Philippines: Sohoton caves
The natural labyrinth of islands, caves and grottoes could be reached by land, but it is cut off from the main part of Socorro island by impassable jungle. But the approach from the ocean is simple and very picturesque: on the boat, you drive along wild beaches and slowly enter the bay, where islets of hills covered with lush green trees rise from bright blue water. These hills become more and more, and since they resemble each other like two peas in a pod, you can get lost instantly without an experienced captain. A small collection goes to preserve the natural ecosystem of these places, and for it, visitors get a tour of the maze, during which you can swim in caves, crawl through stalactites to a small balcony and jump into the water from a natural five-meter tower. For the second part of the excursion, you need to transfer to small boats for two, since they will have to be carried on their hands a few meters to get into an isolated lagoon teeming with jellyfish. They do not sting, so if you want you can swim with them.
It is unlikely that you want to spend your vacation, or even a few nights, on an island teeming with giant monitor lizards – aggressive predators and potentially dangerous for humans. But to look at the Komodo dragons can be very interesting because the representatives of this ancient species are similar to real dinosaurs. Usually, tourists are brought to Komodo early in the morning, the boat stops not far from the coast, to see the monsters basking in the sun could be directly from the board. And the most courageous can land on the beach and walk among the giant lizards, naturally, under the supervision of a guide who feeds them with raw chicken pieces for greater visual acuity. Such tours depart daily from Flores Island, which is well-developed tourism, especially this place is popular among divers, as hundreds of species of fish inhabit the diverse living reef
Chile: Marble Caves
From the shore, Lake General-Carrera, which Chile and Argentina share between themselves, looks quite usual: a watery surface with small rocky islets. But it is worth getting into the boat and swims closer to them, the eyes themselves will begin to open wider. About 6,000 years ago, the water level in the ancient lake was much higher, and it unnoticed undermined the foundations of these rocks. After the water was partially gone, it turned out that grey inconspicuous islets stand on the incredible beauty of the vaults of the cave system. Thanks to mountain rivers flowing into the lake, the water is saturated with minerals and has a bright milky blue colour, and the vaults of the cave, in turn, reflect this blue and are illuminated by sun glares. Add to this the sweet aroma of pine needles with which the air is saturated, and you will understand why it is impossible to go to Chile and get around it.
Greece: Navajo Beach
From Greek, the word Navajo translates as “shipwreck”, and the beach has been called that since the early 1980s, when smugglers, fleeing coastal police, flooded their ship Panayotis with a load of wine and cigarettes in the shallows near the bay, and disappeared into small boating A few years later a violent storm threw the sunken ship ashore, and now this pile of rusty metal is the only inhabitant of the beach. The fact is that the sandbar is surrounded on three sides by high impregnable rocks, that is, in principle, it is impossible to reach it except by sea. Smugglers’ bay, as the Navajo beach is sometimes called, is visited daily by many tourists, and the excursion agencies have a well-established schedule. To look at it in all its glory and without a crowd of people, it is worth trying to negotiate with private traders and go there, for example, early in the morning.
USA: Virgin Islands National Park
The Virgin Islands in the Caribbean partially belong to America, one of them, St. John, is the smallest and at the same time the most beautiful. In 1952, Lawrence Rockefeller, the grandson of Rockefeller himself, landed on this island and was so delighted with him that he bought three-quarters of the territory and made it a national park where commercial construction is prohibited. That is why there is no airport on St. John; it can only be reached by boat or ferry from the neighbouring islands. The natural beauty is preserved here in an intact form while hiking routes are laid around the island for tourists and archaeological excavations in Sinnamon Bay are open to the public.