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7 amazing islands for eco-tourists

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 13, 2012, 6:08 p.m.
rope bridge at Tsingy de Bemaraha

Photo: copepodo/Flickr

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Madagascar sits off of the coast of southeastern Africa. Home to exotic species like the lemur, this is arguably the most unusual eco-tourism destination on Earth. Thousands of the plants that are found on this island, the world's fourth largest, are found nowhere else in the world. Infrastructure is lacking; this isn't a place that many tourists, or many outsiders in general, have visited. However, national parks, nature preserves, and a variety of other protected wild areas mean that there is a virtually unlimited list of itinerary options. Unique landscapes like the limestone plateau known as Tsingy de Bemaraha, with towering rock spires and unique plant life, give Madagascar an almost otherworldly feel. Kayaking and trekking are on the agenda for daring eco-tourists who want to see the type of wildlife that few travelers have seen in person.