How many of you have ever thought of escaping to a deserted island to disappear and get away from the routine and everyday work? Who does not want to be in a tropical amazing beach under the shade of a palm tree with a cocktail in hand? The islands always remind us of tranquility and beauty, dreamlike landscapes and idyllic hideawayswhere life stops. So today, we present a selection of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world, to show you where the real natural paradises of our planet are.
1. Ambergris Caye – Belize
The island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, is a splendid island and a perfect combination of modernity and tranquility. On it you can find a mangrove accompanied by white sand beaches. Golf carts are the main transport to get around the dirt roads of the island. It’s a coveted destination for diving enthusiasts for its coral reefs and the Blue Hole, a limestone circle that is about 120 meters deep.
2. Providenciales – Turks and Caicos
This precious treasure is guarded by the sea of Caribbean. Providenciales is part of the small country of Turks and Caicos Islands. Until 1964 it seemed that technology had not reached this corner of the world and an earlier era the island did not receive motor vehicles, running water, electricity or telephone. Today, thanks to many investments there are a lot of resorts and the island lives mainly through tourism.
3. Bora-Bora – Society Islands
The fascinating island of Bora Bora is located 250 km from Tahiti in the Pacific Ocean. Turquoise lagoons, fine white sand and red sunsets with warm colors are the perfect backdrop for a romantic adventure in this island. Swim with tropical fish in one of the aquatic natural reserve of coral such as Coral Gardens or Tupitipiti Point, or walk relaxed and enjoy views of Mount Otemanu, a volcano which is still active. The Bora Bora resorts are also some of the best in the world.
4. Lewis and Harris – Scotland
Did you think that all the islands of the list would be tropical? The Isle of Lewis and Harris in Scotland is the exception. In the northern part (Lewis) of the island, the legendary megaliths Catalanais sprout from the ground like a strange and imposing stone city. In the south (Harris) the eastern beaches have some of the oldest known rocks in the world with millions of years of history.
5. Aitutaki – Cook Islands
This small island is embedded in a coral barrier and has endless lagoons. It’s ideal for relaxing, strolling along the beach which is uninhabited and lined with palm trees. Despite its incredible beauty, Aitutaki is not an agglomerated tourist destination which is relatively hard to believe.
6. Naxos – Greece
Greece has thousands of islands, but the most characteristic is the island of Naxos, a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach life. The largest island of the Cyclades and nothing more and nothing less than the childhood home of Zeus, king of the twelve gods. Once, in Naxos, you can reach the small island of Palaria, where the Portara, the site of an ancient temple destroyed is regarded as the symbol of the island.
7. Koh Tao – Thailand
Situated along the Gulf of Thailand in the shade of swaying palm trees, the island of Koh Tao takes its name from the many turtles that populate its beaches. The white sandy beaches surrounded by steep hills are only accessible by jeeps and with 300 days of sunshine a year are the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
8. Nosy Be – Madagascar
The island of Nosy Be, with such an unusual name, is located in Africa. In fact, it means “big island” and is just that, a large island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. There one can find volcanic lakes, sloth lemurs, rum distilleries, plantations of Ylang Ylang and coral reefs that practically beg to be explored. Lovers of flora and fauna will be fascinated by the beautiful Lokobe nature reserve.
9. Easter Island – Chile
Located in the South Pacific off the coast of Chile, Easter Island is not exactly the easiest place to find. If you are interested, the best way to access it is by air from Santiago or Tahiti. However, isolation has preserved well the mysterious ancient sculptures built of volcanic rock, the Moai, the main attraction of the island.
10. Bali – Indonesia
A paradisaical island, home to rice paddies, ancient temples, volcanoes, white sandy beaches and ancient cultures. Bali is a place everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. Known as the “Island of the Gods” with its picturesque beaches and stunning mountain scenery, there are plenty of cultural attractions to visit, for example, more than 20,000 temples that the island hides.