I'll start with the Cook Islands, a little-known (at least to most Americans) island chain with 15 don't-blink-or-you'll-miss them blips of land spread out over 756,000-square-miles of the South Pacific, most of which is protected as a marine park.
The city's offerings extend far beyond fancy white-tablecloth dining and Vegemite sammies. I grew up in Sydney, and although I've been living abroad for years, with each visit back home I'm pleased to witness an increasingly diverse and cosmopolitan foodscape that celebrates authentic, global cuisine on an everyman budget.
Over the centuries the Marquesas' allure has proven particularly compelling to adventurers, artists, musicians and writers.
Even if you're not a big drinker, sampling a unique local beverage can be a fun way to spice up your travels and learn something about the culture at the same time.
On islands like Huahine, Raiatea, Taha'a and the atoll of Rangiroa, the sparkling turquoise lagoon waters are even less paddled and the lush scenery virtually unspoiled.
Here is a collection of some of the planet's most exciting liquid crystal displays.
During King Kam's glorious reign, and for centuries before him, Hawaiian royalty spent much of their time at the bay they called Kalahuipua'a, now known as Mauna Lani Bay, on the Big Island's Kohala Coast.
Looking for an authentic island escape? Here are the 10 purest, wildest and most eco-friendly islands, based on their efforts to preserve culture and ecology.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what follows is a five thousand word essay about Megaptera Novaeangliae, one of my favorite animals.
Tourist boards seem to wheel out the kayaking photos whenever they want to promote a place as an aspirational destination, often regardless of the reality on the ground.
These dining, sleeping, and drinking destinations are some of the world's most remote locations -- most are not accessible by car (what with paved roads having been left behind) and some are even transient, moving from one remote or wild destination to another.
"Eco-friendly" is often nothing more than a half-hearted buzzword, but things are refreshingly different at Le Méridien Bora Bora and its Marine Turtles Protection Center.
Rising over a thousand feet up from the flat red desert of central Australia stands Uluru, a sandstone megalith that embodies the history, mystery and culture of the Outback.