Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is a cosmopolitan capital that combines outdoor activities and sophisticated culture. The famous Sky Tower offers a magnificent view of this unique city with the numerous museums and restaurants. Oakland has a tradition in sailing and one of the greatest events taking place here is the America's Cup.
Apia is a natural harbour, on Opolu island, one of the Samoa islands. Apia is the largest city and the capital of Samoa. Exept the modern city, still exists the small village of Apia, with the local inhabitants that are living according to their traditional customs.
Bintan Island, Indonesia
Bintan Island or Negeri Segantang Lada is an island in the Riau archipelago of Indonesia. It is part of the Riau Islands province, the capital of which, Tanjung Pinang, lies in the island's south and is the island's main community.
On account of Bintan Island's strategic location and size on the India-China trade route, it has a rich history.
Bali (Benoa) belongs to an island complex in Southeast Asia and attracts millions of tourists worldwide. A paradise on earth, with beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, rivers, volcanoes and the Balinese people who are polite, highly spiritual, with rich culture and customs still alive through traditional dances and religious, mystic ceremonies, all these will fascinate you.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora island is a piece of paradise, an ideal destination for romantic souls. The island is surrounded by a coral reef, which creates a lagoon with calm, shallow, light blue waters. Slopes with rich tropical vegetation, valleys full of flowers and blossoms of hibiscus and palm trees swaying in the wind. Discover the beauty of the island, such as Mount Otemanou, one of the two picks of an extinct volcano that looks like a castle and touches the clouds.
Bay Of Islands
Bay of Islands is a great holiday destination, with natural beauty and cultural interest. It has amazing beaches and a great variety of water and land activities, like nature walks, fishing, diving, biking or just relaxing. There are also a lot of significant historic sites to visit.
Colombo is the largest city and economic capital of Sri Lanka. Due to its large natural harbor and its strategic position on the trade routes, connecting East and West, Colombo was known to the traders of ancient times, about 2000 years ago.
The tropical island of Cairns is a favorite holiday destination and offers some of the most beautiful and exciting attractions in Australia. The golden sandy beaches nearby to intact tropical forests and the Great Barrier Reef located in a distance less than one hour, make Cairns a place that has it all!
Cochin is a commercial city that stretches over six islands and many narrow peninsulas. You can visit the church of St. Francis, the museum housed in the Ntarmpar mansion, the Dutch palace of the former Maharaja of Malabar with the most beautiful murals in India and the Jewish district with the synagogue in the center of the Market with spices.
Cape Town - The city of Cape of Good Hope, the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean. A city with incredible natural beauty, a mosaic of nationalities and cultures, a varied landscape, with skyscrapers and huge shopping centers, with beautiful buildings of colonial architecture and aristocratic neighborhoods with quaint streets full of tall trees. The city's port is one of the largest trade ports in the world.
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin has a population of 127,532, making it by far the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional centre. Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities.
Duban, South Africa
Durban is the largest city in the South African. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centers of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The Golden Mile, developed as a welcoming tourist destination in the 1970s, as well as Durban at large, provides ample tourist attractions. The Golden Mile was redeveloped late 2009 in time for the 2010 FIFA world cup. Durban's most popular beaches are also located along the Golden Mile. The Mile is also a well-known surfer's haven.
Fakarava, Τuamotu Islands
Fakarava belongs to a group of coral islands (atoll), in the west of the Tuamotu group in French Polynesia (Pacific Ocean). It is the second largest of the Tuamotu atolls. Fakarava has a wide and deep lagoon and two passes. The main pass to enter the lagoon, located in its north-western end, is known as Passe Garuae and it is the largest pass in French Polynesia. The southern pass is called Tumakohua (also known as Tetamanu).
Laoutoka is located in the western part of the Viti Levu island, in Fiji islands, at the Pacific. Laoutoka is known as the "Sugar City", because of its sugar cane belt areas. It is worthwhile visiting the "Sugar Mill", the temple "Hare Krishna", the beautiful Botanical Garden, walk to the central shopping street and shop at duty-free shops and handicraft markets.
Goa (Murmugao), India
Goa is one of the 28 Federal States of India and is known for its beaches and places of worship.It's considered to be monument of world architecture heritage. Rich in flora and fauna due to its location, has also been ranked as one of the most important centers of biodiversity.
The largest and most famous island of Thailand, Phuket, is full of white, sandy, beaches and glittering seas. A region rich in history and culture, you can explore it from the back of an elephant on a tour of the jungle. Alternatively join a cooking class of the local Thai cuisine.
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Off the beaten path on the southern edge of Sri Lanka, Hambantota reveals verdant beauty, ample culture and incredible biodiversity. It’s a gateway to several stunning national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Yala National Park is a top choice for its sheer variety of wildlife – you might spot elephants, leopards, sloth bears and more. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle is also accessible from Hambantota – the 18th-century walled Old Town features charming Dutch architecture and possesses a beguiling, exotic ambiance that enchants travelers. Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, located in the dry zone, features a dazzling spectrum of rare and endemic plant species.
Huahine, Societe Islands
Huahine is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. One of the famous attractions on Huahine is a bridge that crosses over a stream with 3- to 6-foot (1.8 m) long eels. These eels are deemed sacred by the locals, by local mythology. While viewing these slithering creatures, tourists can buy a can of mackerel and feed the eels. The Fa'ahia archaeological site in the north of the island has revealed subfossil remains of several species of extinct birds exterminated by the earliest Polynesian colonists of the island. Local people mostly work in agriculture, fishing and tourism.
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia and is located on the northwest coast of Java. Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre. The museums in Jakarta cluster around the Central Jakarta Merdeka Square area and Jakarta Old Town. It has a vast range of food available at hundreds of eating complexes located all over the city.
The capital of Malaysia has a unique charm that attracts visitors from all around the world. Wander the streets of the city and enjoy all the amazing sights and landscapes. Otherwise visit one of the many outdoor markets and experience the diversity of Asian culture
Kupang (West Timor), Indonesia
As Indonesia is known as the land of laughs and smiles, the people of West Timor will delight you with their welcoming nature. In Kupang, the capital of West Timor, you’re likely to notice influences from the Dutch and Portuguese colonial eras when Kupang was an important trading post. Visit the Museum of Nusa Tenggara Timur to discover artifacts from the province and insights on the city’s legacy and historical occasions in the region. Natural wonders are plentiful too. Crystal Cave is a stunning attraction named after its clear water, and jungle-shrouded Oenesu Waterfall is a favorite among locals and travelers alike. Lovely beaches are nearby as well – try Lasiana for its white sand and calm waves or Pantai Tedis to watch the sun set and enjoy local Indonesian fare.
Lifou Island, New Caledonia
Explore the northern coast of this paradise for intoxicating cliffs and limestone caves, and the southern side for turquoise water and white sand beaches. Snorkel the calm, clear waters of Baie de Jenik, where coral reefs are close enough to swim without flippers. Jokin Cliffs boast amazing caves with stalagmites and stalactites. Paths to churches, lookouts and beaches are breathtaking and great places to take photos.
Langkawi is offered for all tastes. Apart from a relaxing holiday, you can have a great number of activities such as swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving as well as feeding baby sharks!
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast.Here, tourists have the chance to admire the crystal clear waters, the sandy beaches and the amazing natural beauty.This place is surrounded by coconut trees that create a tropical scenery.Diving and snorkelling experience are necessary here. The rainforest and the amazing warefalls make the place a must to visit.Visitors can explore the wildlife while trekking in the forest, such as monkeys, and view the fascinating greenery. Finally, do not forget to experience the exciting nighlife and visit the duty free area.
Mahe is the largest island of the Seychelles, lying in the north east of the nation. Ringed by steep, magnificent mountains, few capitals can claim a more beautiful backdrop. The town features a mixture of modern and indigenous architecture. It is the centre of business and commerce thanks to the extensive port facilities. Noteworthy sites in Victoria, the capital of the island, are the history museum, cathedral, clock tower, botanical gardens and an open-air market.
Malé has evolved into a high class city worldwide, with all modern amenities, with its own artificial beach, historic landmarks and an impressive skyline of skyscrapers with caramel colors. It's both an exotic island and a modern city.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Moʻorea is an island in French Polynesia. From above, the shape of the island vaguely resembles a heart, with its two nearly symmetrical bays opening to the north side of the island: Cook's (or Paopao) Bay and ʻŌpūnohu Bay. Charles Darwin found inspiration for his theory regarding the formation of coral atolls when looking down upon Moʻorea while standing on a peak on Tahiti. He described it as a "picture in a frame", referring to the barrier reef encircling the island. The CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) maintain a research station at the end of ʻŌpūnohu Bay since about 1970.
Maputo is the capital of Mozambique. The main exports are coal, cotton, sugar, chromite, the copra (dried cocoa beans) and hardwood. The city produces cement, pottery, furniture, shoes, and rubber. Maputo is also the seat of the documentary film festival DOCKANEMA, and international festival documentaries from around the world.
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, beautiful Mossel Bay is a coastal village on the Garden Route of South Africa. This popular holiday town is surrounded by a sunbathed peninsula and the refreshing waters of the Indian Ocean. It is blessed with a mild climate all-year round. Due to its rich history, there are many museums in the town to visit. There is the Maritime Museum, the Shell Museum, the Cultural History Museum and many others which may be visited. One of the most popular attractions is the Post Office, which is estimated to be more than 800 years old and has been declared a National Monument. And if you're into water sports, there is some of the countries most adrenalin induced activities available, such as, shark cage diving and ship wreck diving.
Mayotte is an overseas department of France. It consists of a main island, a smaller island and several other islets around these two.
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands
Nuku Hiva is the largest of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The central part of the island is a high plateau called Tōvi‘i, covered primarily by a tall-grass prairie, on which experiments in cattle raising are taking place for the first time. Pine forest plantations covering large areas all around the crater of Tōvi‘i give an overall impression of the lower Alps and parts of Germany, Wales and Switzerland.
New Mangalore, India
Mangalore is the chief port city of the Indian state of Karnataka. It lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Mangalore's economy is dominated by the agricultural processing and port-related activities.The New Mangalore Port is India's ninth largest port, in terms of cargo handling. It handles 75 per cent of India's coffee exports and the bulk of its cashew nuts. Many classical dance forms and folk art are practised in the city. The Yakshagana, a night-long dance and drama performance, is held in Mangalore. Most of the popular Indian festivals are celebrated in the city. Mangalorean cuisine is largely influenced by the South Indian cuisine, with several cuisines being unique to the diverse communities of the city.
Nosy Be, Madagascar
Nosy Be is Madagascar's largest and busiest tourist resort. This is the only place in Madagascar where all-inclusive large resorts can be found. the island's main activities are now the plantation of Ylang Ylang ( for the production of essential oils ) and tourism.
Noumea, New Caledonia
Noumea is known as the "French Riviera" of the Pacific. Here is the largest lagoon in the world and the second largest coral reef. So many water sports are available, and if that is not enough for you, the fine French cuisine will fascinate you and the multi-cultural identity of the local population will charm you. Noumea, on the island of Grand Terre, is the capital of the French territory of New Caledonia. The peaceful port city has a diverse population and colourful European architecture, reflecting its colonial history. Having served as the headquarters of the US Army during WWII, the tropical shrubbery of Ouen Toro Mount is now under the protection of abandoned Naval guns. The Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park offers visitors shaded walks amongst rare birds and views out over the lagoon.
Penang, is a state in Malaysia, a mosaic of cultures, with multiracial population. The "Pearl of the East" is famous for its beautiful beaches, rich culture and history and the delicious food.
The island of Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa. The biggest industries of the island are tourism, entertainment, food and packaging plants tone. The island is a mix of suburban communities, a small town, canning factories and a harbor surrounded by cliffs that create a stunning backdrop.
Papeete (Tahiti French Poly)
French Polynesia is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean, part of the French territory. The most famous island of French Polynesia is Tahiti, where is located Papeet. Here you can wonder around and visit on foot all the attractions such as Bougainville Park, the cathedral of Notre Dame, the presidential mansion, the city hall and the papeete market.
Praslin is one of the most popular destination in Seychelles. This place is famous for the locals' strong hospitality and this is the reason why so many people come here from all over the world. You will be amazed by the astonishing, pristine beaches with the crystal clear waters that make the place unique. Coral reefs make the place ideal for diving and snorkelling. The island is surrounded by beautiful tropical flora and rare species of birds such as the black parrot live here. Finally, pretty Creole houses and national monuments will be seen here. The local cuisine is something that you should taste, without doubt!
Raiatea island is the second largest island in the archipelago of French Polynesia. It's considered to be sacred and the cultural heart of all Polynesia. It was the first stop of the first Polynesians who arrived from Hawaii to settle in new places.
Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands
Rangiroa is the largest atoll in the Tuamotus, and one of the largest in the world. It is part of the Palliser group and it is located about 355 km Northeast of Tahiti. Black pearls are abundant in the atolls of French Polynesia. These pearls, which have a wide range of natural colors, from white to dark and all kind of grey, are the only cultured pearls in the world with so many different natural. Tourism is a major economic activity of the island with the exceptional lagoon and the passes which are good sites for scuba diving attract a steady number of tourists.
Richards Bay, South Africa
Richards Bay is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and one of the largest harbours in the country. Richards Bay is characterised by a subtropical climate with warm wet summers and mild moist to dry winters, which are frost-free.
The skyscrapers and bright lights of Singapore hide an eclectic mix of cultures, religions, ancient treasures and British colonial influences that give to the city a distinct identity. A much different environment you are going to meet at the city's outskirts, with the lush rainforests of the nature reserves Boukit Timach and Central Katsment.
Suva is the capital and main port of Fiji. In the city center stands the building of the Old Parliament. The library of the city, which was built in 1909, is a sample of colonial architecture. You must visit the Museum of Fiji,in Therston Gardens, where is exhibited a collection of Fijian artworks, the largest one worldwide. In Suva there are many parks with local species of flora of the South Pacific area.
Sydney, a diverse city, the largest in Australia, with many sights of interest, such as parks, sandy beaches and shopping areas
Sydney stands on a deep natural harbor and is not only the largest city in Australia but also the oldest and most diverse. Significant points of the city is the Harbor Bridge, the impressive Opera House and the historic district "The Rocks", with shops, cafes, galleries and crowded streets. Also don't miss the world famous beaches for surfers and the sandy beaches.
Thursday Island, Australia
Thursday Island is the administrative and commercial centre of the Torres Strait Islands, north of Queensland, Australia. The Thursday Island is noteworthy for being the most northerly in Australia.
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Nowhere else in the world will you find the fascinating diversity of North Queensland. In just hours you can move from lush rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, or from a luxurious resort on a tropical island to a cattle ranch. Townsville's many attractions include the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, a wildlife sanctuary, casino, beaches, museums, theatres, galleries and restaurants. Historic gold mining towns, National Parks and World Heritage areas lie to the north of Townsville, boasting rainforests, waterfalls, spectacular beaches and the sheltered waterways of the Hinchinbrook Channel.
Port Vila, Vanuatu
There are 83 exotic islands that make up the amazing archipelago of Vanuatu. The Port Vila, the capital of the Efate island, is the heart of the all area. It is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and live ancient traditions of the first inhabitants. Cool off with a shower under waterfalls, enjoy a snack with fresh fruit or relax in the shade of a "banian" tree and feel like the happiest man on earth.
Waingapu Sumba, Indonesia
One of the more undiscovered islands of Indonesia, Sumba is the adventurer’s dream where time seems to stand still. It’s a place of lagoons, wild horses, tropical forests, celestial waterfalls, soft white sand beaches and intriguing tribal culture. Life in Sumbanese villages unfolds according to the rhythms and rituals of Marapu, an animistic faith, and the guidance of local shamans. In villages outside of Waingapu, you’ll spot traditional bamboo houses with thatched roofs and megalithic tombs and gain insight on the well-preserved culture. You’re also likely to observe a handweaving technique known as ikat, which creates exotic fabrics for which the island has become known. Sumba just might be Indonesia’s best-kept secret.
The International Date Line (IDL) is an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth, that runs from the north to the south pole and demarcates one calendar day from the next. It passes through the middle of the Pacific Ocean, roughly following the 180° longitude but it deviates to pass around some territories and island groups.
The International Date line is on the opposite side of the Earth to the Prime Meridian. The Prime Meridian helps to define Universal Time and is the meridian from which all other time zones are calculated. The International Date Line and the moving point of midnight separate the two calendar days that are current somewhere on Earth.