Nothing on this earth can beat the beauty of an island. Oxford dictionary defines an island as ‘a piece of land surrounded by water’. But we know an island is much more than that. Fantasy for some, a reality for others! Islands give you a chance to interact more with nature – white and golden sandy beaches, aquamarine animals, turquoise waters and tranquil coastlines – all tempting you to abandon your mundane interests and better understand the mysteries of nature. While some islands are more developed and have different resorts and restaurants to entertain their visitors, some still remain untouched of these beautifications. Based on natural beauty, tourist attractions and activities offered in the islands, here is a list of 15 most beautiful islands in the world.
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#1 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Maldives
Located in the Indian Ocean, Maldives is home to some of the most beautiful islands of the world. The most noteworthy feature is the sea that makes all of these islands shine beyond their actual beauty. Radiant waters with a crystal clear view of the bottom of the sea mesmerizing the people of the earth! Ravishing white beaches bestow this place with a stellar nature. Awe-inspiring coral reefs and rare underwater creatures entice people from all over the world to visit this heaven of a place! Scuba divers and surfers from all around the world come here to fulfill their dreams of riding the blue waves. This archipelago of 16 major atolls having exquisite resorts and rewarding sightseeing tours, seems to be the most favorite of the holidaying people. You can choose from a variety of places to stay – 5-star hotels or small holiday villages.
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#2 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Seychelles
Located in the East of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is believed to be a tropical wonderland. It has white beaches surrounded by UNESCO-protected forests. The serenity of this place remains unpolluted of human vexations. With its crowd-free beaches and clear blue waters, Seychelles is undoubtedly a dream destination for nature lovers. The island possesses a diverse population of exotic animals and birds. Picture-perfect scenery for your epic photography sessions. You can also dive in the clear moderate waters and enjoy all sorts of water sports.
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#3 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
There is no comparison between all of the art combined and beauty of this island. Bora Bora for sure precedes any other island in terms of its romantic ambiance. Crystal clear water and extraordinary marine life will make you never want to leave this place. Locals are very tourist-friendly and the best part is them offering food to the visitors! You can also enjoy your meals at one of many French restaurants in the island. End your day lying under the stars and sipping cocktail of your choice.
Have fun while you swim with the sharks in Bora Bora.
#4 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Santorini, Greece
Santorini came into existence after a volcanic eruption destroyed many settlements on the island. The island is full of ravishing white villas blue domed churches. The colorful and vibrant architecture makes you feel like you are living in a fantasy. Some of the beaches have black and red sands and look heavenly at the time of sunset. Though an expensive place to visit but you’ll get your money’s worth. On the top of black lava cliffs are the two famous settlements of Fira and Oia. Oia has made its way among the list of most photographed places in the world. Some other highlights of this magnificent island are the black sand beach of Perissa, Ancient Thira, Archaeological Site, and Akrotiri.
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Watch this video showing all that you can do in Santorini.
#5 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – The Cook Islands
Midway between Hawaii and New Zealand, 15 islands that are collectively called as Cook islands are located in the core of Pacific Ocean. The weather remains warm all around the year and the locals are welcoming and tourist-friendly. This archipelago is well-known for its enticing aquamarine lagoons, volcanic peaks, and sandy palm-fringed beaches. The island that attracts most tourists is Roratonga. Aitutaki is a quite affordable place to visit. You can live your fantasies of paradise, palm gardens, colorful heart-warming birds, and never seen wildlife at this very place.
Take help from this travel guide while planning your vacation to the Cook islands.
#6 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Palawan Philippines
Some people call it Philippines’ equivalent to Paradise. This whole island is dotted with lush limestone peaks stretching as far as Borneo. The sea is so clear that you seem to understand the fish expressions from above the water surface. These islands are blessed with a variety of unique terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Extra-white beaches, magnificent coral reefs, and forever-green jungles will surely make you extend your vacation. Attractions at this place include more than exciting diving adventures, fishing villages, emerald lakes, and Coron having fancy resorts. El Nido is one of the most beautiful islands in this chain. Among Palawan’s most noteworthy attractions is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park listed in the World Heritage sites.
Watch this video to understand why Palawan is called the Paradise of Philippines.
#7 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Bali, Indonesia
Bali, often referred to as “The land of Gods”, is an island province in Indonesia. With its white sand beaches, temples, fiery volcanoes and ancient buildings, Bali today stands as one of the fascinating tourist attractions in the world. The climate remains fairly even throughout the year with a humidity level of about 85%. This place has a rich history of art, dance, and music. These islands attract all kinds of visitors – ordinary people enjoying on the beaches, historians learning about traditions of this land and people interested in exploring the Hindu temples. You can enjoy all sorts of watersports in this place. In addition, try to explore the historic town named “Ubud”.
#8 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Fiji
Located in the South Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago consisting of more than 300 islands. Its beautiful scenery entices people from all over the world to come here and enjoy their vacations in Fiji’s one of many luxury hotels and resorts. Turquoise waters and its sandy white beaches are a spectacle like none other. Many water sports like snorkeling, diving, and surfing are on offer here. Locals greet you with warm hugs and heartfelt sincere words. A vacation at Fiji is enough to fulfill all your dreams and fantasies. A recommended place for family vacations.
#9 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – The Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
Dalmatian coast is becoming one of Europe’s most popular destination mainly because of the islands and the history of the place. Among the most famous islands in this chain is Bràc. It has a very famous white-pebble beach strip of Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). There are many resorts and watersports you can enjoy at this island. In addition, you can enjoy a ferry ride to the famous Dalmatian city of Split.
Another popular island is Hvar, famous for its medieval Gothic churches, pedestrian old town and a fishing harbor for your perfect photographs. While you are there, also make your way to the Pakleni Islands best known for their transparent waters. Some other Dalmatian islands that you must visit are Korcula – white-washed buildings with red roofs, Mljet – most famous for its two inland saltwater lakes, Vis – a secluded place to give you some alone time with nature.
Here is a map showing all the Dalmatian islands of Croatia:
#10 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Kauai, Hawaii
Rainforests covering almost all the interior, waters flowing down from lava cliffs, and the fragrance of tropical blooms seemingly casting a spell on the entire place – this island is called “the Golden Isle” for all the right reasons. The breathtaking coastline of the island increases its beauty by a thousand folds. There is also a delightful treat for snorkelers and divers in the cobalt blue waters. Tropical fish and marine animals seem to be welcoming you into their world with smiles and happy vibes. In addition, There are more islands near Kauai – Maui, and Oahu, which are comparable in beauty with Kauai. But Kauai seems to be moving at a more relaxed pace than these two hence developing an aura of calm and tranquility.
Most visited attractions at this island are Na Pali Coast, Hanalei Bay, and 10 miles long Waimea Canyon.
#11 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Mauritius, Africa
The island has perfect white sand beaches surrounded by the amazing blue Indian Ocean. At the heart of the island are the mountains and breathtaking scenery that serves as perfect background for your epic photographs. The main tourist attraction in Mauritius is Ile aux Cerfs Island. It is famous for its big lagoons and a wide range of activities. The capital city of Mauritius is Port Louis. You can plan your visit to the mountain range surrounding this city. Also, you should not miss Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis Bazaar, Police Barracks, and the theater. The Botanical Garden in Mauritius is one of its kind. Take some pictures with the giant water lilies. Furthermore, do not miss the amazing wonder of nature – 7 colored earth and Chamarel falls.
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#12 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Phuket, Thailand
Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand that is 49km long. Given the name “Pearl of the Andaman”, there is much more to this island than cheap cocktails and bars. You can take a boat trip to private islands nearby. Endless yoga classes to calm your nerves! The most popular coastline attraction of Phuket is Patong but this is not the only place you should be interested in. Kata beach offers a serene aura and a more quiet atmosphere. You should also visit The Boathouse hotel in Kata. It has all the luxuries of a high-end hotel and is right on the beach.
Furthermore, you can join the Thai cooking classes at The Boathouse. Indulge yourself in morning yoga at the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach. Take in the serenity of the island while the sun sets in front of your eyes at the beach front bar. Finally, the ideal location of Phuket allows for easy access to its neighboring islands like the Phi Phi islands.
Check out this article – Things to do in Thailand – to get an idea of what else you can do while you are in Thailand.
#13 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – St. Lucia
A Caribbean island famous for its golden beaches and interesting geography. It has two magnificent and humbling volcanic mountains rising 700m from the sea surface. These mountains are a sight you’ll never forget! Most of the people visit this place for its natural hot springs where you can begin your healing process both spiritually and physically. There are several small fishing villages for you to explore. This island remained quite unheard of during the past years but is finally becoming famous by the time. This place has something for everyone. A popular honeymoon destination. A vacation to St. Lucia will not leave you with an empty pocket. The resorts and all other games and tours are less expensive as compared to its neighboring islands.
Most noteworthy attractions of this island are pretty Marigot Bay and Anse Chastanet Marine Park.
#14 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Capri, Italy
Capri makes its way into people’s hearts through charm and allure. It has been a destination for many famous people through history. In addition to Hollywood stars, Roman Emperors, and Russian revolutionaries have also visited this place and praised its beauty in awe-inspired words. It is an epitome of Mediterranean appeal – Roman ruins, jagged seascapes and smooth cocktails of chichi piazzas. Hence, it is a thoroughly popular destination of holidaying VIPs. The most noteworthy place to visit is blue grotto which is a glowing sea cave. Locals will take you there on rowing boats and sing you opera to show off the acoustics. Do not forget to visit the highest town of Anacapri. Also, try to experience the chairlift ride that will take you to Monte Solaro where you can enjoy spectacular views of the island and sea.
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#15 of 15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World – Majorca, Balearic Islands
Majorca or Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands. Two of its sister islands are Menorca and Ibiza. While you are there having fun at Majorca, also try to plan your visit to these two islands. Before even landing on the airport, you’ll see the breathtaking 14th-century cathedral near Palma. The resorts on the south coast of the island are more vibrant and offer a flamboyant nightlife more suitable to groups of young people. In Autumn and Winters, the temperature is more favorable for outdoor activities. In addition to beaches and resorts, there are other fun ways you can spend your time on this island. You can explore the mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana on foot or by a bike.
Other most noteworthy attractions include Robert Graves’ house in Deia, Binissalem, Arta, S’Albufera Nature Reserve and Alfabia Gardens.
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