Exotic can mean a lot of different things, to different people. Some people are looking for adventure and thrill in their exotic travels; others are looking for a chance to relax, disconnect and find remoteness.
We have chosen the islands below, as they have a blend of all of these desirable traits, wrapped up in one beautifully stunning island.
Our top 10 picks for exotic islands
1. Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Easter Island is a remote Polynesia territory belonging to Chile. It’s best known for its 900 Moai statues. These human figures with giant heads have made Easter Island a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the island was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions; you can image the stunning hiking that is possible all over the island adding to its adventure appeal. Lesser known is the beautiful beaches scattered along the coastlines of this exotic destination.
The Maldives are a series of 1,192 islands, however, only 200 of those islands are inhabited. What makes these islands more largely known is the fact that they might not be around for much longer. Due to climate change and rising sea levels, the islands are slowly sinking. The Maldives are also known for unique marine life, crystal clear waters and luxury accommodation, such as the water bungalows. This is a must see while you can!
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia. It’s divided into two sections; Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti. Tahiti has been popular as a tourist destination for a long time because of its exotic black sandy beaches, lush jungles, rich Polynesian culture and world class scuba diving/ snorkeling. Tahiti boasts a perfect combination of exhilarating adventure and restorative relaxation.
Seychelles is in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa; it oozes romance due to its white sandy beaches, bright turquoise blue waters, and abundance of remote locations. But, this islands also has a lot more to offer in the way of adventure. Marine sports are popular as the water truly transparent, allowing you to see for miles. Trekking and hiking are also popular activities. The Island has many environmental protection initiatives to keep it as naturally beautiful as possible.
Palawan is located in the Philippines and feels worlds away from the busy city of Manilla. This exotic island has a unique landscape with limestone caves and underground rivers. It’s also home to a variety of indigenous wildlife and unique marine life. Your days will be filled with adventure exploring the island or pure paradise bliss on one of the many quiet sandy beaches.
6. The Big Island (Hawaii)
The Big Island of Hawaii is officially named Hawaii. This island is unique to look at, experience and reflect upon. The natural wonder is unavoidable and will leave you breathless. Home to one of the most active volcanos in the world you have the opportunity to see steaming lava pour into the sea from above or below. The Big Island is known as “the island of adventure,” there’s lots to do, including the famed deep water night dive and Waipio Valley trekking. Luxurious travel options and gourmet cuisine around every corner, as in most of Hawaii.
Bali is located in Indonesia and has a fascinating culture and diverse set of offerings making it TripAdvisors #1 best Destination for 2017. Read more about Bali here.
8. St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis are two islands located in the Caribbean. Best known for luxury, relaxation, restoration, and beauty. Nevis is the quieter island of the two without a single traffic light on the island. Just looking at the picture above you can image the recreational opportunities both on land and in the water, from sunrise hikes to sea kayaking to scuba diving. These two islands genuinely have it all.
9. St. Lucia
St. Lucia is located in the Eastern Caribbean. It’s breathtaking landscape, rising peaks, lush vegetation and exotic flora in combination with, rich culture and an opportunity for adventure have made this island a popular exotic destination for many years. The people of St. Lucia have mastered tourism in the most courteous way and boast their islands blend of romance, adventure, and rejuvenation.
10. Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Home to astonishing wildlife and biodiversity, available to see above and below the surface. Many people have said that a trip to the Galapagos will change the way they look at the world forever. It’s an extraordinary place waiting to provide one in a lifetime opportunities for its guests.
What exotic islands are on your bucket list?
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