When you think of the word island, what comes to mind? Green? Tropical? Beachy? It’s no surprise that these popular vacation destinations are some of the most beautiful in the world. Read on to find out more about these 10 amazing islands, and if you’re feeling inspired to go on vacation, start planning right away! Your dream getaway could be just around the corner!
The Maldives is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, just south of India. This chain of nearly 1,200 coral islands are all unique and surrounded by turquoise lagoons. The country has been known for their sustainable tourism industry, with a focus on keeping nature in tact. It’s one of world’s top scuba diving destinations and snorkeling destinations. It’s also a great place for birdwatching.
The Bahamas are a famous vacation destination, but they’re also home to some of nature’s most stunning islands. Nassau is an excellent port for cruises and beach excursions; Paradise Island is one of our favorite destinations on earth, with fantastic beaches and world-class entertainment. If you want somewhere even more remote, head up toward Cat Island or Eleuthera—but be prepared for limited nightlife.
Mauritius is a small island nation located off of Africa’s southeast coast. It is made up of two major islands and several smaller ones, including Rodrigues Island, Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos Shoals, and Ile aux Cerfs. Mauritius was first discovered by Arabs who named it Dina Arobi; Portuguese explorers gave it its modern name (after Prince Maurice of Nassau) because they found it on Easter day.
4) St. Lucia
St. Lucia has long been recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, thanks to its miles of unspoiled coastline and rich natural resources. Founded in 1493 by explorer Christopher Columbus (on his second voyage to America), it was later named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse, a Christian martyr who lived during Roman times. Though its name was changed back from St.
Barbados is an independent nation, making it a popular tourist destination. It’s known for its luxury hotels and golf courses, most of which are located on St. James Island, which is often referred to as Paradise Island. The highest point in Barbados is Mount Hillaby at 546 meters above sea level. Although none of its beaches are considered sacred, it’s well-known for its glass-clear waters, white sand and beautiful natural scenes.
6) Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is an ecosystem of around 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretches more than 1,200 miles along Australia’s northeastern coast. This part of Oceania has more than 3,000 types of fish, 500 species of coral and marine mammals like whales and dolphins. The Great Barrier Reef can be found off Queensland’s northeast coast near Cairns on Australia’s east coast. It’s so big it can be seen from space!
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located approximately 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from mainland Africa. The most beautiful of these is Mahé, which offers breathtaking views of colorful hills and a diverse culture. Victoria, Seychelles’ capital city and second-largest island, offers travelers a taste of colonial life amid nature.
8) Bali, Indonesia
This island paradise is one of South East Asia’s most picturesque vacation spots. Blessed with lush rainforests, gorgeous beaches and a vibrant nightlife, Bali offers everything you could want from a tropical getaway. Plus, it has world-class restaurants and shopping on offer too. If you’re planning on visiting Bali, read our guide to spending 48 hours in Kuta (the best ways to spend your time exploring Bali).
9) Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a French territory located in Oceania. It consists of an archipelago of four main islands: Grande Terre, La Désirade, Île des Pins and Loyalty Islands. Of these, only La Désirade lacks permanent inhabitants due to its rough terrain and environment. However, these islands are frequently visited by tourists seeking their beautiful beaches or great scuba diving sites.
10) Reunion Island, France
A beach lover’s dream, Reunion Island is a favourite of French tourists who want a bit of spice with their sunbathing. Here you can enjoy tiki bars, brightly coloured bungalows and some of France’s best food. The island is also known for its huge nature reserve: it’s bigger than Belgium and Monaco combined! If you are looking for a seaside getaway, look no further than Reunion Island.