The top 10 tropical islands in the world

emerald colored sea and a view of the beach

What is a better depiction of paradise than a tropical island? Long stretches of white sandy beaches, the sun reflecting off the surface of the crystal blue sea, the soothing sound of the waves collapsing onto the shore and the smell of salty water combined with the coconut scented body lotions. Can it possibly get any better than that? Tropical islands are dream destinations for many honeymooners, adventure seekers and world travelers hooked on the intoxicating thrill of visiting new places. If you are looking for some inspiration for your next holiday, you may be interested in the following destinations.

1. Ko Lipe

Thailand used to be a go-to place for those looking for seclusion. However, exploiting this mesmerizing destination for the film industry has attracted a deluge of humanity eager to experience this place’s wonders. Still, deserted beaches on nearby islands are reachable by longboats. On the way there, you might even spot a shark. The waters are full of life, so snorkeling here could be an experience of a lifetime. What makes this island interesting is that there are few roads, no cars and you can cover it on foot within an hour.

A boat on the calm water at sunset
Explore the islands near Ko Lipe by boat

2. The Maldives

This collection of no less than 1000 islands is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Barely above the sea level, it is terribly affected by the climate changes, so hurry up before it’s too late. Although these tropical islands are expensive, it is possible to travel on budget with meticulous planning. The best time to visit is from November to May to avoid the monsoon season. Here, you can indulge in various activities. Diving and snorkeling first come to mind, but whale and dolphin watching is an absolute must.

3. Seychelles

Situated off the east coast of Africa, this group of 115 islands is a paradise for avid lovers of secluded beaches, sun and diving. Since it’s quite expensive, this holiday destination attracts the more upscale crowd. However, it is not a commonly mentioned fact that Seychelles used to be a pirate hideout. So, if you are feeling lucky, venture on a quest to find the legendary hidden treasure.

4. Bali

Surfing, hiking, fantastic food, vibrant nightlife, breathtaking beaches and the friendliest locals – is there anything this place doesn’t have? You can go white water rafting, volcano climbing, scuba diving, or simply sunbathing on either black or white beaches. Yes, Bali has it all. Due to the volcanoes, there are black beaches as well. There are also temples to visit for a more culturally oriented holiday. And that’s not all! Gili island is nearby, so you can easily see them both.

5. Tahiti

The Queen of the Pacific is the ultimate honeymoon destination and the veritable paradise. This is where those stunning photos of luxurious bungalows in the water are taken. In fact, this is the birth home of these gorgeous structures. It is also pretty pricy, so if it is affluence you seek, this is the place to go. But it’s not just romance and luxury you’ll find here. You can enjoy watersports, go on various boat tours or visit historical sites.

A couple holding hands on the beach at sunset
Tahiti is the ultimate tropical island for honeymooners

6. Fiji

Out of over 320 islands, more than two-thirds are uninhabited. With such a selection, it is virtually impossible not to find the place you will like. The waters are teeming with life, so snorkeling is spectacular. You can go diving, sailing, whale watching. Similarly to Bali, this is also an option for those into more active vacations. Therefore, it is more popular with the younger population.

7. Bermuda

Bermuda is the shipwreck capital of the world. Yes, you’ve read well. This heaven for banks and tax-avoiding businesses was first inhabited after a shipwreck in the 17th century. But despite this less than glamorous fun fact, it is extortionately expensive, so should you decide to visit it, you’ll need a sizeable budget. This island is the home of magical pink-sand beaches, warm emerald waters and enchanting landscape. Due to the reefs that ring the island, Bermuda is among the world’s unrivaled diving destinations.

8. Curacao

The moment you arrive in the town, you will notice the recognizable Dutch style. This island country is located in the Caribbean sea, home of many more idyllic locations. It has stable weather throughout the year, which is something its owner, The Netherlands, can’t brag about. If you are looking for a lot of sunshine and picturesque beaches, this is the place for you. If it’s fun and parties you want, Curacao is one of the go-to tropical islands. And it is no wonder, given that it is famous for an orange-flavored liqueur by the same name.

Palm tree and sun lounges on a tropical beach
Enjoy the picturesque beaches of Curacao

9. The Galapagos Islands

Much like the Maldives, the Galapagos is drastically affected by climate change. It’s one of the lushest places in the world with incredible wildlife. This is the home of the endemic Galapagos penguin, and probably the only place where you can see penguins in the wild. The fact that 97% of the islands is a national park, definitely says something. Unfortunately, because the ecosystem is fragile, if you want to enjoy the unspoiled nature and serenity it offers, hurry up.

10. The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are another lush destination, rich with life. The South Pacific group of islands is less visited by tourists and has few amenities, making it a perfect choice if you wish to escape the hectic modern life. It doesn’t get more remote than this. The deep jungle, coral reefs and pristine beaches add to a more rugged tropical landscape than the other destinations.

Few things can make you feel more rejuvenated than treating yourself with a vacation to one of the tropical islands. If you have an adventurous spirit, you may want to consider making one of these places your home. Just imagine waking up to the sound of the waves, salty smell tingling your nostrils while the tropical breeze gently caresses your skin. Moving to such a place is a dream come true and a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with nature and enjoy life to the fullest.

Discover the Wonders of Tahiti

This may be a cliché, but I always wanted to discover the wonders of Tahiti and to visit French Polynesia. Who doesn’t, right? I know, but I saved and saved and finally I got the money, found the time and was off to this amazing place. Imagine the photos of Bora Bora that stare at you from magazines and Internet travel sites? Well, the reality is even better. For those that  have the same dream as I do, here are the best things about this amazing place.

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Culture of Tahiti

The first thing that comes to mind are the beaches and nature. But the amazing culture of Tahiti somehow gets forgotten. The culture of Tahiti includes the amazing Marae stones. These were used as gathering places, something like temples. There was worshipping, of course, but they had social meaning as well. Visiting them and seeing how naturally they blend into the environment is really something. It seems that everybody knows about the tattoos and since I waited so long to visit Tahiti, it seemed like the appropriate thing to do – so I got a small tattoo while I was there.

Underwater World

If you haven’t been scuba diving, Tahiti is a great place to do it. The only problem is that once you go scuba diving, or surfing, you will be hard pressed to find another place on earth that comes near to that experience. I am a keen surfer and I had the waves of my life there. As for the scuba diving in Tahiti, this is something that you just have to try. It is beyond words.

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Islands

Of course, Mor’ea, Huahine and Rangiroa are perfect and you have to visit them, but the one and only Bora Bora will make you feel like you are not on this planet. It is obvious why people choose this destination for their honeymoon. The nature and the beaches seem secluded and very private and the feeling of beauty overcomes you. The turquoise lagoon and rainforests made me feel I was the last person on this world, and in a very good way.

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Housing and Food

As for the accommodation and food, you should figure out your budget. I saved a lot because I wanted some freedom to feel and eat whatever I wanted. People can choose between a variety of accommodation in Tahiti, depending on their needs and financial abilities. It can be expensive or cheap, but it’s bound to be wonderful. I stayed at a small family hotel which was very nice and perfectly clean. The owners were extremely friendly and they showed me some of the local dishes. I just couldn’t get enough of the lime marinated tuna, but chicken with taro leaves was pretty close.

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The people in Tahiti are friendly and amazing. They smile all the time; are respectful and hospitable. This has definitely been the most amazing trip of my life! And I plan on repeating it as soon as possible, now that I know the wonders of Tahiti and the perfect and unreal Bora Bora islands.

This article was written by Roxana Oliver, a travel enthusiast and an occasional blogger from Sydney, Australia.