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Deep dive

Take the plunge and get up close to the islands’ historical and natural wonders

What do caves, wrecks, reefs and ruins have in common? They’ve all been incorporated into a new diving trail that weaves around the balmy isles of the Maltese archipelago: Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Following the launch of its Gastro Trail last year, the island state that’s oft hailed as one of world’s best dive destinations is enabling divers of all abilities to immerse themselves in its history. By downloading a map to guide them through the country’s best dive sites, visitors can take in the vestiges of the island’s wartime past, from the wreck of the HMS Maori — a Second World War destroyer that sits at an easy 36-50ft below the surface — to the near-intact Bristol Blenheim bomber, both of which are just off the coast. There are also the remains of the iconic Azure Window, which collapsed into the sea last year off Gozo and is now a self-sculpted maze of canyons and rock formations. And for some serious scuba, there’s the geological wonder of the Blue Hole, entered through an underwater arch and teeming with fish. Looks like it’s time to dig out those flippers.

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We grab our binoculars and set out to discover the awe-inspiring wildlife of India, scouting out the likes of Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos and snow leopards in some of the subcontinent’s most dramatic national parks. Elsewhere, we explore the winelands of southern Australia; cross the frozen frontier of the Antarctic Circle; and spend a long weekend in the city of Leeuwarden. Other highlights this issue include the Faroe Islands, Tel Aviv, Manhattan, Tokyo and Santiago, while our photo story takes in the fresh air and Alpine beauty of Switzerland.