If you’ve spotted an island on Instagram, then no doubt it’s on this new list. Each island has its own identity. Some of these beauteous isles feature rainforests, reefs, rum, and ruins. Some include cliffs, coves, and caves.

Others offer bays, beaches, blowholes, and boulders. However you define your personal paradise, the 20 eye-candy islands included here have something for everyone. There’s the elevated, unforgettable vista and natural beauty of Capri. How about Thailand where famous James Bond films were shot.

Into island culture? Go to Samoa where you can immerse yourself in the “Fa’a Samoa” life. There’s also the Greek isle of Paxos where you can discover the true Greek life and culture. Things change from time to time, and islands are no exception. From Bali to Bora Bora, these are the latest, most beautiful islands on the planet to visit.

1. Capri, Italy

Some veteran visitors refer to the Blue Grotto in Capri as “electric.” This gorgeous sea cave is often called spellbinding and reportedly impresses even experienced globetrotters. Nevertheless, this is simply the beginning of this beautiful island. Hike to the rugged ruins of famous Emperor Tiberius’ impressive Villa Jovis which harkens back to 27 CE. Take in the sight of the ash-white limestone cliffs, hidden little beaches, and the towering natural arch there too. See why this place has been a center of tourism since the days of the ancient Romans.

2. Whitsundays, Australia

The well-known Great Barrier Reef is one of the planet’s most extensive (albeit fragile) coral-reef systems. It is home to over 1,600 different species of dolphins, fish, octopuses, rays, whales, and more. Deep in the heart of this part of the world, you’ll find the Whitsunday Islands.

All but four of the 74 isles are officially-protected national parklands. Book a helicopter or seaplane and see the sights of the silica sands of the popular Whitehaven Beach’s Hill Inlet and Heart Reef. Stay in the luxurious, high-end Hamilton Island resort.

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3. Bali, Indonesia

There are many reasons for going to Bali. There are stunning beaches like Jimbaran Bay, Nusa Dua, and Seminyak. There’s Ubud’s ancient monuments, sacred forest, and terraced rice fields.

Bali also has 10,000 temples, such as the Uluwatu sea temple, and Pura Empul (where you can bathe). See the famous Land of the Gods. Here you’ll discover an environment rich with spirituality and a warm, welcoming population.

4. James Bond Island, Southern Thailand

The name is Bond, James Bond. James Bond Island that is. If you have No Time To Die because you’re busy traveling, this is the place for you.

Essentially a limestone spike jutting dramatically from out of the emerald water of Phang Nga Bay, it’s also known as Nail Island (Koh Tapu in Thai). It earned the Bond moniker as a set in the 007 films: 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun and 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies.

Tour the area on a long-tail boat. See Khao Lak, Krabi, and Phuket. See sea caves, secret lagoons, and the floating village too. Take time to see this place, After all, you can always Die Another Day.

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5. Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Also known as the Garden Island, Kauai features the Napali Cliffs that rise 4000 feet into the sky, and the 3600-foot deep vermillion Waimea Canyon. There’s also Poipu Beach complete with napping monk seals made famous by Dr. Beach and his list of America’s Best Beaches. Enjoy the rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls of this pretty island as well.

Oh! Don’t forget to take a selfie at the well-known Wailua Falls. It became famous when it was included in the opening credits of the TV show “Fantasy Island.” “Welcome to Fantasy Island!”

6. Bora Bora, Islands of Tahiti

Also known as the Jewel of the South Seas, the lagoon here is said to have any shade of blue one could ever imagine. Look for the coral motus that surrounds the main island. See if you can spot dolphins, fish, sharks, rays, and turtles too.

Other highlights of this exotic locale include the ever-timeless gals in grass skirts, nice over-the-water bungalows and classic popular volcanic peak known as Mount Otemanu. According to the locals, this is where God Himself came to the isle on an incredible rainbow.

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7. Seychelles

Favored Seychelles have trademark towering boulders that can probably be seen on your computer desktop. While they have a certain aesthetic, they are also important to scientists. Geologists have discovered that these are “the only mid-ocean” isles made of granite.

Additionally, this exceptional archipelago is also the oldest in the world. It also is said to have the cleanest air on the planet. Unsurprisingly, numerous celebrities are said to visit here regularly. In fact, Kate Middleton and Prince William spent their honeymoon on North island back in 2011.

8. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is thought by some to be where the island of Atlantis was once located. You will often spot pictures of this place on wall calendars and screensavers. Visit Caldera Lake, one of the world’s largest, and enjoy the various black, white and red-sand beaches.

Don’t forget the signature whitewashed buildings all over the hillside that overlook the glistening Aegean Sea. There are also ancient ruins, the centuries-old windmills, and beautiful blue-domed churches and brightly-colored wooden fishing boats. You can even stay in a boutique cave hotel if you enjoy spelunking.

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9. St. Lucia, Caribbean

St. Lucia is also known as “The Helen of the West.” It is meant to be a comparison to Helen of Troy’s legendary beauty. Here you will find the world-famous UNESCO-listed twin Pitons.

These impressive volcanic spires rise to a height of nearly 2,500 feet. Other attractions on this island include the mineral-rich natural mud bath, stunning silver-sand beaches, sugar-estate ruins, and think verdant jungles. Jade Mountain is said by those in the know to be “an architectural gem” and the most well-known resort on the isle.

10. Fiji

Fiji is not only beautiful it is am moviemaker’s dream come true. The natural beauty of the Mamanuca island chain can be seen in scenes from Cast Away and the TV show “Survivor.” The Yasawa archipelago is featured in the 1980 remake of Blue Lagoon.

See mangroves, mountains, reefs, and rivers that swath all 333 islands of Fiji. You might even spot some of the local wildlife such as dolphins, parrots, turtles, and whales. Stay in a luxurious, private villa or “bure” at one of the many private-island resorts.

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11. Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Also known as the Big Island, the island of Hawaii actually has 10 out of 14 of the planet’s climate zones. This is the only location in the world with that many in such a small area. The windward side of the isle is full of verdant, moist, tropical terrain and includes Waianuenue/Rainbow Falls and Akaka Falls.

If you enjoy arid beauty check out Hapuna Beach Park. Visit the summit of the impressive Mauna Kea volcano for yet another climate. Stop by one of America’s highest lakes, Lake Waiau, too.

12. The Maldives

The Maldives has over 75 overwater bungalow resorts. It’s the highest number in the world. The residents there know full well that the abundant, gin-clear water of the Indian Ocean is one of their best assets.

Here you can go diving, snorkeling or study the marine life up close and personal. . . or you can simply watch others do that through the special floor windows of your personal villa. You can watch the marine life while you dine at the popular 5.8 Undersea Restaurant or while enjoying the numerous services offered by Huvafen Fushi’s great submerged spa.

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13. Palawan, Philippines

Some travelers call Palawan “the Philippines’ last frontier.” It includes not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park (known for its guided canoe tours) and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (perfect for divers). But wait, there’s more!

Other highlights include the impressive attractions as Karst Mountain Elephant Cave and Ugong Rock. They are a striking contrast to the rice fields found in the interior. Stay at one of the El Nido Resort’s overwater bungalows located on the nearby outlying islands.

14. Hvar, Croatia

Croatia’s Hvar has a history that harkens back to the Stone Age. It is both beautiful and fascinating. Indeed, the walls that surround the red-tiled roofed buildings in Hvar Town were erected in the 1200s.

In 2008 the olden stone ruins that mark the Stari Grad Plain was officially named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel inland and explore the wonderfully fragrant lavender fields, the lush, rich vineyards, and the impressive mountains. Here you can stroll along secret beaches, see seaside hamlets, swim in the sea caves, go snorkeling in the Adriatic or take a boat trip.

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15. Martinique, Caribbean

Nicknamed the Isle of Flowers, Martinique is the home of Mount Pelee which rises 4,583 feet into the sky. Comparatively unknown, it is said by some travel writers to be “the Caribbean’s best-kept secret.” There are several often unvisited attractions to explore here. They include the Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, the Saint-Pierre’s impressive 18th-century theater ruins and the stunning Balata Gardens’ Treetop Trail of suspension bridges.

16. Cocos Keeling Islands, Australia

The Cocos Keeling Islands is made up of 27 individual coral islands. They form a pair of atolls in the shining Indian Ocean. The Cocos Keeling Islands were pretty much unknown until a couple of beach activists named Andrew Short and Brad Farmer crowned the now popular Cossies Beach “the best in Australia for 2017.”

This remote island destination has also been called Australia’s “last unspoiled paradise.” It is free of chain restaurants, traffic, crowds of tourists and multiple high-rise resorts. It also has beaches of pristine white sand and even a turquoise lagoon that serves as a home for at least 30,000 sea turtles.

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17. Paxos, Greece

Some travel experts say the little Ionian isle of Paxos could very well be “everything you want Greece to be.” Here you will discover brilliant bougainvillea, cypress trees, olive groves, stone villas, tavernas, and bakers and fishermen leading quiet, simple village lives. Visit the western coast which includes 40 sea caves, rock arches, and sheer, rugged cliffs. You can even sign on for a day trip to the nearby isle of Antipaxos complete with powder white sand and water so blue it rivals that of the Caribbean Sea.

18. Samoa

Some sources refer to Samoa as “the Cradle of Polynesia” and praise it for the “Fa’a Samoa” lifestyle. More specifically, it revolves around a 3,000+-year-old societal code that focuses on the environment, family and traditions. Visitors will enjoy not only the local culture but the lovely landscape as well.

Stop off at the main island, Upolu, and dive into the popular To Sua Ocean Trench swimming grotto. Samoa’s largest isle, Savaii, features blowholes, rugged caves, wondrous waterfalls, and the memorable Saleaula lava field. The field was created by a volcanic eruption that destroyed five villages in 1905.

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19. The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands is made up of 15 islands in the South Pacific. Veteran visitors recommend staying in a private overwater bungalow on Aitutaki. Enjoy listening to ukulele music played by the locals dressed in their native outfits known as pareus. Sign up for a special mountain safari on Rarotonga, the main island. Other highlights include class-bottom boat trips through the lagoons, verdant, rugged mountains, and palm trees that rise higher than the roofs of the buildings.

20. Guadeloupe, Caribbean

The butterfly-shaped archipelago known as Guadeloupe is sometimes called the pearl of the French Caribbean. It consists of five main islands. These islands feature several noteworthy attractions.

They feature towering volcanoes and more than 200 beaches with black, pink, red, or white sand. Visit the Bay of Grand-Cul-de-Sac Marin and the tropical forest of Basse-Terre which makes up a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Go island-hopping too. See the 900-foot plateau at La Desirade, Marie-Galante’s rum estates, and the popular Grande-Anse Beach located on Les Saintes too.


  1. Hi!
    I want to say I have written about the Isle of Skye, Even if it did not make this list or does not even appear on this website, I know I have written about it somewhere for sure!
    Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading my stuff!

  2. Yes, there are many beautiful places in the world, aren’t there? Thanks for your support!

  3. Hi!
    Thanks for your comment. I don’t choose the winners and to be fair usually the only reason we sometimes miss reader choice is because of word count limitations.
    Thanks for reading my stuff!

  4. Thank you for the article. They are all absolutely stunning!! You did good! I am perfectly happy with your list as every place on it looks amazing!

  5. Hi!
    Thank you for reading the article and thank you so much for your kind words. It’s very flattering.

  6. Estuve en Capri y en verdad la “Grotta Azzurra” es algo fuera de este mundo. El agua es color turquesa “eléctrico” y no se ve el fondo, igual las paredes, las lanchas, la gente… Todo es azul, celeste y sus variantes. Es algo que vale la pena ver y, para llegar a Capri -si mal no recuerdo- hay que tomar un transbordador al que siguen los delfines desde Nápoles; me llamó la atención que la arena de la pequeña playa en donde estuvimos era de color negro. ¿Cuál volcán estaba por ahí? ¿El Vesubio? Otro lugar de esos que no mencionan es el Mar Muerto. Increíble. Por su alto grado de salinidad si te metes al agua no te hundes. Casi puedes acostarte sobre el agua. Este bello planeta al que nos estamos acabando tiene muchas bellezas indescriptibles que vale la pena proteger.-

  7. ¡Hola!
    ¡Estamos de acuerdo! Capri y muchos otros lugares en esta tierra son muy hermosos. En cuanto al Mar Muerto, he escrito sobre él en más de un artículo, así que sigue leyendo. ¡Gracias por su comentario y su apoyo!

  8. Hi!
    Yes, that’s a great place too! Off the top of my head, I want to say I have written about Bermuda before but not sure if it was on this website or somewhere else. (I know it was part of the very first published article I wrote –back in high school, at least. I hope that counts for something.)

  9. hello, with all the harsh world we live in , article like this makes me forget for just a little bit ..thank you


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