Saturday, January 29, 2011

World's Smallest Beautiful Islands

(1): Ängsö island, Sweden
The island of Ängsö is small, only 168 hectares, of which 93 hectares are water, but so worth visiting. Ängsö is the smallest national park in Sweden and only a short distance away from the capital city of Stockholm. Apart from its significance as a cultural and historical monument to a bygone farming era, the park offers a very pleasing island landscape, with all the floral splendour for which the archipelago north of Stockholm is renowned. Ängsö is a very inviting and idyllic national park. A piece of old Sweden is preserved on the island, with pastures and summer meadows – countryside which developed over several centuries of human work. The coniferous forest covers a third of the area of the park. The Ängsö forest is now one of the best preserved virgin forests in the archipelago. Ospreys and sea eagles are sometimes seen on the island and the bird life of the forest groves is rich. A part of the island is a bird protection area, and admittance is prohibited in summer, but the main part of the island is open for the public. They are maybe not in package holidays, but you can find it anyway
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(2): Gaiola island, coast of Posillipo
The sea around cape Posillipo is nowadays a protected oasis, called ‘Natural Park of the Gaiola’, after the name of the islets in the middle of this area, on the south extremity of the promontory. It has a grim history and people like to tell you that it’s haunted. It is the site of an ancient navigators’ shrine to Venus as well as near the site of the few Roman ruins of “the sorcerer’s house” where the poet Virgil, also renowned as a magician, is said to have taught. Gaiola has two small neighbor islets. The modern house on it is abandoned. Over the centuries, Gaiola has developed a reputation of being haunted and there are many rumors about the misfortunes —including violent death— that befall those who inhabit it.
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(3): King Island, Tasmania
King Island is one of the islands that make up the state of Tasmania, Australia. The only way you can get to the Island is by plane, but don’t let this stop you from experiencing the the peace and quiet of Island life. At the western entrance to Bass Strait lies an idylic place known as King Island. An island rich in history, with shipwrecks, lighthouses and jagged reefs, bountiful with long stretching sandy beaches and lush green pasture. The island was named King’s Island after Governor King of New South Wales, whose territory at the time included what is now Tasmania. The Local Government Area of the island is King Island Council.
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(4): Bora Bora island, Papeete
Anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping to a deserted tropical island can live out that fantasy on Bora Bora. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 miles) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 metres. The major settlement, Vaitape is on the western side of the island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. The products of the island are mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. Bora Bora island is possibly the single most famous island in all the world. The legends, mysteries, and romance associated with the words “Bora Bora” bring an almost mystical presence to the island. It’s true Bora Bora is indeed a wonderful place to go on a vacation… but this magical presence is not so unattainable. Bora Bora is truly an experience worth having. A wonderfully relaxing place to be as well as a great island for you to experience, your Bora Bora vacation will never be forgotten.
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