Do you remember searching for the word ‘island’ in a dictionary during school days? The meaning came out to be a piece of land surrounded by water. However, we know that the islands are the most beautiful places on earth.
From Bora Bora to Bali, the world is full of stunning islands. So, whatever your imagination of an island is, these 20 islands offer eye and soul-pleasing galore. Let us take a tour of the world’s 20 most beautiful islands.
1. Guadeloupe | Caribbean
Nicknamed as the ‘Pearl of the French Caribbean’, the butterfly-shaped, stunning Guadeloupe archipelago is one of the five islands offering more than 200 beaches with different colourful shades; volcanoes tower, tropical forests and UNESCO Reserves. Enjoy an exotic vacation in between Caribbean and Mexico either as a solo traveller or with your family.
Peak time: During the month of June to November and December to June.
2. Samoa | Polynesia
Known as the Cradle of Polynesia, Samoa is renowned for its way of life. This 3,000-year-old heavenly island is a joy for couples and families. The local culture and landscapes are worthy to be explored. Indulge in pure beach activities on the most popular island of Upolu. Enjoy swimming in the To Sua Ocean Trench. Visit waterfalls, caves, blowholes and more.
Peak time: During the month of late April to late October.
3. Cocos Keeling | Australia
Despite a strange name, Cocos Keeling is a group of 27 islands forming two atolls in the Indian Ocean. These islands are the most popular islands in the world. They were unheard until travel enthusiasts arrived and named it ‘Continent’s Last Unspoiled Paradise’. Unbelievable, but true; these islands are known for things that are not there – crowd, chain of food courts, high-rise resorts. If you were to describe in a few words – the islands are pristine white with azure lagoons and home to more than 25,000 turtles.
Peak time: This Island can be best enjoyed during the month of April, May, October and November.
4. Hvar | Croatia
Hvar is fascinating and stunning. With a tale dating back to the Stone Age era, Hvar is enclosed with 13th-century walls, age-old stone ruins, red-tiled roofs, and a few UNESCO World Heritage remnants. A walk into the interiors reveals thriving vineyards, rugged hills, and aromatic lavender fields. Do miss the Adriatic boat trip to visit the underwater world by snorkelling, swim in sea caves, and jaunt off to secluded beaches and isolated coastal villages.
Peak time: This Island is best enjoyed during the months of April, May, October, and early November.
5. Maldives | Indian Ocean
With the biggest collection of resorts and coastal bungalows in the entire world, the Maldives is understood best as a piece of heaven on earth. Crystal clear water, abundant marine life, beach activities and seafood are its biggest assets. Indulge in every watersport you can imagine and enjoy a luxurious spa treatment at Huvafen Fushi.
Peak time: This Island is best enjoyed during the months of mid-June to late October.
6. Fiji | South Pacific
Considered as the world’s best island, Fiji is a filmmaker’s dreamy paradise. If you remember watching Cast Away and the rugged Survivor series, you can picture the gorgeous setting of Fiji. With a dazzling amount of natural beauty, rivers, mangroves, bright reefs and more than 300 islands, Fiji is also home to large wildlife comprising whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and parrots. To enjoy nature in its wildest form, head to one of Fiji’s private island reserve at Bure Villa.
Peak time: The Island is enjoyed from mid-May to June or from September to October.
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7. Santorini | Greece
If you wish to get associated with the stories of Atlantis, Santorini is the slice of paradise perfect for your holidays. Apart from being up on your screensavers, Santorini offers white-sand beaches, Caldera Lake, whitewashed buildings overlooking the Aegean Sea. Let your camera do all the talking as you capture fishing boats, blue-domed churches. Spice up your holiday experience by staying in a boutique cave.
Peak time: The Island is preferable during the months of October to May.
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8. Bora Bora | the Islands of Tahiti
Imagine being surrounded by blue lagoons, dolphins, rays and colourful fishes amidst the Jewel of the Sea. That is Bora Bora for you. If you are brave enough, approach Mt. Otemanu and admire the moss-covered volcanic peaks, where gods descended, according to folklore. Step into one of the beaches and see grass-skirted dancers gracing the surreal scenery.
Peak time: This Island can be best enjoyed during the months of late March to late May.
9. James Bond Island | Southern Thailand
One of the most stunning islands in the world, James Bond Island is graced with emerald waters and limestone hill popping its head from the sea. This famous island earned its fame from two James Bond flicks – The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Visitors can embark on an excursion from the popular resorts of Krabi, Phuket on attractive longtail boats. During the tour, explore lagoons, rugged sea caves, and ancient floating villages.
Peak time: The Island is best enjoyed during the month of October to mid-June and mid-June to September.
10. Whitsundays | Australia
The delightful Great Barrier Reef is known as the most sweeping coral-reed system that supports more than 1,500 species of fishes, octopuses, dolphins, rays and whales. Located at the core of this world wonder are more than 70 Whitsundays Islands out of which four are protected national parklands.
Leisure in the luxury resorts such as Hamilton Island, rent a helicopter or a seaplane to marvel the Heart Reef and the inlets of Whitehaven Beach.
Peak Time: The Island is best enjoyed during the months from November and April.
11. Capri | Italy
Is the stunning Capri up on your system wallpaper right now? Everyone is astounded by the picturesque, Italian city Capri, one of the most famous islands in the world. This gleaming island offers caves and has the power to impress even old-time holidaymakers. Admiring the beach and the cave is just the beginning. This island is home to ash-white limestone cliffs, hidden beaches and a natural arch. No wonder, Capri has been a tourist destination since ancient Roman times.
Peak Time: The Island can be best enjoyed during the month from November to February when the weather is cool and dry.
12. Bali | Indonesia
Bali needs no introduction. With dazzling beaches, lush terrace farms, emerald forests, ancient monuments, therapeutic body treatment, and uncountable temples, the Land of the Gods is a dream come true. You just have to choose any from the above and experience it for yourself. Out of the many temples dotted in and around Bali, visit Pura Empul and Uluwatu Sea Temple.
Peak Time: The Island can be best explored during the months of April through May and September through November.
13. Kauai | Hawaii
Designated as the Garden Island, Kauai’s wonder spreads from the 3,500 feet deep canyons to its craggy cliffs. You can easily spot monk seals on the Poipu Beach, which got enlisted on America’s Best Beaches. If you walk into the interiors, rivers, waterfalls and rainforests await to surprise you.
Peak Time: The Island can be best explored during the months of December to April and May and June.
14. Seychelles | Indian Ocean
One of the most amazing islands in the world, Seychelles manages to stay on desktop wallpapers for long, but there’s more to this paradisiacal haven. This mid-sea island is the planet’s oldest archipelago with the purest air. Home to celebrities and famous tycoons who love to flock here from their mundane schedule usually find cosiness towards the North Island. Activities here include scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling, underwater strolls, beach games and food fiestas.
Peak Time: The Island can be enjoyed in the months from April to June.
15. Lucia, Caribbean
Famous as ‘The Helen of the West’, St. Lucia is located at the heart of the Caribbean. This bewitching atoll charms visitors with UNESCO-listed sites such as The Twin Pitons, volcanic hills, lush forests, gleaming beaches, ruins and mud baths. Moving away from these natural wonders, visit one of the best resorts on the island – Jade Mountain, it is a jewel worthy of admiration.
Peak Time: The Island is best enjoyed during the months from late October to early November.
16. Palawan, Philippines
Boasting of two stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, and the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan is one of the best islands in the world. Nicknamed as the last frontier, this place is famous for couples and families. The best scenic sights are near the Ugong Rock and the Elephant Caves. Do not be surprised if you are offered a stay in the overwater bungalows on the island. Every bit is worth it!
Peak Time: The Island is best explored between the month of May and August.
17. Martinique, Caribbean
Martinique is considered as Caribbean’s best-kept secret that still needs to be explored. Famed as the Isle of Flowers and ornamented with a 4,000 feet mountain, Martinique can be best explored in places such as Batala Gardens, suspension bridges, ruins and a slave memorial. Walk up to any beach bar and you will be flooded with drinks. No wonder, Martinique is called as the Rum Capital of the World.
Peak Time: The Island could be best enjoyed during the month of February to April, and from July to September.
18. Paxos, Greece
Greece will become anything you want it to be. Right from tranquil fishing villages, stone villas, cypress trees, lush flora fauna, olive groves, tavernas and more. Your thrill spot is the tiny island of Ionia that is only accessible by a boat. Towards the western coast, you can explore arches, rocky coves, craggy cliffs and an array of caves. Revive your spirit and soul at the adjacent island of Antipaxos with several aqua activities and seafood delicacies.
Peak Time: The Island can be best explored during the months of September to March
19. Cook Islands | South Pacific near New Zealand
Secluded lagoons, glass-bottom boats, green mountains, towering palm trees are your friends in the Cook Islands. There is something for everyone. Whether you are itching to dive right into the ocean, go hiking, relish seafood, embark on a safari, and enjoy clicking photography, Cook Islands are the most famous islands in the world that will not let you down.
Peak Time: The Island is best enjoyed between June and August.
20. Isle of Skye | Scotland
Known for amazing rocky terrains and waterfalls, the Isle of Skye is a 50-mile island located in Scotland. You can choose to stay in a medieval castle turned hotel or opt for the spectacular town of Portree.
Peak Time: The Island can be best explored during the month of July and August.
If heaven exists, it must be an island. These offer a perfect escape from the busy life in the 21st century. Islands offer sandy and oceanic wonders that can rest and rejuvenate your body mind and soul. Did you pick one for your next getaway?