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.
2. Boracay, Philippines
Boracay is smaller than Palawan, but its beautiful resorts and beaches attracts are a major draw.
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,
4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke is just a short ferry ride from Auckland, and offers beautiful vineyards, olive groves and a Bohemian vibe.
5. Santorini, Greece
Go to Santorini for good food, wine, views and beautiful beaches.
6. Cebu, Philippines
Whether you’re a fan of white beaches or you prefer diving, Cebu is the place for you.
7. Maui, Hawaii
The second largest island in Hawaii, Maui boasts beach resorts, diverse geography and tons of outdoor activities.
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.
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.
10. Bali, Indonesia
Book a trip to Bali if you’re interested in volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs and a blissful vibe.