The Maldives, a vast island nation in the Indian Ocean, was blessed by the scuba diving gods. The Dive Maldives Manata Rayturquoise seas around the islands boast plenty of pelagic species including manta rays, whale sharks and hammerheads.
Most dive sites take advantage of the country’s system of channels and pinnacles (kandus and thilas), but you’ll also find quite a few dramatic walls, soft coral reefs and shipwrecks to explore.
While most tourists probably think of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island, there are actually 137 individual islands.
Most of these are uninhabited though, and the main eight islands are Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island (a.k.a Hawaii).
The state of Hawaii is also known as the Aloha state.
Madeira Islands, Portuguese Arquipélago da Madeira, archipelago of volcanic origin in the North Atlantic Ocean, belonging to Portugal.
The moderate climate, fertile soil and minerals found on the land and in the waters of Indonesia make the archipelago an ideal habitat for a large amount of incredible flora and fauna. Indonesia is divided by the “Wallace Line” - an imaginary line between Bali and Lombok, continuing north between Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
Any vegetation or wildlife found to the west of the line is traditionally Asian in nature while anything to the east is similar to that found in Australia.
The amazing Lofoten Islands offers breathtaking, unforgettable scenery, impressive alpine mountain peaks, Arctic fjords and tiny fishing settlements.
It's not exactly easy to reach the Lofoten Islands, just off of Norway's northwestern coast.
It takes a flight from Oslo to Bodø, followed by a three-to four-hour ferry ride to reach the archipelago—but you won't regret making the effort.