Whariwharangi Bay

Need a reason to fly halfway around the world, drive for nearly a day, take an hour-long taxi-boat, and then hike for 6 miles? You’ll get this secluded beach and sunset all to yourself, plus all the adventure and beauty of getting here. This is Whariwharangi Bay. It is the northernmost bay on the Able…

Tunnel Beach

New Zealand is full of amazing landscapes and hidden oases. This is Tunnel Beach and it is one of those amazing hidden nooks located on the South Island near the town of Dunedin. The tunnel in the name refers to the land arch that has been carved out by the sea, but it could just…

Waiharakeke Bay

Waiharakeke Bay is one of the many gorgeous beaches my wife and I walked along while hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track on New Zealand’s South Island. This spot was very memorable as the storm clouds had started to role in and a faint rainbow appeared in the distance. The fresh water from the mountains flowed…

Volcanic Seashell

Volcanic black beaches are a fascination for me. This one, found in the tiny town of Mokau (north of New Plymouth) of New Zealand, is an especially vibrant shade of black. It has a natural sparkle to it. And then there are these seashells scattered about to give a colorful juxtaposition to the black sand….

North Shore Sunset

Another summer day and another post about a far-flung Caribbean Island…. Maybe I am projecting towards where I want to be right now. I took this sunset photo on Jamaica’s North Shore about half way between Montego Bay and Falmouth. There is a little restaurant here and not much else. It is really only a kitchen with…

Shaded Island Oasis

Hard to fathom a better place to be than sitting under a shade tree on a remote island in the middle of a tropical sea… This particular shaded island oasis was on a very tiny island amongst the 7,000 other islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. Although remote, it’s a popular destination for the…

Hidden Bay

Seeing this photo makes me stop and think, “Wow!” If you were to look up a photo of “paradise,” wouldn’t this type of image come to mind? A hidden bay, surrounded by lush greenery, with blue ocean spreading out to the horizon, capped off with subtle mountains…a paradise. Jake and I were on Day 4…

Sunset on Open Water

A beautiful view of the setting sun to close out the day after a full day of exploring the tiny Caribbean island of Martinique. I’m not a huge fan of cruises because I’d much rather spend more time at the destinations engrossing myself in the culture. Fourteen hours in a place is hardly enough time…