Oxford Dictionary offers a drab definition of the word island – a piece of land surrounded by water. However, we know islands are one of the most beautiful places on earth. If heaven exists, it must be an island. It offers a perfect escape from the busy life in the 21st century. A perfect patch of sand where you can rest and rejuvenate your body and a beautiful surrounding to refresh your mind is what everyone wants on their ideal holiday.
Here’s a list of the top 10 most beautiful islands in the world….
10. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is an island in the Caribbean that is famous not only for its golden beaches but also for its interesting geography. It has two volcanic mountains that rise 700m from the sea and produce a stunning scenery that leaves a mark on the memory. It has natural hot springs where you can heal and small fishing villages where you can explore. The island that remained largely unspoiled is becoming popular among all – from adrenaline junkies to honeymooners. St. Lucia is also not as expensive as some of its neighboring islands.
9. Kauai, Hawaii
The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain is also regarded as the Garden Isle because of its lush green forest cover. The island also has stunning waterfalls and an equally impressive coastline dotted with beautiful beaches. The blue seas around the island are populated by exotic tropical fishes as well as turtles and coral reefs. Kauai is more laid back than nearby islands and has a more rural look than resplendent – in fact some regions can only be explored by foot.
Located east of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is a tropical wonderland worth visiting. The remote island is almost unspoiled with crowd free beaches, beautiful coral reefs and bright blue waters. It features white beaches having giant boulders and UNESCO protected jungles. The island also has a diverse population of colorful birds and other exotic animals including giant tortoises.
A favorite for many Australian tourists, Fiji is an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific. Its tropical white sand beaches with turquoise waters attract many people all over the world who can enjoy their perfect holiday at one of Fiji’s many luxury resorts or hotels. Whether you love snorkeling, diving or surfing the locals will welcome you with happy smiles and make your stay one to remember. If the clichéd Caribbean getaway is not for you, be sure to explore Fiji.
6. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is part of the Hawaiian Islands and has everything – great wildlife, a rich heritage of interesting culture and traditions. You can spend your time relaxing on the fine beaches of Maui, enjoy a game with a friend on one of its golf courses and stay at one of their world class beach resorts. Maui has an interesting topography that includes a 10, 000 foot volcano, waterfalls and deep craters and multi-colored beaches. Maui attracts surfers and windsurfers from all over the globe. It is also a popular scuba and snorkeling location.
Located in the Indian Ocean, it is widely accepted that Maldives has some of the best islands in the world. Ravishing white beaches and aquamarine waters gives this place a sublime nature. Breathtaking coral reefs and underwater creatures will force you to go scuba diving and surfers from around the world come here to ride the blue waves.
4. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is an island province in Indonesia that has mesmerizing culture and a rich heritage of art, music and dance. The island has tall volcanoes covered in lush green canopy and crystal clear waters. This island attracts all types of visitors – from ordinary people holidaying and sunbathing on the beeches to historians exploring the rich traditions of the locals to religious tourists exploring the lovely incense filled Hindu temples.
3. Santorini, Greece
Santorini in the southern Aegean Sea was created when a volcanic explosion destroyed a lot of the settlements on what was once a single island. The island has beautiful white villas and blue domed churches that seem to hang off volcanic cliffs that plunge into the deep blue sea. The beaches in some places have black and red sands and are locations of magnificent sunsets. It is one of the most expensive and picturesque locations in the world.
2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The small volcanic island of Bora Bora is more beautiful than what even famous artists could have designed. Clear turquoise waters with extraordinary marine life will leave you begging for more in this South Pacific fantasy. Tourist friendly locals who have a delicious cuisine will rejuvenate your taste buds. Fall asleep to the sound of waves inside bungalows that stand over the water on this blissful location.
1. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is an island province situated in the Philippines surrounded by beautiful sea water as blue as some jewel. Blessed with a large variety of unique wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic this sparsely populated region is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Bright white beaches, beautiful coral reefs and lush green jungles on the island will welcome you and make you wish your holiday never ended.
Everyone likes holidays. But a perfect vacation to one of the most beautiful islands in the world can leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. These locations will force you to stand back and look at Mother Nature in all her glory and realize that even reality can sometimes be more beautiful than your wildest dreams.