Yet another joy of traveling throughout the world’s oceans is the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse at some of nature’s unique oceanic geological landforms such as fjords, volcanoes, and deserted islands.  Being accessible solely by water makes them that much more amazing to view and photograph.  This one, known as White Island, is an active volcano off the coast of New Zealand.  Constantly spitting clouds of billowing white smoke, it’s often hard to distinguish where its foggy residue stops and the clouds begin, giving the area a distinct illusion of having its own weather system.  The sulfuric fumes are so strong as our ship approaches the island, that it permeates our vents and finds its way into our rooms, despite having an interior cabin far from any window.

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