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Saint Valentine's Day: five locations where planet Earth opens its heart

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 10/02/2017

The Heart of Voh in New Caledonia © Provided by AFPRelaxNews The Heart of Voh in New Caledonia From Europe to the Pacific, there are thousands of places on Earth to say "I love you". However, there are only a limited number of destinations where the landscape provides a natural setting for raising matters of the heart.

The Heart of Voh, New Caledonia

The natural heart shape which is visible in a mangrove swamp in the North Province of New Caledonia was made famous by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand when he used it on the cover of one of his books. Travelers who want to take their own pictures can climb 400 meters to a vantage point on nearby Mount Kathépaïk. But for the best view of the “Heart”, take a ride in one of the ultra-light aircraft that regularly fly over the spot. The excursion is not cheap, but the pilots are cooperative, and willing to open their aircraft doors to allow you to take the perfect picture. 

Nakalele Blowhole heart in Hawaii © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Nakalele Blowhole heart in Hawaii Heart-shaped rock near Nakalele blowhole, Hawaii

It seems hard to believe that such a perfect representation of tenderness is the work of nature without help from humankind. These days the "heart-shaped rock" on Maui, Hawaii, has become a major attraction for tourists who come to the area to see the Nakalele Blowhole, a spectacular natural geyser that shoots seawater up to 100 feet into the air.  

"Heart Reef" in Queensland, Australia © Provided by AFPRelaxNews "Heart Reef" in Queensland, Australia Heart Reef in Queensland, Australia

Travelers who visit the Whitsunday Islands on snorkeling trips usually take time for an aerial tour of the Great Barrier Reef which offers an opportunity to take pictures of the area's famous coral heart. Flights take off from the airport on Hamilton Island, which is also the starting point for ferry or light aircraft trips to Airlie Beach, and the rest of the islands. Flights over the reef also offer the perfect vantage point to appreciate the splendor of one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Whitehaven Beach. 

Sunlight shines through the heart of Arizona in Antelope Canyon © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Sunlight shines through the heart of Arizona in Antelope Canyon Antelope Canyon, United States

Trekkers in Arizona rarely pass up the opportunity for a visit to the Navajo Nation reserve, which is home to the major vacation destination Lake Powell. The Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons carved out by torrential rains that have potential to drown travelers to this area offer an experience of the heart of the American West. In Lower Antelope Canyon observant visitors will be greeted with the vista of the sunlight shining through a perfectly heart-shaped aperture in the sandstone rock. 

A heart-shaped lagoon in Corfu © Provided by AFPRelaxNews A heart-shaped lagoon in Corfu Corfu, Greece

To find your place in yet another natural heart, head to the Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. On the western side of the island intrepid travelers may be rewarded with a view of this heart-shaped lagoon, which is not easily seen from the ground. Only the lucky few who have a chance to fly over this destination can be certain of a perfect vantage point from which to observe this symbol of love.

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