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Amazing Island Nature

 

From the tropical fish that flit among the coral reefs to seabirds, from vivid flowers like the hibiscus to luscious island fruit, nature's bounty and beauty is one of the prime attractions of island travel. We make a point to stop and smell the frangi-pani. Or pause while paddling our kayak to observe a manatee. On this page we feature our favorite Island Nature blog posts.

January 10, 2019

Don't you think flamingos are some of the very most gorgeous island creatures? I just learned that this stunningly beautiful bird's name comes from the Spanish or Portuguese word flamengo, meaning "wi...

October 13, 2018

If you love to snorkeling the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, or other Caribbean destinations, you've probably already made the acquaintance of today's featured guest. These fish are in fact some of the mo...

September 10, 2015

One regret from my brief island getaway to the island country of Trinidad in the Caribbean? That I did not go birding. Yes, you heard me correctly. "Birding." Once upon a time, I thought bird watching...

August 19, 2015

Does anything say "tropical beach" or "island runaway" more than coconut palm trees? With their slim, graceful grey trunks and languid palm fronds, these beautiful specimens of nature grace islands fr...

May 12, 2015

Are you a fan of pelicans? Have you ever witnessed a squadron of these wonderful waterbirds soar across the ocean in the later afternoon? Maybe sailing past a dock on a tropical island getaway in Flor...

April 14, 2015

If you spend a lot of time in the islands, eventually you notice the birds. From parrots to pelicans, the bird life can be just enchanting. Years ago, I thought bird watching was about as entertaining...

March 30, 2015

One gorgeous example of island nature you'll most likely encounter on tropical island getaways? The beautiful bougainvillea. While bougainvillea certainly grows off-island, somehow it just becomes unf...

March 9, 2015

Tropical islands, from the Caribbean to Tahiti, burst with gorgeous natural beauty, especially when it comes to flowers. Bougainvillea, yellow allamanda, red hibiscus, and a slew of other graceful blo...

March 3, 2015

The Island Runaways began 2015 with a mission: learn to identify and appreciate more of the creatures which live on the tropical reefs that ring many of the world's most beautiful islands. Snorkeling...

February 23, 2015

Whether you're diving in the Caribbean, or bravely setting out on an underwater polar expedition, island travelers have a very good chance of spotting a starfish. The starfish or "sea star" has always...

February 16, 2015

Have you ever seen an ibis? These magnificent creatures are tropical water birds with distinctive curved beaks. Their favorite hunting grounds are muddy areas where unsuspecting crustaceans or other t...

February 9, 2015

One of the tropical reef fish that I get excited to see on a Caribbean getaway or escape to the Florida Keys is the Bluehead Wrasse. These fish may be tiny, but their vibrant colors shine like gemston...

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