15 Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Best Paradise Islands you Should Include on your Bucket List

Na Pali Coast on Kauai island photos via Depositphotos

15 of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands

Earth is such a beautiful planet with so many astounding places to explore. Apart from the seven major continents, the earth also has hundreds of thousands of islands scattered in the oceans, seas, and lakes.

Tahiti Sand Bar
Tahiti Sand Bar

Islands are always a dream travel destinations. From Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Capri, and Ischia in Europe; Ko Pha Ngan, Bali, Maluku, and Borneo in Asia, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zanzibar in Africa, to Saint Martin, Antigua, and the Cook Islands in the Caribbean, these islands are the leading tourist destinations in the world.

All these islands have their own unique characteristics, and that is why they are so popular among travelers.

Here is our list of 15 most beautiful islands in the world.

The Maldives

Maldives photo by @thanni via Unsplash
Maldives photo by @thanni via Unsplash

The Maldives is the epitome of the premium island destination. They are some of the most stunning islands on the planet.

The beauty of the Maldives however does not lie on its ravishing archipelagos, rather, in the seawater.

The shimmering aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea makes the islands really shine.

The Maldives, which consist of astonishing 1,200 islands, the lowest-lying country in the world, with its highest point being just three meters above sea level.

Unfortunately for this paradise, it is slowly sinking and experts believe it will disappear in the near future.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora overwater bungalow
Bora Bora overwater bungalow

This French Polynesian island is second to none when it comes to beautiful beaches and lagoons. The soft, white sand beaches attract visitors from all over the world.

Bora Bora water is usually blue from the interaction of light, white sand, and water.

Staying in one of the over-the-water bungalows is one of the highlights of visiting the island.

Seychelles

Beach in Seychelles
Beach in Seychelles

Seychelles are also among the most beautiful islands in the world. Located just off the coast of Kenya in the Indian Ocean, the state is made of 115 unspoiled granite and coral islands.

Unlike other islands that depend only on the beaches as a form of attraction, Seychelles has other options, from the flourishing coral reefs, UNESCO-listed tropical forest, and giant historical boulders.

Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard - one of the Most Beautiful Island in the World
Martha’s Vineyard – one of the Most Beautiful Islands in the World

Located in the southern area of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Martha Vineyard proves that not all beautiful islands are tropical.

The laid-back island is also famous for being the shooting place of the iconic horror thriller Jaws.

Martha’s Vineyard is accessed through a ferry from the nearby Cape Cod. It has some of the best-unspoiled beaches and the beautiful town of Edgartown.

Saint Barthelemy

Saint Barthelemy
Saint Barthelemy

Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean is loved by the rich and Hollywood A-listers, and it is easy to see why. The island is famous for its beautiful powdery beaches, yacht-lined quay, designer stores, and swanky nightlife.

Some of the most popular beaches on the island are Colombier and Grand Salines.

Santorini

Architecture of Oia village on Santorini island photo via Depositphotos
The architecture of Oia village on Santorini island photo via Depositphotos

Surrounded by a sea-full caldera, Santorini in Greece deserves to be on this list for its pure beauty. Whitewashed vocational villas crumbling down the volcanic overhangs, blue-arched basilicas, lively sprigs of bougainvillea, and sparkling seat water are what make Santorini score top points among travelers.

Other attractions include the Perissa black sand beach, Akrotiri Archaeological Site, amazing sunsets, and Ancient Thira.

Bali

Bali Indonesia via Pixabay
Bali Indonesia via Pixabay

The Island of Bali is located in the westernmost parts of Indonesia in the Province of the same name. It has an intoxicating charm that makes tourists keep coming back.

The air here is filled with incense drifts from the thousands of temples dotted across the island. Explore and even work in rice paddles or sunbath on one of the island’s beautiful beaches.

You can also swim, snorkel, or surf in Bali.

The Hindu temples are also worth visiting.

The Cook Islands

Best Things to do in the Cook Islands
Best Things to do in the Cook Islands

Tucked away in South Pacific, between Samoa and French Polynesia, the Cook Islands comprise 15 islands that are among the most beautiful in the region.

The highlights of the island include the palm-lined beaches, aquamarine lagoons, and volcanic mountains.

Of the 15 islands, Rarotonga and Aitutaki are the hotbeds of tourism.

Visitors also enjoy island hopping in the Cook Islands.

Palawan

Palawan Best Island in the World 2020 photo by Sebastian Pichler via Unsplash
Palawan Best Island in the World photo by Sebastian Pichler via Unsplash

Also known as The Last Frontier, Palawan is the largest island province in the Philippines. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia owing to its beautiful landscapes and amazing white-sand beaches.

The beaches in Palawan are rimmed with swooshing palms, creating a true island atmosphere.

Palawan is also famous for its unique flora and fauna, picturesque fishing villages, and emerald green lakes.

Bermuda

Beach in Horshoe bay Bermuda photo via Depositphotos
Beach in Horshoe bay Bermuda photo via Depositphotos

Located some 643 miles off the shores of North Carolina, Bermuda is one of the world’s most stunning islands. Bermuda is a British island territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches such as Elbow Beach and Horseshoe Bay.

The island is famous for its exceptional pink-sand shores, which is caused by the shells and powdered coral.

Fiji Islands

Palm trees hanging over stunning lagoon on Fiji Islands photo via Deposit Photos
Palm trees hanging over stunning lagoon on Fiji Islands photo via Deposit Photos

Though known largely for its rugby teams, the Fiji archipelago is also among the prettiest islands in the world.

The lava cliffs, mango groves, and crystalline lagoons, among others, are what makes Fiji so unique.

The Dalmatian Islands

Dalmatian Islands photo via Depositphotos
Dalmatian Islands photo via Depositphotos

Located in the Adriatic Sea a few miles away from the Croatian Coastline, the Dalmatian Islands have a perfect mix of Venetian, Greek, and Roman architecture.

Most of the islands making the archipelago have vineries on them.

Hvar is perhaps the most recognizable island and a top summer spot for revelers. Tipped to be the party island of Croatia, Hvar features lively bars, luxury hotels, and stylish restaurants.

Kaua’I

Na Pali Coast on Kauai island photos via Depositphotos
Na Pali Coast on Kauai island photos via Depositphotos

The Garden of Isle is a fitting nickname for this paradise island in Hawaii. Fringed with waterfalls, rainforests, intoxicating scent of tropical buds, and the lava cliffs, this Hawaiian island is a must-visit.

But the main attraction is the Na Pali Coast.

Capri

Marina Piccola on Capri Island photo via Depositphotos
Marina Piccola on Capri Island photo via Depositphotos

Capri is located around 12 miles off the Amalfi Coast in Italy. One of the most loved tourist spots in Europe, the island is scattered with soaring cliffs, sea stacks, and colorful blooms.

The most recognizable attraction on the island is the blue cave, which glows blue.

Anacapri, the highest town, is also worth your time while you are there.

Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island by Jurek Durczak via Wikipedia CC
Cape Breton Island By Jurek Durczak – flickr, CC BY 2.0, CC

Located within the province of Nova Scotia, this island is arguably the best-kept gem when it comes to beautiful island destinations. The highlights of the archipelago include the Fortress of Louisbourg from the 18th century and the 185-mile coast-clasping picturesque drive, Cabot Trail.

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  1. Katie Askegaard says

    A tropical escape to an island will certainly be my first post-COVID adventure! This list is getting the wheels turning, thanks for sharing!

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