El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
My Own IslandEl Nido, Palawan, Philippines: A close friend of mine, a surfer dude, once told me, "You can always tell where you are in the world by the color of the ocean." In the Philippines, the waters are a deep, aquamarine. So clear, you can see all the way to the bottom. We packed our own lunch and spent a day kayaking. We were all alone on this island - I wanted to put a flag in it and claim it as mine!