Tropical forests, jungles, turquoise waters and scenic beaches! All can be found in the 20 most beautiful islands of the world according to the site Travel Den.
1. Mo’orea, French Polynesia
Dreaming of volcanic mountains, white powder sandy beaches and bright turquoise waters?
Mo’orea is surely one of the most beautiful islands in the world! Just 30 mins from Tahiti by high-speed Catamaran, Mo’orea is a place to relax and appreciate the quietness and beauty of the nature.
Experience the island’s authentic Tahitian culture and explore tropical nature by foot. Rent a car or a bicycle and circle Moorea’s 60-kilometer coastline. Pass by white churches and sleepy fishing villages and stop along the way to buy some tropical fruit, fresh tuna or an ice-cold coconut.
In Jamaica you will fall in love with the warm Caribbean weather, picturesque beaches, beautiful sunsets and majestic waterfalls.
Our favourite spots: the romantic “Reach Falls” in Portland, “Negril town” for its reggae concerts and psychedelic sunsets. Pop at the Pelican bar nicknamed for the pelicans that like to perch on its roof. It’s one of the world’s coolest bar and is located in the middle of the sea! If you’re lucky you can even see wild dolphins on the way.
3. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has long appealed to the adventurous, with mountains to climb, thick forests to explore and ancient shipwrecks to discover in its warm Indian Ocean waters.
There are beautiful beaches aplenty, but with so much to see and do, finding the time to lie back and relax might prove to be a challenge. Whether on land or out at sea, exploration always beckons and the curious cannot resist.
The island is a true melting pot, comprising countless cultures and languages, but life here is easy. Visit pre-historic settlements and sites rich in cultural heritage, trek through forests, paddy fields and quiet villages — on foot, by horse or even on an elephant — or climb the paths that wind up the hills and mountains, the choice is yours. The interior demands to be explored, but you’ll always be drawn back to the beach, where the inviting sands, scuba sites and world-class surfing await.
Fiji is a Melanesian country in the South Pacific Ocean and is divided into nine groups of islands. You can visit Fiji’s all year, the temperatures staying even and around 27°C. Ocean activities like swimming, snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed in all seasons. Scuba divers enjoy increased visibility around coral reefs during the Fijian ‘winter’ months of May – October.
The largest and most important island of the country is called Viti Levu. It is the most economically developed and has a rich cultural heritage to discover. Viti Levu’s best attractions are on the water, our favourite ones are the dolphin-spotting, the kite-surfer paradise of “Nananu-i-Ra”, and the coral reefs of the “Bligh Passage”.
5. Capri, Italy
Located less than an hour boat from Naples, Capri is an inevitable step, an idyllic island, where sharp cliff rises majestically above a crystalline blue sea.
The most famous sight on Capri island is incontestably “The Blue Grotto”, a magical cavern where the sea glows electric blue. History enthusiasts will enjoy the “Villa Jovis”, ruins of the Imperial Roman villas, where the emperor Tiberius lived.
6. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
The Ko Phi Phi archipelago is located in the Andaman Sea, a marginal sea of the Indian Ocean. Located off the west coast of southern Thailand, it offers an interesting range of vegetation and animal species. The two main islands of the group are Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Leh.
Ko Phi Phi is the ideal destination for nature lovers, Koh Phi Phis Flora impresses with a mixture of jungle and rocky landscapes. The island guides can take you to an amazing jungle trek where you’ll see many animals, like monkeys, snakes and wild birds.
7. St Lucia
Saint Lucia is just a direct eight-hour direct flight from the UK, and the ideal destination for adventurers. The island has volcanic origins and if you like hiking, you will love “The Pitons”, two mountainous volcanic plugs classed as a World Heritage Site.
The best Caribbean beaches are in St Lucia, the most famous ones are “Sugar Beach” and “Marigot Bay”. “Grande Anse” is the place to go if you want to see sea turtles crawl out of the water and lay their eggs on the sand. Worth mentioning that Sugar Beach luxury resort is one of its kind, perfect for family holidays and romantic escapes.
8. Kaua’i, Hawaii
Kaua’i is part of the Hawaiian archipelgo and is also named “the garden island”. It is indeed an island made of sharp mountains, green valleys and cascading waterfalls. Our tips is to explore the beautiful cliffs of the Napali coast, on the North side of the island and the Coconut coast on the East side.
On the South shore, you’ll find sites with cultural, historical, and geological significance alongside beautiful beaches. The island of Kauaʻi has been featured in more than seventy Hollywood movies and television shows, notably Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
9. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke is just a 35 minutes ferry ride from Auckland. Enjoy this heaven of beautiful vineyards and olive groves, join a wine testing and relax over a delicious vineyard lunch. Waiheke is an immersive adventure, where you can either wander along the cliffs, explore the beaches or fly smoothly in the forest with a zip-line.
10. Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast runs along the western edge of the country and is a unique destination made of picturesque islands and seaside towns. It doesn’t matter which of the seventy islands you’ll pick, you’ll come back with amazing memories. Our favourite island is incontestably Cres, known for its population of griffons, where you can wonder in oaky forests, admire the majestic cliffs standing along the sea and rest on quiet beaches.
11. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is the favourite destination for surfers and divers but there is much more to discover than its beaches and marine biodiversity. Exotic temples and palaces set against stunning landscapes make the island an experience of its kind.
12. Santorini, Greece
Welcome to one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece. Santorini offers a unique landscape of beaches in exotic colours of black, red, and white, a product of their volcanic sand. Imagine swimming in the warm mythic Aegean Sea, with volcano and stunning sunsets as a backdrop.
The island architecture is very distinctive, churches are built into caves and the whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and paved paths are astonishingly beautiful.
13. Palawan, Philippines
Treat yourself to delicious local cuisine and local beers in Palawan. One of the things we loved the most is the “Puerto Princesa Underground River” in Sabang. It was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2012 and make a good day’s worth of adventure along with “Sabang Beach”.
If you’re not a fan of crowds, “Port Barton” is a very quiet village where you’ll find pretty beaches. You can also snorkel to see sea turtles and kayak to nearby islets you’ll have all to yourself. Palawan is an important stop for migratory birds and shelter fifteen bird species found nowhere else. “Coron bay” is a very interesting destination for divers, you can find here over half a dozen sunken WWII ships. Experienced divers can enter the ships and discover a dark, lost world of abandoned engine rooms, scattered personal effects and bomb holes opening to the deep.
14. Mauritius, Africa
Mauritius is the perfect holiday destination for any tourist. The island offers a variety of water sports, beautiful white beaches, long mountain treks, wildlife, sightseeing and luxurious resorts.
This is an island filled with history. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit: “Aapravasi Ghat” in the colonial capital of Port Louis and “Le Morne”, a mountain used as a shelter by runaway slaves in the 18th century.
There are also amazing national parks to see, like the “Black River Gorges” and the “Casela Wildlife Park” where you can walk with lion cubs.
15. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is a remote island in the South Pacific, northwest of Tahiti, popular with tourists for its luxurious resorts with overwater bungalows.
The most impressive sight of the island is in the center of Mount Otemanu where there is a sleeping volcano culminating at 727m.
Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, has 115 idyllic islands characterized by long white beaches with huge rocks of pink granite. Anse Lazio is one of the most special beaches to see and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world.
The Aldabra Islands is the world’s second largest atoll, surrounded by coral reef and home to 152,000 giant tortoises.
The green Vallée de Mai National Park is the only place where all six of the palm species endemics to Seychelles, including the Coco de mer, are found together. The Coco de mer produces a fruit that is one of the largest and is valued by a number of Asian cultures for its believed aphrodisiac, medicinal and mystic properties.
The Maldives are a beautiful string of atolls in the Indian Ocean consisting of over 1,000 coral islands known for their white sand beaches and warm, turquoise blue waters. The tropical islands are sunny and hot all-year round though the most popular time to visit is between November and April as this is the period of lowest rainfall.
Visit the coral reefs in Maldives for one of the world’s most exceptional destinations for scuba diving and snorkelling where you can see turtles and brightly coloured tropical fish. For the more adventurous types, swim with giant whale sharks and see manta rays at night.
18. Mykonos, Greece
It might be best known for its thriving club scene and summer parties, but there’s more to Mykonos than meets the eye. Glamourous and cosmopolitan in parts, true Greece still endures, with the fishing boats bobbing in the island’s harbours, perfect sands beckoning beach bums and the ancient windmills that dot the hilltops here proving attractive to all.
Enjoying the perfect spot in warm Aegean waters, this is a sun-kissed paradise, its whitewashed villages shining bright and its climate ideal for those keen to top up their tans. Young people might flock here for the nightclubs but head off the beaten track a little and peace and quiet can be found. Look out for Little Venice, the fishing houses that line the waterfront, their balconies hanging over the sea below and a sight to savour indeed. Be it the music or the museums, there are attractions to suit all tastes here and, with the sun always beating down, life doesn’t get much better.
19. Sardinia, Italy
The Mediterranean’s second largest island, after Sicily, Sardinia is an absolute delight. Boasting 1200 miles of spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches abound here, but with its mountainous interior to explore, there’s rather more to life than lying back on the perfect sands. Hiking trails criss-cross the island, whilst mysterious ancient ruins demand to be explored. For those keen to escape the hectic Italian mainland, this is the perfect place and there’s always something to do.
Take a scenic drive, visit picture-perfect villages or find a place to soak up the Sardinian sunshine, life is peaceful here and there are options and activities to suit all tastes. Castelsardo demands a visit, whilst Cagliari, the capital, beckons with its medieval walled quarter and castle.
Boasting beautiful black-sand beaches, waterfalls, lagoons and extinct volcanoes, Tahiti is a special place indeed. The largest of all the islands in sun-kissed French Polynesia, this is paradise personified, with rest and relaxation always on the agenda and natural wonders as far as the eye can see.
Take a soak in the warm waters before retreating to your luxurious lodge, you’ll find that the pace of life is somewhat slower here. Part of a vast chain comprising 118 islands and atolls, many of them uninhabited and unfathomably remote, solitude is not hard to find here, and peace and quiet abounds. Split into two parts, Tahiti Nui to the west and Tahiti Iti to the east, this figure eight-shaped island is the perfect destination for those keen to get away from it all. Lie back and feel yourself drift away, there are few places on Earth more tranquil than Tahiti.
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