The Blue Grotto, or Il-Hnejja in Maltese, is translated as “The Arch.” It was given its English name by British soldiers who thought it resembled the Grotta Azzura (Blue Grotto) in Capri. The Blue Grotto in Malta is the largest of a sequence of six limestone caves created by sea weathering and erosion near the fishing village of Wied iz-Zurrieq, south of the town of Zurrieq, on the west coast of Malta. The caves can be reached by boat, and are a popular tourist attraction. The beauty of the Blue Grotto was pictured in the 2004 movie Troy.

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Auckland Island

In this series on the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands, I’ve written about The Snares (, and Enderby Island ( Heading just a few kilometers south, you’d find yourself on Auckland Island, the largest of the Auckland Island archipelago at around 510 square kilometers.

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