37. Moorea, French Polynesia
Dreaming of volcanic mountains, powdery white sand beaches and vibrant turquoise waters? Moorea is a romantic and secluded island in the South Pacific and one of the least known holiday spots in French Polynesia. Just thirty minutes from Tahiti by high-speed catamaran, Moorea is also a little easier to reach than its famous brother, Bora Bora.
Discover authentic Tahitian culture, swim with reef sharks and local rays in the clear waters of the lagoon, watch whales and hike through rainforests on foot. You can also rent a car or bike and go around the 60 kilometers of Moorea coast, where you will pass white churches and sleepy fishing villages – maybe you’ll stop on the way to buy tropical fruit, from freshly caught tuna or a hand-picked coconut.
Moorea is a true tropical island, and also offers impressive hotels, in the style of ‘honeymoon’, with these superb bungalows on the water. Treat yourself, stay in one of these luxury hotels and experience diving into the sea directly from your private terrace or watching the sunset over an uninterrupted view of the sea. Recommended hotels include Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora, although there is a wider range of luxury resorts in Bora Bora.
Best time to visit: May – October (dry season of Tahiti)
In Jamaica, you’ll fall in love with the warm Caribbean climate, long reef-lined beaches, rich rainforests, majestic waterfalls and, of course, laid-back locals and reggae!
Jamaica must be one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands to visit. One of our favourite places is the town of Negril for its white sandy beaches, shallow bays and calm turquoise sea. You’ll find amazing bars and restaurants, and in the evening, psychedelic sunsets and late-night reggae concerts. Reach Falls in Portland is a romantic day trip where you can see the magnificent waterfall featured in Cocktails with Tom Cruise.
Head to Floyd’s Pelican Bar by boat, and have a beer in this bar in the middle of the sea! The Pelican Bar is built from sticks and palm branches, but its name comes from pelicans who like to perish on its roof. It’s just one of the coolest bars in the world and you have to visit it – if you’re lucky you can even see wild dolphins on the way.
35. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has long been an adventure, with mountains to climb, thick forests to explore and ancient shipwrecks to discover in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The beaches are beautiful, but with all there is to see and do, finding time to lie down and relax can be a challenge. Whether on land or at sea, exploration always attracts and the curious can’t resist.
The island is a melting pot, comprising countless cultures and languages, but life is easy. Visit prehistoric settlements and cultural heritage sites, hike through forests, rice paddies and quiet villages – on foot, on horseback or even on elephants – or climb the trails that wind between the hills and mountains, it’s up to you. The inland needs to be explored, but you will always be attracted to the beach, where you await the welcoming sands, dive sites and world-class surfing.
Fiji is a Melanesian country located in the South Pacific Ocean and is divided into nine groups of islands. You can visit Fiji all year round, with temperatures remaining at an equal rate of 27oC. Ocean activities such as swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving can be practiced in all seasons. Divers enjoy increased visibility around coral reefs during Fiji’s “winter” months, from May to October.
The largest and most important island in the country is called Viti Levu. It is the most economically developed and has a rich cultural heritage to discover. The best attractions of Viti Levu are on the water, our favorites are the dolphin-spotting, the kite-surfers’ paradise of ‘Nananu-i-Ra’, and the coral reefs of the ‘Bligh Passage’.
33. Capri, Italy
Located less than an hour’s boat ride from Naples, Capri is a must-see, idyllic island, where steep cliffs rise majestically above a crystal blue sea.
The most famous sight of the island of Capri is undoubtedly “The Blue Cave”, a magical cavern where the sea shines an electric blue. History buffs will appreciate the ‘Villa Jovis’, the ruins of the imperial Roman villas, where Emperor Tiberius lived.
32. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand and the world. This small archipelago offers beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise water all surrounded by beautiful cliffs. The scenery is truly breathtaking!
Koh Phi Phi has long been a backpacker destination but over the past decade and the island’s growing fame many luxury resorts and hotels have been built.
The nightlife has also developed a lot with many bars and places to party until the end of the night. This island was made famous by the film “The Beach” starring Leonardo Di Caprio in 2000.
Despite this fame, Koh Phi Phi remains much quieter than Phuket or Ko Samui on the East Coast. You can always find secluded beaches and quiet places to relax.
With its central position, Koh Phi Phi is also a great starting point to explore some of the most beautiful scuba diving sites in Thailand. You also start your diving cruise in the Similan Islands.
The dive spots of Koh Lanta, Phuket and even the Similan Islands are also accessible during a day trip.
The reefs of Koh Phi Phi are very rich in marine life and the coral is of good quality. Some of the spots like Hin Daeng or Hin Muang are world class with a good chance to be able to observe the magnificent Manta rays and even a Whale Shark if you are very lucky!
31. St Lucia
St Lucia is only an eight-hour flight direct from the UK, and is the perfect destination for adventurers. The island is of volcanic origin and if you like hiking, you’ll love “The Pitons”, two mountainous volcanic plugs listed as world heritage.
The best beaches in the Caribbean are in St Lucia, the best known are “Sugar Beach” and “Marigot Bay”. “Great Anse” is the place to go if you want to see sea turtles crawling out of the water and laying their eggs on the sand. It is worth mentioning that the luxury seaside resort of Sugar Beach is one of a kind, perfect for family holidays and romantic getaways.
30. Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Whitsunday Islands is an archipelago of 74 tropical islands of white sand beaches located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Marine life lovers will not miss the opportunity to snorkel or bottle diving in the wonderful Great Barrier Reef, which is an emotional and unforgettable experience.
It is difficult to choose where to stay on the archipelago as the islands are numerous. Our favourite resort is located on ‘Hamilton Island’, the largest and most popular of the Pentecostal Islands. “Qualia” is a complex of 60 isolated pavilions, hidden at the northern tip of the island. Condé Nast Traveler named Qualia the best resort in the world in 2012. It is an adult-only retreat, with an award-winning spa, two superb guest-only restaurants, a library, two bars and an excellent catalogue of water activities.
29. Kaua’i, Hawaii
Kaua’i is part of the Hawaiian Archipelago and is also called the “Garden Island”. It is indeed an island made up of steep mountains, green valleys and cascading waterfalls. Our tips, explore the beautiful cliffs of the Napali coast, to the north of the island and the coconut coast to the east.
On the south shore you will find sites of great cultural, historical and geological importance, as well as beautiful beaches. The island of Kauai has been featured in more than seventy Hollywood films and television shows, including Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
28. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. Enjoy this paradise of magnificent vineyards and olive groves, take part in a wine tasting and relax around a delicious lunch in the vineyards. Waiheke is an immersive adventure, where you can either walk along the cliffs, explore the beaches or fly smoothly through the forest with a zip line.
If you want to spend the night on the island, we recommend staying at the Delamore lodge, where you can enjoy relaxing spa treatments, sophisticated cuisine and wine and an irresistible pool overlooking the bay.
27. Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, which runs along the western end of the country, is a unique destination made up of picturesque islands and coastal towns. No matter which of the seventy islands you choose, you will come back with amazing memories. Our favorite island is unquestionably Cres, known for its griffin population, where you can marvel in oak forests, admire the majestic cliffs that rise along the sea and rest on tranquil beaches.
The largest city and the center of the coastline are Split, a haven of sights and museums classified by UNESCO. Tourists sometimes neglect to pass through the Croatian capital deprived of beaches, the magnificent Zagreb, an architectural and historical treasure that we recommend you see.
26. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a favorite destination for surfers and divers, but there’s more to discover than its beaches and marine biodiversity. Exotic temples and palaces set in breathtaking landscapes make the island a unique experience.
Choose your place of residence on the island wisely, as each city offers a different experience. “Seminyak” is the seaside resort of Bali, most of the best restaurants on the island are located in the area and night owls will enjoy its nightlife. At the other end, “Ubud” is very quiet and is the ideal place for nature lovers, who prefer the green valleys to the beach and enjoy art, culture and history. But if you’re a party-goer, “Kuta” is known as the perfect destination with its many bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.
25. Cook Islands
The fifteen Cook Islands are a warm tropical paradise in the heart of the Pacific. The main island “Rarotonga” is very modern but has a robust culture, firmly rooted in the traditional values and history of Polynesia. You will enjoy great coffee, artisanal food and can’t choose between the various outdoor activities, from lagoon cruises to cultural tours, fishing and hiking
you can kayak on the crystal clear lagoon, sip your first cocktail or relax by the pool in your beautiful seaside resort. No matter where you are or what you want to do, the islands are available for your leisure.
24. Santorini, Greece
one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece. Santorini offers a unique landscape of beaches in exotic colors of black, red and white, product of their volcanic sand. Imagine you’re swimming in the warm and mythical Aegean Sea, with a volcano and breathtaking sunsets as a backdrop.
The architecture of the island is very special, the churches are built in caves and the whitewashed houses, the blue domed churches and the paved paths are of amazing beauty.
23. Palawan, Philippines
One of the things we liked the most is the “Underground River of Puerto Princesa” in Sabang. It was declared one of the seven new wonders of nature in 2012 and is a good day of adventure with the ‘Sabang Beach’.
If you’re not a fan of the crowds, Port Barton is a very quiet village where you will find beautiful beaches. You can also go snorkeling to see sea turtles and kayak to the nearby islets you’ll have to yourself. Palawan is an important stop for migratory birds and is home to fifteen species of birds that are not found anywhere else, “Coron Bay” is a very interesting destination for divers, there are more than half a dozen sunken boats during the Second World War.
22. Mauritius, Africa
Mauritius is the ideal holiday destination for any tourist. The island offers a variety of water sports, beautiful white beaches, long mountain hikes, wildlife, sightseeing and luxury resorts.
It is an island full of 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 refuge by runaway slaves in the 18th century.
There are also amazing national parks to see, such as the “Black River Gorges” and the “Casela Animal Park” where you can walk with lion cubs.
21. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is a remote island in the South Pacific, northwest of Tahiti, popular with tourists for its luxurious seaside resorts with bungalows on the water. One of the best hotels to stay in is the five-star Four Seasons Hotel.
Surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise water protected by a coral reef, it is a really nice place to snorkel and bottle diving.
The most impressive view of the island is in the center of Mount Otemanu, where there is a dormant volcano rising to 727 m.
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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 that the world’s second-largest atoll, surrounded by reef and residential to 152,000 giant tortoises.
The green Vallée de Mai park is that the only place where all six of the palm species endemic 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.
19. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is a volcanic island of Hawaii, with 30 miles of beach and crystal clear waters. If you like snorkeling, you should see the rainbow of coral and tropical fish.
There is also a lot to do on the island. Don’t miss the favored Haleakala park with waterfalls, bamboo forest, Hawaiian geese, dormant volcano and lava flows. Spend the day within the park and watch its spectacular sunsets over the mountains. Take a stroll through Lahaina’s historic sites and take a drive to Hana. From the island of Maui, you’ll sail to the romantic Lanai, also known for its beach of shipwrecks, where is that the wreck of a war II tanker.
The island is made up of a few microclimates and the weather varies considerably depending on the side of the island where you are staying. The west side is generally the warmest, although tropical weather may even vary daily with extremes such as sun and thunderstorms, so prepare accordingly.
The Maldives is a magnificent string of Indian Ocean atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands known for their white sandy beaches and warm turquoise-blue waters. The tropical islands are sunny and warm all year round, although the most popular time to visit them is between November and April, as this is the period when rainfall is lowest.
Visit the coral reefs of the Maldives, one of the world’s most exceptional destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling, where you can see brightly colored turtles and tropical fish. For the more adventurous, swim with giant whale sharks and watch manta rays at night.
When planning your trip, you’ll be spoilt for choice for luxury hotels, most of which are located on small private islands and accessible by plane or fast boat from the main island.
17. Madagascar, Africa
Madagascar is that the fourth largest island on our planet and a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts where you’ll see rare animals, rainforest, baobabs and extraordinary white-sand beaches.
Baobab Avenue is an experience not to be missed if you are traveling to Madagascar. You must also visit one of Madagascar’s nature parks to observe its wildlife, from chameleons to snakes and lemurs. From July to October, go through “Nosy Be” to catch a glimpse of one of the rarest animal species on the planet, the Omura whale.
16. Corsica, France
Corsica is a small mountainous island located off the coast of France in the Mediterranean. This French island is known by locals as “the island of beauty” or “island of beauty” because of its breathtaking natural landscapes. Corsica is surprisingly varied – from stunning coastal cliffs to an incredibly clear turquoise sea, from dense forests with hiking trails to laid-back coastal towns. Visit this island for hiking, fishing, boat trips, snorkeling and scuba diving.
15. Galapagos, Ecuador
The Galapagos is an archipelago of 21 volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean and considered one of the most famous destinations in the world for wildlife observation. Shark Point, Santa Cruz or Daphne Island are a “melting pot” of marine animals. No other site in the world offers the experience of diving with such a diversity of marine animals, from sea lions to sharks and turtles, so familiar with humans that they accompany divers.
Make sure you have at least two weeks in the Galapagos, as this is the kind of trip you only do once in your life!
14. Azores, Portugal
Natural wonders await you in the Azores, a land of vast volcanic craters, pristine white sand beaches, warm thermal waters and much more. Located in the middle of the Atlantic, this Portuguese archipelago is a real spectacle with its spectacular landscapes. There is so much to see that you will need one or two visits to make the most of it.
Explore the beautiful lake-filled calderas, stroll among the vineyards or take a tour to see the spectacular geysers, the choice is yours. With nine islands in the archipelago asking to be explored, you will see that filling your days here is never a problem. Time seems to be slowing down in the Azores and when you need to relax, you’ll discover that there’s no shortage of secret places to relax and get away. Follow the grass-covered trails to the perfect sands before you lie down to soak up the warm Atlantic sun.
13. Prince Edward Island
Outdoor adventures await you in Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, which is proving to be a major magnet for those who want to escape modern life and all its stresses. Known for its bright red sand beaches, it’s the perfect getaway off new Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with spectacular scenery at every turn and a host of activities for all tastes .
Speaking of tastes, the food here is legendary, with local seafood topping most menus and lobster and mussels among the fresh ingredients in abundance. Need to work on a big meal? Go on the trails or go on the water, canoeing and kayaking are always an option for those looking for an experience to enjoy. Cycling and skiing, hunting and fishing, it’s all about the great outdoors here. With so much to do, it’s no surprise that visitors keep coming back to Prince Edward Island.
12. Easter Island
Best known for its mythical Moai, Easter Island attracts visitors eager to see the large statues that have stood on its shores since the 13th century. There are more than 900 here, imposing human figures with oversized heads, and although they are the ones who bring most tourists to this remote place, there is much more to see and do here than one might suspect at first sight.
Visit vast volcanic craters, take an excursion to a preserved stone village or spend some time on the beautiful sandy beaches that surround Easter Island, the choice is yours. For those looking for adventure off the coast, world-class dive sites invite you, while the seafood is fresh and delicious and the atmosphere on the island is always peaceful. This perfect slice of Polynesia is one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet.
You’ll find some comfort in this tiny British Commonwealth nation, with cricket matches and afternoon tea always on the agenda. But the similarities end there, with Barbados, an exotic outpost, enjoying a perfect climate, beautiful beaches and the possibility to lie down and do nothing.
It’s a cruising port, but you have to get off the beaten track a bit and the loneliness is still on the pristine sand, with palm trees rustling in the warm breeze and tropical Caribbean waters buzzing on the shore. Thanks to the year-round sun, there is no bad time to visit Barbados and, with constant temperatures from month to month, you will always find a perfect and pleasant climate. Want to take a break on the beach? Check out the botanical gardens and colonial buildings, before returning to the sand to watch the spectacular sunset in style.
10. Lofoten Island, Norway
The Lofoten Islands, which stretch over the Norwegian Sea above the Arctic Circle, are spectacular. With its deep fjords and magnificent mountains, it is a wild region of unparalleled beauty, where giant sea eagles fly and everything is at peace.
The climate is milder than their position suggests, visitors are attracted to the islands to experience up close the Northern Lights and the midnight sun, and for those who wish to return to nature and think outside the beaten path, there is no better. Enjoy the calm and tranquillity, the great outdoors all around and always something special to see and do. For a real treat, we recommend kayaking between the islands before finding a good quiet restaurant and enjoying the fresh ingredients that are a specialty. Fish is always on the menu – and nowhere else does it taste finer than here.
9. Isle Of Skye, Scotland
Robust and remarkable, Skye is a spectacular site, connected to the north-west coast of Scotland by a bridge, but remote, wild and of undue beauty. With its rugged coastline and mountainous interior, the island attracts hikers and climbers eager to tackle the Cuillin Range and Trotternosh Ridge, while those looking for less extreme adventures head here for spot the island’s abundant wildlife, with majestic sea eagles, whales and dolphins among the species that make Skye their home.
Visit medieval castles and picturesque fishing villages before heading to Portree, the quiet capital, for a relaxing pint in a harbour pub. Some 50 miles long, Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and with so much to see and do, it’s the perfect place for those who want to escape from it all. Pittoresque and perfect, this is Scotland at its best and at its best and we can’t recommend a visit too much.
8. Saint John Island, Caribbean
Life takes place at a slower pace on the island of Saint John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands and a place where flora and fauna abound and everything is at peace. The national park dominates here, covering more than half of the tiny island – it’s only nine miles from one end to the other – and with countless species of birds to watch, and dolphins and turtles among the fascinating creatures found in the waters hot in the Caribbean, it’s no surprise that it’s a destination that constantly attracts nature lovers.
It is a place of rest and relaxation, far from the beaten track and a much quieter destination than the other Caribbean islands. Head to the North Shore for a taste of the beautiful sands, with Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Beach and Honeymoon Beach all recommended. Peace and calm are plentiful, making it an island where relaxation is always on the agenda.
7. Grand Cayman, Caribbean
Breathtaking beaches attract visitors to Grand Cayman, but life here is not limited to pristine sands and warm Caribbean waters. Take a tour of the shops of George Town, the capital, where you can find the best designer brands, before discovering the cultural and historical sites that dot the island. Need to relax after all this tourism? You’ll be spoilt for choice, even if the crescent-shaped Seven Mile Beach, located on the west coast of the island, is the most obvious destination for those looking for paradise.
Grand Cayman is popular on the cruise ship circuit, but it’s not hard to avoid the crowds here. Get into the water, where vibrant coral reefs await you and where the island’s famous stingrays swim alongside captivated divers in the North Sound. Good food, good weather and tourist attractions for everyone, what doesn’t please Grand Cayman?
6. Mykonos, Greece
He may be best known for his thriving club scene and summer parties, but Mykonos isn’t just about that. Glamorous and cosmopolitan in places, the real Greece is still there, with fishing boats crisscrossing the island’s ports, the perfect sand that attracts beaches and the old windmills that dot the tops of the hills and attract Everybody.
In the warm waters of the Aegean Sea, it is a sunny paradise, with its whitewashed villages and its ideal climate for those who want to sunbathe. Young people can flock there to nightclubs, but get off the beaten track and you’ll find peace and quiet. Little Venice, the fishermen’s houses that line the waterfront, their balconies suspended above the sea, are a sight to savor. Whether it’s music or museums, there are attractions for all tastes here and, with the sun still present, life doesn’t get much better.
5. Sardinia, Italy
The second-largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily, Sardinia is an absolute delight. With 1,200 miles of spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches, Sardinia is a destination of choice for nature lovers. But with its mountainous interior to explore, there’s much more to it than lying on perfect sand. Hiking trails criss-cross the island, while mysterious ancient ruins need to be explored. For those who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the Italian mainland, this is the perfect place and there is always something to do.
Take a drive, visit picturesque villages or find a place to soak up the Sardinian sun. Life is peaceful here and there are options and activities for all tastes. Castelsardo asked to be visited, while Cagliari, the capital, beckoned with its fortified medieval quarter and castle. Do you have a little dip? Here, the food is a delight, fresh local ingredients are put to use in dishes that are to die for. Trust us, you’ll never want to leave again.
4. Turks & Caicos, Carribean
Deserted beaches and clear blue waters invite visitors to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands, a sun-drenched Atlantic archipelago where relaxation is always on the agenda. Composed of 40 low-lying coral islands southeast of the Bahamas, it’s a paradise, with palm trees lining the perfect sands and warm waters that keep calling.
There’s a lot or little you can do, whether it’s lying down with a book on Grace Bay beach or exploring Providenciales, aka Provo, with all its luxurious resorts, boutiques and upscale restaurants. For those looking for adventure, scuba diving is always an option and, with a 14-mile coral reef to explore, there is plenty to see offshore. Quiet, beautiful and attractive to all, it is not surprising that the Turks and Caicos Islands are such a popular place for those who want to live island life at its best. Follow our advice and go on a trip, you won’t regret it.
With its famous pink sandy beaches, Bermuda attracts visitors eager to experience island life in its best light. But the island’s appeal goes far beyond its palm-lined sands. Outdoor adventures await you in the North Atlantic Ocean, with world-class dives and sailings always on the agenda here. Explore shipwrecks, caves and underground lakes, or take an exhilarating jet ski ride, the choice is yours. Whatever your mood, you’ll find aquatic activities that are right for you.
For those who prefer something a little quieter, the island has a fascinating colonial history, while those who can’t resist the pink sands should head to Elbow Beach or Horseshoe Bay. Watch out for humpback whales and other natural wonders and, as the end of the day approaches and the sun begins to set, don’t forget to toast Bermuda with the rum-based drinks that make the island famous.
The year-round sun makes Aruba the ideal destination for those looking for a Paradise in the Caribbean, with beautiful beaches, warm waters and a relaxing climate. It can be a popular place, a regular stop on the cruise ship circuit, but with miles of white sand stretching over the beautiful coastline, it’s not hard to avoid the crowds and find here some peace and quiet much-needed.
You can do a lot or little in Aruba, with world-class diving and water sports still possible, and ancient caves, cliffs and rocks to explore inland, on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike. The island is tiny, making it easy to get around and see everything. But more often than not, you will be attracted to the beach, where the trade winds offer a respite from the beating sun, the palm trees give shade and the flamingos provide entertainment.
Beautiful black sand beaches, waterfalls, lagoons and extinct volcanoes. Tahiti is the largest of all the islands of sunny French Polynesia, it is the paradise personified, with rest and relaxation always on the program and natural wonders as far as the eye can see.
Take a dip in the warm waters before retreating to your luxurious lodge, you will find that the pace of life is a little slower here. Part of a vast chain comprising 118 islands and atolls, many of which are uninhabited and unfled, loneliness is not hard to find here, and peace and calm abound. Separated into two parts, Tahiti Nui to the west and Tahiti Iti to the east, this eight-shaped island is the perfect destination for those who want to escape from all this. Lie down and feel your disofmy, there are few places on Earth quieter than Tahiti.