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Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

Set along the shoreline of a sprawling oil-palm plantation in the West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea, Walindi Plantation Resort has provided divers with a comfortable base from which to explore the undeveloped and practically untouched coastline of Kimbe Bay for nearly three decades.

The main accommodations are 12 serene, standalone bungalows strung along a walkway that...

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Savusavu, Fiji

With Cousteau in its name—Jean-Michel is Jacques Cousteau's son—it's no wonder that this lavish five-star resort on the Fijian island of Vanua Levu has diving at its heart. And not only has the resort been internationally recognized as one of the world's premier dive operations, it has also received multiple awards for its environmental programs, which include the island's first...

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DAINTREE, Australia

A highlight of any trip to Port Douglas, Australia, north of Cairns, is a trip into dense and primeval Daintree Rainforest. Supposedly 16 times older than the Amazon and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Daintree is home to rare plants like giant strangler figs and dinosaur trees. Not only is the forest rich with bird life, but you might also spot pythons, lizards, frogs, the sky-blue Ulysses...

Taupo, New Zealand

Chances are when Queen Elizabeth stayed at the Huka Lodge she didn't parasail over nearby Lake Taupo or skydive from 15,000 feet, freefalling above snow-capped volcanoes, as many guests do today. But it's likely that she did notice the inherent serenity of the place, a hidden retreat bordered by the magnificent Wairakei Park Reserve. Huka's 17 acres are dominated by the Waikato River, a...

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Beechmont, Australia

Visitors to Binna Burra today follow in the footsteps of generations of "bushwalkers" in this part of southern Queensland. Since the early 1930s, Lamington National Park has lured nature lovers and scientists to its insanely diverse rainforests (there are five different varieties here). These intrepid explorers wove their way through ancient Antarctic beech and fragrant eucalyptus forests,...

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Cass, Canterbury, New Zealand

You won't find "sheep trip" on most wilderness lodge activity menus, but it's the must-take tour at Arthur's Pass. At this working sheep farm on a 6,000-acre nature reserve on New Zealand's South Island, you can start the day by shearing a Merino or bottle feeding an orphan lamb.

In the springtime, the farm shears roughly 1,000 sheep per day, which not only provides high-end wool for...


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