“We were finishing up a morning shoot in the Philippines on White Beach in Boracay, this big, long stretch of supersoft, sugary sand on the island’s western coast. It’s lined with resorts.
Before heading to our next location, we took a swim in the sea just outside our hotel. While drying off, I spotted this couple sleeping with their big, floppy, matching sun hats. They weren’t wearing bathing suits, so I assumed they were just arriving, maybe waiting to check in. For me this moment encompasses that whole feeling you get at the start of a vacation: when you know that everything’s going to be taken care of and your needs will be met. The sky is going to be ablue and the sun will be out, and the palm trees will shade you. The water is going to be warm; the drinks, cool; and the daybeds are there. It’s time to relax.” —Emily Nathan, photographer
This July marked the opening of Gaya Island Resort off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. With 120 villas overlooking the South China Sea, the hotel takes full advantage of their stunning national park space with a resident naturalist and marine biologist, private yacht, and underwater photography classes. This land is as pristine as it gets.
The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has released a mesmerizing animation, Perpetual Ocean, in which 2½ years' worth of data recording the oceans' surface currents was fed into a modelling program. The result—extravagant and whimsical and truly beautiful—merits a couple of minutes viewing.
Beach TomatoSpecial Report | To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year, Prince Harry touched down in Jamaica on Monday, as part of the royal tour of the Caribbean. Since arriving the Prince has been mixing with the locals and keeping himself very busy. There's been rum tasting, dancing and a beading brow or two (note to self, Harry: long sleeved-shirts and midday heat don't go hand in hand). But with so many flawless stretches of sand on offer, we've been pondering which beach he will head to next. And, from the thousands to be savoured, this is our guide to the best beach to meet your Prince.
This lovely reef may be one of the most photographed in the world, but do you know where it's located? Now since you guys have guessed everything so easily in the past, I want to make this harder for you. This time, I not only want to know where it is, but also the name of the country's capital city. Do you know?
Log in and leave your guesses below and check back on Monday for the answer!
UPDATE 2/13/12: Ysaac andLingLing08 both guessed this one right. This heart-shaped wonder is located in the Great Barrier Reef near the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. (And the capital of Australia is Canberra!)
Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.