Islands are probably the most beautiful holiday getaways. Tropical islands and beautiful beaches, the sheer scenic beauty, the exotic flora and fauna make islands one of the most popular tourist places. There are just a few islands around the world which are really worth visiting. Here is a list of 10 most gorgeous islands in the world.
Situated in the Laccadive Sea, southwest of Sri Lanka, and officially known as the Republic of Maldives, Maldives is a tropical paradise attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world. It has the clear water, great lush islands, and beautiful white sandy beaches. There are also many coral islands in Maldives.
If you’re fond of underwater beauty, be sure to visit Maaya Thila – one of the most popular and exciting dive sites in the Maldives. Maaya Thila is well-known as a perfect spot for both night-time and daytime scuba diving. You will see a thousand species of fish and the marvelous formation of more than 3000 coral reefs. I’m not a professional diver but I would like to try scuba diving at night. Maaya Thila is definitely on my travel bucket list!
2. Seychelles Island
Situated in the Republic of Seychelles, east of Africa and north-east of the Madagascar Island, Seychelles Island is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most popular tourist places boasting the wonderful tropical beaches and spectacular wildlife. You can engage in diving, snorkeling, sailing and fishing on this gorgeous island.
There are many festivals and events held in the Seychelles. The most popular are the Seychelles Sailing Cup in January, the International Fishing Competition in November, and the SUBIOS Underwater Festival, which showcases extraordinary underwater world of Seychelles through a series of competitions, film shows and talks. In short, surrounded by pristine warm waters and iconic rock formations, Seychelles Islands are perfect for your vacation, getaway, or wedding!
3. Mnemba Island
With its white sand beaches and crystal clear water, the Mnemba Island is one of the most gorgeous islands in the world. Situated off the northeast coast of Unguja, Mnemba Island boasts about 150 fish species and spectacular underwater natural beauty in its flora and fauna that can be enjoyed by engaging in scuba diving, fishing and snorkeling.
While visiting Mnemba Island, make sure you explore the coral reef gardens where a great variety of beautiful reef fish swim. Since Mnemba is a small island it will leave you feeling like it’s almost entirely yours. Lie on dazzling white sands, swim with the dolphins, dive the balmy waters to explore rich underwater world of coral reefs, or simply relax and listen to the sounds of gentle waves lapping against the shore. The choice is all yours!
4. Tahiti Island
Situated in the Windward group of French Polynesia, the Tahiti Island is located in the southern Pacific Island. This gorgeous island is formed by volcanic eruptions and interspersed by coral reefs. Tahiti Island is a tropical island perfect for snorkeling and diving.
The climate is tropical. Summer in Tahiti is from November through April, when the climate is warm and more humid. Winter is from May through October, with slightly cooler and drier climate. Keep it in mind when you plan your trip to Tahiti Island! Be sure to pack only lightweight cotton clothes, since synthetic fabrics get hot and sticky. And don’t forget your sunscreen lotion and a wide brimmed hat!
5. Cebu Island
Cebu Island is the main island in the Cebu province situated in the Philippines. Located east of Negros Island, Cebu is the beautiful tropical island with its limestone plateaus and narrow coastlines.
Most Cebu Island resorts offer a wide variety of watersport activities such as windsurfing, diving, kiteboarding, and snorkeling. Resorts also offer plenty of adventure tours around the island to see the awesome Kavasan Falls, fishing villages and all the beautiful churches.
6. Turks and Caicos Islands
Located in West Indies, Turks and Caicos Islands are situated south east of Mayaguana in the chain of Bahamas islands. With its luxury hotels and excellent spa resorts, Turks and Caicos Islands are among the most popular and attractive tourist places in the world. There are numerous opportunities to engage in such activities as fishing, snorkeling and diving.
You can visit museums and shop at boutiques. There are some “touristy” shops, liquor shops, food stores, pharmacies and banks. Moreover, there are many local stores that have a great variety of unique jewellery and handmade gifts. Throughout the island there are many different places to stay at, from an all-inclusive resorts and hotels to private villas.
Fiji, officially known as the Republic of Fiji, is the island located in Melanasia of the South Pacific Ocean. It is formed mainly by volcanic activity. Interspersed by rich tropical rainforests and surrounded by white sandy beaches and coral reefs, Fiji is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
From scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing to boating, Fiji has something to offer for everyone. With its warm tropical climate, it’s a perfect place for beachside holidays. The best months to visit Fiji are late March and early December.
8. Galapagos Islands
An archipelago of volcanic islands the Galapagos Islands are located along the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. These islands have many endemic species, including giant tortoises which make the islands so popular. Although the Galapagos is on the sea level and is on the Equator, the climate is not tropical. For instance, in Santa Cruz Island on the highlands it can be cold and windy, and on the sea level it can be hot and sunny. If you are going to visit the Galapagos Islands, make sure you speak a little Spanish, since it’s the principal language on the islands.
9. Sicily, Italy
Located in the Central Mediterranean, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is the home of Mount Etna, one of the most active volcano in the world and the tallest active volcano in Europe (10,890 ft.).
With its awesome beaches, breathtaking coastal scenery, inland valleys, and majestic tall mountains, Sicily is the popular travel destination for tourists from all over the globe. The island offers numerous recreational activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, caving, and horseback riding. I plan on visiting Sicily next year and I’m just dying to see this gorgeous island!
10. Koh Lipe, Thailand
The smallest island in Thailand, Koh Lipe is a secluded island hidden in the waters of the Andaman Sea. It consists of three main beaches: Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Pattaya Beach, which form the shape of a boomerang. Koh Lipe is so small that you don’t need to rent any vehicle and you can simply walk around the whole island in one hour.
Although it’s not very developed, the tourism industry is beginning to grow and it’s a great place to escape from everyday life. Keep in mind that fishing is not allowed here since Koh Lipe is a part of the Tarutao National Marine Park. But you can go snorkeling or diving. If you’re a good swimmer and you really want to adventure yourself, swim around the island or from one to another.
These are all most gorgeous islands in the world. What is your favorite island? What other gorgeous islands do you know except listed above? Share your thoughts, please!