If you have been a time in Asia, then you know that you encounter countless islands here. Mostly inhabited, but also a large number of uninhabited islands. Each island has again offer something different and that often makes it the ideal way to ‘island hopping’ or to make a tour. Where one island is full of tourists, hippies and backpackers, take a look at the other only a handful of locals and mountain monkeys. The choice is huge and therefore I have for you the 11 best Asian islands put on a list. Of course there are many other gems, but more on that later.
The 10 best Asian islands
Asia is the continent a lot to offer for a holiday. Whether you are now going for six months backpacking, whether you’re a nice holiday for a beach vacation or honeymoon, you are guaranteed. The people there are super friendly, the nature is beautiful and the food you certainly do not get enough. The mainland has plenty to offer, but look for the real tropical feel you have really the islands. These are 11 of the finest Asian islands.
1. Palawan – Philippines
As you have previously read , is Palawan declared the most beautiful island in the world by Travel + Leisure, and that’s not surprising. Palawan is an island especially with an underground river, beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery. Are you a fan Expedition Robinson? I’m sure you do the familiar images in this movie. Palawan are in fact included multiple seasons.
2. The Maldives
1200 small coral islands with beautiful resorts in the water which can be reached by a wooden walkway. These characteristics belong only to one group of islands and the Maldives . The ideal destination for a honeymoon, but if you’re ready for a little relaxation. Spend the day soaking up and in the clear blue water. Goggles on your head and snorkelling but!
3. Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
The Perhentian Islands are perhaps the most beautiful islands to go if you love snorkeling. The underwater world is really beautiful and it makes you feel like you are floating in a living aquarium. Also diving here very well. There are several diving schools where you can make a trial dive or where you can earn PADI. The Perhentian Islands consist of two islands, namely Besar and Kecil. It is definitely worth visiting both. Enjoy white beaches, clear blue water, coral and tropical fish. Here happens (almost) everything on and in the water.
4. Bali – Indonesia
Bali is part of Indonesia, but if you’ve traveled around by Indonesia and Bali, then you know that this island is not comparable to the rest of the country. Bali is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination and that is understandable when these pictures look. There is so much to do in Bali, you will be bored there is no second. The scenery is beautiful, full of rice fields and here and there an active volcano. 10 Read our tips on Bali .
5. Boracay – Philippines
In the Philippines, you will find more than 7,000 special islands. Besides Palawan may also Boracay really be included in this list. Boracay is a small island and is known for its beautiful white beaches and clear blue water. A wonderful tropical island where you can experience a real beach.
6. Koh Tao – Thailand
Attention diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, this is really an island for you. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful sunsets , beautiful beaches and beautiful underwater world make this island really should not miss the 11 best Asian islands. Around the coast of Koh Tao you’ll have some wonderful uninhabited islands to which definitely worth a visit. One of them is this gem below Koh Nang Yuan . Here you can snorkel hours lazing in the sun and enjoy the beautiful views of Koh Tao.
7. Okinawa – Japan
Okinawa is a tropical archipelago that belongs to Japan. It is a collection of all islands scattered over a distance of 1,000 km. The islands are especially popular among Japanese tourists. Here you will find tropical rainforests, breathtaking nature, clear waters, white beaches and one of the oldest population groups in the world. The climate is subtropical and therefore you can enjoy all year round by the ultimate.
8. Koh Phi Phi – Thailand
Around the coast of Thailand you will encounter beautiful islands. One of my personal favorites has to be the Phi Phi islands. Koh Phi Phi Islands are known for their impressive rock formations and tropical nature. With a boat you can make beautiful trips here. The water is crystal clear and the beaches are tropical white. After seeing the video below, I’m sure these islands also come to be on your list!
9. Raja Ampat – Malaysia
The Malay Archipelago Raja Ampat is an attraction in itself. The population is still very traditional and nature are truly wild. The waters around Raja Ampat are fantastic and are among the best diving and snorkeling destinations in Asia. Here you’ll be under water more than 1,200 different species of fish and against a wide variety of coral. The beaches around are white colored by the coral and make Raja Ampat a true tropical paradise. Here you can eat the best freshly caught fish with your feet in the sand.
10. Gili Islands – Indonesia
At about 35 kilometers from the coast of Bali where three islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Along the Gili Islands. Gili means “small island” and in addition to these three islands you can find about 25 other Gili around the coast of Lombok. Are you in Indonesia, you really should not skip a visit to the Gili Islands. White beaches, shacks on the beach and beautiful underwater world. Snorkel beautiful coral in a living aquarium.
11. Koh Rong – Cambodia
White beaches, clear blue water and very few tourists and res0rts. All this can be found on Koh Rong. You will literally back in time. You can reach the island only by boat from Sihanoukville. Besides the paradise beaches and tropical look, the island is also known as monkey island. Here you can make beautiful hikes through the jungle. Please bring enough cash and a flashlight and power bank is not a luxury. In the evening the power off and in the afternoon you have to do it often without electricity, but hey, you’re well on the paradise!