Top 10 islands to explore on your next vacation

Top 10 islands to explore on your next vacation

If an island getaway sounds good to you, here are 10 of the best in the world according to a recent list revealed by TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Islands 2015.

Ranked seventh and home to many breathtaking natural sites as well as plenty of unique traditional cultures and traditions, Bali is one of them.

1. Providenciales

Where: Turks and Caicos

The most populated of the Turks and Caicos islands, Providenciales is home to kilometers of coral reefs easily accessible from the shore - perfect for diving

or snorkeling. Its upscale resorts and captivating beachscape of Grace Bay also make it a popular choice for waterfront escapes.

2. Maui

Where: Hawaii, US

Make time to explore the ethereal bamboo forest and churning waterfalls in Haleakala National Park when visiting the Hawaiian island of Maui. Driving the scenic road to Hana along the island's northeastern shore is also highly recommended.

3. Roatan

Where: Honduras From deep-sea fishing to exploring the military protected archipelago of Cayos Cochinos, Roatan is a playground for lovers of water sports and ecotourism. The Carambola botanical gardens are adorable, and you can tour the Stone Castle Cameo Factory or explore beaches on horseback.

4. Santorini

Where: Greece

Even if you've never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you'd still recognise it immediately: candy-coloured houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters and gleaming white buildings topped with half-spheres that are the colour of a stormy sky. Beautiful Oia is world-famous for its sunsets, which seem tinted with every shade of an artist's palette.

5. Ko Tao

Where: Thailand

Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. Its white sand beaches sheltered by steep hills-some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles-and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging.

6. Madeira

Where: Portugal

The capital of Funchal in Portugal was settled in the 15th century and is a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and you'll feel like you've climbed through the clouds.

7. Bali

Where: Indonesia

Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or meet tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a World War II war ship. The "artistic capital" of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take in a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.

8. Mauritius Port Louis, the modern capital of this island, is a bustling port with a revitalised waterfront and a busy market. But most visitors gravitate toward resort areas

such as Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches and the more bustling Flic en Flac, popular with scuba divers. 9. Bora Bora

Where: French Polynesia

Mingle with tropical fish as you flutter around Coral Gardens or Tupitipiti Point. Relax on a self-driving tour as you take in beautiful views of the once-volcanic Mount Otemanu. At the Lagoonarium you can watch shark feedings and swim with turtles.

10. Fernando de Noronha

Where: Brazil

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles.

On land, hike the ecological trails of Jardim Elizabetx. See the Esmerelda Coast or Sancho Bay, which culminates in a climb up a steep set of stairs carved into a cliff.

 

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