15 Beautiful Islands

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Islands conjure dreams of paradise; an escape from the rat race into your own version of natural paradise. But perhaps not all islands are created the same.

When you think about beautiful islands, images of pristine white sand beaches on remote tropical islands often come to mind. While there are plenty of spectacular beaches on this list of the world’s beautiful islands, there are other, more unexpected draw-cards as well.

These 15 beautiful islands maybe different, but all have natural beauty and attractions.

15. Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is a topical, romantic paradise, with stunning natural beauty, blue lagoon, white sandy beaches and lush vegetation. The largest island, Rarotonga is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. To the north is Aitutaki Island, with a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. The country is renowned for its many snorkeling and scuba-diving sites.

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14. Fiji

The tropical Fiji Island is an archipelago of more than 300 islands in the South Pacific. With its luscious landscapes, warm people, and fetching tropical vibe, Fiji has become a byword for paradise. It is famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, is home to most of the population. Suva, the capital and a port city with British colonial architecture, is in Viti Levu.

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13. Oahu

Oahu known as ‘The Gathering Place’ is a U.S. island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital, Honolulu. It is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and home to about two-thirds of the Hawaii’s population. It is steeped in rich Polynesian history, culture and traditions, with pristine beaches and stunning attractions.

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12. Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands, are an island group in Thailand, situated between Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast of the mainland. It is Thailand's island-superstar with spectacular natural scenery, soaring limestone formations and vivid turquoise waters. The popular Maya Bay, on the uninhabited island of Phi Phi Leh, is famous for the movie, ‘The Beach’. However, because of the damaging effects of over-tourism, Maya Bay is closed until 2021. But the island of Phi Phi Don remains open as usual.

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11. Aruba

The tiny Caribbean Island of Aruba is known as the ‘happy island,’ situated of the coast of Venezuela. It is famous for its historical and natural attractions, museums, stunning white sandy beaches, wind-sculpted desert landscapes, water activities and dazzling festivals. It has some of the best wreck diving in the Caribbean.

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10. Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is part of the Canadian province of British Columbia and is one of the world's best places for whale watching, birding, and fishing. The island is one of the world's most diverse ecosystems with mountains, rain-forests, rivers, wildlife and rich culture. Vancouver Island is the perfect destination for outdoor and nature lovers.

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9. The Maldives

The tropical Maldives is known for its thriving culture, white sandy beaches, blue lagoons, gorgeous food, luxury resorts and amazing underwater world. If not into snorkeling, diving or exploring the rich marine life through the floor windows of your water-top villa, continue enjoying the underwater display while dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant - or even while getting pampered in Huvafen Fushi's submerged spa.

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8. Samoa

Known as the Cradle of Polynesia, Samoa is notable for its “Fa’a Samoa” way of life. a social code that prizes family, tradition and the environment. On the main island of Upolu, a plunge into the Sua Ocean Trench swimming grotto is a must. On Savaii, Samoa’s largest island, visit caves, waterfalls, blowholes and the Saleaula lava field, formed by a 1905 volcanic eruption that buried five villages.

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7. The Bahamas

The Bahamas is a tourist destination of dreams with its striking scenic beauty. Known as the 'Islands of Song', the Bahamas are renowned as a maritime playground with a rich culture and history, spectacular beaches, and attractions. Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to many large-scale hotels, are among the best known. scuba diving and snorkeling sites include the massive Andros Barrier Reef, and the black-coral gardens off Bimini.

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6. Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is the tropical, lush Caribbean Island in the West Indies. Nicknamed 'The Helen of the West' (an allusion to the beauty of Helen of Troy), it is blessed with cultural riches, stunning white beaches, rain forest, reef-diving sites, waterfalls and natural beauty. The 'win" Pitons' - St. Lucia's Pyramids are another spectacular landmark.

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5. Bora Bora

Bora Bora is the 'Jewel of the South Seas,' located northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. It is one of the most beautiful destination with a rich culture, luxury resorts, gorgeous beaches and stunning scenery. Coral motus ring the main island like a sandy sash, and beneath the surface, dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and colorful fish throng. Presiding over it all is the moss-green volcanic peak of Mount Otemanu.

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4. James Bond Island

The small tropical James Bond Island in Thailand, boast of spectacular vertical limestone cliffs, emerald waters, lush vegetation, craggy sea caves, floating villages and breathtaking scenery. It earned its moniker from appearing in two 007 movies: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

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3. Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, known as the ‘Garden of the Gulf’ is located off the eastern coast of Canada. The Island's green pastoral scenery, scenic farmland, red sandstone cliffs, pink sandy beaches and incredible seafood, have given Prince Edward Island a reputation of unique, outstanding natural beauty. A province of Canada, Prince Edward Island, inspired the novel, Anne Of Green Gables.

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2. Sicily

The captivating island of Sicily is known as the ‘ pearl of southern Italy.’ Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, has long been famous for its beaches, well-preserved archaeological sites, cultural treasures, colorful cities, and regional cuisine which continues to seduce travelers.

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1. Santorini

The picturesque island of Santorini, (also Thira) is one of the most beautiful and famous Greek islands, situated in the southern Aegean Sea, about halfway between Athens and Crete. With a reputation for dazzling, romantic sunsets, multicolored cliffs, blue-domed churches, whitewashed buildings and volcanic-sand beaches, it is one of the most sought after place for a romantic getaway as well as an exceptional tourist destination.

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