Msuhrooms growing on a tree in Finch Hatton Gorge, Eungella National Park.

Visit Eungella National Park in Australia

Australia’s largest national park is famous for its platypus, the unique egg-laying mammal with its distinctive duck’s bill, which is notoriously shy and rarely spotted in the wild. A visit here virtually guarantees that you see one any time of year.

Pacific Whale Foundation has the largest presence for whale-watching in Lahaina.

Whale Watching in West Maui

Whale watching in west Maui is easy: any single vessel that floats is going to be offering whale watching between December 15 and April 15. Since most prices are about the same, the choice ultimately comes down to what sort of vessel best suits your comfort level.

Waves roll in over a flat expanse of beach at dusk.

Seeing the Turtles at Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas

Costa Rican beaches don’t come more beautiful than Playa Grande, a seemingly endless curve of sand, varying from coral-white to gray, immediately north of Tamarindo. Exploring Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas is well worth it since leatherback turtles visit this beach all year round.

A pair of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, Argentina.

The Penguin March of Punta Tombo

On barren South Atlantic shores, some 200,000 pairs of Magellanic penguins waddle ashore every austral spring to nest on only 210 hectares at Punta Tombo. Learn about the Área Natural Protegida Punta Tombo and its staggering amount of both penguin and human visitors.

Makapu‘u marks the rugged and dry eastern tip of O‘ahu.

Whale-Watching on O‘ahu

Humpback whales routinely frequent O‘ahu waters during their Hawaii stay from October to March. Once in the shallow waters, they engage in mating behaviors and give birth to massive calves. Fortunately for whale-watchers, humpback whales like to congregate in the waters from Makapu‘u to Koko Head, and swim very close to shore as they pass by.

View of the ocean stretching to the horizon as seen from Diamond Head summit on Oahu.

Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching in Waikiki

If you know where to go, biking around Waikiki can be a great alternative to searching out parking. There’s also one truly excellent bird-watching spot, and you won’t need a pair of hiking boots during your stay even if you do plan on trekking the two trails on offer.