Nearly the size of Texas, Madagascar is the planet’s fifth largest island; its unique wildlife—including the endangered Silky Sifaka lemur and rare Ploughshare tortoise—is some of the planet’s most exotic. In fact, 95 percent of its reptiles, 89 percent of its plant life, and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on Earth. And all of them are unfortunately in danger due to poaching and deforestation.
Where to Stay: Meet Madagascar’s many endemic species at the soon-to-open Miavana Island Sanctuary. Set to debut in June, the low-impact private-island resort is located on island-nation’s northern tip. Each of its 14 villas comes with snorkel gear, allowing guests the opportunity to swim among some of the world’s largest coral reef systems. (timeandtideafrica.com)