Stunning World Best Islands
It is proven that no destination is too remote when there are unspoiled beaches of white sand and exotic wildlife. Why do we say this? Because we have made a list of the 10 best islands around the world, and we have noticed that although it may take hours of plane or different stopovers to reach them, these islands are so stunning that they are punctually reached by thousands of tourists each year, which are looking for a real heavenly break. Then read on to find out our list of the 10 best islands in the world and let us know if we have forgotten any of them.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
This archipelago full of wildlife, hundreds of kilometers from the coasts of Ecuador, has always tempted those who love adventure and all lovers of photography thanks to its herds of sea lions, cormorants, marine lizards and penguins with short feathers darting randomly through the equator. Volcanic landscapes and beaches that are relatively untouched by tourism are best seen from the sea, and cruise ships pair travelers with naturalists for a truly educational experience. The luxury in this isolated ecosystem has made an evolutionary leap with the debut of the Pikaia Lodge, a five-star resort, with its giant turtle reserve, which allows you to explore the islands at your own pace, with the help of a yacht private, of course.
Among all the tropical islands that make up Indonesia (17.508 to be exact) the mystical island of Bali commands all of them. With its rice fields, ornate Hindu temples and rocky promontories, it is the crown jewel of the village. Head to Sanur to watch the sun on the horizon in the morning, or Besakih, the most sacred and mystical temple on the slopes of Mount Agung. The landscapes of the island may be worthy for any trip, but the island is making their culture as reference point for any kind of visit. Take a cooking class, explore contemporary Balinese art and take part in a traditional blessing ceremony for complete immersion in Indonesia’s heritage.
This nation has land more than a meter high above sea level, which means that a trip to the Maldives really means having direct contact with the hot and reflecting tides. Many hotels are built directly above the sparkling azure waters and are wonderful. Coral nurseries, underwater nightclubs and parties on the floating pontoons are just some of the luxury events that travelers might enjoy here. Snorkeling and scuba diving are a reference to couples seeking romance and adventurous families. Do you feel tired? Relax on any of the white sandy beaches or on the sandbanks scattered in the cliffs and atolls, simple no?
Travelers are enthusiastic about this Australian state, calling it a little-known treasure that has no equal anywhere else on the island. Its varied and stunning landscape is almost crazy: swaying dunes covered with psychedelic banksia wildflowers, granite formations sprouting from the beaches, and the wonder of the Eaglehawk Neck mosaic floor. Walk the 600.000 acres of pristine coastal nature and search for Tasmanian devils, wallabies and platypus. Despite its remote location, Tasmania has a culinary scene that we like to call “freestyle”, thanks to local ingredients such as hand-picked sea lettuce and Tassie organic wine. Best of all? The air is as clean as in Antarctica, making it the ideal place to take a break.
Everything is brighter in Santorini, where whitewashed white houses and blue-domed churches descend along the sides of an ancient caldera. Highlights include the black sands of Perissa Beach, the well preserved prehistoric settlement of Akrotíri, better known as the “Minoan Pompeii”, and the postcard sunsets on Oia, the clifftop village that is one of the most photographed places in the world (picture on top). Book a room in Perivolas, an adults-only resort housed in fourteenth-century cave dwellings that seem far from primordial with a selection of Apivita baked goods with honey and herbs and an infinity pool that seems to spill over the Aegean Sea.
Moorea, French Polynesia
This heart-shaped island that levitates on the seas of the South has convinced even the most selective travelers that there is something like paradise on Earth, thanks to blue lagoons and rugged mountains covered with rainforest. The busiest sister island of Bora Bora offers coconut-covered beaches and an intoxicating aroma of vanilla, grapefruit and tahitian gardenia, as well as thatched-roof bungalows in luxury properties like the InterContinental. The Tahitians are friendly and full of local traditions. It is believed that the beaches along Cook and Opunohu Bays were formed by the tail of a giant yellow lizard, and that James Michener’s novel, Tales of the South Pacific, was inspired by this incredible land.
The star of Hawaii is aimed at everyone, from Hollywood celebrities to barefoot surfers. It is a real melting pot, with cosmopolitan neighborhoods and ultra-chic resorts and breathtaking natural places to seduce visitors and natives with a crazy intrinsic force. Begin your journey with the quintessential bicycle tour at sunrise for the Haleakala volcanic crater, or the scenic walk to Hana. Support Oheo Gulch, a series of waterfalls and ponds in Hana, for a dive that becomes mandatory.
Kauai, the oldest Hawaiian island, was formed when lava rose from the ocean floor 5 million years ago. Until today, it maintains a certain sense of dignity that is not uncommon among the elderly of the community. For example, it is more discreet than its charming brother to the east, although it is not less beautiful. Among the must-see attractions are Pali Ke Kua, or Hideaway Beach, secluded by impressive black lava walls, as well as Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast, both bounded by scenic hiking trails and hairpin bends. Development is not fierce here; Kauai has its famous golf courses and top resorts. But nature still stands out in the form of the spikes of Anahola Mountains and the cliffs above Hanelai Bay. From here, you get what could undoubtedly be the most impressive panorama of the state: clouds that evaporate on a perfect beach.
Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia
A vast expanse of 2.500 km of coral reef stretches from the northeastern tip of Australia, rich in over 400 species of marine life ranging from large whales to spiny hedgehogs. Divers are present here year-round to enjoy this maze of over 3000 barriers, one of the seven wonders of the natural world and the largest living element on earth, made up of billions of coral polyps. Of all the islands of the castaways of the region (about 900) are the Whitsundays, on the threshold of this coral paradise, which we love more, thanks in large part to the white sand strip known as Whitehaven Beach. The spectacular biodiversity is reflected in the incredible mélange of the places scattered among the Great Barrier Reef.
History lovers have long loved this Mediterranean nation, proof that you do not need palm trees or daiquiris to be one of the most beautiful and captivating islands in the world. Malta has been invaded by all the major empires of the region, from the Phoenicians to the Byzantines, from the British to the 1.5 million tourists who crowd the colored coasts of the island. The limestone cliffs are punctuated by baroque churches, ruined castle walls and fortresses. The capital, Valletta, embraces half a millennium of history in half a square km, with forts and stairways rising in unparalleled views of the harbor. With the debut of a new outdoor theater designed by Renzo Piano, visitors can admire the contrast between the architecture of the 21st century and that of the 16th century. Go to Gozo for a respite from the frenetic energy of Valletta, it is here that it is said that Odysseus spent seven years after the Trojan War. Take a look at this beautiful Bronze Age island, located between Sicily and the North African coast, and you will not regret having done so.