Whitsunday Island, Australia
The Whitsunday region is made up of many Barrier Reef islands, but this is the crown jewel. The largest in the group boasts Whitehaven beach, a gorgeous white-sand, blue-sea, and pink-coral swirl. Its long, uninterrupted stretch along the island's eastern side sits beside waters flourishing with the multicolored life of the Great Barrier Reef. Fitzalan Point at the southern tip was once an old sawmill and timber camp, but the National Park now protects these trees from the chopping block. Indeed, the trees of Whitsunday's mangrove, rain, and bush forests thrive as well as the booming population of large lizards.