In the last century or so, islands have become one of the most favorite travel destinations in the world. The magical island life has evolved to be the perfect escape for most travellers drawn from all parts of the globe. Surrounded by beaches, sea and cliffs cut off from the mainland, islands lend their inhabitants a spectacular character and a unique pace to their way of life. That feeling of seclusion, those rolling waves, those sprawling beaches, and those untouched pockets of wilderness is what makes islands to immediately invoke a daydream – that magical spark. So from majestic beaches to single breathtaking features, below is a list of the top 10 most popular islands in the world. Read on!
Fiji holidays are normally the experience of a lifetime. It offers its visitors a chance to escape to a world free of stress. The island is particularly known for its beautiful and friendly warm climate, stunning and sparkling beaches and the generally unique and relaxed island atmosphere. The friendly Fijian people as well as the sheer natural beauty characterized by warm, clear water and swaying palms makes a visit to the Fiji Island an escape to paradise! Additionally, the island comprises a variety of resorts with pristine environments and no crowds making it a place where you can be yourself and also reconnect with the natural way of life while being wrapped in romance and luxury.
9. Ambergris Caye, Belize
Ambergris Caye is the largest island located in the northern most waters of Belize, at the southernmost tip of the Yucatan peninsula. It is also the main travel destination to most travellers who stream to this Central American nation. From the beautiful azure waters of the Caribbean, to the Pine Ridge and the Maya Mountains, Ambergris Caye has an adventure that suits everyone. Winding waterfalls, hundreds of spectacular limestone caves, and virgin tropical rainforest make for exciting vistas. The island exudes an atmosphere of a tropical island paradise. Just a few feet from the shore of the Island lays the largest coral reef of the Americas, a natural wonder of the world.
8. Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are deservedly popular for its close encounters with wildlife. The 19 archipelago of volcanic islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean some 1000 km from the South American continent Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galapagos are a melting pot’ of marine species. The Islands together with the surrounding marine reserve form a glistering beauty that has earned them the term a unique living museum and showcase of evolution’. The islands also feature a vast number of endemic species such as giant tortoises, one of the main reasons they are famous worldwide.
Aitutaki is an unspoilt blue lagoon paradise in the Cook Islands, South Pacific. Although it comes second to Rarotonga in being the visitor favorite Cook Island, it makes up for it with the charisma of its beaches, its natural beauty and the fact that it is less crowded. Aitutaki offers its visitors the true secret of the Pacific. It allows them to breathe in fresh pure air, wade into the cool, calm, blue lagoons, and allows the untouched charm of this beautiful island capture the visitors’ spirit and holds their heart. At Aitutaki, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the rich tapestry of traditions, customs and culture through the local cuisines, the beat of the drums and the swaying of the dancing hips.
6. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is a honeymoon hot spot that caters to all sorts of travelers. The island is located in the Southern Aegean Sea, some 200 km southeast from Greece’s mainland. This beautiful island is believed to have been formed after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the former settlements on a previously single island, resulting into the current geological caldera. The island is a perfect escape full of charming features. The cobbled streets and blue-domed churches, with gleaming white-washed villages, build a romantic picture, while the dark sands and amazing cliffs add drama. The lively Greek personality with relaxing resorts is a true testament that there’s nothing boring about Santorini.
5. Bali Island
According to a poll conducted by the New York based Travel + Leisure magazine, Bali is the most beautiful and falls among the most visited islands in the world. Filled with limitless attractions, Bali comes out to be a very interesting island. The beautiful beaches, spectacular traditional culture, and beautiful lakes in the mountainous areas make Bali a mountain of fun and leisure. The temperate climate, sounds of local music, and smells of incense and offerings make the island feel magical.
Also known as “Garden Isle”, Kauai is the fourth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is the 21st largest island in the USA. It is the oldest and relatively most rugged of the Hawaiian archipelago. The island is located 170 km (105 miles) across the Kaua’i Channel, northwest of Oahu. Kauai’s popularity is derived from the fact that it is the wettest place on earth. For those who seek adventure, hoofing along the Kalalau Trail and hiking Waimea Canyon will offer it all.
3. Koh Samui Island, Thailand
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island after Phuket. It is located in the province of Surat Thani close to the mainland town of Surat Thani. It is a place of natural charm and beauty, an island where you can have your vacation anyway you find it suitable for you, relaxed and kicked back or active and fast-paced. The island is famous for its clean, clear and warm waters; beautiful white sand beaches; gentle ocean breezes and lush tropical gardens which all make it an ideal vacation destination.
As far as Hawaiian retreats are concerned, Maui takes the cake. It’s here where you’re assured to find opulent resorts, adventurous activities, and dramatic scenery all in one place. In addition, the white sandy beaches, lots of natural resources, coconut trees, and coral reefs, its sculpture, traditional and modern dance, music, painting, leather etc. makes Maui, not only amongst the most popular, but also one of the most beautiful islands across the globe.
1. Bora Bora
Who on earth would pass up a chance to spending a couple of days lounging on sugary-white, palm-laden sands? Or relaxing in a thatch-roof hut standing over the turquoise South Pacific Ocean? Or stretching your legs along the trails to the summit of Mount Otemanu? You sure wouldn’t. Bora Bora, also known as the Romantic Island’, is the most famous French Polynesia’s tropical island in the world. It features a lagoon that resembles an artist’s palette of blues and greens creating a love at first sight. Lush tropical valleys and slopes blossom with hibiscus, while palm-covered motu circle the illuminated lagoon like a delicate necklace. From the privacy to the dramatic scenery and amenities of the overwater bungalows, the island, also known by its ancient name, Pora Pora, meaning “first born”, is truly the worlds most romantic island.
From the discussion above, you must have now realized that the world is packed with spectacular islands, and depending on where you live, visiting these iconic wonders of nature may as well be simple as a Sunday afternoon drive or as complex as a trip around the world. So, whether you are a photographer, or just a curious traveler, there’s bound to be an island on the above list that will blow you away. Take some time off , visit the place and enjoy a catastrophic beauty and glistering creating of these wonderland.