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Travelers Have Spoken: These Are The 10 Best Islands In The World

When it comes to vacationing, heading to an island—almost any island, really—usually means you’re in for a good time.

But according to Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2016, there are 10 islands that stand above the rest. The travel magazine surveyed readers and asked them to weigh in on their travel experiences. One portion asked readers to rank their favorite islands according to activities, natural attractions, beaches, food, friendliness and overall value.

The quick takeaway? It looks like the Philippines are the place to be right now, with three of its islands making the top 10 list. The United States has a few of their own gems as well. Keep reading to get the full list, then start saving so you can visit one (or all!).

1. Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is known for its incredible seascapes, beaches and diverse wildlife—and is quickly becoming a go-to destination in Southeast Asia.

Palawan Philippines photo
Photo by zcamerino

2. Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is smaller than Palawan, but its beautiful resorts and beaches attracts are a major draw.

Boracay photo
Photo by Jeff Tollefson1968

3. Ischia, Italy

Ischia is the largest of islands at the Bay of Naples, and it attracts visitors with its sprawling spa towns, abundant gardens, buried necropolises and spectacular scenery,

Ischia photo
Photo by cubby_t_bear

4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Waiheke is just a short ferry ride from Auckland, and offers beautiful vineyards, olive groves and a Bohemian vibe.

Waiheke Island photo
Photo by Andym5855

5. Santorini, Greece

Go to Santorini for good food, wine, views and beautiful beaches.

santorini photo
Photo by Tom Mascardo

6. Cebu, Philippines

Whether you’re a fan of white beaches or you prefer diving, Cebu is the place for you.

cebu photo
Photo by Beegee49 – Off for a while had accident.

7. Maui, Hawaii

The second largest island in Hawaii, Maui boasts beach resorts, diverse geography and tons of outdoor activities.

maui photo
Photo by Randy Son Of Robert

8. Hilton Head, South Carolina

With good weather pretty much year-round, there’s not a bad time to visit this beach- and golf-lover’s destination.

hilton head photo
Photo by grantdaws

9. Kauai, Hawaii

The oldest of the main Hawaii islands, Kauai is covered in lush green rain forests and offers incredible hiking as well as beautiful beaches.

kauai photo
Photo by Alex Schwab

10. Bali, Indonesia

Book a trip to Bali if you’re interested in volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs and a blissful vibe.

bali photo
Photo by Thomas Depenbusch