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Best Islands in the World - Popular Vacation Spots

Updated on December 28, 2016

Fiji, Bora-Bora the Hawaiian Islands these names conjure up images of exotic places in the remote corners of the world. With the beautiful beaches and turquoise-blue water, its not surprising these exotic islands continue to inspire travelers worldwide. Whether your dream destination is a short ride or thousands of miles away, there are many to choose from. Here are some of the best islands in the world, that continue to inspire and enchant travelers around the world.

Boracay Island

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Located off the coast of the Philippine island Panay, is Boracay; this tropical island is known for its white-sand beaches, blue waters and electric nightlife. Internationally the island is making a big impression; it received 1st place in the 2012 Travel & Leisure’s “Worlds Best Award.” The activities are many and the flight time is minimum. If you are interested in visiting, Boracay is roughly an hour via plane from Manila or Cebu. This is a great destination for the seasoned traveler who has visited other islands around the world.

Bali

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Known for its beauty and mystique Bali is one of the top travel destinations in the world. Located in the Indonesian archipelago group, this island has been one of the top travel destinations since the late 1990's. Despite decades of development Bali continues to be beautiful; If you are a beach-enthusiast, popular destinations are Jimbaran, Lovina and Kuta beach. Thanks to a vibrant culture, the resorts are making cultural relevance a priority; visitors are exposed to art, architecture & cuisines.

Fiji

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Located in the South Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands. Although known for its pristine beaches, there are other attractions including bird-watching, hiking and nature-walks. If you are a history-buff, you can visit a village to immerse yourself in their culture and history. Fiji is an enchanting land of tropical rain-forests and beaches. Just remember, this place when planning your next vacation.

French Polynesia

French Polynesia is located in the South Pacific roughly 3700 miles east of Australia. The group is known for its spectacular views, turquoise waters & pristine beaches. The islands are divided into five main groups, with the Society Islands being the most popular; Tahiti, Moorea and Bora-Bora are the most popular destinations in the Societies.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are located six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador. Home to a diverse group of land & sea animals, Galapagos continues to attract large numbers of cruise ship visitors to its shores. If you are an Eco-Enthusiast wishing to see nature in its unspoiled form, this is the place to see.

The Hawaiian islands

The fresh air energizes you. The warm waters refresh you. The breathtaking beauty renews you; there’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether you're a new or returning visitor, the islands offer unique experiences that will entice any traveler. Because of its mid-Pacific location, the Hawaiian islands have many influences from Asia and North American. According to travel surveys of the eight main islands, Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii are the most popular.

Maldives

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Located 250 miles southwest of India, Maldives is a string of low-lying coral islands popular with beach-enthusiasts worldwide; the white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons offers a breathtaking backdrop for a visit. In addition, Maldives is renowned for its diving. The clear water and shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkeling; while the reef walls offer a wonderful view of the diverse sea-life. This nation of 1,190 islands is truly for the beach-enthusiast.

Palawan

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Palawan is sometimes called "the final frontier of the Philippines." Located on the southwest side of the country, this is one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in the Philippines. Some popular attractions include Puerto Prinsesa Subterranean River, Tubbataha National Marine Park and the islands of El Nido. Whether your interest is in islands, beaches or marine parks, Palawan is for you

Phuket Island

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Phuket Island is one of the top travel destinations in Thailand. Phuket is located off the southern coastline of Thailand and is the largest island in the country. In addition to the beautiful beaches, there is an almost endless variety of activities & attractions to do on the island.

St. John

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With sixty percent of its land area comprising a national park, St. John is as far away as you can get from civilization. known for its rolling green hills and white-sand beaches, this island is the smallest among the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visitors will enjoy a variety of water activities including diving. St John is only twenty minutes from St. Thomas, but is the most peaceful of the group. You wont find airports or cruise ship docks, only nature in its unspoiled form.

Santorini

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With its whitewashed homes and vibrant sunsets, Santorini feels like no other place on earth. Santorini is located one hundred twenty miles southeast of Greece. Known for its blue-domed churches and whitewashed houses, this is one of the most photographed places in the Greek Islands. If you are a beach-enthusiast, there are places such as Perissa that are great venues for people-watching.

The Seychelles

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The Seychelles are popular among travelers looking for a remote place to get-way-from-it-all. Located 1100 miles east of the African coastline, the group consist of 115 islands, that are divided into two groups. The main inner islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue; together the three form the cultural, economic and tourism center of Seychelles. The cities offer a fantastic nightlife that caters to tourist; you will find restaurants, nite-clubs, theaters & discos located near the larger hotels.

There are seventy-two outer islands, sand cays and atolls. Despite the remoteness from Mahé, this is an advantage for the preservation of the wildlife habitats in the area. Although most accommodations are found in the inner islands, a few lodges are available in the outer islands of Alphonse and Desroches; if you are interested in a visit, travel is by private yacht or use of a remote airstrip via small airplane. Popular activities there include fishing sailing and diving.

Sicily

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If you desire to immerse yourself in a culture rich in Greek and Roman history, consider visiting Sicily. This Italian island is one of the top travel destinations in italy and is the largest island in the Mediterranean. For the beach-lover there are great places perfect for some fun in the sun. Consider visiting the beaches along the Golfo di Castellammare between Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito Lo Capo. Another great place with beaches is the Zingaro Reserve area.

Virgin Gorda

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Virgin Gorda is one of the top attractions in the British Virgin Islands. Visitors to this Caribbean island will enjoy nature sanctuaries and natural wonders, including “The Baths.” Virgin Gorda is also popular for its water-sports, beaches and sailing; this island has been a popular sailing destination since the 1970’s. To this day Virgin Gorda continues to have a pleasing amount of intimacy.

Vieques Island

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Vieques Island is located eight miles east of mainland Puerto Rico; it is known for its exotic flora and beaches. Popular beaches there include: Navio, Red and Sun Bay Beach. Vieques is still relatively undeveloped and is great choice for the traveler or nature-enthusiast wanting to get away from the crowds at mainstream travel destinations.

Waiheke Island

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Located near Auckland, New Zealand is Waiheke Island. This beautiful place is known for its beaches, vineyards and cultural attractions. If you want to take a stroll check out the island trails or visit one of the beaches. Other popular attractions on Waiheke include snorkeling, diving and sailing. Whether you are looking for adventure or cultural attractions, Waiheke is a destination to consider.

Whitsundays Islands

Australia is known as "the lucky country;" with the Whitsundays at the top of many traveler's "bucket list," it not hard to see why. Known as the gateway to the Great barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are a group of seventy-four islands located off the coast of Australia. Of the group only four islands are inhabited; these include Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman and Long Island. This is the place to be for the beach & sailing enthusiast alike; the beaches are beautiful and the sailing great. If you are considering a visit, you will find a resort experience to suit your needs.

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French Polynesia
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Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
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Hawaiian Islands, United States
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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      Fabulous! lol! great info, and those photos! I just want to be on a beach that looks like those! Fiji I think, but maybe one of the others too?

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      Coolmon2009 5 months ago from Texas, USA

      Thanks for the kind words; nice to hear from you and I hope all is well in your world :-)

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      Hiya, yes I am fine, good to see you too!

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