Islands for the dream trip: 15 of the world's most beautiful islands is written by Sascha Meineche
When we talk about the world's most beautiful islands, is Bali eg with a guarantee high up on the list on most 'bucket list'. And preserved, there are many good reasons for that. But there are many other beautiful and unique islands in the world waiting to be visited and which may be a familiar one under the radar.
And that is whether you are into palm trees and deserted sandy beaches or something a little more adventure-like. The world's 15 most beautiful islands are definitely worth adding to your wish list, if they are not already there.
Utila in Honduras
This Caribbean island in Honduras is an extremely popular diving site with unique corals. You can swim with whale sharks - who are fortunately vegetarians, so you do not have to fear for your life in the meantime - or check out iguana breeding. Wild it is at least.
Discover one of Hawaii's unique islands, Kauai
Kauai may not be the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think Hawaii. Nevertheless, this island is worth a visit. It is called Garden Isle - 'Garden Island' - due to the spectacular rainforest that covers much of the surface of the island.
Pamper yourself on the white sandy beaches of Kauai and swim among the sea turtles in the water. Or if you feel more adventurous, you can go on the Kalalau Trail, which is one of Hawaii's toughest, but it's clearly worth it.
Marettimo in Italy
This must be said to be one of Italys best kept secrets. Marettimo; a small island that has been relatively well protected from the otherwise very popular tourism in the country.
Just an hour boat ride from Sicily and you are surrounded by peace and idyll. The perfect place for couples with romantic intentions, for here is an overwhelmingly cool Mediterranean vibe.
One of the many islands in the Philippines: Palawan
This sleeping fishing island with turquoise blue water resembles paradise on earth. And Palawan i Phillipines has also recently been named the most beautiful island in the world. Not completely incomprehensible.
On land you can enjoy the magnificent wildlife with wild and insanely beautiful butterflies, and in the water you can enjoy some of the best dive sites in the world. We consider it to be a pretty nice combo.
Yasawa and Fiji
Until just 60 years ago, it was forbidden for outsiders to visit the island. Today, there are still quite a few restrictions on who is allowed to visit the island to protect the local areas and nature.
The lucky ones who come to visit the volcanic archipelago west of Fiji, is of course almost like Palle alone in the world and can enjoy exclusive accommodation on private beaches, unique diving and nature that will make you lose your temper.
Bora Bora in French Polynesia
Bora Bora is a paradise- and dream-like destination for many people. The island is in the middle of nowhere - almost as far away from Denmark as you can get. Specifically northeast of Tahiti in the Pacific Ocean.
The island is guaranteed to be synonymous with paradise-like beaches and afternoon cocktails, while you throw yourself into a hammock and have a view of the sea, which of course is completely turquoise blue with an insane coral reef below the surface.
Of course, this also means that Bora Bora is a diving paradise without equal. But if you prefer to stay on land, you can stay in some of the most exclusive hotels in the Pacific. It's not the worst either.
Ischia in Italy
The small volcanic island is off the coast of Naples and full of hot thermal springs; one of the things that has attracted visitors to the island since Roman times. Most recently, Elena Ferrantes' Neapolitan novels are spun on the protagonists' visit to the island, where they try to escape Naples' summer madness.
Formentera in Spain
Another Mediterranean gem located in the middle of an extremely popular holiday paradise. Formentera i Spain is probably a bit overlooked, but nonetheless worth a visit. The atmosphere is more laid-back compared to Ibiza, which is only 30 minutes sailing away.
The beaches are stunning and the atmosphere is superb with small beach houses and sleepy fishing villages mixed with luxurious villas. One must here is to rent a boat and sail around the island so you can mingle with rich yacht owners.
Bornholm in Denmark
Our own sunshine and rocky island, Bornholm, must of course also be mentioned, because Denmark is full of beautiful islands. Here you will find some of the harshest nature in Denmark as well as some of our very best chalk-white sandy beaches. Dueodde is perhaps the most popular, and it is not without reason.
Have lunch at one of the countless smokehouses on the island and visit four of the country's seven preserved round churches, all of which are worth a visit. And well, if you intend to settle down as a painter, then the light on Bornholm is invaluable in that context. And then of course you have to look for Curl Bully. Tell me if you find him.
Islands for the active traveler: Madeira is the best
The small volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa is a former Portuguese colony. The population is therefore also a good mix of Europeans, Africans and South Americans.
Madeira Island invites to many things, but probably mostly an active holiday, and here you can find a little of everything within the adrenaline-fueled genre. But if you just want to enjoy nature without risking your life, there is of course plenty of opportunity for that.
Andros in the Bahamas
Although referred to as a single name, is Andros in fact, an archipelago of more than a hundred small islets connected by mangroves, estuaries and swamps.
These islands are also part of the world's third largest reef, and diving in particular is something the island is known for. It is surrounded by a large number of underwater caves, or so-called 'blue holes', which attract cave divers from all over the world and not without reason.
Tierra del Fuego in Argentina
A visit to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina feels pretty much like you're on the edge of the world. Quite literally. It is the southernmost point on the American continent and it is also an absolutely stunning place with fascinating scenery that is a mix of glaciers, peat bogs and wild nature. It is without a doubt one of the most remarkable places in the world.
One of the islands in the Caribbean: Cozumel, Mexico
Off the coast of the Yucatan in the Caribbean Sea lies this gem. It is home to a fantastic underwater life, where dolphins, manatees and sea turtles frolic, and Cozumel therefore also invites you to some of the best diving in the western hemisphere.
The only town on the island, San Miguel, is on the touristy side, but you are probably still so busy diving that you do not experience that part.
IIha Grande, Brazil is one of the most beautiful islands in the world
Off the coast of Rio de Janeiro is this island gem, which in the old days was known for something a little different. The island was home to pirates before it later became a prison for the worst criminal Brazilians - and closed to the public.
As a result, it is therefore a fairly well-preserved island, and the wildlife on the island today is absolutely superb and very well-preserved. Cars are banned on the island and this helps nature on the road. It also makes it a paradise for hikers, and in addition, the island is home to one of the richest ecosystems in the world. Not a bad combination, the former prison has become.
Islands in the Caribbean: Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
It may well be that Turks and Caisco Islands the last few years have been linked to tax havens and lavish lifestyles, but Salt Cay is the smallest of the islands and has lived slightly below the radar compared to the larger islands.
Therefore, Salt Cay boasts an insane wildlife on and around the island with, among other things, a rich bird life with eagles and humpback whales in the seas around the islands. So shit with tax havens if you are just there to experience nature and wildlife.
The choices are many, and fortunately the world is full of lovely, beautiful and unique islands, so there is a guarantee of great island experiences for many years to come.
Have a good trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Here are the 15 most beautiful islands to visit
- Utila, Honduras
- Kauai, Hawaii
- Marettimo, Italy
- Palawan, Phillipines
- Yasawa, Fiji
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Ischia, Italy
- Formentera, Spain
- Bornholm, Denmark
- Wood, Portugal
- Andros, Bahamas
- Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
- Cozumel, Mexico
- IIha Grande, Brazil
- Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands
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