10 islands around the world that make you feel Wow!

10 islands around the world that make you feel Wow!

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 10. Explore the Caribbean in the British Virgin Islands:
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A 30-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, or a 30-minute plane ride from San Juan, the stunning 50 or so islands and cays that make up the British Virgin Islands have two great features – accessibility and pristine beauty. This sailor’s paradise is one of Nature’s little-known treasures.

The British Virgin Islands are for sea aficionados. Islands of all sizes dot the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and the Atlantic, creating one of the world’s most diverse and beautiful sailing grounds. Dozens of charter boats from dinghys to luxury yachts seek these waters offering as they do a host of ways to cruise the islands and visit their peaceful anchorages, beach bars and waterside restaurants. Of course one mustn’t forget its thriving local scene. For those staying on land, day sailboats offer snorkeling and exploring, lunch and drinks all in the package.

9. Unravel the mystery of Easter Island, Chile:
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Famous for the Moai, the huge figures carved out of volcanic rock dotting the entire place, Easter Island (The island’s native name, Rapa Nui, is Polynesian.) is the world’s most isolated inhabited island and also one of the most mystifying, with a history hidden in the mists of time.

Isolated for centuries, the people of Rapa Nui developed their own distinctive culture. Scholars have been able to reconstruct some of the history that lies behind Rapa Nui culture, but many elements, like how and why the Moai were built, remain unclear.

One of the most famous sites on the island is Rano Raraku, where 70 Moai rise from the earth. The restored village of Orongo offers another Easter Island mystery in rocks found at the village containing numerous carvings with a man’s body and a bird’s head. The origins of the “Bird Man” are still a mystery.

8.  Romantic getaway in Santorini, Greece:
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Santorini  is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of the group known as the Cyclades. The islands of Santorini rest on an active volcano, even though you can relax in the knowledge that the last active eruption happened 3600 years ago. The clear waters and the exquisite geography make Santori the most sought after romantic getaway in Greece and a growing wedding destination. Exchanging kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience!

Firá, the capital, together with Oia, Imerovígli and Firostefáni located high above on a cliff, make up the “Caldera’s eyebrow”, which offers a spectacular view of the volcano. Some of the villages are cosmopolitan, some peaceful; surrounded by vast vineyards, whitewashed cliff-top towns with castles afford spectacular views out over the Aegean.

Santorini is a culinary paradise. Treat yourself to some famous traditional delights like cherry tomatoes, white eggplants, fava, capers, try some of the exceptional wines produced locally in the vineyards that gow in the rich volcanic soil of the island.

7. Explore the beaches of the Seychelles:
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This Indian Ocean republic comprises of 115 granite and coral islands and occupies an area of 455 sq km. Seychelles is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin, where the wondrously shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms, and the fabled Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D.

The Seychelles, one of the world’s very last frontiers, promises adventure and breathtaking natural beauty in pristine surrounds and beaches still untouched by man. A wide range of affordable, new and refurbished hotels, self-catering and charming Creole guesthouses are joining the ranks of existing 5-star hotels and exclusive island retreats to offer memorable stays among welcoming Creole people in stunning natural surroundings.

The Seychelles offer everything and more that a great island destination can offer you.

 

6. Enjoy a local fiesta in Menorca, Spain:
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Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic Islands and is the least overrun and most tranquil of the Balearics. Due to its unspoilt beauty, it allows the more adventerous the opportunity to discover new charms and experiences. Despite its smaller size among other Spanish islands, the number of beaches that Menorca has equals the number of beaches that can be found in Mallorca and Ibiza combined. The possibility of having a beautiful beach largely to yourself in the summer, combined with alfresco dining and peaceful holiday resorts makes Menorca a highly desirable place to visit.

Starting with Sant Joan in June to the Festes de Gràcia in September, almost every weekend in summer there is a local fiesta in a different village of the island. There is an Opera week twice a year for those of refined tastes, but the island also offers multiple activities like kayaking, hiking, horse riding, sailing etc, of course with the option of spending the entire vacation on the beach under your parasol.

 

5. Find nature and food in Maui, Hawaii:
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Known as the Valley Isle, Maui is dotted with generations-old quaint little towns, artists’ communities and local favorites. Maui is famed for its farm-to-table cuisine. From breathtaking beaches, its many waterfalls, the pools of Oheo,  and sacred Iao Valley to migrating humpback whales and sunsets on Haleakala, Maui has something for everyone.  Unsurprisingly, Maui was voted “Best Island” by Conde Nast Traveler for 19 years!

This second-largest Hawaiian island has a smaller population, making Maui popular with visitors who are looking for sophisticated diversions and luxuries in the small towns and airy resorts spread over the island.

 

4. Immerse yourself in Tahitian culture:
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Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia . As in Bora Bora, Tahiti also offers you unparallelled luxury. Explore the beaches and venture into the densely-wooded hills with the help of a guide.  Find out what it was that drew French Impressionist Paul Gauguin to its shores in the 19th century, there to live out his life painting some of Art’s most memorable works.

 

3. Get pampered in the Maldives:
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The strategic position of the Maldives on the trading route of the Indian ocean has attracted people there from all over the world since ancient times, resulting in an evolved culture. This, coupled with its fine white sandy beaches, ever-smiling people, uber-luxurious resorts and spas, diverse water water sports and exploration, cultural nuances etc make the Maldives one of the preferred holiday destinations of the wealthy. The Maldives is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world.

 

2. Find love in Bali:
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You eat in Italy, pray in India and find true love in Bali. Maybe, this is what draws so many people from all over the globe to this small island. It is certainly steeped in religion, with colourful rituals being enacted almost every day before your eyes. Dotted with beautiful beaches, an active beach life and an even more colourful culture to explore, not to forget the real sense of enchantment the island offers,  Bali is a destination ever enchanting to wandering souls.

 

1. Honeymoon in Bora Bora:

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Situated in French Polynesia, this Honeymoon Capital of the world abounds with nature’s treasures. Easier to reach than you would imagine, the island takes your breath away, thanks to the dramatic geography, the lush vegetation and its unique multi-colored crystal lagoons. Then there are the flowers, lots of them, and all the lovely people and their fascinating culture. White sand beaches, emerald green waters, multi-colored fish – all these add to the charm, making this the perfect place for a romantic getaway to what appears to be a different universe.

Luxury resorts and spas dot the island with overwater bungalows, thatched roof villas, and a fabled ambience that makes romance unforgettable. Bora Bora is often referred to as an emerald in the midst of a turquoise lagoon. The lagoon also provides multiple activities like snorkeling, diving, sunset cruises, feeding sharks or rays, and exploring Polynesian culture.

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