In commemoration of Earth Day 2010, the team at Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking more than 5,500 trip activities and experiences at the best prices, is highlighting three destinations with amazing ecosystems and vast biodiversity. Australia, New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands each feature unique attributes from rain forests to deserts, mountain ranges to coral reefs. Viator offers many ways for travelers to experience these natural gems to help increase support for their protection and sustainability. Each of these Earth Day-inspired selections has first-hand reviews posted on Viator.com - anywhere from two to 167 of them - to help travelers plan unforgettable experiences.
Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia
has been designated as a "mega-diverse" country by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, an agency of the United Nations Environment Programme. While much of the country is considered desert, known as the Outback
, Australia also boasts the largest coral reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef
, amazing beach destinations, a wine region in the Yarra Valley
, the Daintree and Kuranda rainforests, and Phillips Island, home to the Little Penguin species. This selection of experiences from Viator highlights some of Australia's most popular and most environmentally diverse activities:
attracts many outdoor adventure seekers in part because the South Island city of Queenstown
is known as "The Adventure Capital of the World." The country's natural wonders include Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound, the Southern Alps, roaring rivers and glacier lakes, native forests and Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano. Whether by foot, by helicopter or by raft, there are many ways travelers can experience the North and South Islands of New Zealand including:
The U.S. state of Hawaii
is made up of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles in the Pacific Ocean, each formed as a result of volcanic activity. Hawaii has more endangered species than any other U.S. state, and several areas throughout Hawaii are under the protection of the National Parks Service. From natural iconic beauty that includes pristine beaches, secluded bays, waterfalls, mountains and volcanoes, there are many ways to explore the tropical string of islands.
Viator is the world's leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 5,500 tours, attractions and activities in 450-plus destinations in 75 countries. Viator - the Latin word for traveler
- offers travelers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities with helpful resources like nearly 100,000 traveler reviews and photos, star ratings, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator's in-house travel experts have picked respected and trusted local operators to ensure a quality experience, value and service, all backed by Viator's low-price guarantee. Founded in 1995, Viator sells its products directly to consumers at www.viator.com and through its global network of more than 1,000 affiliates that include major hotel and airline companies, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Through its collection of company operated and affiliated sites, Viator welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors per month. Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.