By Lyn McNaught
THERE was standing room only at the wharf. All the seats were taken by the local Sea Lions, who looked at us as if we were the intruders. A land made famous by the writings of Charles Darwin – you feel like you are in another world.
On the Island of Santa Cruz you will spot your first Giant Tortoise. On Isabela there are as many as 300,000 marine iguanas calling the archipelago home, making them impossible to miss! Here you can get up close and personal with a colony of Santiago fur seals and there are bottle-nosed dolphins that race alongside the boats. If you are game, you can swim with the local hammerhead sharks and maybe you will spot the Blue Footed Booby’s strutting and prancing as they perform their courtship dance. On San Cristobal Island you can see the magnificent Frigatebird and Great Frigatebird breeding areas. I swear someone goes out each night and places the most amazing array of creatures and birds on all the paths just for the tourists like me.
By Lyn McNaught
IMAGINE no litter or graffiti, no parking meters, no road rage, clean and cheap taxis, great public transport – clean and on time, being able to walk anywhere at any time feeling safe in the process. Polite, welcoming and helpful people.
There is such a place and it’s called Taiwan, where all of the above is common and expected, along with wonderful food, great hotels and amazing scenery.
Taiwan exceeded all my expectations, it’s just such a diverse country!
The great ‘Formosa Isle,’ whose towering Jade Mountain and idyllic Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge are just a few of the special places this island has to offer, I really count this as one of the very special places in this world to visit and I can’t wait to go back.