Are we the only ones who fantasize about being stranded on a faraway tropical island while relaxing on the beach without a care in the world? Okay, maybe not necessarily stranded, but being secluded on some of the world’s most beautiful islands is definitely at the top of our to-do list. Whether it’s a tropical beach paradise or a volcanic mountainous terrain, islands have their charm and we’re here to show you our favorite ones.
You won’t want to leave these 11 beautiful islands…
11.) La Digue Island
- Location: Seychelles Islands
- Why we love it: You can see this entire island in one day!
We’re 100% certain that once you see the breathtaking views of the Seychelles Islands, being stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean won’t seem so terrible. With its crystal clear water and relaxing beach vibes, you’ll feel right at home in this little island of 2800 people. La Digue is one of the many beautiful islands that make up Seychelles. You can see the entire island in a day since it’s only 10 km so hop on your bike or get on some good hiking shoes and explore all of the beauty this little treasure island has to offer.
- Location: Italy
- Why we love it: Delicious Sardinian Cuisine
As if there isn’t more to love about Italy, check out the island of Sardinia (Sardegna) while you’re munching on all of the pizza and pasta in Italy. What is there to love about Sardinia? The colorful homes that are stacked along the coast that’s perfect for photos. How about the delicious Sardinian cuisine that sets itself apart from the rest of Italy? Try the Fregola and Mussels along with the hundreds of other traditional Sardinian cuisine items that’ll blow you away. Sardinia is also great because it isn’t just your typical tropical paradise, you’ve got all types of terrains to enjoy.
- Location: Greece
- Why we love it: The low-key option of the Greek islands
You’ve heard of Mykonos and Santorini and you’ve seen the stunning Instagram pictures. But have you heard of Naxos, an island in the South Aegean Sea? When you go to Naxos you’ll also be skipping the millions of tourists and tourist traps and swapping it for tranquil Greek island life. That is sun, olive trees and Greek ruins and the remnants of the ancient world. So if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, Naxos is your best bet. And the views definitely won’t disappoint!
8.) Phi Phi Islands
- Location: Thailand
- Why we love it: The iconic Maya Bay coves
If you’re into secluded resorts and private beaches with crystal clear water then the Phi Phi Islands may be the place for you. Traveling through Southeast Asia will already be amazing on its own, and visiting these Phi Phi Islands are among some of the most beautiful (and most popular) to see in Thailand. Go snorkeling on the Bamboo Island or visit the coves in the Maya Bay. The options are endless and if nothing else, the captivating white sand beaches will be worth it.
7.) Caye Caulker
- Location: Belize
- Why we love it: Barefoot island with no cars
Talk about an island paradise, Belize has some hidden islands that will have you ready to drop everything in the city and opt for the simple life. We’re talking fresh fried seafood, sandy white beaches and endless blue waters as far as the eye can see. What’s great about Caye Caulker? The people and the real laid-back vibes. It’s so laid-back that most of the locals don’t even wear shoes since there are no paved roads. Most people are comfortable in their bare feet. Also, there aren’t any cars on this island, just golf carts to get them around this tiny island that will capture your heart in an instant.
6.) Ilha Grande
- Location: Brazil
- Why we love it: Unique rainforest terrain
Don’t make the mistake of only seeing the Brazilian mainland. While it has plenty to see you’d be impressed by the Brazilian islands and everything they have to offer. The Ilha Grande island, in particular, is a must-see. Besides soaking up the sun and taking in all of the amazing scenery, you can enjoy your day while sipping on a delicious açaí drink. This island is especially unique because of its terrain. A shocking 99% of the island is classified as a natural Atlantic rainforest. So while you’re enjoying the tropical Brazilian paradise you can take in all of the amazing wildlife that the island has to offer.
5.) Koh Rong
- Location: Cambodia
- Why we love it: Hotspot for the adventurous traveler
If you’re looking for an island where you can have it all, then Koh Rong is the perfect place to get lost. Situated in the heart of Cambodia, Koh Rong is an island full of anything you can imagine. You’ve got beaches to lounge in, tropical rainforests to explore, coral reefs to snorkel in. If you’re the nature-loving adventurous type, you’ll enjoy zip lining across the High Point Rope Park. If you’re more of the relaxation type don’t worry, you’ve got the endless sandy Long Set Beach to chill out all day on.
- Location: Bahamas
- Why we love it: The perfect sunset
Eleuthera is only one flight away from Nassau, the most popular island of the Bahamas. In Eleuthera, you’ll find the peaceful island life you’re looking for, away from the touristy chaos of Nassau. They are most especially known for the picturesque pink sand beaches, the caves and the coral reefs. Without a doubt, one thing you can’t miss in Eleuthera is the sunset on the French Leave Beach.
- Location: Tunisia
- Why we love it: Beautiful blend of cultures
There is plenty of history and culture to take in from North Africa, and the island of Djerba has plenty of that. The island is home to a unique blend of African, Jewish, Berber and Arab cultures which can be seen in the form of ancient Jewish temples, busy souks and beautiful whitewashed desert towns. If you’re not sold just yet, seeing this island’s breathtaking beaches should definitely convince you to take a visit.
2.) Sao Miguel, Azores Islands
- Location: Portugal
- Why we love it: A nature-lovers paradise
You’re not stranded on an island unless you’re in the middle of the Atlantic ocean in a beautiful green island paradise. The Azores Islands are a small group of islands belonging to Portugal where the adventure comes to you. Sao Miguel is the biggest of the Azores islands and is known for its abundance of green. The island is actually nicknamed the “Green Island” in Portuguese. The island is a volcanic island so you can visit the volcanic national park, go hiking, explore the gardens and finally relax in the soothing thermal baths.
- Location: Reunion
- Why we love it: Amazing hiking and waterfalls
Most people have never heard of this secluded island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. That’s because it’s tiny and tucked away but full of rich beauty. Reunion is technically a French department that is known for its natural beauty. The island is both volcanic and is covered in a vast rainforest. In addition to that, the beaches and coral reefs are something to explore, and after a long day of hiking, you can take a dip in the waterfalls in the forests. Reunion is like a fairytale because it’s a mystery to most people and it will enchant you at every turn.