Visit Torres Strait Islands, Australia
This string of palm islands likened to stepping stones, divides Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Torres Strait Islanders are of Melanesian descent and the islands are geographically diverse, some with rocky mountain tops, others a collection of coral cays or of volcanic origin.
A handful of these islands are inhabited and few permit visitors, one of which is the capital and one-time pearling hub — Thursday Island — and another is Poruma. This narrow coral cay, a mile long but less than a third as wide, has just one village.
With homes encased by strands of bougainvillea and hidden by pink frangipani trees this unspoilt island extends a genuinely warm welcome and an experience like no other.