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Setting sail from Ha Long Bay
Almost 2,000 limestone islands and karst formations are scattered across the remarkable World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay, said to have been created when a dragon fell to earth. A cruise on a small junk boat is the best way to see the many islands and caves, and it's also a great place to explore by sea kayak.
Hong Kong SAR China: Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a striking mix of ancient and modern, Chinese and British, and there is a lot more to the city than just skyscrapers and high finance. It's also a fantastic destination for foodies, a melting pot of culinary influences from around Asia and beyond.
Japan: Ishigaki Island
Ishigaki is the most developed of the Yaeyama islands, an idyllic tropical archipelago located closer to Taiwan than mainland Japan. The offshore coral reefs make this a popular spot for diving and snorkelling, while the jungle interior offers some great hiking opportunities.
Japan: Taketomi Island
Japan: Tsuki-ga-hama Beach (Iriomote-jima)
The crescent-shaped Tsuki-ga-hama is one of the best beaches on the jungle-clad island of Iriomote-jima, part of the idyllic Yaeyama archipelago. The islands are known for their fantastic coral reefs, perfect for diving and snorkelling, while ashore you can explore on foot or on a river kayaking expedition.
Wild and remote, Yonaguni is Japan’s westernmost island, with a landscape of plunging cliffs, white sand beaches and verdant meadows. The island is the home of the Yonaguni horse, a native Japanese breed, and the surrounding waters teem with migrating hammerhead sharks between late November and May, making this a great destination for divers.
Situated 60 miles to the west of Okinawa’s main island, Kumejima is blessed with beautiful beaches and varied landscapes. The four-mile-long Hatenohama beach is particularly stunning, while the rocky Tatami-ishi plateau, formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, is so named because it is said to resemble a traditional tatami mat.
Zamami island is part of the Kerama archipelago, known for its beautiful white sand beaches, vivid blue waters and world class scuba diving. A host of other aquatic activities are also available here, or you can hike up to the Takatsuki Observatory for lovely views.
Arriving in Naha
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