Islands bring up images of a pristine spot of sand where you can relax under rustling palms while gazing out into a calm blue sea.
However, not every island is made equal.
Some people’s beauty is more characterized by the water that surrounds them, which can enchant connoisseurs with its crystalline clarity and thriving coral kingdoms.
Other islands have lush jungles and velvety peaks, while some have cultural gems that attract visitors.
These islands are far from the workaday bustle but close to creature amenities, whether you desire magnificent beaches, stunning landscape, or unique cultures.
Find your personal Shangri-la in this list of the world’s most beautiful islands, which range from Seychelles to Santorini and the Caribbean to Capri.
1. The Maldives:
The Maldives has some of the most beautiful islands in the world, but it’s the sea that really makes them shine. These beautiful white coastlines, which barely peep above the Indian Ocean, are lapped by luminous turquoise waters of perfect clarity.
The Maldives archipelago, which is made up of 26 natural atolls, is the world’s lowest country, reaching little more than three meters above sea level at its highest point, a figure that is shrinking every year.
Coral reefs thrive beneath the hypnotic waters, attracting divers and snorkelers from all over the world.
Surfers come from all over the world to ride the uncrowded waves.
Back on land, luxury resorts are ideal starting locations for excursions centered on the water, the archipelago’s most valuable asset, but also its single greatest threat as the planet’s climate changes.
2. French Polynesia, Bora Bora:
This lush volcanic island, shaped like a huge hat, is featured in many South Pacific dreams.
The stunning lagoon in technicolor turquoise serves as the main point and outstanding feature of this tropical haven.
The lagoon is dotted with little islets or motus , which are home to fish, turtles, sharks, and rays.
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Of course, the island is unmistakably French, complete with delectable gastronomy.
The neighboring reefs are ideal for diving and snorkeling, while trekking trails wind their way through palm-studded woodlands.
If you can afford it, stay in a posh over-the-water bungalow and luxuriate in your good fortune while falling asleep to the soft slop of the sea.
The verdant limestone peaks of this island province stretch southwest to Borneo, rising from a jewel-like sea so transparent that you can nearly see the fish’s emotions from above the surface.
Many of these jungle-clad islands have slivers of brilliant white-sand beaches fringed by rustling palms, while coral reefs teeming with an astounding diversity of tropical fish, making for some of the world’s best diving.
Unique animals, green lakes, and picturesque fishing villages are among the islands’ other attractions.
Coron has opulent resorts, while El Nido, one of the chain’s most appealing islands, is dripping with natural splendor.
The magnificent Bacuit archipelago may be explored by island hopping from here.
The UNESCO-listed Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, an outstanding limestone cave system with a lengthy underground river, is one of Palawan’s most popular attractions.
4. Seychelles (nine islands):
Seychelles are worth visiting because they are beautiful and pristine.
This relatively pristine archipelago of 115 coral and granite islands, located east of Kenya, is jam-packed with attractions, ranging from UNESCO-listed jungles and thriving coral reefs to palm-lined, powdery beaches flanked by massive boulders.
Anglers will enjoy Seychelles because it has some of the world’s best fishing areas. It’s easy to see why Seychelles are so appealing, especially when you consider the spicy Créole cuisine and the luxury resorts of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.
5. Santorini (Greece) is the fifth most visited island in the world:
Santorini, which is surrounded by a sea-filled caldera, is known for its stunning natural beauty.
Villas in a bleached white cascade down craggy cliff faces.
Bright sprays of bougainvillea add to the eye-popping palette of color, which includes blue-domed cathedrals rising against a glittering sea.
The communities of Firá and Oia, perched above the black lava cliffs, are the island’s most gorgeous — and expensive — destinations and Oia is one of the world’s most photographed sites.
The Akrotiri Archaeological Site, Ancient Thira, Perissa’s black sand beach, and, of course, the spectacular sunsets are some of Santorini’s other highlights.
Sailing into this magnificent caldera, surrounded by rising sea cliffs, leaves an indelible first impression.