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Top 10 Islands in the World

Popular travel review site TripAdvisor has come out with the results of its annual Travelers’ Choice® awards. Among them are the awards for the best islands in the world. Wonder which ones made the top 10, according to the opinions of TripAdvisor readers? Then read on…

1. Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

For the second year in a row, Ambergris Caye takes top honours. The beautiful Belize island offers the perfect blend of modern development and laid-back tranquillity. A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads. Reef divers drool over the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-feet deep circle of limestone that teems with angelfish, Elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp and stalactites.

Ambergris Caye

2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Scuba diving, horseback riding, sunbathing… take your pick. “Provo” offers plenty for the happy couple to do, including picture-perfect coastlines to walk along, hand in hand. The island itself is relatively tranquil; try Malcolm Beach to get even further away from crowds.

3. Bora Bora, Society Islands

The relatively small island of Bora Bora is an activity giant, offering visitors the chance to experience a 4×4 safari, sunbathe and swim at white sandy beaches, dive in a natural underwater park among fish and corals, experience thrilling shark feedings, or circle the turquoise lagoon by boat. And Bora Bora is a superlative romantic spot. Fall captive to this lush gem of a Polynesian island by sharing an intimate midnight dinner on the beach; visiting the Lagoonarium, the Diving Centre, the Coral Gardens or the Leopard Rays Trench; or taking it all in from the lofty heights of 2,300-foot Mount Otemanu.

Bora Bora

4. Marco Island, Florida

Marco Island is the perfect destination for those who crave a peaceful retreat but don’t have time to travel too far off the grid. The jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island’s soft white beaches overlook the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Scavenge for seashells or hit the links for a sunny session of golf. Explore the Everglades in a swamp buggy or enjoy a rejuvenating nature hike at the Rookery Bay Reserve.

5. Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides

A visit to Lewis and Harris is like stepping into the pages of a Scottish fairy tale. In Lewis—the northern part of the island – the legendary Callanish Standing Stones poke up from the ground like a strange and massive rock city. The Blackhouse, the Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln, and the Carloway Broch all offer a peek at what island life used to look like. In southern Harris, the east side beaches boast some of the oldest known rocks in the world, dating back millions of years. Cruise over to the volcanic islands of St. Kilda to explore the ruins of a medieval village.

6. Naxos, Cyclades

A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture. The largest of the Cycladic Islands, Naxos is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of the island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking.

Naxos

7. Aitutaki, Southern Cook Islands

This small island encased in a triangular barrier reef boasts incredible lagoons. Relax with a intimate picnic on the alabaster beach of one of Aitutaki’s minor islands, uninhabited and lined with swaying palm trees. Despite its heartbreaking beauty, Aitutaki isn’t (yet) flooded with tourists, due to its relatively difficult-to-reach location. For off-the-beaten-sandbar holiday-making, Aitutaki is a prime destination, especially for those seeking unbridled romantic ambiance.

8. Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province

“Nosy Be?” Is that a typo for “Noisy Bee?” Nope. It means “big island” and it is just that; a large island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Here you’ll find volcanic lakes, lazy lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and intricate coral reefs that are practically begging to be explored. Flora and fauna lovers will be in seventh heaven at the beautiful Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. Audiophiles should visit in May, to experience the four-day Donia Music Festival.

9. Easter Island, Chile

Located in the South Pacific more than 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast, Easter Island’s not the easiest place to reach. (If you’re interested, the easiest access is by air from Santiago or Tahiti.) But isolation has helped preserve the 1,500-year-old mysterious congregation of volcanic rock sculptures (maoi) that’s the island’s biggest claim to fame. After exploring the unique landscape, relax on an uncrowded beach and ponder one of the most mysterious places on Earth.

Easter Island

10. Ko Tao, Surat Thani Province

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. 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.

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22 Epic Places That You Didn’t Know Existed!!

The world is full of wonders… wonders we know about (the Grand Canyon) and those we might not (see below). But it’s important to note that this earth we all live on is an insanely beautiful place. In case you don’t have the time (or funds) to visit these spectacular places, we thought we’d do you a solid and show you them anyway.

Herewith…

The Sossusvlei pan’s Dune 45
Visit these Namibian dunes–often referred to as the highest in the world–
either early in the morning or at sunset when the heat is less intense.
sossusvlei dune 45


Sótano de las Golondrinas (Cave of Swallows), Mexico

Adventure seekers can BASE jump into this open-air cave, some 1,200 feet down.
cave of swallows


Tane Mahuta (lord of the forest), New Zealand

New Zealand’s largest living kauri tree can stand up to 167 feet tall.
tane mahuta


Great Australian Bight

Like the Cliffs of Dover, but not, these cliffs stretch roughly 720 miles along Australia’s southern coast.
great australian bight


Rub’ Al-Khali (Empty Quarter), Oman

The world’s largest area of continuous sand measures around 250,000 square miles and covers four countries.
rub alkhali


Ushuaia, Argentina

Commonly known as southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the jumping off point for Antarctic explorers.
ushuaia argentina


Oymyakon, Russia

The world’s coldest inhabited place is nicknamed “Pole of Cold.”
oymyakon russia


Gangkhar Puensum Mountain, Bhutan

The highest point in Bhutan, this mountain is often referred to as the world’s highest unclimbed mountain.
gangkhar puensum mountain bhutan


Socotra, Yemen

An archipelago of islands 220 miles off Yemen, the island is among the most biodiverse on the planet.
There are nine species of the dragon’s blood tree (seen here) on the island.
socotra yemen


Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

Measuring in at roughly 1.8 miles long, this tunnel sits deep in the forests of Ukraine.
tunnel of love ukraine


Red Beach, Panjin, China

This red-hue on this “beach” is actually created by the seaweed Sueda, which starts growing in spring,
stays green in summer and then turns this maroon-y color come fall. The beach is located within the
biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world.
tunnel of love ukraine


Bamboo Forest, Japan

In Kyoto’s Arashiyama district sits this unique forest of super tall bamboo in Sagano.
bamboo forest japan


This street
in Bonn, Germany

For roughly 2-3 weeks a year, the cherry blossoms bloom in Bonn, creating a rosy canopy on this street.

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Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan

Ok, so it’s manmade, and you can only really see it in April and May, but how cool is this?
kawachi fuji gardens


Door To Hell, Turkmenistan

There are, as it is, several gateways to hell but this one features
an underground gas fire that has been burning for 30+ years.
door to hell turkmenistan


Catedral de Marmol (the Marble Cathedral), Lago General Carrera, Patagonia, Chile

Erosion has created beautiful caverns in the marble of these mineral formations.
You just need to take a small boat to see it in person.
catedral de marmol


Son Doong Cave

The world’s biggest cave, set in Vietnam, could fit a 40-story skyscraper within it.
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Lake Retba, Senegal

The pink-hued lake gets its awesome color thanks to a bacteria which is drawn to the lake’s natural saltiness.
The bacteria produces a red color to absorb the sunlight, thus giving the lake its hue.
It’s particularly colorful in dry season (November through June).
retba lake senegal


Rainbow Mountains, China

Part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, these UNESCO World Heritage-designated
mountains get their rainbow name as a
result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being pressed together for more
than 24 million years
.
rainbow mountains


Cappadocia, Turkey

Conical formations caused by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago dot this stunning landscape.
Now tourists stay in the many cave hotels that dot the area.
cappadocia turkey


Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Ok, so this place is well-documented (and well-visited), but it’s super cool to look at.
antelope canyon


Mount Roraima, South America

This crazy eerie formation creates a natural border between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil. It’s surrounded by 1,300 foot cliffs.
mount roraima south america

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