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Top 20 Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Who doesn’t love water and beaches? Given a choice, everyone will want to hang out in the beach and bask under the sun. Whether you want to go on a trip with your friends, your loved one or your family, islands always have a wide variety of entertainment to offer. And also, not to forget, islands have breathtaking beauty. Here is a list of the best, most beautiful islands in the world.


20. Maui, Hawaii

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This island is named after the demi God Maui and is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. While you are there, you should definitely watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park and drive on the road towards Hana. If are the adventurous type, you should hike on the Waihe’e Ridge trail and the West Maui mountains. Foodies will fall in love with this place for the amazingly delicious, locally sourced food that is easily available.

19. Jamaica

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Jamaica is a Caribbean Island that is blessed with so much of natural beauty. It has mountains, rainforests and beaches. If you are one to love the water, you can scuba dive and snorkel in the Jamaican waters. If that’s too much for you, you can just choose to float on bamboo rafts. Also, don’t forget that Jamaica gave us Bob Marley and so, music is deeply rooted into their culture and you can’t help but groove to it.

18. Catalina Island, California

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An abundance of fresh air and the seemingly endless sunshine make Catalina a very popular getaway. You’d be surprised to know that 88% of the island is a nature preserve which requires easily available permits for hiking and cycling. Catalina has a lot of tourists in the summer and the place will transform into one with candle lights and fancy dinners in the night for those hopeless romantics.

17. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

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Provo, as it is locally known, Providenciales is the commercial and touristic capital of Turks and Caicos. Provo is just a few decades old. So everything on this island is new. There are never ending beaches and vast expanse of reefs. The country’s major international airport is also located here.

16. Bali, Indonesia

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The Balinese are a generous lot with a good sense of humor. They are what makes Bali more beautiful than it already is. And obviously, Bali has miles of beaches, where you can surf and dive. But what differentiates Bali from other islands is its very rich culture. Almost everything here has spiritual meaning. There are around 10,000 temples here and Gunung Agung, the island’s tallest peak is its spiritual center. The place is also very happening. Tourists never run out of stuff to do here.

15. Mauritius, Africa

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There is no denying that Mauritius is beautiful. Mark Twain remarked that Mauritius was made before heaven and that heaven was copied from Mauritius. Do I have to say anything more about its breathtaking beauty? Mauritius is also a haven for foodies. The food here is excellent. Not just the sea food, everything that is served in their restaurants is mouth-watering. There are a host of adventure and water sports that you can indulge in here. Also, Mauritius is a wildlife island. It saved the most birds from extinction, more than any other country in the world.

14. Phuket, Thailand

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Let’s begin with telling you that, the h in Phuket is silent. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It’s 49 km long. It is so long that you may forget that you are on an island. No one returns from Thailand without visiting Phuket. With its luxury resorts, fine dining, shopping, white beaches, Phuket will get you addicted to it.

13. Bora Bora, Society Islands

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Bora Bora is the kind of stuff dreams are made of. This island is the first choice of honeymooners. It also offers a variety of water sports. If you want some time with your loved one, you should go here.

12. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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If you love adventure, you will love Noronha. There are so many activities you can do in water and on land. The marine and coastal environment is well regulated. Due to the cost of transporting goods from the mainland, your stay could get surreally expensive. But you will see that it is definitely worth the price.

11. Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

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The island has diverse eco systems and almost half of the land and 90 sq km of the adjacent waters were declared as a national park to preserve it. The coastline has rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and tiny fishing villages. Lakes, waterfalls and grottoes dot the spectacular limestone hills, the highest rising 331m above sea level. The island’s largest body of water is Ech Lake.

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