Do you know why islands are so special? The white sandy beaches, coral reefs, gorgeous sunsets, unique species – They have so many things that catch our attention. But picking an island destination for your next vacation can be a tough job. Don’t worry, here the list of 15 most beautiful islands in the world.
15. Whitsundays, Australia
The delicate Great Barrier Reef is one of the earth’s most extensive coral-reef system, supporting more than 1,600 species of fish, whales, rays, octopuses, dolphins and more. Nestled in the heart of this world wonder are the 74 Whitsunday Islands, all but four of which are protected national parklands.
Bask in luxury at a high-end resort like Hamilton Island, and book a seaplane or helicopter flight to admire sights like Heart Reef and the swirling silica sands of Whitehaven Beach’s Hill Inlet at one of the best islands in the world.
14. James Bond Island, Southern Thailand
James Bond island (Thailand)
A limestone spike rising dramatically from the emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay, James Bond Island (Koh Tapu; “Nail Island” in Thai) earned its moniker from appearing in two 007 movies: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).Excursions depart from the popular resort areas of Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi on photogenic lontail boats. On the tour, explore secret lagoons, craggy sea caves and a floating village at one of the most famous islands.
13. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia Island (Italy)
Blissful white-sand beaches, rugged coastal peaks, mouthwatering cuisine, a unique blend of cultures, and ancient archeological treasures: What’s not to love about this saucy Italian isle? Most travelers have heard of the glamorous Costa Smeralda, or Emerald Coast, with its craggy coves and clear green seas, but this large and diverse Mediterranean isle also lays claim to many other attractions. Sardinia is home to the largest canyon in Europe, Gola su Gorropu; prehistoric archaeological sites; the captivating Catalan-tinged town of Alghero; and the medieval streets of Cagliari, the capital. While you’re here be sure to cruise along some of the scenic coastal drives and soak up the spectacular views.
12. Capri, Italy
Capri Island (Italy)
Who hasn’t been spellbound by images of Capri’s electric Blue Grotto? This glowing sea cave impresses even veteran globetrotters, and it’s only the beginning of one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Ash-white limestone cliffs, hidden slivers of beach, a towering natural arch — it’s no wonder Capri has been a tourist hub since ancient Roman times.
11. St. Lucia
St Lucia Island
St. Lucia exudes a dark and brooding beauty. Unlike other Caribbean islands, its best assets are not necessarily its beaches, though with their golden sands and graceful palms, they are popular with those who visit. Rather, the island itself is drenched in topographic drama. The towering Pitons, twin volcanic peaks, preside over the luxuriant landscapes, rising more than 700 meters from the sea, and provide a breathtaking backdrop to the stunning scenery. Bristling forests of coconut palms, waterfalls, quaint fishing villages, coral reefs, nature trails, and healing hot springs are just some of the sights to explore here. Pretty Marigot Bay and Anse Chastanet Marine Park are highlights. The island’s French influences also add to its exotic appeal.
Surrounded by the bright blue Lagoon, Moorea island is known for its gorgeous mountain peaks, lush hills, and sandy beaches. The mountainous and hilly parts of this beautiful island are ideal place for hiking. Thankfully, you can find all types of hiking trails in Moorea. You don’t have to be an expert on it.
The watery world of Moorea is not just limited to beaches and lagoons. This island also has some waterfalls. They are not so big but beautiful enough to catch your attention.
On the Northern side of the island, there is a breathtakingly beautiful, 3 km long bay called opunohu bay. It is a never miss spot in Moorea Island. When it comes to water activities, you can enjoy world-class snorkeling, jet skiing and whale watching on Moorea island.
Kauaʻi is called “the Garden Isle” for good reason: Rainforests cloak much of the interior. Waterfalls tumble from lava cliffs, and the intoxicating fragrance of tropical blooms hangs heavy on the sultry air. But the island’s beauty lies not just in its luxuriant flora and abundant rain; its spectacular coastline will take your breath away. Lava sculpted this stunning island, thrusting up from the ocean floor to form velvety ridges and vertiginous cliffs rimmed by gorgeous beaches. Beneath its cobalt-blue seas, turtles and tropical fish swim along coral reefs, delighting divers and snorkelers from around the globe.
The Seychelles’ towering beach boulders are a mainstay on computer desktops, but they’re more than merely aesthetic: They also fascinate geologists who have identified the Seychelles as the only mid-ocean islands formed of granite.
Other superlatives: The archipelago is the oldest on the planet, and it has the cleanest air. Naturally, celebrities flock here. If you want to vacation a la British royalty, stay on North Island, where Prince William and Kate Middleton spent their 2011 honeymoon.
7. Santorini, Greece
Possibly the location of the storied island of Atlantis, Santorini is the stuff of screensavers and wall calendars. Red-, black- and white-sand beaches rim its caldera lake — one of the largest in the world — while iconic whitewashed buildings stair-step up the hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Photo ops abound, from centuries-old windmills and ancient ruins to blue-domed churches and colorful wooden fishing boats. Stay in a boutique cave hotel for the full experience.
Fiji is one of the most scenic archipelagoes in South Pacific Ocean. It consists of 332 islands. Only one-third of them are inhabited. Tourism is the backbone of Fiji’s economy. This country has everything a beach lover wish for – gorgeous lagoons, coral reefs and palm filled white sandy beaches.
Not just beaches, Fiji also has lush rainforests and towering peaks. The natural world of Fiji also home to breathtaking waterfalls. The most beautiful among them is Tavoro waterfall.
It’s a series of three gorgeous waterfalls located within Bouma National Heritage Park in Taveuni island of Fiji. Surprisingly, all three falls of Tavoro have natural swimming pools. World class surfing, unforgettable scuba diving, and snorkeling experiences are other things that await you in Fiji.
5. Bali, Indonesia
‘Greenery everywhere’ must be the first impression that comes to any visitors to the Bali.This magical island is home to lush tropical forests, iconic rice terraces, jaw-dropping volcanic hills, beautiful coral reefs, waterfalls and pristine beaches.
This spiritually rich island has many temples that vary in size and shapes. These temples are globally famous for their unique, centuries-old architecture. Most importantly the Balinese people are very friendly. They always give a warm welcome to tourists.
4. Big Island, Hawaii
Big Island, Hawaii
The Island of Hawaii (i.e., the Big Island) contains 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones, the only place on the planet with so many condensed into one small region. Lush, tropical terrain rules the green, wet, windward side of the island (see Akaka Falls and Waianuenue/Rainbow Falls) while more arid beauty is on display at Hapuna Beach Park.
You can even enter an ice climate at the mystical summit of Mauna Kea volcano. Also, Lake Waiau is one of the highest lakes in the United States.
3. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is indeed the most picturesque island in the Philippines. It can be called as a natural wonder of Philippines. The coastline of Palawan stretches over 1240 miles. The good news is, there are many unspoiled beaches in Palawan with crystal clear water.
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 on the fish from above the surface. Slivers of gleaming white sand fringed with rustling palms rim many of these jungle-clad islands, while under the water, coral reefs flourish with an impressive diversity of tropical fish, offering some of the best diving in the world. Other attractions include the islands’ unique wildlife, emerald lakes, and quaint fishing villages.
Another don’t miss attraction of Palawan is Tubbataha reef natural park. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, Covering an area of 13028 hectares, this natural park protects a significant number of marine species. The North islet in this park is home to marine turtles and birds.
2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is the most famous and most beautiful island in French Polynesia. It’s a world renowned honeymoon destination. Also a perfect tourist spot for the family as well as solo travelers. When you see Bora Bora, in a picture or real life, the very first thing that is going to catch your attention is the stunning, turquoise lagoon surrounding the island. It is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world.
The white sandy beaches of Bora Bora may feel surreal for your eyes. The waters of these beaches have vivid shades of turquoise, emerald, and blue colors. Most beaches in Bora Bora are privately owned. The most popular, as well as the most beautiful public beach in Bora Bora, is Matira Beach.
Shaped like a giant sombrero, this lush volcanic island stars in countless South Pacific fantasies. The focal point and best asset of this tropical beauty is its ravishing lagoon in technicolor turquoise. Fish, turtles, sharks, and rays swim in the clear waters, and tiny islets or motus dot the lagoon. The island, of course, is distinctly French, with mouthwatering cuisine to match. Diving and snorkeling are excellent in the surrounding reefs and hiking trails weave through the palm-studded forests.
The Maldives are home to some of the world’s most ravishing islands, but it’s the sea, which truly makes these islands shine. Luminous aquamarine waters with a crystal clarity lap upon these dazzling white shores, which barely peek above the Indian Ocean. Consisting of 26 natural atolls, the Maldives archipelago is the planet’s lowest lying nation, rising no more than three meters above the sea at its highest point, a measurement that shrinks every year. Beneath the mesmerizing waters, coral reefs flourish, luring divers and snorkelers from around the world. Surfers also flock here to ride the uncrowded breaks.
The beaches of Maldives are a definition of beauty with white sands and clear waters. It is one of the best spots on Earth to enjoy clearest, bluest waters. Among the beaches of Maldives, most attractive one is a glittering beach of Vaadhoo Island. You can see a magic of naturally glittering sea waters there, which is generated by planktons.Maldives is home to 70 different types of corals and abundant marine life. So, you can enjoy
Maldives is home to 70 different types of corals and abundant marine life. So, you can enjoy the magical underwater world on this island. There are many water sports to experience it, like scuba diving, snorkeling, and underwater walking. You can also watch the rich marine life of Maldives by riding in glass bottom boats.Holding the largest number of overwater-bungalow resorts in the world (more than 75 and counting), the Maldives understands its best asset is the gin-clear, abundant waters of the Indian Ocean. When you’re not snorkeling, diving or gazing at the rich marine life through the floor windows of your water-top villa, continue enjoying the underwater display while dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant — or even while getting pampered in Huvafen Fushi’s submerged spa.