Islands immediately call for an image of beaches, crystal clear waters and unspoilt nature. A large number of the most beautiful places on Earth can be found on islands. What are the ten most breathtaking islands in the world? (according to the visitors of tripadvisor )
The Caribbean island of Jamaica has been a popular holiday destination for years. Especially Montego Bay on the north coast of the island is a famous seaside resort thanks to the mile-long sandy beaches.In addition, Jamaica has some beautiful coral reefs that are popular among divers. Next to the sea, Jamaica still has great forests that are protected as a nature reserve, for example, Blue & John Crow Mountains National Park.
9. Bora Bora
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Bora Bora is an atoll in the Pacific and is part of French Polynesia. The island is formed by the characteristic Mount Otemanu volcano which has been extinguished. Bora Bora is renowned for its luxurious resorts for tourists with a substantial budget. Those can enjoy beaches with calm and clear water. From the volcano you have great views over this lush island.
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Phuket is Thailand ‘s largest island . It has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia for years. Phuket has an average temperature above 30 ˚C throughout the year. Famed are the beaches of Phang Nga Bay which often have views of wonderful rock formations. In addition, Phuket has breathtaking waterfalls. Cultural is the island famous for its many Buddhist temples.
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Mauritius is a Dutch island in the Indian Ocean. It is 1800 kilometers from the African continent. For a while, the island was owned by Dutch and was used as an intermediate port to India. Like many islands, Mauritius has a volcanic origin, although the volcanoes have long been no longer active. The craters largely determine the rugged landscape of Mauritius. Because the island is surrounded by coral reefs, it has always been popular among divers. What Mauritius gives extra charm are the lively port towns like Port Louis.
TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS IN THE WORLD
The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago in the Mediterranean. Ibiza and Mallorca are the most famous islands among tourists. The somewhat smaller Menorca is the most eastern and is better protected from the tourism industry. On the south side there are a number of long sandy beaches, but most of the coast consists of small bays. These places are often only accessible by boat, so you can enjoy the beautiful water and scented vegetation. Since 1993, UNESCO Menorca has added to the list of biosphere reserves . The two cities of Maó and Ciutadella know a cozy Spanish atmosphere.
5. Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is in front of Brazil’s nose. Actually, the archipelago consists of 21 islands listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List . The main island has the same name as the archipelago and is often seen by visitors as heaven on earth. Because the ecosystem is sensitive, access to the island is somewhat limited. Especially divers will look their eyes in the company of dolphins and turtles. Hikers can enjoy inland walks through beautiful forests that often lead to a view of a unique landscape.
The Indonesian island of Bali continues to be a popular tourist destination. No wonder Bali is very versatile. Of course there are beautiful beaches where you can enjoy sun and sea all year round thanks to a favorable climate. Bali is also of a volcanic origin, although the interior is characterized by rice fields. In the cultural area there are many temples to visit, often danced on local music. Also for Bali are the caves that are usually located on a shrine. The West Bali National Park is a versatile nature area with a wide variety of plants and animals.
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Providenciales belongs to the Caicos Islands , a lesser-known island group in the Caribbean. For 50 years, the island was still very primitive and did not know traffic, telephony or electricity. In the meantime, Providenciales has been developed and has become famous as one of the best beach destinations in the world thanks to the turquoise waters in which small islets lie. The part of the island that is in the wind is still undiscovered, allowing the visitor to enjoy the untouched nature. The major attraction of Providenciales, however, is the sea with miles long coral reefs that are close to the coast and are highly regarded by divers.
Greece consists largely of islands , one more beautiful than the other. Santorini (also called Thera) is probably the most exceptional island. It is part of the Cyclades an island group north of Crete. Santorini has a characteristic semicircle shaped after the volcano erupted around 1600 BC. This happened with such force that the central part dropped into the sea and caused a tsunami. Still, the scenery of Santorini is very volcanic with the same black color as the beaches. The town of Oia, built against a hill, is picturesque, thanks to its white houses, certainly combined with world-famous sunsets.
Maui is the second largest island of the American island group of Hawaii located in the Pacific Ocean.Thanks to the tropical climate, Maui has always been popular with American tourists. Also among surfers, the island is a permanent destination thanks to the northern beaches like Jaws and Ho’okipa.But Maui is more than beautiful beaches and high waves. The island has a rainforest, a bamboo forest and a famous botanical garden, Kahanu Garden. Hikes here are always surprising and bring the visitor along waterfalls or special injection holes. The sunset is almost always legendary here. Maui is a complete island.
TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS IN THE WORLD