Looking to mix up where you travel in 2019?
While there are so many stunning locales to visit on Earth, stealing away to a dot of land in the ocean somewhere can truly be idyllic.
While it’s tough to narrow them down, here are 10 of the most beautiful islands, ready for you to explore.
1. Tioman Island
Off the Malaysian coast, Tioman Island boasts beautiful resorts and attracts those keen to go snorkeling and diving amid the reefs that surround it. It’s a hot spot for those looking to experience deep-sea fishing, which can be arranged by authorized local companies.
But there’s so much more to this island than the ocean that encircles it.
The lack of roads means its densely populated with jungle, and there are countless treks around the rain forests on offer. One popular trek takes you to Monkey Bay – appropriately known for its wildlife.
There are stunning waterfalls to visit, some reachable from the resorts, others accessible via boat or on one of the jungle treks. The biggest waterfall on the island is the Asah Waterfall, 6 kilometers from Mukut Village.
There is also a picturesque golf course at the Berjaya Tioman Resort with 18 holes, should you fancy a leisurely round.
2. The Maldives
If you’re looking for the epitome of a tropical fantasy head to the Maldives.
It’s got the lot: pure white sands, crystalline waters, swaying coconut trees and incredible sunsets.
The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean and boast 26 ring-shaped atolls, that form in excess of 1000 coral islands. It’s truly breathtaking to behold.
3. Christmas Island
East of The Maldives sits Christmas Island, still in the Indian Ocean but in Australian territory, south of Java, Indonesia.
Classified as a national park this isle has a different vibe, comprising mostly of wetlands, waterfalls and rainforests.
Ideal if you’re looking to swim with and observe the stunning marine life, Christmas Island is a birdwatchers paradise too.
4. Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are off the coast of Costa Rica and are famously linked to Charles Darwin. The scientist, who founded the theory of evolution, went to the archipelagos in 1835 where he studied the wildlife there.
Today, holidaymakers head there for vacations centered around observing flora and fauna. thanks to its stunning landscapes and balmy climes.
If you’re thinking of taking a trip there yourself, be sure to check the upcoming weather forecast before choosing when to visit.
5. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
What makes the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat so unique is the fact that it’s made up on several islands – each one covered in stunning jungle.
The ideal spot for those into diving, the marine life off Raja Ampat is truly a sight to behold. Explore the reefs under the sea – it literally takes you to another world.
And there’s plenty to do on dry land too. Excursions, safaris and lengthy plains of white sandy beaches.
6. Santorini, Greece
While Greece is an island in it’s own right, the isles that surround it offer additional points on the map for you to disappear off to.
Santorini is one of the best loved of the Greek islands, partly because it whips together every element of the culture into one.
It offers stunning beaches, volcanic terrain, historic monuments and cities, fresh seasonal food and delicious wines.
7. Puerto Rico
There are three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico, named Laguna Grande, Mosquito Bay and La Parguera. Here’s one major reason to visit this Caribbean island, typically frequented by marine enthusiasts.
The local businesses offer day tours and excursions, exploring Puerto Rico. These feature kayaking, glass-bottom boat trips, and nighttime excursions through the mangrove-lined lagoons.
8. Vancouver Island
Perhaps you’re looking for something less exotic, but still absolutely breathtaking.
Vancouver Island in Canada is about 3 hours drive from its city namesake on the mainland and offers stunning scenery of lakes, beaches and forests.
Ideal if you’re looking for somewhere to hike and try outdoor activities, it also boasts its infamous ‘Storm Season’, where you can sit back and enjoy the majesty of the elements in all their wet and wild splendor.
Go whale watching, hiking, surfing, or just enjoy the cute towns and cozy lodges where you can stay for your trip.
9. Unguja, Zanzibar Island
Unguja is also known as Zanzibar Island, and is situated off the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar.
This unique isle boasts a place named Stone Town, which used to be a center for trading, and features places of worship, quaint little streets and the palace of a former sultan, complete with a stunning clock tower. The latter is named the 1883 House of Wonders.
There’s a stone amphitheater situated in the town, which also used to be home to Hamamni Persian Baths that have been out of action since the 19th Century.
Still, there’s more than enough to do on Unguja.
Perhaps THE island of them all, Hawaii rounds off our list.
The scenery is untouched; as is the culture and the vibe of the island.
Known for it’s surf, dolphins, and unbeatable views of the stars in the night sky after dark, this island won’t disappoint if you’re looking for paradise.
Adding to the white beaches and impressive swells, the island boasts lusciously green landscapes – famously used as the setting for the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies.
No dinosaurs to worry about here, though!
Beautiful Islands of the World
If these beautiful islands aren’t enough for you, and you’d like to check out more travel options out there, be sure to visit the travel page of our site.
We recommend options for all types of vacationers. From driving around Ireland to where surviving Mexico City, you name it we’ve got it.
Browse the page and enjoy planning your next exciting trip.
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