Travellers voted: This are the best islands in the world
As you know the will of the people is king; and as Travel + Leisure released the 2017 list of top selected by readers, it might be the perfect time to start planning your next vacation to one of this popular insular destinations.
Whilst this year’s list gave the world’s best island spot to Palawan in the Philippines, there are other 9 destination that are worth a visit, some of them, not too far from home.
This list from Travel + Leisure features destinations that were positively rated by readers based on their travelling experiences through a survey, that ranked the islands as follows.
#10 – Bali, Indonesia
Renowned worldwide as a top destination for meditation and yoga retreats, Bali is rich in culture, history, and of course, breathtaking landscapes and stunning beaches. Bali’s volcanic mountains are covered by forests and its iconic beaches, coral reefs and rice paddies can guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience.
#9 – Hvar and the Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
Located at the centre of the Adriatic Sea, this island has a classic Mediterranean vibe and thanks to the coast of Croatia becoming a trendy destination after all that Game of Thrones Hype, there will be no shortages of fun during the upcoming season. Hvar large and fertile coastal plain with fresh water springs is rather unusual in the area which makes it even more appealing and interesting. Along with its vineyards and pine forests, olive groves, fruit orchards and lavender fields, the island looks like a still out of movie.
#8 – Ischia, Italy
If you’re looking for thermal hot spring, Ischia is probably the destination of choice for you. This volcanic island in the Gulf of Naples, does not only offer mineral-rich thermal waters but also beautiful landscaping and sightseeing opportunities, including a medieval Aragonese Castle, linked to the island by a stone bridge, and the Sea Museum dedicated to Ischia’s fishing tradition located in the 18th-century Palazzo dell’Orologio, nearby.
#7 – Kauai, Hawaii
AKA “Hawaii’s island of discovery.” Kauai is covered by tropical rainforest almost completely. However, its astonishing landscapes and and amazing trails have transformed the island into the perfect hiking destination.
#6 – Maui, Hawaii
30 miles of beaches, volcanic peaks, pools and waterfalls are just a few of the reasons why Maui couldn’t be left out of this list.
#5 -Santorini, Greece
Fira and Oia are Santorini’s main towns, with beautiful pebbled beaches, an intricate terrain and amazing landscapes and gastronomic offers, if you’re suffering from wanderlust, this is a destination you cannot miss.
#4 – Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Biodiversity, privileged climate, outstanding gastronomy and blinding beauty wherever you look at, this volcanic archipelago is Ecuador’s national treasure and humanity’s vault of wonders.
#3 – Boracay Island, Philippines
White sand beaches, is just one of the charms of this small island in the central Philippines that features prestigious resorts, palm trees everywhere, bars, restaurants and a very active and inviting water sports scene. The observation deck on Mount Luho provides visitors with out of this world panoramic views of the island, whilst other prefer to get closer with nature and explore the coral reefs and shipwrecks that host a diverse marine life.
#2 – Hilton Head, South Carolina
The ultimate centre for holiday entertainment, Hilton Head has 350 tennis courts, 24 golf courses and 12 miles of beaches for those who love to have vacations in style.
#1 – Palawan, Philippines
The top island of the list is full of sugar-white sandy beaches that will guarantee an unforgettable experience for you and your family during your next holiday. Further, it offers all of the commodities of urban life for a truly comfortable vacation.
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