These stunning caves aren’t part of some fairy-tale world or horror movie – they can be found in some of the world’s most remote places in Asia, North America and Europe. Caves like these usually form when water seeps down through cracks in limestone rock. Over millions of years, these openings, and the limestone left behind by dripping water, can form the majestic caves you see here.
The Manta Resort’s new room on Pemba Island in Zanzibar is a tropical island hotel room like any other – except that it floats anchored above a shallow coastal coral reef. The bedroom, which was opened just this month, is located in a room below deck that has large viewing glasses offering guests a view of the colorful aquatic world outside. By day, tropical fish and other sea organisms float and swim by the window. At night, lights illuminate the water outside the windows, attracting squids and other otherwise shy sea creatures.
Playground swings are pretty fun as far as playground attractions go, but let’s face it – they’re vanilla. Luckily, the Swing at the End of the World located at La Casa Del Arbol (The Treehouse) in Baños, Ecuador has solved that problem by hanging a long swing at the height of a steep drop-off with a gorgeous mountain view. The swing’s unique location 2,600 meters above sea level offers visitors a beautiful and terrifying view of the Tungurahua Volcano.
Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this uniquely harsh environment, extraordinary beauty can be found. The extreme winds that batter Slope Point are so strong and consistent that the trees that grow there are molded into strangely and beautifully twisted forms.
These are the Waitomo Glowworm caves, a cave system in New Zealand known for its population of glowworms and other curious creatures. The glowing lights and hanging beaded threads are the work of Arachnocampa luminosa, a species of glowworm that lives only in New Zealand. In their larval stage, these insects release long strands of silk with beads of mucus, which serve to entrap prey insects as they fly by.
Son Doong Cave was found in 1991 by local man Ho Khanh. In 2009, a group of British cavers led by Howard Limbert explored the cave’s interior, only then realizing that it was possibly the greatest cave in the world. Son Doong Cave has dethroned Malaysia’s Deer Cave as the world’s largest.
If you haven’t seen much of Poland yet, then Kacper Kowalski’s aerial photos will make the perfect introduction. While flying above northern Poland, Gdynia-based photographer found two incredibly beautiful lakes and decided to capture them as they change throughout the seasons. One of the lakes is in Kashubia and another one in Pomerania.
Photographer Jill Peters presents a unique phenomenon of “burneshas” – Albanian women, who swear themselves, or are sworn into virginity by their families and assume the roles of men for the rest of their lives. What used to be a commonplace tradition back in the 15th century, is still around in the some rural areas in Northern Albania.
As a graduate architecture student, Hank was tired of seeing architecture projects that never left the drawing board. So when it came time to come up with a final project, Hank did what was obviously the only logical solution – he bought an old school bus and, together with his brother and a friend, spent 14 weeks converting it into a modern, well-designed mobile home that can host up to 12 people complete with beds, a kitchen, a bathroom and two skylights.
A Chinese man, named Li, became a celebrity after he tried to smuggle his pet turtle disguised as a hamburger on a plane on July 29. Flight 345 to Beijing, however, left without the turtle, as the airport security didn’t fall the the trick. As Li casually tried to board his flight, the security guards got curious about the X-ray machine’s readings of Li’s luggage. The innocent KFC hamburger looked nothing but odd, as it clearly had limbs…
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, there’s a secret underwater river called Cenote Angelita (Spanish for Little Angel) that can be found after a 10 to 15 minute drive south of Tulum. It is arguably the most unique formation of this kind: a thin layer of hydrogen sulfate separates the saltwater from the fresh water above it, allowing scuba divers to swim along this underwater creation, which looks a lot like a regular river would on the ground. There are even fallen trees and leaves on both sides of the “shores”, making this seascape look all the more surreal!
The Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser, is a small man-made geothermal geyser, located in Washoe County, Nevada, and besides spitting water up to 5 feet into the air, it strikes you with beautiful vibrant colors, making the whole landscape look like a painting. The geyser actually developed by mistake from a leaking geothermal well, which was first drilled back in 1916. Sometime in the 1960s the geothermally heated water found a crack and erupted. It has been spewing gushes of hot water ever since.