The 12 most beautiful islands in the world

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Whether desert, secluded, touristic, arid, exotic or not at all, the 12 most beautiful islands in the world have a timeless charm that surely seduces vacationers seeking to break free from everyday life. And what better to end the routine than holidays on an island where the sky merges with the sea and where the beaches never end?

If you dream of blue sea and white sand, you will love our selection of the 12 most beautiful islands in the world! Be careful, they are not in any kind of “official” ranking, we let you sort them according to your preferences!

Tahiti, French Polynesia

A true jewel of Polynesia, Tahiti is a paradise island that no longer need any introduction! The blue of its lagoons and the green of its forests will be your ideal backdrop for diving or hiking. And if you prefer to rest in the shade of a coconut tree, you will be spoiled for choice among the many paradisiacal beaches of the island.

Source : Roderick Eime (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between April and October.

To get there: You can go to Tahiti aboard a flight of Air France, Air Tahiti Nui or Japan Airlines.

Bali, Indonesia

A paradise for surfers and travelers in search of spirituality, “The Island of the Gods” is a haven of greenery where terraced rice fields, volcanoes, lakes, forests and dream beaches mingle. We never get tired of it!

Source : Thomas Depenbusch (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between April and October.

Getting There: You can fly to Bali on a flight of Air France, KLM, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and many others.

Barbados

Marked by slavery and sugar cane trade, the island of Barbados now has a unique British atmosphere in the Caribbean. Its dreamy landscapes, tropical gardens and white sand beaches create an exceptional setting for holidays characterised by idleness and cultural discoveries.

Source : Berit Watkin (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between December and April.

Getting There: You can fly to Barbados on a flight from American Airlines, British Airways, Air Canada, Air France.

Bora Bora

Located in the archipelago of the Society in French Polynesia, Bora Bora is perhaps the closest thing to paradise on earth: a lagoon with shades of blue, small huts on stilts, green reliefs, colourful marine life… Ideal destination to rest and enjoy the beach, you will also find many activities to do on land and sea to occupy your vacation days!

Best time to go there: Between July and October.

To get there: You can go to Bora Bora aboard a flight of Air France, Air Tahiti Nui or Japan Airlines.

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

A true paradise for lovers of wilderness and exotic wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are a protected area off the coast of Ecuador. With an exceptionally rich flora, you can see banana trees, coconut palms, carnivorous flowers and other varieties of all colours, but also animal species evolving freely. If you have always dreamed of approaching giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, do not miss your chance!

Source : Paul Krawczuk (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between January and May.

To get there: You can go to the Galapagos Islands by plane from Guayaquil or Quito with the Tame, Avianca or LATAM.

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

An ideal destination for painters and photographers looking for inspiration, the Whitsunday Islands are famous for their powdery white sand beaches and the incredible shades of blue in their waters. Located off Queensland, they allow to get closer to the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Source : dany13 (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between April and December.

Getting there: You can get to the Whitsunday Islands by train or bus then by ferry from Brisbane or Cairns.

Easter Island

Mysterious island by excellence, the Easter Island contains many secrets in its incredible landscapes… It is not known if it is the Moaïs, its superb beaches, its difficulty of access or the legends which surround it, but this island exercises a magical attraction on travelers.

Source : Greg Schechter (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between December and March.

Getting there: You can fly to Easter Island from Chile aboard a LATAM or American Airlines flight.

Reunion Island

An island of choice for adventure-seeking travelers, La Réunion combines superb mountains, volcanoes, forests and sublime beaches, all sprinkled with a festive and warm atmosphere! A true digest of paradise in the Indian Ocean.

Source : Miwok (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between May and October.

To get there: You can go to Reunion in direct flight from Paris with Air Austral, Air France, Corsair, XL Airways and French Blue.

Koh Lipe, Thailand

Beaches as far as the eye can see, coconut trees, tranquility, superb coral reefs, Koh Lipe is the last Thai island to discover! Less known than its neighbours Koh Samui or Koh Phi Phi, it hides beautiful landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere, ideal to rest in the shade of a coconut tree while waiting for Pad Thai time! This is why it’s ranked as one of the 12 most beautiful islands.

Source : Vera & Jean-Christophe (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between November and May.

To get there: By boat from Pak Bara that you can reach by bus / minibus from Phuket, Krabi, Trang or Hat Yai.

Palawan, Philippines

Home to world famous spots, Palawan is the Philippine capital of scuba diving! Its seabed is indeed full of sea turtles, dugongs, colourful fish but also beautiful coral reefs. On the land side, the island is also ideal for hiking and climbing, while the white sand beaches are ideal for sunbathing and resting… enough to satisfy all travelers!

Source : mendhak (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between November and May.

Getting There: You can fly to Palawan by plane or boat from Manila.

Santorini

The most famous of the Greek islands is captured by its white and blue landscapes blending into the sea… Appreciated by couples as families and solo travelers, Santorini has something for everyone: culture, history, gastronomy, sports activities , impossible to get bored!

Source : Flickr (Adrien Sifre)

Best time to go: Between April and October.

To get there: You can go to Santorini with Aegean Airlines, or by ferry from Heraklion or Mykonos.

Seychelles

Half of Seychelles’ territory is protected in nature reserves, allowing you to observe incredible animal species like turtles, colourful fish or tropical birds. But what makes Seychelles famous are the incredible white sand beaches lined with polished rocks and lush coconut palms. The water is so transparent that it seems unreal! It definitely worth its spot in our ranking of the 12 most beautiful islands in the world.

Source : Jean-Marie Hullot (Flickr)

Best time to go: Between April and October.

Getting There: You can fly directly to Seychelles with Air Seychelles.

Are you now ready to pack?! If this ranking of the 12 most beautiful islands in the world caught your attention, you may also want to read about Guirec and Monique incredible odyssey.


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