Are you planning a vacation during the holidays? Are you currently looking for the best destination to satisfy your craving for a lifetime experience? Then, this top 10 list will be a big help to you.
Travel + Leisure is known to provide an annual ranking of the best islands in the world. This 2016, the top 10 list is distributed among countries in the Americas, Oceania, Asia, and Europe.
So here is the list. Choose your perfect destination and may you enjoy your future vacation.
#10 Bali, Indonesia
The island province of Bali is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is the home to forested volcanic mountains, religious sites, beaches and coral reefs. The island is also known as a yoga and meditation place.
#9 Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai Island is also known as “the Garden Isle” because of its fantastic tropical rainforest beauty. The island has dramatic cliffs and hiking destinations like the 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails. The Waimea Canyon National Park is also part of the island.
#8 Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is known for its Atlantic Ocean beaches and golf courses. It is a common vacation destination which also features the Harbour Town Lighthouse and the Coastal Discovery Museum.
#7 Maui, Hawaii
The island of Maui is the second largest in Hawaii. It features the Sprawling Haleakala National Park, pools and waterfalls, beaches, and the scenic Hana Highway. And since Maui is in the Central Pacific, you will be entertained by the Pacific breeze.
#6 Cebu, Philippines
Cebu is an island province in the central region of the Philippines. The island retains its 16th century Spanish colonial landmarks. These are, of course, additions to the pristine waters of the beaches in the island.
#5 Santorini, Greece
An island in the Aegean Sea was once devastated by a volcanic eruption in 16th century BC which shaped its rugged landscape. The island is known today as Santorini, in the southern part of Greece. The island showcases cubiform houses clinging to the cliffs above an underwater crater. It has beautiful beaches with some having black, red and white lava pebbles.
#4 Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke is an island located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. It is very accessible with all means of transportation. Waiheke offers scenic beaches and has been voted as one of the best islands by Lonely Planet and the Conde Nast Best Islands in the World List.
#3 Ischia, Italy
In the Tyrrhenian Sea lies a volcanic island known as Ischia. The island is generally mountainous and densely populated. Tourism is the main industry in this volcanic island with its attractions ranging from natural volcanic activity to hot springs and volcanic mud.
#2 Boracay, Philippines
Boracay is a tiny island in the northernmost tip of the Panay Island in the western Visayas region of the Philippine archipelago. It is a famous tourist destination in the world with numerous awards received because of its clean and pristine waters and nightlife. The island is administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the provincial government of Aklan, where the island belongs.
#1 Palawan, Philippines
In the westernmost part of the Philippines lies the island of Palawan. It is between the West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea with its southernmost tip near Borneo in Malaysia. The island is the home to various untouched beaches, like those in El Nido and Coron, and of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, an underground river known as one of the world’s natural wonders.