People have discussions about different what countries are the best to travel to all the time. However, they seem to overlook the forgotten islands.

There are several ingredients that determine the ideal location for a tropical vacation on an island. Dreamy beaches, silky warm seas, lush scenery, and endless sunshine. They sound so pleasing you can almost feel them through the screen.

Every destination offers its own luxury. Yes, luxury on an island. Others are blessed with natural beauty – delicious cuisine and architecture that makes you wonder how this can even be real. A few give you wild-life adventures that were once only visible through your televisions.

Nonetheless, different islands have unique things available to experience. Let’s check out the top 5 islands that you absolutely have to go to!

1. Santorini, Greece


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A massive volcano eruption around 1650 B.C forced the center of what once was a single island. It imploded and succumbed to the sea. Stunning beaches guard whatever is left of this mythological place.

The ideal thing to do here is to attend the colourful beaches – the black and red sands will be unforgettable. Next, immerse yourselves in the archaeological pleasure of the preserved “Ancient Akritori.” Hiking to “Ancient Thera” to see the ruins is also not a bad idea. Catch the staggering view of the caldera, a clear turquoise pool of water that serves as the nucleus of the island. Not only that, you can make the most of Santorini in one day, but you’re better off having a week to really make the most of it.

2. Bora Bora, Tahiti

Bora Bora.

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Bora Bora is the classic South Pacific paradise. The island is lush and beautiful in the French Polynesia. A clump of coconut palm trees nestle along the beaches and luxury bungalows sit elegantly over the clear waters. Some even have glass floor panels, allowing you to indulge in the heavens below.

This beautiful place in Tahiti is full of natural beauty, but it also has a ton of cultural appeal. If you speak French, that is a huge bonus. France has an influence on the gourmet cuisine as well. Add a variety of water sports, kayak trips to other islands, beautiful hiking trails, and numerous adventures such as shark dives. It is no surprise that Bora Bora is a once-in-a-lifetime place for a vacation. Having a significant other won’t do any harm either.

3. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya.

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Travelling can be expensive, and some of these destinations are pricy. However, if you’re on a budget, then this is the place for you. Beautiful beaches, culture, and fresh cuisine, all bundled up in what can be called a discount. This place is a no brainer.

Living in a massive resort that is all-inclusive is not a necessity here. You can find other places to live that are boutique hotels.

Swimming with stingrays, dolphins diving, snorkeling, and fishing are some of the popular things to do here. People that are into culture can explore the ancient ruins of Tulum, or drive away to Chichen Itza from the resort strip.

4. Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Mamanuca Islands.

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This is a South Seas island bathed in sunshine. It is a short boat ride away from the gateway town of Nadi. Some 20 beaches all lined up perfectly are known for their palm-studded beaches, crystal-clear waters, and coral reefs.

Moreover, this is an island where “Survivor” was filmed, along with the Tom Hanks movie called “Cast Away.”

This destination is great because of the Fijians love for children. If you’re a family with youngsters looking for a break from their phones, then the Mamanuca Islands is the place for you.

5. Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia.

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Bali has a spiritual side many islands don’t have in their arsenal. It screams with its mythical charm, temples filled with a unique fragrance, rice paddies glowing in the sun, along with the kind and gentle people of Bali. It is impossible to go wrong with this tropical destination.

This is another place where things are cheap and affordable. Food and accommodation will be on the lighter side on your card. Cheap hostels, to beach resorts and luxury villas that are staffed with personal chefs and drivers. It really is a dream.

“Kuta” or “Seminyak” is for those that seek lively beaches with different shops and restaurants. If you’re into surfing as well then hesitating is not an option. “Sanur” is a wonderful spot for families, and “Ubud” is in the lush hills away from the local hub.

The famous spa treatments offered by Bali are also affordable.

Which place interests you the most?

Published by: HOLR Magazine.