Many of the southern Pacific paradises have more going for them besides their beauty. Norfolk Island is one of them, having a devious history of being a settlement of convicts. Twice in history, at the end of the 1700s and then again in the mid 1800s, it served as a penal colony, housing convicts from New South Wales. Today though, the island reflects much more than that. It is full of incredible views, incredible people, and incredible adventures.
For starters, foodies will especially appreciate Norfolk Island. All fruit and vegetables are grown on the island. When they’re in season, the fruits and veggies are usually harvested and put on your plate in the very same day. It’s the same for things such as fish and beef, which are also locally raised. So, whether you appreciate a sweet treat or a savory meal, you can definitely find it here.
The landscape here is actually very different than most of the other tropical islands. On Norfolk Island, you’ll be able to see green grasslands with towering Norfolk Pine trees dotting the land. There is a species of rare green parrots that live on the island and frequent these trees. So, keep your eyes open, or join one of the many bird-watching tours and see if you can spot this majestic fowl.