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Rennell Island World Heritage Site Tours Find Equilibrium in the Solomon Islands

  • WHL Group
  • 7 December 2011

Deep in the South Pacific, in the Solomon Islands, is an atoll called Rennell Island. Like so many other natural World Heritage Sites that have gained UNESCO recognition for their unique biogeography, Rennell faces a dilemma: It wants to realise its high potential for ecotourism, but this can only happen if the infrastructure remains basic and little or no development is imposed on the area’s natural and cultural attractions. Can this precarious balance be achieved?

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Maliau Basin: The Lost World of Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

  • Joebonaventure Matius
  • 17 November 2011

Maliau Basin is one of the world’s finest remaining wilderness areas. It encompasses over 390 square kilometres of pristine rainforest in the south-central part of Sabah, Borneo, in Malaysia. The rainforest is so dense that less than 50 percent of it has ever been explored. Today, the Maliau is awaiting UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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Travel in North Pantanal, Brazil’s Mighty Wetland, Is Now Possible Through whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 21 October 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. North Pantanal, part of the world’s largest wetland, joins the ever-growing list of whl.travel destinations in Brazil. Now you can travel in North Pantanal through eco-friendly tours and activities, from fishing and habitat tours to overnight stays in a manner that sustainably blends tourist infrastructure with an emphasis on preserving nature’s delicate balance.

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The Sunny Coast of Nha Trang Is the Newest whl.travel Portal in Vietnam

  • whl.travel
  • 20 June 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE. In Nam Trung Bộ (the South Central Coast) of Vietnam, smiling at the South China Sea is the coastal city of Nha Trang. Given its location, this vibrant metropolis of around 300,000 people is well known for its perfect beaches and various water sports and activities, including as the country’s scuba diving capital. On land, too, it is blessed with stunning mountains and rivers, a backdrop justifying claims that Nha Trang Bay is one of the most beautiful in the world., now a popular stop for jet-setters.

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Top Five Ways to Experience Biodiversity Hotspots

  • WHL Group
  • 8 April 2011

Biodiversity – the variety of life in a particular ecosystem – is a precious thing, inherently. In species-rich environments, the awe-inspiring intricacies of our planet’s long bio-evolutionary history can be found in full flower, growl, flutter, slither and bubble. It is truly an amazing thing to behold. We encourage travellers to explore these biological treasure troves, but to do so responsibly.

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One of the World’s Most Important Coastal Ecosystems: Paraná, Brazil

  • Guilherme Mendes Thomaz
  • 7 April 2011

Curitiba, the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, is the biggest city in Southern Brazil. Despite its size, it is considered by some people to be an ‘unknown’ destination. Most travellers also do not even imagine the exuberant flora and fauna found in the city and its surrounding areas, especially the wonderful islands on Paraná’s coastline, a land of amazing landscapes, rich animal and vegetation biodiversity, spectacular bends, canyons, gorges, waterfalls and a lot more.

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Eco Etiquette on The Enchanted Islands: Stepping Right on the Galapagos

  • Heather Rath
  • 23 March 2011

“Watch where you’re stepping!” says our naturalist guide, Nikolas. I flinch. Slowly but surely I am learning the proper rules of etiquette in the Galápagos National Park and Marine Reserve as we carefully wind our way along narrow trails, some of them treacherous and slippery from water and shards of hard lava. “You see,” whispers Nikolas, “you might have stepped on their nests if you wandered off the trail.”

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Sustainable Local Travel in Cappadocia, Turkey

  • Samantha Libby
  • 15 March 2011

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of Cappadocia, Turkey, is well known for its magical lunar landscape and creative approaches to tourism like its cave hotels. Built straight into the rock or the facades of old manmade caves, cave hotels are everything from five-star caverns to brightly lit grottos for tourists on a budget. They’re positively primeval. And they’re just one part of an overall approach to travel that emphasises what’s local and sustainable.

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Photo of the Week: Migratory Birds, Lijiang, China

  • Lily Zhang (photo and Text)
  • 28 November 2010

This is a picture of the bar-headed goose, a migratory bird that spends part of its year in and around the Lashi Lake nature reserve to the west of Lijiang city in the Yunnan Province of China. During winter time, from November to March, thousands of migratory birds from northern China and Siberia flock to Lashi Lake for the winter. The Lake provides a very nice, warm, safe environment with enough food for all the birds.

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Ecuador’s Incredible Galapagos Islands Are Now a whl.travel Destination

  • whl.travel
  • 16 November 2010

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE. No place on earth can compare with the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Their place in history is secure by virtue of the revolutionary thoughts that were cultivated during a trip there by Charles Darwin. Inspired by the incredible diversity of life surrounding him, he famously formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection while visiting the archipelago. The picturesque beauty of the islands’ rare flora and fauna continue to bring inspiration to both travellers and the lucky residents (human and nonhuman) that call this paradise home.

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