Escaping to an island getaway is frequently one of the top vacation desires of many people. With so many to choose from, it’s often difficult to run to the most beautiful. What makes a dream island paradise? Is it tons of sun, white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and located in the tropics? Or is it a peaceful holiday with exquisite scenery? Regardless of what you’re ultimate island vacation is, these islands are sure to offer some aspect of it and are worth experiencing. They’re definitely worth checking into.
1. Maldives: Baros
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Baros island in the Maldives has won many worldly awards such as Best for Romance and Best for Luxury. The islands are well known for the peace and quiet they offer, but that doesn’t mean that there is little to do. This spot is definitely one of the best places to enjoy surfing, which can be done at Lohi’s Break. As for a little history, they were once inhabited and then abandoned. Upon their beauty being found by the world again, it is now an amazing vacation destination.
2. Turkey: Ölüdeniz
Along the southwest coast of Turkey, near the Aegean Sea, is a small resort village in the Fethiye district. Famous for its blue lagoon, Ölüdeniz is one of the most photographed beaches to be found in the Mediterranean. The lagoon is a national nature reserve, and they have prohibited all building. However, that isn’t everything that is here. Nearby is the Babadağ Mountain, adding to the beautiful panoramic view. This area is one of the top five beaches known throughout the world by vacation and tourist journals.
3. United Arab Emirates: Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Even as an artificial island created for this luxury hotel, it can easily be called paradise. For those who enjoy architecture and being separated from the mainland by only a bridge, it provides an easy access island with phenomenal sites. The hotel was designed to emulate the sails of a dhow, a sort of Arabian vessel. It has become a symbol for Dubai, and the iconic building is known all over the world. Relaxing on the beach or touring the city, someone is bound to feel it’s like a dream.
4. French Polynesia: Bora Bora
Though it could be also known in Tahitian as Pora Pora, the island’s name means “First Born." It is surrounded by a large barrier reef and a lagoon, with an extinct volcano at its center. It has been an international tourist destination for years, famous for the aqua-centric luxury resorts that reside upon it. The island has no public transportation, but cars can be rented; however, the most fun route would be to ride a bicycle. There are many brilliant options for diving, making this an extremely popular vacation choice.
5. United States: Kauai
Located in the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest of the chain. It is known as the “Garden Isle," and it is the home of Waimea Canyon State Park. Along with that, one could also visit Na Pali Coast State Park, Kalalau Valley and Lookout, and the Hanalei Valley and River. Though it seems overly peaceful to some, those who enjoy scenic views and mountains are bound to find their niche.
6. Bahamas: New Providence
The largest and most well-known city of this island is Nassau, which is the capital and largest city for the entirety of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is also the largest commercial center with daily flights into North American and the United Kingdom. This island is truly one of the most accessible, despite having remained mostly uncultivated until post-World War II. The climate is mostly warm and tropical, making it an ideal vacation spot. There are plenty of places to go, things to see, and wonderful history to learn. They combine a beautiful historic look with modern touches, keeping true to their heritage and their innovations.
7. Thailand: Phi Phi Islands
Situated between Phuket and the Andaman Sea, the Phi Phi Islands are traversed by many visitors every year. They remained little known until the British-American film, The Beach (2000), used it as an on-location site; this resulted in criticisms saying the environment was damaged and an increase in tourism. They were devastated by a tsunami in 2004, but much of it has been restored today. The island’s environment is protected under natural park status and feature clear water and remarkable beaches.
8. United States: Maui
As the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Maui is home to some of the most beautiful black-sand beaches. These are found primarily in Haleakala National Park, which is located near a dormant volcano of the same name. For those who enjoy shopping, Lahaina provides the island experience as it is situated on a small wharf with an entire street of shops and restaurants before it. The island has so many other activities to partake in, such as whale watching and snorkeling. Many believe it to be the best island in the world, which concerns locals with a possible over-developing of the island.
Located east of Madagascar are many island nations, but the islands of the Republic of Mauritus has become one of the most recently well-known among tourists. Biology enthusiasts might also remember it for having once been the home of the extinct dodo bird, which settlers found to be easy prey due to it being flightless and heavy. It has a distinct history with colonization, having passed between several of the best known naval powers.
This French island has become exceedingly popular as a new vacation spot. The island is home to a shield volcano known as Piton de la Fournaise, which is often referred to as a sister volcano to those in the Hawaiian Islands, and the extinct volcano of Piton des Neiges. It has three calderas known as the Cirque de Salazie, the Cirque de Mafate, and the Cirque de Salazie.