Lord Howe Island,Australia
Lord Howe Island is a small paradise in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, one of the few places that still boasts a unique ecosystem in the world. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and wildlife richness, it is only seven miles long and just 1 kilometer wide. It is a gem of uncontaminated nature, an irregular crescent shape, surrounded by crystal clear waters and covered with rich vegetation. The island, located 375 miles off the coast of Australia, just southeast of the New Wales coasts, was formed as a result of volcanic activity about seven million years ago.
Lord Howe Island, discovered by British Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball in 1788, is the exclusive habitat of many plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The birds, vegetation and marine life, combined with the diversity of the landscapes make it a popular destination for snorkeling enthusiasts, along with bird-watching, fishing and trekking. Diving along its coral reef which is the southernmost in the world, will get you a swim with sea turtles in an underwater landscape colored by more than 80 coral species.
The resident population is a mere 350 inhabitants and the presence of tourists is limited to only 400 people at a time. This is to preserve and protect the delicate ecosystem of the island. There are few hotels and even flights are limited, however, this beautiful tropical island can be reached by plane from Sydney or Brisbane airport in under two hours. Among the various activities that this beautiful tropical island offers, be sure to take a boat trip to the Ball's Pyramid, the highest rock in the world. Find all the info here.
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