Who doesn’t love water and beaches? Given a choice, everyone will want to hang out in the beach and bask under the sun. Whether you want to go on a trip with your friends, your loved one or your family, islands always have a wide variety of entertainment to offer. And also, not to forget, islands have breathtaking beauty. Here is a list of the best, most beautiful islands in the world.

 

20. Maui, Hawaii

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This island is named after the demi God Maui and is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. While you are there, you should definitely watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park and drive on the road towards Hana. If are the adventurous type, you should hike on the Waihe’e Ridge trail and the West Maui mountains. Foodies will fall in love with this place for the amazingly delicious, locally sourced food that is easily available.

19. Jamaica

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Jamaica is a Caribbean Island that is blessed with so much of natural beauty. It has mountains, rainforests and beaches. If you are one to love the water, you can scuba dive and snorkel in the Jamaican waters. If that’s too much for you, you can just choose to float on bamboo rafts. Also, don’t forget that Jamaica gave us Bob Marley and so, music is deeply rooted into their culture and you can’t help but groove to it.

18. Catalina Island, California

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An abundance of fresh air and the seemingly endless sunshine make Catalina a very popular getaway. You’d be surprised to know that 88% of the island is a nature preserve which requires easily available permits for hiking and cycling. Catalina has a lot of tourists in the summer and the place will transform into one with candle lights and fancy dinners in the night for those hopeless romantics.

17. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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Provo, as it is locally known, Providenciales is the commercial and touristic capital of Turks and Caicos. Provo is just a few decades old. So everything on this island is new. There are never ending beaches and vast expanse of reefs. The country’s major international airport is also located here.

16. Bali, Indonesia

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The Balinese are a generous lot with a good sense of humor. They are what makes Bali more beautiful than it already is. And obviously, Bali has miles of beaches, where you can surf and dive. But what differentiates Bali from other islands is its very rich culture. Almost everything here has spiritual meaning. There are around 10,000 temples here and Gunung Agung, the island’s tallest peak is its spiritual center. The place is also very happening. Tourists never run out of stuff to do here.

15. Mauritius, Africa

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There is no denying that Mauritius is beautiful. Mark Twain remarked that Mauritius was made before heaven and that heaven was copied from Mauritius. Do I have to say anything more about its breathtaking beauty? Mauritius is also a haven for foodies. The food here is excellent. Not just the sea food, everything that is served in their restaurants is mouth-watering. There are a host of adventure and water sports that you can indulge in here. Also, Mauritius is a wildlife island. It saved the most birds from extinction, more than any other country in the world.

14. Phuket, Thailand

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Let’s begin with telling you that, the h in Phuket is silent. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It’s 49 km long. It is so long that you may forget that you are on an island. No one returns from Thailand without visiting Phuket. With its luxury resorts, fine dining, shopping, white beaches, Phuket will get you addicted to it.

13. Bora Bora, Society Islands

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Bora Bora is the kind of stuff dreams are made of. This island is the first choice of honeymooners. It also offers a variety of water sports. If you want some time with your loved one, you should go here.

12. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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If you love adventure, you will love Noronha. There are so many activities you can do in water and on land. The marine and coastal environment is well regulated. Due to the cost of transporting goods from the mainland, your stay could get surreally expensive. But you will see that it is definitely worth the price.

11. Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

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The island has diverse eco systems and almost half of the land and 90 sq km of the adjacent waters were declared as a national park to preserve it. The coastline has rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and tiny fishing villages. Lakes, waterfalls and grottoes dot the spectacular limestone hills, the highest rising 331m above sea level. The island’s largest body of water is Ech Lake.

10. Havelock Island, Andaman Islands, India

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A traveller’s paradise, Havelock is the most famous of the Andaman Islands for all the right reasons. You can indulge in water sports and terrestrial adventures. Also, a very vibrant night life will make you forget your home.

9. Aka-jima, Japan

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A very peaceful island, Aka-jima is a mere two kilometer in diameter. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. Around dusk, if you are lucky enough, you may spot a Kerama deer which is a national treasure.

8. Capri, Italy

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If you are wondering where most of your favorite celebrities are vacationing, wonder no more. From being a hugely popular summer favorite to having amazing designer boutiques, Capri will cater to your every need.

7. Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

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This is Thailand’s most seductive island. With its lush green forests and deep blue waters, you will be tempted to let go of your senses and blissfully enjoy your surroundings.

6. Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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An immensely colorful island, some of the oldest archeological sites are found here. Whitehaven beach is the finest beach in the Whitsundays and maybe in the world.

5. Cayman Islands

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Half of the population at Cayman Islands is from somewhere else. But this doesn’t mean that the island is not rich in its culture and heritage. Under the waters of the Cayman Islands, you can find accessible ship wrecks and diverse aquatic life. 

4. Fiji

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More than the obvious beauty of the island, it’s the genuine smiles of the people that make you fall in love with Fiji. The islands have blue waters and perfect palm trees. The aquatic life in Fiji makes it worth a plunge into their deep waters. It is also a terrestrial haven for bird watchers and hikers.

3. Santorini, Cyclades

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The main island of Thira will make you fall in love. Over and over again. The Cycladic houses will line the cliff tops and the reflection of the setting sun falls on the buildings and this is when you fall in love.

2. Sardinia, Italy

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The sands here are the whitest white and the sea is the bluest blue. You can scuba dive, snorkel or just relax at the beach. You can also go hiking. And you can be sure to always find a new bay to kayak in. Sardinia has its own language, tradition, history and culture. And the Sardinians are fiercely proud of it.

1. Palawan, Philippines

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The Palawan islands will make you forget to leave. That’s a promise. The island is extremely beautiful and is without a doubt the best in the world. The water is punctuated with green mountains that appear to rise out of the waters. The island is also home to some exquisite wildlife. Also, Palawan has the best spots in the world to scuba dive.

 

Each and every island on our list is extremely beautiful and it was so hard to rank them. If we left out any of your favorites, let us know in the comments section.

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