11 February 2016
Interesting Island Holiday Destinations You May Not Know
With Easter coming up, you might be looking for holiday destinations. Whether you’re after a weekend getaway, or a spot of sun to put the UK winter behind you, perhaps you’re interested in something a bit different this year. Here are some island destinations you might not have heard of before.
‘Easter Island’ – Rapa Nui, Chile
So called for its discovery by Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, on Easter Sunday in 1722, the small 64-square mile island is located Chile’s west coast in the South Pacific Ocean. The island is famous for hosting around 900 giant stone ‘moai’ statues that are several centuries old. Along with the history of this unique island, travellers can enjoy hiking the volcanic landscape.
‘Island of the Dolls’ - Isla de las Munecas, Mexico
Perhaps not for the easily-disturbed, this island south of Mexico City is decorated by dolls hanging from every surface and tree. Though photos make the island appear terrifying to some, locals maintain that the area is charming, with the dolls beginning as a tribute to a girl’s spirit. Over 50 years, a considerable number of dolls have been contributed and the island now gathers a lot of tourist’s attention.
‘Cat Island’ - Tashirojima, Japan
Though the population of this island is fairly small, cat lovers will be intrigued to learn the feline population is considerably larger than that of humans. Due to local belief that feeding cats brings wealth and good fortune, the island is populated by strays with a general ban on dogs. Historically, silkworms were farmed for silk on the island, and cats were kept to keep mice away.
North Sentinel Island, Indian Ocean
Home to one of the most isolated communities on the planet, the North Sentinel Island is not a holiday destination but fascinating all the same. The Sentinelese inhabit the island in the Bay of Bengal, and are known for resisting contact from the outside world. Because of the heavily forested terrain, little is known of the culture on the island, though visiting boats and aircraft have experienced assaults of spears and arrows.
‘Monkey Beach’ – Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
If the island populated by cats didn’t appeal, maybe this beach of monkeys in Thailand will be worth booking a trip. Monkeys can be found in most parts of Phi Phi, Thailand, but on Ko Phi Phi Don, tourist boats head out daily by the dozen to visit the shore where monkeys sit in wait, hanging from the trees and getting up close and personal with those who come to see them.
The Benefits of a Package Holiday
If you’re planning a trip a little outside of your comfort zone, or even holidaying in a well-known resort with an expedition in mind, you may be unaware of the advantages of package holidays, but from a legal point of view they are worth considering.
When booking a package holiday your tour operator is legally obliged to ensure that the elements of your holiday are provided to a reasonable standard. In English Law, the Package Travel Regulations 1992 provide you with a legal cause of action against the tour operator irrespective of whether the elements of the holiday were provided directly by them or one of their suppliers.
This means that if something happens on your holiday and the accident or illness was caused by the hotel's negligence, a holiday injury compensation claim can be brought against the UK-based tour operator in this country if the hotel was booked as part of a package holiday.
For more information on this, see our previous blog: The Importance of Being a Package on Holiday.
Stephen Goodman is a travel lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.
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