A long layover on a island famed for its spices reveals historic surprises and friendly greetings.
Finding a pleasant slice of island life near a busy city is easy at these 10 spots.
It's a weird feeling standing in the dark belly of a lava tunnel where the Earth's fiery core once roared.
"Hyams Beach, NSW, has the world's whitest sand, according to the Guinness World Records." It's a claim that has been published repeatedly for decades.
The Whitsundays are back in action and better than ever.
With dwarf palm trees edging the pool and cane chairs dangling from the veranda, the place seems to murmur "oasis".
Around hairpin bends and past mystic grottoes, the road to Monte Pellegrino is shared by pilgrims and tourists alike.
From verdant island interiors to stunning blue lagoons, French Polynesia is a beauty.
An easy ferry trip from Jakarta, tiny Pramuka is best explored from the water or on foot.
Completely different to the Bahamas, this island makes you want to do cartwheels on the beach.
As we emerge through the trees, a spellbinding sight unfolds and my gasps of terror change to awestruck wonder.
The world is filled with stunning beaches and islands. Here are the best and underrated destinations for a sun and sand holiday.