Callao provides an ideal point of access from which to visit the Peruvian capital of Lima and is part of the city’s wider metropolitan area. Here, you will find an abundance of wonderfully charming churches and monasteries. Lima is also one of the best places to try Peruvian cuisine, with particular emphasis on the seafood and a certain dish known as cerviche.
The Paracas National Reserve is a popular area on the southern coast of Peru, known for its impressive golden beach. It is also home to an extensive range of flora and fauna, with one of the richest and most diverse desert ecosystems on earth. The Paracas Peninsula is also home to a mysterious geoglyph known as the Paracas Candelabra – believed to date back to the Paracas culture, which thrived around the time of 200 BCE.
The overseas Chilean territory of Easter Island sits in the Pacific Ocean – approximately half-way between the Chilean mainland and Tahiti. Otherwise known as Rapa Nui, this intriguing island is known for the iconic giant stone statues which gaze into the sky. Many of these statues were crafted from the island’s volcanic craters, and it is possible to see many incomplete figures scattered around the area.
Pitcairn is one of the loosely grouped Pitcairn Islands, which are situated in the South Pacific and collectively form the most isolated British Overseas Territory. This tranquil paradise island is one of the most isolated and sparsely populated areas on earth, with only fifty permanent residents, many of whom descend from the mutineers that arrived on the island from the HMS Bounty in 1790.
The Tahitian city and capital of Papeete emits a fine blend of French and Polynesian charm. There are many historical elements to the city including Louis Antoine de Bougainville (the first French explorer to complete a circumnavigation of the globe), the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Papeete, and the Presidential Palace. With average temperatures rarely dropping below 25C, you can simply soak up the sun and watch the world go by at a more relaxing pace.
Often regarded as the closest thing to ‘paradise on earth’, Bora Bora’s calm beaches filled with white-powder beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush green palms are truly magnificent. Its remote location in the South Pacific Ocean – as part of the French Polynesia archipelago – provides a tropical climate, with temperatures rarely dipping below 25C. Seeing is believing, and a visit to this sumptuous island will truly take your breath away.
Rarotonga is the most populated island of the Cook Islands and is home to a combination of lush natural features and calm white-sand beaches. The surrounding waters are perfect for snorkelling, with many beaches providing a home to a variety of tropical fish and a range of corals. There are also many hiking trails, which provide a chance to view the local wildlife and the lush green landscapes.
Although it may be invisible, the International Date Line holds considerable significance for marking the point where the date changes by one day. Situated 180 degrees east or west from the Greenwich meridian, the line extends to the east of New Zealand, through Polynesia and between Russia and Alaska. The name may suggest it is a line, but it has been altered accordingly to ensure no nation is divided in two. Crossing the line in an eastward direction will take you back in time by one day, whereas, if you are travelling in a westward direction, you will add one day to the previous date.
Auckland is home to the largest metropolitan area in New Zealand, with a population of 1.45 million people – one third of the country’s entire population. With a wide range of museums, shopping districts, restaurants and natural features, Auckland is a rewarding delight for all visitors. Whale watching, strolling along the beach, exploring volcanic cones, and sky jumping are just some of the amazing opportunities this city presents, making a visit to Auckland one that you will never forget.
Situated in the vicinity of the North Island of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is home to an area renowned for fishing and sailing. Each of the main towns offer a beautiful array of beaches, each of which offer the chance for a spot of relaxation, while other extreme opportunities such as sky diving and parasailing are also available. The Bay of Islands is also home to Waitangi, which is where the Maori and Europeans signed the Treaty of Waitangi, in 1840.
Often mistaken for the Australian capital, Sydney is the largest, oldest and, arguably, most cosmopolitan city in Australia. With an eclectic mix of historical, natural, cultural, artistic, and culinary components, this beautiful city is the vibrant centre of fun and prosperity. Despite being a large sprawling city, its centre is relatively compact and is where you will find many iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are also many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries located across the city, with the Koala Park Sanctuary and the Australian Reptile Park being of particular interest. You may also be glad to know that Sydney enjoys, on average, 300 sunny days per year – and the perfect venue to fully appreciate this is, undoubtedly, Bondi Beach, which is situated in the Eastern Suburbs.
Situated in eastern Australia, the Queensland city of Brisbane emits a dynamic and vibrant culture – which has helped it to develop into a modern-world settlement. Towering skyscrapers blend with botanic gardens and animal sanctuaries holding koalas and kangaroos create a unique city that will leave many long-lasting memories. Those seeking retail therapy will be glad to know that there are plenty of shopping areas, while the city’s distinctive culture will present itself in many forms including art, music and theatre.
Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island provides an ideal point from which to admire this spectacular natural wonder. This island offers a tropical climate and a fine collection of beautiful beaches that each offers the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.
Situated just off of the Pacific coast of Australia’s Queensland region, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world. This spectacular natural environment is home to a colourful collection of marine life, much of which can be explored through by scuba diving in and around the area.
Darwin is a small Australian city situated on the northern tip of the Northern Territory. Although it may be small in size, it is renowned for being a cosmopolitan destination and for its relaxed lifestyle. This city is home to a multitude of natural, historical and cultural landmarks. There is also the chance to see crocodiles in their natural habitat during a cruise along the Adelaide River.
Komodo Island is the only natural habitat for Komodo dragons on earth, providing a unique opportunity to witness these fascinating reptiles. Situated in the Wallacea region of Indonesia, it has been recognised by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area. A local guide will be able to take you on a tour of the island, ensuring you can watch these creatures from a safe distance.
Founded as a British trading colony in 1819, Singapore has developed into a bustling metropolis with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences. Walking between the rows and rows of towering skyscrapers, you will discover a world of exotic culture, with fantastic food, large shopping complexes and the famous Singapore Sling cocktail. If, however, you find yourself seeking an opportunity to escape this busy metropolis, you will be glad to know that Singapore is also home to a wonderful collection of colourful and peaceful gardens.
Otherwise known as Port Klang, the Malaysian port provides an ideal point of access from which to visit the impressive city of Kuala Lumpur. This iconic city is overlooked by the towering Petronas Towers and offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, with multiple malls and districts. There are, however, plenty of alternative options available if you are looking for a sense of authenticity, with many gardens, museums and hundreds of food outlets.