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5 Bucket List-worthy Islands to Explore

What is one man’s routine is another one’s gold. That’s what happens to all of us when we talk about visiting islands. Some say they have grown up on one and need to see more land around them, while others dream of being surrounded by unending waters that go on for days.

However, I believe there are some places nobody could ever get sick of. Maybe that’s in my head, but I’m sure many would agree with me when I talk about these – 5 islands that are worthy of being at the top of your bucket list of places to visit.


5. Kaua’i Islands, Hawaii

Also called the ‘Garden Isle, Kaua’i is the oldest island in Hawaii. The name of this isle was derived from legends of a Polynesian traveler and navigator who is said to have first discovered the state. This island is known for boasting scenic trails and awestriking beaches.

As culturally rich as Hawaii is, this island makes it to the top of all those there as it is the oldest and has a spectrum of sites that won’t ever fail to surprise you. White sand beaches, astounding waterfalls, and electrifying views from beachside mountain-tops are only part of the experience.

Interesting Fact: Kaua’i has more beaches than any other island in Hawaii. It also houses the most significant coffee plantation in the USA.

Travel Tip: Christmas and summer usually witness a spike in the number of visitors, so naturally, the costs and deals are higher. Later summer and fall are the cheapest times to visit (mid-August to mid-December).


4. Mauritius, East Africa

Known for its stunning beaches, reefs, and lagoons, Mauritius is an island country off Africa’s south-eastern coast. It is a part of the Mascarene Islands, which includes the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Reunion.

Mauritius was made when the volcanic lava from an active volcano cooled over water and formed a piece of land. This island boasts breathtaking blue waters you can see all over Pinterest and Instagram. With white sand beaches and countless options for sightseeing, this island becomes one of the best to visit between May to December. Multiple places offer facilities for adventure activities such as snorkeling and views of sun-studded reefs worthy of being remembered.

Interesting Facts: This island was first discovered by Arab sailors and was initially called Dina Arobi. Three countries colonized it, and its current name was given to it by the Dutch in honor of the Dutch Republic’s Prince.

Mauritius was also home to the now-extinct bird, Dodo once.

Travel Tip: This one is a little intense but must not discourage you from visiting this stunning island. The cyclone period in Mauritius is usually from November to May, and there are no cyclone warning systems in place. So, consider visiting before or after that time.


3. Seychelles, East Africa

Another island country off the coast of East Africa, Seychelles, is a frequented destination by travel enthusiasts. This island has irresistible aspects that cannot be missed. Along with beaches and coral reefs, flora and fauna of Seychelles are very diverse. It is home to the enormous tortoise in the world – the Aldabra. It also houses countless species of birds that have thrived there for years.

This island has a minor population among all other independent African countries. Some of the smaller parts of the island are less crowded, but due to the influx of tourists from around the world, the popular tourist spots of the country live a bustling life.


Interesting Facts: This island nation houses the beautiful Seychelles Black Parrot. It also boasts a jaw-dropping pink sand beach named the world’s most photographic beach by National Geographic.


2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, northwest of Tahiti. Bora Bora is part of a group of islands called the Leeward Islands, which the French Republic owns as part of French Polynesia. This island is famous for its luxury resorts and consistently tops the list of those wanting to visit islands. One can even consider going ‘island-hopping’ from here.

Bora Bora sits in between a lagoon and a barrier reef, which creates a scenic and remarkable view throughout the island. This island has become a perfect holiday destination for many looking for comfort, a peaceful getaway, and stunning, clear, and sky-blue beaches.

Interesting Facts: Bora Bora lies halfway between the United States and Australia.

Initially, the island was called “Pora pora mai te pora,” which, in the Tahitian language, translated to “created by the Gods.” It was often abbreviated to Pora Pora.

Travel Tip: When visiting Bora Bora, it is recommended by people that you must pack and carry all essentials as the island’s products and retail items are exorbitantly priced.


1. Maldives, South Asia

This island nation lies in the southwest of India and Sri Lanka and is the smallest Asian country. The climate in Maldives has been naturally pleasant, and the air is immaculate. This makes it attractive to tourists with its pearly white beaches and clear, practically reflective waters.

The country provides well-developed facilities for various water sports and activities. Maldives has also wonderfully retained its vibrant culture, maintained its natural greenery while adding to it, and boasted beautiful landmarks. There is so much to see on this island nation, and its bubbly existence becomes even more reason for the Maldives to be considered one of the best islands to visit.

Interesting Facts: Maldives is the flattest country in the whole world. Not only this but other aspects of it also stand out. Maldives has a different weekend. It views Fridays and Saturdays as weekends, not Sundays.

Travel Tip: The peak season in Maldives is from December to March. So, if you want to witness a less crowded Maldives, you can plan a trip between November and April.


While these are just 5 of the most beautiful islands to visit in the world, countless more boast extravagant cultures, landmarks, and wildlife while also providing so many more enthralling reasons to visit.

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