We couldn’t be more #myriadproud to see Australia’s Northern Territory’s Tiwi Islands and Kenya’s Funzi Island in Refinery29’s 8 Breathtaking Islands Piece!
Located north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are known for their Aboriginal culture, lush rainforests, secluded waterfalls, and rock pools. Travelers can stay at one of the fishing lodges on the islands or join a deep-sea fishing expedition. The local art scene is not to be missed, with the most famous crafts being pukamanis, colorfully decorated burial poles towering up to 10-feet high (pictured). The islands can only be accessed by a pre-arranged tour with an Aboriginal guide, as a permit is required for entry.
Located off Kenya’s southern coast, surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and home to a large population of sea turtles, sits little-known Funzi Island. In an area consisting of four mangrove-covered islands, Funzi Island serves as the mainland and home to 1,500 permanent inhabitants of the Shirazi tribe. Travelers can go on a crocodile safari or stay at the island’s one hotel, The Funzi Keys. To get to the island, take a ferry from the mainland or hop on a 15-minute flight from Mombasa.