Snares Island / New Zealand
The Snares Islands is an uninhabited subantarctic island group located south of New Zealand. For its fantastic flora and fauna, it was declared a UNESCO world nature heritage and enjoys the highest nature protection. Access to the islands is therefore only possible with a special permit.
The Snares Islands consist of a main island with some smaller islands, most of which are characterized by cliffs and without mammals introduced by humans, which is why nature was able to very well maintain its original balance.
Whale watching is not an option here, but the Snares Islands are a great place to go for the fantastic bird life and the numerous seals. Over 5 million seabirds nest on the archipelago in the summer, including divers, skuas, seagulls and, of course, the well-known penguins of the islands with their protruding feather next to the beak. But also seals and sea lions are nice to look at when they relax on the beach and warm their thick bodies at the rare sun.