It might be the summer wave that’s hitting me hard or the travel plans that I’ve been plotting over the past few weeks, but I can’t seem to get enough of gushing over paradisiacal summer destinations. So if you’re just like me, a dreamer and a summer-reveler, then get your bikini ready as we take a look at some of the world’s most enchanting islands: perfect for you and your loved one to slip away in no man’s land.
Mention the Maldives, and picture-perfect images of lavish water bungalows, sparkling turquoise waters and uninhabited islands come to mind. As the dream destination for luxury holidays, the Maldives is home to numerous world-class resorts that blend in perfectly with the natural environment. The Maldives is an island country in the Indian Ocean, made up of 26 beautiful atolls.
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Flickr photo by Chi King
Christmas Island, Australia
What was once a refugee camp during the war is now a peaceful, quiet isle rich in endemic flora and fauna. The Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, has had minimal human interference and therefore is home to some unique animal species that can only be found here. Come and catch the annual red crab migration, swim with whale shark or observe turtles nesting by night – it’s a wildlife lovers’ paradise.
Photo by Shawn Brenneman from divingchristmas.
Bora Bora, the French Polynesia
Surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, Bora Bora is just one of the many islands in the French Polynesia. Made famous by its trademark water bungalows that stand on stilts over clear waters, Bora Bora has plenty to offer besides the ocean. Inland, you’ll be traversing the slopes of an extinct volcano, while its outdoor aquarium opens it doors to adventurers who’d like to snorkel with sharks.
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Koh Rong, Cambodia
A deserted island that lies 40km off the coast of Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Koh Rong is one of the rare and unspoiled islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Those who prefer tranquility to the party islands of Thailand should head out here as soon as possible, as constructions to convert Koh Rong into a luxurious resort destination are underway. Here, expect a snowdrift bay, expansive ocean of clear waters and a jungle pimpled with waterfalls and luscious vegetation further inland.
Flickr photo by Alex Schwab
Camiguin, the Philippines
With over 7.107 islands scattered all over the Philippines, how can one decide which island’s the best? Camiguin is located off the the northern coast of Mindanao, and is lesser known than the other attractive islands like Palawan, Cebu and Boracay. With a rich cultural heritage and diverse eco-system, besides the gorgeous sea, you’ll be able to engage in a wide spectrum of activities. Start you day by climbing its old volcano, soaking in the hot spring and then chilling out on miles of white beach before hiking out to its numerous waterfalls.
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In this exotic Indian Ocean archipelago, expect turquoise waters similar to that of the Caribbean Islands, without the flashy resorts and tourists. With over 115 islands, couples can go island-hopping one day, forest-trekking through its lush foliage the next or scuba diving in its deep waters. This is definitely our top choice for a perfect blend of relaxation and wildlife-watching.
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Another far-flung nation in the Pacific Ocean, Palau is as exotic as it can get. Rare orchids, plants and vines embellish the island’s lush jungle interiors. Palau is considered one of the world’s best dive locations with pristine coral reefs and proliferate marine life. It is also home to the Rock Islands, a unique phenomena of 485 jutting limestone islets. Its jellyfish lake offers an extraordinary experience like no other.
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Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, is made up of 169 islands, with over 36 of them uninhabited. With such a remote location, there is hardly any doubt that you’ll find the cleanest beaches, richest marine life and untouched local culture here. Among the islands, Vava’u is one of the most stunning isles. Shaped like a jellyfish, Vava’u is made up of small islets trailing off like tentacles into a quiet lagoon. Hike up to Mt Talau or explore the Hunga Cliffs and catch a glimpse of humpback whales in winter.
Flickr photo by JSA_NZ
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