While it’s a fascinating landscape teeming with beautiful wildlife, the old ways of living off the land that are still practiced in New Guinea are equally incredible to witness.
Famed for their bustling population of endemic species, these well-preserved islands off the coast of Ecuador should top any photographer’s bucket list.
The largest island, Tahiti, gets most press in this archipelago, but all of them are fascinating studies.
We all know Easter Island for its massive statues – which are indeed fascinating – but the former volcano offers plenty of craters, caves and other volcanic features to explore.
Southern Alps, New Zealand
Extending along New Zealand’s South Island, this towering mountain range offers 16 points at which peaks exceed 3000 metres high and more than 3000 glaciers bigger than a hectare. They’re also notoriously cold!
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i
Like Ronseal, it does what it says on the tin. Fascinating landscapes, geological features and biological diversity, and it’s all well-supported and incredibly accessible thanks to US federal funding.
Coral Triangle, Pacific Ocean
Dubbed the “Amazon of the seas”, the Coral Triangle is the area of tropical waters off Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that contain at least 500 species of reef-building corals and covers 5.7 million square kilometres of ocean. One of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, it’s a must-see for any wildlife or underwater photographer.
Are you dreaming of the South Pacific yet? Take a look at Lonely Planet’s guide to South Pacific.
Great Barrier Reef
The world’s largest coral reef system, composed of 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands for you to explore. Dubbed one of the seven natural wonders of the world, this should be near the top of your list.
The Sydney skyline is one of the most recognizable in the world, thanks to the distinct Sydney Opera House and bustling harbor. Start here and make your way to the other locations below.
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
Famous for its granite peaks, Freycinet is also home to the iconic Wineglass Bay (named for its circular wineglass shape) and a local pink feldspar which gives the mountains and coastline a distinct appearance.
Expensive to get to and bitterly cold… but so worth it. We don’t need to tell you how magical the landscape is, nor how majestic its wildlife. Book one of the many cruises and go document it all. Before you die.
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