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Experiencing the Galapagos in style

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Out of all the natural environments on Earth, none quite has the fame that the Galapagos Islands possesses. Back in the 19th century, a naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin visited these isles as part of a global journey aboard the HMS Beagle, and it was here he witnessed the vastly different creatures which led to him positing his now famous theories of natural selection and evolution.

Regardless of your opinion of Mr. Darwin, nobody can deny the beauty of its geography and its flora and fauna, and it is this fact that brings countless travelers to the shores of the Galapagos every year. Located more than 1,000 kilometres from the South American mainland, the shocking differences in animal and plant life here will fascinate you at every turn, making your decision to come here well worth the money you will spend on a trip here.

Here’s how you can experience the Galapagos in style…

A room with a grand view

While many visitors here are content to slum it in budget hotels and hostels, you have no desire to rough it on a tropical island without glorious A/C, a plush mattress that feels like a cloud, and a property that feels like an immaculately kept castle.

The Royal Palm Hotel definitely satisfies all of the following criteria, as well as many others. Your home away from home for your week in the Galapagos is located up in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, and with a fine dining restaurant, a refined bar, and a relaxing pool/jacuzzi on site, you won’t ever want to leave.

Observe one of the world’s most fascinating habitats

One of the absolute must-do activities that one should undertake while on holidays in the Galapagos is a tour through some of the most unique natural habitats found in this island chain. It is recommended that you should take a tour on a smaller yacht than on the bigger ships, as not only is the experience far more intimate, they are much more environmentally friendly and are easier to dock at some of the tighter coves in the national park (whereas the big boats cannot).

On these tours, you will see rare birds, lizards and tortoises enjoying life in their unique habitat, one that cannot be found elsewhere on Earth.

Savour the island’s best cuisine

While you could have dinner at your resort every night, on some nights you will want to have a night out on the town instead. On Santa Cruz, that town is Puerto Ayora, and it is here you can find places like Angermeyer Point Restaurant if you wish to sample the bounty of the sea, La Garrapata if you wish to sample a taste of Ecuadorian cuisine, and if you wish to choose from the cuisine of the world, Il Giardino is highly regarded by both tourists and locals alike!

Quality Resort Towns in Queensland, Australia

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For those looking to head to Australia to soak up the sunshine that this continent and nation is so richly famous for, Queensland is a place that delivers warm weather no matter the time of year. While the Northern Territory and the northern reaches of Western Australia also offer tropical climes, neither of these places come close to the urban amenities and conveniences that are commonplace throughout the highly populated expanses of the Queensland coast.

Within relatively easy reach of the major Australian cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, elevated dining, accommodation, and attractions can be found in abundance, leading to a great problem (but a problem nonetheless): which resort town or city on the Queensland coast should I base myself during my Australian holiday?

There are many high quality destinations along Queenland’s seemingly endless coastal expanse, but three stand out above all the rest. These travel hubs all have their own character, so pay attention over the following paragraphs, so you might select the destination that is right for you.

1) Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a collection of beach towns and cities defined more by its forest of supertall condo towers that are strung out along the coast just south of Brisbane, the most famous of which is Surfer’s Paradise. This haven for chilled out dudes and dudettes permits you the chance to learn this exciting and zen inducing sport, and the friends you meet along the way will surely lead to a lively night at one of the many bars that line the beachfront.

If hugging a koala has founds its way onto your lengthy bucket list, a visit to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary does this, to say nothing of all the other fascinating wildlife that one can find on this isolated continent.

2) Cairns

Further north, trips out into the Great Barrier Reef figures heavily into what goes on in the popular traveler city of Cairns. Take a glass bottomed boat out into the colourful formations of the world’s largest barrier reef, or get into the thick of things by donning a snorkel or a dive tank.

On dry land, other adventure sports will take up your time, as whitewater rafting, hang gliding, and hot air ballooning will keep you out of your hotel room for much of your stay. Sure, it may be comfy, but that’s not why you flew halfway around the world!

3) Port Douglas

If the hectic go-go-go nature of the Gold Coast and Cairns is too stressful for you, then head north one hours from the latter city to Port Douglas, population 3,000. Not only will the slower pace of life here reduce your resting blood pressure, but the immense beauty of Four Mile Beach will immediately convince you that you have made the right choice.

Get a mind blowing view of your surroundings by ascending the gondola at the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or join a tour group as you explore the Daintree Rainforest, which contains many of Australia’s unique wildlife species, living in their natural state.