The popularity of island getaways has tremendously increased over the years. The sun kissed beaches and numerous outdoor activities are ideal for travel enthusiasts. Some of the famous islands include the Hawaiian Islands and some Asia-Pacific ones. This is a list of top 10 popular islands.
1. Maui islands (Hawaii, U.S)
Maui, voted as the Best Pacific Island, is home to the effervescent Hawaiian aloha spirit. It is a tropical haven and a classic honeymooning spot. Maui’s exotic and dreamy romantic air is a heavenly experience for tourists. Haleakala National Park, Pipivai Trail and Waimoku Falls are attractive options in Maui.
2. Bali (Indonesia)
Bali is perfect for adventure enthusiasts. This picturesque island is the best culmination of modern tourism facilities and deeply rooted Hindu culture. Bali offers an inexpensive holiday to all and sundry. You can experience a plethora of spiritual and physical attractions here. The Elephant Safari park, White water rafting on the Ayung River and Reef cruise to Lembongan Island is a must for travelers. Markets of Kuta and Sanur of Nusa Dua are shoppers’ paradise.
3. Galapagos Islands (Equador)
This charming land was voted as the Best Scuba Diving vacation in 2001-2002. Galapagos is a UNESCO world heritage site .It is home to a few of the rarest and most spectacular flora and fauna of the world. For those who enjoy water sports, scuba diving and snorkeling here will prove to be unforgettable experiences. A trip to Charles Darwin Research Station, Darwin Bay and Sierra Negra Volcano are utopic experiences.
4. Cape Breton Island (Canada)
Cape Breton Island was voted the Most Beautiful Island. This is Canada’s top golf destination. Some of the popular pastimes in its sprawling hotels are hiking, summer day camps, boat tours and horse back riding. A visit to Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Amoeba Sailing Tours and Cheticamp Whale Cruisers feature on the itinerary of visitors here.
5. Kauai (Hawaii, U.S)
The Garden island of Kauai is ideal for those who wish to view pure, lush landscape devoid of vast urban settlements and high rises. Wings over Kauai gives travelers an aerial tour of Kauai. The cascading waterfalls, rugged cliffs of Na Pali coast, Waimea Canyon-the Grand Canyon of the Pacific represent nature’s unadulterated beauty.
6. Mount Desert Island (Maine)
This island exemplifies the beautiful coexistence of land and sea, people and wildlife. The 7 mile long Somes Sound in Mount Desert is the only fjord on the East coast of United States. It is famous as the home of the Acadia National Park and Bar Harbour. Mount Desert is a natural stunner and exploring its numerous avenues makes for a perfect holiday.
7. Aeolian Islands (Italy)
The blend of smoking volcanoes and active scintillating wildlife are alluring. The minute island of Stromboli confesses to be a marvel with its volcanic fireworks. Aelion is rich in cultural heritage. Therefore a visit to Museo Eoliano and St. Bartholomew Cathedral are interesting insights into the island’s past.
Snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and surfing on crystal clear waters is ideal in Maldives’ coral islands. Shopping in the numerous flea markets is a fun pass time. A wedding in this divine land can be a breath taking experience.
9. Vancouver Island (Canada)
With abundant wildlife and interesting outdoor activities, Vancouver Island is ideally enjoyed out of doors. Vancouver Island Music Fest is a treat for music enthusiasts. The Long Beach, Tofino provides the best surfing in California.
10. Bermuda (Atlantic Islands)
With a visitor return rate of over 50%, Bermuda is a perfect family holiday destination. Dolphin Quest-Swim, private island tours and Championship Golf courses are perfect.