‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world…

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‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world…

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New sanctions will obstruct two-centre holidays combining Florida and the Caribbean’s largest island

British travellers hoping to combine the US and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions after Donald Trump announced he would reverse some measures introduced by Barack Obama. In a speech in Miami, the President denounced what he called his predecessor’s “terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime”. Mr Obama had eased the economic embargo, which had been in force since the early 1960s, and encouraged “people-to-people” tourism to Cuba. American citizens and foreign travellers on US territory could access dozens of new scheduled flights to the island. Ordinary…

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The battle for Italy’s pink island

BUDELLI is a tiny atoll in Italy dubbed “pink paradise”. Its clear turquoise waters, lush vegetation, purple rocks and — the icing on the cake — a unique rose-coloured beach makes it the pearl of the La Maddalena archipelago, scattered between Sardinia and Corsica. A protected desert isle except for one lonely caretaker who lives there all by himself like a hermit, it’s known worldwide as the “pink island” for the exceptional colour shades of its sand. Bright pink, orange and salmon-tinted bits of crushed coral, crystals, fossils and dead…

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Vistara to launch first island flights

Vistara will release its first flights beyond the Indian mainland later this yr, connecting to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. effective 30 September 2016, the airline will begin offerings from Delhi to Port Blair, the capital of the Indian island territory, thru Kolkata. Flights will function day by day, departing Delhi at 0720 and arriving in Port Blair at 1230, which includes a forty five-minute prevent in Kolkata. The go back services will then go away Port Blair at 1325 and arrive back in Delhi at 1850, with a forty-minute…

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On Croatia’s Obonjan island wellbeing holidays get a festival twist

Deserted for a decade, this ‘curated island destination’ is set to offer summer-long creativity and wellness breaks with added party atmosphere Adriatic for the people … tiny Obonjan island, off Šibenik, Croatia For music festivalgoers seeking guaranteed sun, Croatia has become something of a mecca over the last few years: the number of festivals has more than doubled since 2010, with over 20 to choose from in 2016. But this summer, the scene takes another giant leap forward as previously uninhabited Obonjan (pronounced O-bon-yan), is revived as a “curated island…

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