Sometimes, there is nothing better than wasting your life away on a beautiful beach, on a remote island, on the other side of the world. Here are 7 of the world’s island wonders, where you can do just that:
The largest sand island in the world, this Australia gem lies a few hours North of Brisbane off the coast of Queensland. A ferry takes you through the azure blue waters of Hervey Bay. Rent a 4×4 Land Rover and bring some camping gear, as this island is best seen on the move. Drive from campsite to campsite, whether they are near the many freshwater lakes that dot the island or stay on the beach by the Pacific Ocean. Lake McKenzie is a particularly amazing place to spend a day, and be sure to check out the deep and green tinted Lake Wabby, which is full of catfish.
Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean south of India, this tropical paradise is made of 26 coral atolls and hundreds of small islands dispersed over a 35,000 square foot area. This isn’t an place that’s easy to get to or affordable, but the beaches are considered some of the best in the world and the chance to literally sleep in a bungalow on the water is one that’s hard to pass up. Hop from island to island, checking out the nightlife in one spot and the snorkeling or marine wildlife in another. Get here soon though, as climate change is affecting this country more than any other in the world.
Roatan, a Honduran Bay Island, is a thin stretch of land that features some amazing coral reef. Easily accessible to the mainland, this island provides an opportunity for relaxation and beach life mixed with learning a new culture and exploring the beautiful country of Honduras. Interestingly, in the 1500s, Christopher Columbus visited here, though he left behind some European diseases, not the parting gift one hopes to receive. There are plenty of shipwrecks in the area, making for some of the more unique diving experiences on the planet.
An island in the Philippines, Palawan is a southeast Asian gem. Bordered by the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, Palawan Island is widely considered to be one of the most diverse islands in the world with regards to terrestrial and marine biology. Spend a day on a picturesque beach sipping on delicious drinks and eating some of the best catches around or explore the inland jungles. It is mostly undeveloped, so this just may be the escape from reality you’re looking for.
This small paradise is located in Thailand and considered to be a part of the popular Ko Phi Phi. Take a long tail boat to these sandy beaches, and remember to bring money to rent some tents, as you will want to stay a night, or two, or ten. The sunsets in this area of the world are particularly mesmerizing, so bring a camera. This spot will be less crowded than many other places along Thailand’s coast, so enjoy the peace and quiet, bask in the fact that you have reached a secluded paradise worth remembering.
Mauritius can be found 1200 miles off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, and it has a rich history of colonialism, as it has been run by the Dutch, French, and British, only to become independent in 1968. The island is well known for having some of the most interesting wildlife in the world, and is considered the only place to be home to the extinct Dodo bird. While there are no species of mammal, dozens of exotic bird species and an amazing array of marine wildlife frequent the island, making it a bucket list destination for any lover of tropical animals.
Located among the Hawaiian archipelago, Kauai is the oldest and quite possibly the most lush of the them all. Na Pali Coast State Park sets a dramatic cliff backdrop on the northwestern coast of the island and is a must-see geological feature. There are plenty of fantastic beaches, mountain hikes, and breathtaking sunsets to be had on this tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Kauai is one of the wettest places on earth as well, with over 400 inches of rainfall per year.