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Islands, whether remote or near, are ideal destinations for travelers, backpackers or anyone looking for a perfect castaway or simply wanting a kick back and have a good time. We are listing the best islands in the world on your bucket list. These islands have something special in them that keep beach lovers wanting to go often. What all of them have in common: turquoise blue waters; a long stretch of white, powdery sand; rolling wave; and a virgin beauty with amazing wildlife.

 

Phuket, Thailand

This Southeast Asian beauty in the Andaman Sea is just an hour away from Bangkok by plane. It has pure white sand, blue waters and limestone cliffs that make tourists come back. Despite the tsunami back in 2004, the island tourism operators have bounced back with a now better warning system in case the area would again come under the same threat. But its rich culture, influence from its religion (Buddhism) and flavorful cuisine rich in lemongrass, lime leaves, and chilies make this island a little more special and unforgettable.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini today has two islands and several islets. This Greek charmer is a product of a massive volcanic eruption in 1650 BC. It was a single island back then and after the eruption, the island caved in and succumbed to sea. Legend has it that this was the original home of the lost city of Atlantis. Whether true or just a myth, the fact remains the same: Santorini is now made up of beautiful beaches and whitewashed homes. If you think of hitting here on your next holiday, opt to visit first the colorful beaches – black and red sands for an unforgettable visit. Immerse in the archaeological delights of the preserved Ancient Akrotiri. Then visit Ancient Thera to see the ruins of the three empires including Romans. You will never run out of things to do in Santorini that you might need a week or two to really see what the island has to offer.

Viti Levu, Fiji

Fiji’s largest island and home to 70% of the country’s population, Viti Levu boasts its beautiful rainforest, amazing sand dunes, waterfalls and outstanding natural beauty. You can visit the Beqa Island which lies four miles off Viti Levu’s southern shore. Beqa Lagoon, a habitat of more than eight species of sharks, is a popular scuba diving spot. A few isolated villages have been existing in the island’s rocky terrain where the tradition of fire-walking originated.

Galapagos Island, Ecuador

More than 100 years after Charles Darwin had a journey in this beautiful island. This is not your typical beach getaway. A trip to this island is something you will never forget. The island has an untamed terrain and notoriously wild creatures – from giant tortoises to sea lions to short feathered penguins and seagoing lizards, you name it. The isolated isles of Galapagos hooked those looking for adventures in the wild. But there is so much more to do here. You have 120 islands and isles waiting for you to explore that you have to be selective about the islands you want to discover.

Bora-bora, French Polynesia

Bora-bora island is just a small island but overflowing with beauty. You can find dormant volcanoes, lush jungles and aquamarine lagoons in this 6-mile long, more than 2-mile island. It is also one of the most chosen honeymoon destinations. This island offers the very definition of tropical getaway – luxurious resorts, warm waters, sunny skies, friendly locals which is why it is called Pearl of the Pacific. But there is a catch: Bora-bora is pricey. But since this island is a major international tourist destination, surely, every penny spent is all worth it.