17 of the most beautiful and exotic islands in the world.
The islands evoke the paradisiacal dreams of each of us: an escape and a patch of sand where you can relax under the leaves of palm trees and where you can admire the sea. However, not all islands are created the same. The beauty of some is defined more by the sea that surrounds them. Other islands have lush jungle and fine sandy beaches, and some delight travelers with local customs. The water urges us to peace and relaxation, while the mountain urges us to explore.
The most beautiful islands in the world.
In today's article we talk about islands, the most beautiful and exotic islands in the world. Obviously it is not a ranking, and their mention is purely subjective. Whether it's sublime beaches, stunning topography or exotic places you're looking for, these islands are far from the noise of the city.
The Maldives are some of the most amazing in the world, but it is the sea that really makes them shine. The bright aquamarine waters, with a crystalline clarity, bathe these dazzling white shores, which barely look out over the Indian Ocean. The luxury resorts offer relaxing sea excursions, the biggest asset of the archipelago.
Consisting of 26 natural atolls, the Maldives archipelago is the lowest island on the planet, rising no more than three meters above sea level at its highest point. Under the fascinating waters, coral reefs flourish, enticing divers and snorkelers from around the world. Surfers also travel here to take advantage of the rough, less crowded waves.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
In the shape of a giant sombrero, this lush volcanic island is one of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific. The best advantage of this tropical beauty is the fascinating lagoon and turquoise. Fish, turtles or sharks swim in the clear waters, and the small islands that surround it add to the wild perennial. Hide in a luxurious bungalow above the water and enjoy the scenery while falling asleep to the sound of the waves.
The island has a French imprint, and the cuisine is just right. Diving and snorkeling are excellent activities in the surrounding reefs, and hiking trails are through the palm-groomed forests.
Palawan is the response of Filipinos to paradise. This island province stretches southwest to Borneo, with lush limestone peaks rising from a jewel-like sea, so clear that you can almost see the expressions of the fish.
Bright strands of white sandy beaches are surrounded by rustling palm trees, while underwater, coral reefs abound with an impressive diversity of tropical fish, making it an ideal place for diving. Other attractions include the island's unique wildlife, emerald lakes, and fishing villages. Coron is home to lush resorts, and in El Nido you can enjoy natural beauty, being one of the most attractive islands. From here you can take a trip around the spectacular Bacuit archipelago.
One of Palawan’s top attractions is the Puerto Princesa National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an impressive system of limestone caves with an underground river.
To the east of Kenya, this archipelago of 115 coral and granite islands is full of attractions, from UNESCO-listed jungles and thriving coral reefs to palm-fringed beaches, flanked by huge boulders. Almost half of the total area of these equatorial islands is protected and many of the islands are located in marine sanctuaries rich in fish, perfect for diving and snorkeling.
Seychelles has some of the richest fishing waters on the planet, making it a top destination for fishermen.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful and attractive 10 islands of Greece. The white villas perched on the volcanic rocks, the blue-domed churches that rise on the mountains by the bright sea, all make Santorini a favorite destination for tourists from around the world.
Situated on top of black lava rocks, the Firá and Oia settlements are the most picturesque and expensive destinations on the island, and Oia ranks among the most photographed locations in the world. Other attractions in Santorini include the Akrotíri archeological site, Ancient Thira. beautiful beaches and with black sand and, of course, sublime sunsets.
If you've ever dreamed of being a shipwreck in the South Pacific, the Cook Islands are ideal. Stretching between French Polynesia and Samoa, but with strong ties to New Zealand, the 15 islands of the archipelago are among the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific. In an overwater bungalow or in a rustic beach cottage on a remote island, you may think you are Robinson Crusoe.
The island's top attractions include the attractive aquamarine lagoons, palm-fringed beaches and volcanic peaks, and the locals are among the friendliest in the South Pacific.
Rarotonga is the main tourist center, with many resorts, luxury hotels and golden sandy beaches. Aitutaki is one of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific. The villages surrounded by hibiscus sink into the hills and 21 other motus, or small islets, stretch along the blue lagoon, a short distance from the other resorts.
The intoxicating culture of Bali is a feast for the senses with the incense fords of Hindu temples, the rice fields that abound in greenery and the food that shakes the taste buds. Surfing and swimming are popular activities on the beautiful beaches of the island, and tourists will find so many other things to do on this exotic island, from jumping to sightseeing in the lush countryside, from spa treatments to shopping and hiking.
Enjoy the spiritual side of Bali in Ubud, visit Seminyak and Sanur, discover the tourist side in Kuta, or explore the attractions on the neighboring volcanic island Lombok .
Dalmatian islands, Croatia
In the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia, the Dalmatian Islands are an enchanting blend of relaxed charm and rich history. Picturesque villages and boutique hotels and restaurants surrounded by bright seas make the islands some of the most popular holiday destinations in Croatia.
Top of the list is Brac with the famous Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach band. Hvar is also beautiful with its Gothic churches, car-free old town and picturesque fishing port. From here, you can zip up to the beautiful Pakleni Islands, known for their crystal clear water and secluded bays. Other Dalmatian islands to visit include Korcula - with its buildings covered in red and white, Mljet - with its two inland saltwater lakes and Vis.
One of Australia's favorite tropical getaways is the island of Fiji. It has everything you could want: white sandy beaches, translucent turquoise waters and abundant coral reefs, and the Fijian people greet visitors with warm and friendly smiles.
Diving, snorkeling, fishing and, in some areas, surfing are all popular things to do in Fiji. With more than 300 islands, it's easy to find your favorite island for your vacation, from famous luxury resorts to family-friendly hotels. Fijians love children, so this is a fabulous destination for families who want to relax.
Kaua'i is called the "Garden Island" for a good reason: tropical forests cover much of the island, waterfalls fall from high cliffs, and the intoxicating scent of tropical flowers hangs heavily in the stifling air.
However, the beauty of the island is not only in its lush flora. The spectacular coastline will captivate you. Lava sculpted this stunning island, strolling from the ocean floor to form velvety ridges and dizzying cliffs surrounded by beautiful beaches.
Turtles and tropical fish swim along coral reefs, delighting divers and snorkelers around the world. Compared to the other more popular islands, Maui and Oahu, Kaua'i exudes a discreet vibration and tends to move at a more relaxed pace.
Don't miss the island's top attractions: the stunning Na Pali coast, the 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the cloud-covered views of the cliffs above Hanala Bay.
St. Lucia exudes a special beauty. Unlike other Caribbean islands, its best assets are not necessarily the beaches, although the golden sands are popular with visitors. The island itself must be observed: volcanic peaks preside over lush landscapes, rising to more than 700 meters above sea level and providing a stunning backdrop to the stunning landscape.
Coconut forests, cascade, fishing villages, coral reefs, nature trails and healing hot springs are just some of the tourist attractions to explore on St. Lucia. Pretty Marigot Bay and Anse Chastanet Marine Park are two places you shouldn't miss. French influences on the island complement its exotic attractions.
The island of Capri is about 20 kilometers from the Amalfi Coast and lives up to all expectations. One of its most popular tourist attractions is the "blue cave", a bright cave where locals usually take tourists on small boats and sing various opera pieces to demonstrate the fantastic acoustics of the cave.
Once you reach the port of Marina Grande, take the funicular to the main city of Capri, which seems to be detached from the movies. The market here is buzzing, with impeccably dressed locals and tourists carrying shopping nets full of designer clothes. Be sure to visit the highest city, Anacapri, and take the chairlift to Monte Solarocar to admire the wonderful scenery.
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
In Ko Phi Phi, a small archipelago in the Krabi province of Thailand, lush limestone peaks rise from the tropical sea and warm waters reach the white beaches surrounded by palm trees.
Hit by the tsunami in 2004, Ko Phi Phi has now recovered. The natural beauty is reminiscent of the tropical island dream evoked in Leonardo DiCaprio's famous film, "The Beach", which was filmed here at Maya Beach, on the smaller neighboring island of Ko Phi Phi Leh. Ko Phi Phi Don is the only inhabited island and offers day trips to the surrounding islands. Other popular activities include swimming, snorkeling and diving. Don't miss Monkey Beach, famous for its inhabitants, the monkeys.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
The Whitsunday Islands are the Australian version of the classic fantasy of the tropical islands. These 74 lush islands rise above the strikingly blue sea. The coral islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sailing is one of the popular things to do in Whitsundays, and diving is great along coral reefs populated by colorful fish. It is an extremely fragile ecosystem, protected by six national parks and which you can explore along dozens of hiking trails.
Accommodation ranges from beachfront campsites, eco-friendly retreats and family resorts to luxury resorts such as Hayman Island or Hamilton Island. Don't miss the radiant sands of Whitehaven Beach, one of the best beaches in Australia.
Saint Barthélemy Island
Amazingly beautiful but underrated, the island of St. Barts attracts many celebrities and moguls from all over the world for a good reason. This beautiful island offers a French air to the tropics, with a relaxing charm that travelers love.
One of the top attractions of the island of St. Barts is its magical beaches, which curve around the coast, supported by green hills. Intimacy and isolation are the other strengths of the island, but of course they all come at a price. This attractive island is one of the most expensive in the Caribbean. However, you can stay in a private villa or in a boutique hotel, dine in one of the most luxurious restaurants in the world and live the lifestyle of the rich and famous.
We finally have the Bahamas. With 700 islands and more than 2.000 small horses, it's easy to find your dream hiding place in the Caribbean. The top attractions of these stunningly beautiful islands range from idyllic beaches and thriving coral reefs to fantastic shopping and restaurants.
In the capital Nassau, a popular cruise ship port on New Providence Island, you can shop at tax-free prices or book a stay on the Grand Bahama. Bimini is the best choice for fishing or hunting lovers. Long Island and Andros are known for world class diving. Out islands such as Exumas, Abacos and Eleuthera are meant for relaxation, for the beach and bronze. Harbor Island is one of the few beaches where you can find extra fine, pink sand.
Whatever island you decide to visit, you will find plenty of great places to stay and relax. You can choose from luxury resorts to family resorts and even all-inclusive and very cheap resorts.