I bet each one of us, at least once in a lifetime has, had this day-dream of being on an island, for a variety of reasons, such as to calm and sooth your nerves, to simply relax and rejuvenate or to just get away from all the chaos in your life and so it all gets dreamy and magical. It is in the serene and peaceful nature of islands that draw us close to them and away from our daily hectic lives. A supreme abundance of flora and fauna adds to the beauty of islands, which itself is a treat for nature-lovers and off course the limitless water that surrounds these islands as the waves keep touching the shore is nothing but music to the ears. Not to forget, the sultry winds and the cool breeze at islands that set you in the perfect romantic mood, become the best honeymoon destinations also. therefore, islands are in the true sense “Heaven on Earth”.
Here’s a list of the Top 10 most beautiful islands of the globe:
10. Galapagos Islands.
An extravagantly beautiful part of the Pacific Ocean are the Galapagos islands, which are formed by a cluster of Volcanic islands. These islands are not only a treat to the eyes, but also home to an in numerous endemic species, that justifies its position as one of UNESCO’s heritage sites. A fun fact associated with these islands is its relation to Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by natural selection as Darwin chose the Galapagos islands to study species that contributed to his highly recognized and praised theory.
9. Kaua’i Islands.
Famously known as the ‘garden isle’ of Hawaii, The Kaua’i’s are the perfect getaways as they are covered with Rainforests that are spread across all over the islands and Waterfalls that drop down from high end cliffs. A variety of destinations here that are tourist attractions would be The Wailua falls, The Waimea Canyon State park, Kalalau trail, Princeville and many more all of which are spectacular and breathtaking.
8. Fiji Islands.
A vast archipelago of more then 330 islands constitutes the Fiji Islands. The fun-filled white sand beaches and coral reefs such as The Honeymon beach, The Liku beach, The Natolda beach, The Seagrass Bay etc in Fiji wont let you leave, as the sparkling shores with their coral coasts are truely mesmerizing and if u would like an extra bit of adrealine rush, thrilling activities such as Scuba diving,reef snorkelling, and windsurfing, swimming with the sharks and hiking through the lush green tropical forests will certainly add to your excitment.
7. Santorini Islands.
The Santorini islands, located about 200km away from Greece’s mainland is one of the best islands as per 2016’s best Traveller’s choice awards. Famous for its black sand beaches, the main attraction spots include Akrotiri, Imerovigli, Santorini Caldera, Therasia etc. But, not only is the natural beauty, dazzling, it is also complemented by the man-made archeitecture that are the whitewashed clubiform houses in the cities of Fira and Oia, together they are enough to make you fall in love with this place.
One of the nearest ones to India among the world’s most beautiful islands are the Maldives, that lie in the Indian Ocean. Also historically and culturally linked to the Indian subcontinent, gives Indians all the more reasons to visit Maldives. These islands are home to several marine ecosystems such as sea turtles, whales, dolphins and most importantly for the colorful coral reefs alongside the enchanting beaches and Blue lagoons, alltogether make it a trip worthwhile.
A purely hyptonizing feeling will run through your heart as you step on the religious Indonesian islands called ‘Bali’. A lot more than the regular beaches, it is one of the most heritage rich islands, that are widely known for traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, metalworking, and music. The island also draws a large population of hindu tourists because of the religous sites like the Uluwatu Temple, Tirta Empul Temple and among these the most fascinating ones are the underwater temples.
4. The Cook Islands.
Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa is known as ‘ The Honeymooners Haven’, where the white sparkling sand beaches as the sunlight reflects on them, makes it such a surreal experience, that it gets fixated in your minds forever. Inhabitabited by rare animals like the Aldabra giant tortoise, Seychelles black parrot along with the largest seabird colonies in the world is a treat for bird-watchers. The most loved tourist spots in here are The cousin islands, The Aride islands, Sainte Anne Marine National park, The Curieuse islands and the Dauban Masoleum.
2. Bora Bora Islands.
The Bora Bora Island in French Polynesia, in the South pacific Ocean is a magical design by the nature as a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef surrounds the entire sandshores of the Island. These small islands offer one of the best experiences of Scuba diving and snorkelling all around the world, so if if you love adventure in your life, Bora Bora is the place to be.
1. Palawan Islands.
Certainly, the top most on our list is the 2 time winner of Conde nast traveller award (one for the year 2016) and 4 time winner of the Travel+leisure award are the Palawan islands in Phillipines. The captivating beauty of these islands lie in its enchantingly incredible seascapes and landspaces with the most biodiverse ecosystems both in terms of marine and terrestrial wildlife. One of the most fascinating tourist attractions here is the Puerto Princesa Underground river which has a second floor (deep cave leading to another river channels) that was discovered by geologists in 2010, is nature’s wonder beyond human imagination. Other tourist spots include small lagoon, big lagoon, Nacpan beach, El Nido reserve marine park etc.
So follow your daydreams to slip into one of these extraordinary islands, that will fade away all the stress and tension out of your lives, leaving you with only a calm, peaceful heart as the soul inside will be revived all over again.