Jul 262011
 

I’ll admit it.  I’m an airplane geek.  I love flying (except for the boarding, deplaning, food or lack thereof, and being crammed in like sardines parts).  I want to learn everything I can about airplanes and how they fly. I’ve been known to watch airplane landings on youtube for fun.  You get the picture. So it’s only natural that I would want to photograph the world as seen from 38,000 feet (window seat please!).  I hope you enjoy my photo collection of islands from the air.

Weary Bay, Far North Queensland, Australia
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Mr. Reeftraveler and I stayed in the rainforest at a small, eco lodge called Bloomfield in Far North Queensland, Australia.  The lodge is not accessible by car, so the trip there consisted of a white knuckle puddle-jumper flight from Cairns, a van ride on a bumpy dirt road, and finally a boat trip across the Bloomfield River (home to the most enormous crocs I’ve ever seen).  Once you reach the lodge, a pontoon style boat is pulled onto the beach via tractor.  I took the photo below as we said farewell to Bloomfield (in a light aircraft that had duct tape on the wheels).
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Here’s the “light aircraft”
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and the tractor….
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The Great Barrier Reef has around 900 islands and almost 3000 individual reefs.  Flying over it was a magical experience.  The area below is the general area where the wonderful Steve Irwin lost his life.  Steve was an amazing guy, a dedicated educator and a passionate animal lover.
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French Polynesia
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We honeymooned in French Polynesia, and I fell in love twice.  I feel in love with Mr. Reeftraveler over again, and I fell in love with the Tahitian people, the water, the reefs, the landscape and the sights and smells of Tahiti. And while I knew that Tahiti was breathtakingly beautiful, I wasn’t prepared for the sight of the islands from 38,000 feet.
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This is the atoll of Rangiroa – an underwater paradise.  Rangiroa is the second largest atoll in the world.
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Rangiroa has two passes (entries into the atoll), below is the Avatoru Pass.


The Tuamotus are a chain of 78 flat, coral atolls in French Polynesia (which include Rangiroa).
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The main island of Tahiti, by contrast, is green and mountainous.
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Maldives
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I wrote about my trip to the Maldives here.  You saw the Maldives on land and underwater.  Now you can see the Maldives from the air.  The photos below were taken on the seaplane flight from Male to Mirihi in the South Ari Atoll (we didn’t quite reach 38,000 feet).
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Some of the world’s most amazing reefs are found in the Maldives.
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It seems as if every resort has over water villas.
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Ethereal beauty like I’ve never seen…
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Dominican Republic
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The Dominican Republic is a friendly country, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.  Below is the northern coastline as seen from 38,000 feet. It’s really quite stunning, isn’t it?
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What is the most beautiful sight you’ve seen from the air?
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  2 Responses to “Islands from 38,000 feet”

  1. Thanks Kim Chee! There are definitely benefits to the widow seat.

  2. We flew over DR on our way to and from Aruba. I'd have to say that was the most beautiful flight I've been on. Especially when we flew above a storm front and could see the clouds forming below us and the Caribbean waters below that. These are great pictures (and a great blog, too!)!

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