In the height of the mountains which surround it, and in artificial accessories, it is inferior to the finest of the Swiss and Italian lakes, while in outline and purity of water it is fully their equal; and in the number and disposition of its isles and islets
much superior to them all together.
Time out of mind the piratical proas of the Malays, lurking among the low shaded coves and islets
of Sumatra, have sallied out upon the vessels sailing through the straits, fiercely demanding tribute at the point of their spears.
In Zetland there are several scores of these Burghs, occupying in every case, capes, headlands, islets
, and similar places of advantage singularly well chosen.
The Torres Straits are nearly thirty-four leagues wide; but they are obstructed by an innumerable quantity of islands, islets
, breakers, and rocks, that make its navigation almost impracticable; so that Captain Nemo took all needful precautions to cross them.
The mountainous and craggy islets
intercepted the beauties of this noble island from the view of the travellers.
Corresponding in their insignif- icance to the islets
of the sea, two small clumps of trees, one on each side of the only fault in the impeccable joint, marked the mouth of the river Meinam we had just left on the first preparatory stage of our homeward journey; and, far back on the inland level, a larger and loftier mass, the grove surrounding the great Paknam pagoda, was the only thing on which the eye could rest from the vain task of exploring the monotonous sweep of the horizon.
You approach it from the sea by a narrow entrance, flanked on each side by two small twin islets
which soar conically to the height of some five hundred feet.
According to him there had been captains among these coves and islets
compared with whom Drake was practically a landsman.
Few of these islets
contained over an acre of ground, but presently we sighted a much larger one directly ahead.
At the place now mentioned it might measure about ninety miles in breadth, and at its southern extremity the captain found a group of islets
, which he named the Archipelago of Bengal.
There was now a covey of red birds feeding on one of the little islets
to the left, or again a blue-green parrot flew shrieking from tree to tree.
The precise point of destination was still undecided--the plan being to search out a suitable location upon one of the many little islets
which dot the western shore of the Macassar Strait.