauty is a humbling reminder how all that we see and experience must never be taken for granted.
These islands offer some of the most luxurious and dramatic ocean views. Let the balmy sunshine envelop you. Take a dip in the Indian Ocean and witness the incredible marine biodiversity of the region.
Enjoy a day out with the locals at the capital city of Male. Why is Maldives like no place else? Because in a few decades, the islands might end up in mythical tales as a paradise that once existed on earth.
Situated approximately 225 miles off the eastern coast of Africa, and resting in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is so remote that it has witnessed many unique evolutionary developments. The natural beauty and ecological diversity make it feel like a country forgotten in time.
The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. This has earned the country the nickname of ‘the eighth continent’.
There’s plenty to explore. Sample the local life at the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga or come face to face with the unique flora and fauna in Masoala National Park. On the west coast lies The Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve full of peaks that dot the park’s limestone plateau and is home to seven species of lemurs. Another natural wonder not to be missed is the Avenue of the Baobabs.
Discover the spectacular natural beauty and bounty of crater lakes in this collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. Extremely ‘untouristy’, (which is not a demerit) they are quiet, unpolluted by urban swagger and rural — perfect for exploring and relaxing. Although the native language is Portuguese, they have a culture and cuisine that is completely their own.
The terrain is mostly mountainous with dense forests and rolling green hills leading to steep black cliffs. There are some gorgeous beaches as well.
Head over to the numerous hot springs or sea water pools for a great swim. There are thermal springs, geysers and deep craters as well, often filled by sparkling lakes. From beautiful waterfalls to exotic plants, the islands are home to explorers.
Expect a relaxing world of simple white-washed farmhouses, windmills and black lava churches that is a world apart from our daily lives.