Getting away from everyday life and discover new horizons through travelling is an incredible way to escape both mentally and physically. And when you are really looking to unhook from technology and your fastpaced everyday life, the ultimate destination will always remain an island. Once on the white sandy beach, surrounded by rocky cliffs or lush forests and facing a body of water that stretches as far as the eye can see, you will feel free as a bird. Whether you are a more adventurous or more passive traveller, there is an island that will make you happy.
So pack your swimsuit and get ready to relax and lay on the beach or get active and make the most of the beach and the ocean. These are the 16 most beautiful islands in the world that you should visit at least once in your life.
1. Galapagos Islands
If you like to admire the fauna and flora of a place, these islands are for you. Filled with animals and plants not found elsewhere, the Galapagos Islands have something to impress any nature lover.
2. St Barthelemy
St Barthelemy, unlike the Galapagos Islands, is more focused on luxury and glamour than on the fauna and flora. You will certainly meet celebrities and can party there as much as you like. However, nothing prevents you from spending a few quieter moments there with a hike or a boat trip.
3. South Island, New-Zealand
New Zealand has two giant islands: South Island and North Island, but the most popular and recommended is certainly South Island. Mountains, beaches and lakes abound and make it majestic. You can even surf and ski in the same day!
4. Azores, Portugal
Located off the Portuguese coast, the Azores islands are worth a visit. There are many activities to do there, such as whale watching, hiking, diving, paragliding and surfing, among others. After a busy day, you can enjoy a quieter evening tasting delicious local wines!
5. Kauai, Hawaii
If you want to marvel at the waterfalls, tropical forests and coral reefs, Kauai Island is the place to be. The fourth largest island in Hawaii, Kauai is best known for its lush flora. It’s like paradise!
6. Naoshima, Japan
Located in the Seto Inland Sea, this Japanese island will certainly impress any art lover. Filled with art museums, Naoshima is also full of outdoor works that are visible to everyone. If you are on holiday in Japan, a day trip to this island is highly recommended!
7. Isle of Skye, Scotland
This island worthy of the time of knights and princesses will take you back in time. Of course, you don’t go to the Isle of Skye to relax on the beach and enjoy the hot sun. This place is most appreciated by those who love wide open spaces and want to discover a historic site filled with lakes, moors, mountains, cliffs and medieval castles.
8. Santorini, Greece
Without necessarily knowing that it was Santorini, the popular Greek island, you have certainly already seen pictures of this superb place with its typical white and blue decor. It is nice to walk, taste wine and swim, among other things.
9. Phuket, Thailand
Similar to the Caribbean, but located in Thailand, Phuket is an island full of seaside resorts, spas, restaurants and beaches. Depending on where you are on the island, you can rest or party. It is also a perfect place to dive.
10. Vancouver Island, Canada
Another beautiful island to visit is certainly Vancouver Island in Canada. You can hike in the Pacific Rim National Park or Strathcona Provincial Park as well as visit the Butchart Gardens and Craigdarroch Castle. Tofino will also charm you with its ancient tropical forests, fine sandy beaches and azure lakes!
Mauritius is located very close to Madagascar. Small, but adorable, it will charm you with its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, tropical forests, lagoons, waterfalls and reefs. If you wish to spend the night there, you will be treated like a king in the sumptuous hotels.
12. Palawan, Philippines
One of the most exotic places, the Philippines, especially the island of Palawan, is a must. You can discover an incredible fauna made up of pink flamingos, water buffaloes and lemurs, among others, all in a fabulous setting composed of deep jungles and sapphire water.
13. Capri, Italy
Considered one of the best islands to visit in the world, you will have a good time in Capri. Italian island, you can of course enjoy excellent pasta and delicious gelatos. You can also enjoy the sun and shop and, for the more adventurous, explore the caves that surround it.
Fiji no longer needs a presentation. Great and heavenly, you spend wonderful moments on these islands, whether you take a sailboat ride or parade in a hammock all afternoon. Of course, a trip to Fiji would not be complete without an underwater exploration of coral reefs and multicoloured fish!
15. Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca, an island off the Spanish coast, is not a destination for relaxation. You’d better go there to enjoy the beautiful scenery around it by hiking and cycling. However, nothing prevents you from relaxing a little in the evening by tasting good wines and delicious local dishes.
16. Java, Indonesia
When we talk about Indonesia, everyone thinks of Bali, of course, but the island of Java is also a place worth visiting. With its volcanoes, ancient palaces and beaches, you will have something to do for a long time!
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