10 Most Beautiful Islands In The World

1) Maldives

Maldives is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is a small island nation in South Asia, located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) from the Asian continent. This magical archipelago consists of more than 1000 coral islands.

Must visit places: Male, Hulhumale, Island Maafushi, Utheemu, Feydhoo, Maradhoo, Veligandu Island, Banana Reef, Thulusdhoo Island, Fuvahmulah, Alimatha Island, Hithadhoo, Kuredu, Gan, Kunfunadhoo Island.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Scuba diving, snorkeling, glass bottom boat tour and underwater walking.

2) Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It's also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts.

Must visit places: Matira Beach, Leopard Rays Trench, Tupitipiti Point, Otemanu, Bloody Mary's, Parroquia de San Pedro-Celestino, Mt. Pahia Summit, Plage Matira etc.

Activities that you can enjoy: Aqua bike adventure, glass bottom boat tour, parasailing, jet ski, lagoon cruise, snorkeling, scuba diving and stand-up paddling.

3) Palawan, Philippines

Palawan, officially the Province of Palawan, is an archipelagic province of the Philippines that is located in the region of MIMAROPA. It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. t can be called as a natural wonder of Philippines. Palawan is home to one of new seven natural wonders of the world – Puerto-Princesa underground river. This 5-mile long river is the longest navigable underground river in the world.

Must visit places: El Nido, Puerto Princesa, Coron & Calamian Islands, Linapacan Islands, Taytay, San Vicente Long Beach, Port Barton, Cuyo Islands, Stay at Amanpulo Resort, Tubbataha Reef & Cagayancillo Islands, Tabon Caves & Quezon, Balabac Islands.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming in the lagoons, wreck diving etc.

4) Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.

Must visit places: Mahé Island, Praslin Island, La Digue Island, Cousine Island, Aride Island, Bird Island, Moyenne Island, Silhouette Island, Aldabra Island, Fregate Island, Anse Lazio, Anse Source D’Argent, Beau Vallon Beach, Anse Intendance, Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Morne Seychellois National Park

Water activities that you can enjoy: Scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, sailing, kayaking.

5) Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.

Must visit places: Firá, Oia, Caldera, Akrotíri Archaeological Site, Red Beach, Ancient Thira, Archeological Museum, Firá, Museum of Prehistoric Thira, Pyrgos, Profitis Ilias, Beach at Perissa, Ammoudi Bay.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Diving, jet ski parasailing, wakeboarding, water ski, and banana-boating.

6) The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, with political links to New Zealand. Its 15 islands are scattered over a vast area. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. To the north, Aitutaki Island has a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. The country is renowned for its many snorkeling and scuba-diving sites.

Must visit places: Aitutaki Lagoon, Tapuaetai (One Foot Island) Tour, Muri Beach-Rarotonga, Titikaveka Beach-Rarotonga, Te Vara Nui Village Tour & Cultural Show-Rarotonga, Cross-Island Hike to Te Rua Manga (The Needle)-Rarotonga, Aroa Marine Reserve-Rarotonga, Maire Nui Gardens-Rarotonga, Avarua-Rarotonga, Mount Maungapu-Aitutaki

Water activities that you can enjoy: Scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, paddling, fishing, enjoying lagoon cruise.

7) Bali, Indonesia

Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.

Must visit places: Pura Tanah Lot, Mount Batur, Uluwatu Temple, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Art & Culture, Tegallalang and Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali, Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Seminyak Shopping, Nusa Dua Beach, The Nusa Islands, Kuta Beach, The Sidemen Valley, Waterbom Bali, Tirta Empul Temple, Sekumpul Waterfall.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Fly-boarding, parasailing, rafting, jet skiing, water skiing, sea walking, flying fish, scuba diving with an underwater scooter, wakeboarding.

8) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It's considered one of the world's foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galapagos species later inspired his theory of evolution.

Must visit places: Tortuga Bay, La Lobería, Seymour, Kicker Rock, Puerto Villamil, Las Tintoreras, The Santa Cruz Highlands, Puerto Ayora, Bartolomé, Darwin Island.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.

9) Fiji

Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 332 islands. Only one-third of them are inhabited. It's famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons.Tourism is the backbone of Fiji’s economy. A beach lover will definitely love all the gorgeous lagoons, coral reefs and palm filled white sandy beaches.

Must visit places: Fiji Museum, Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, Suva Municipal Market, Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Tavuni Hill Fort, Musket Cove Marina, Navilawa, Snake God Cave, Tavoro Waterfalls.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

10) Kaua'i, United States

Kauai is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It's nicknamed "the Garden Isle" thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films, while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are hiking destinations.

Must visit places: Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Hanalei Bay, Kalalau Trail, Wailua Falls, Queen’s Bath, Kīlauea Lighthouse, Polihale State Park, Kōkeʻe State Park, Fern Grotto, Hanakapiai Falls, Spouting Horn, Waialeale, 'Opaeka'a Falls, Ke'e Beach, Kalalau Valley.

Water activities that you can enjoy: Rafting, kayaking, sailing, water skiing.

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