Whether you want to be a beachbum with a Pineapple in hand or head inland on a jeep for incredible views and adventures, there are countless islands that you must visit. We've done the due diligence of picking the best 5 islands to visit, and many of them won't even break the bank! 😉🌴
The island nation of Mauritius, tucked away off the south-eastern African coast might conjure up ideas of untouched beaches and honeymoon escapes, but there is much more to discover beyond the beaches.
From crashing waterfalls without a soul in sight to rum distilleries and cocktails for days, there are countless reasons to visit Mauritius. None other than the hospitality and warmth of the locals. To start to get a true sampling of the island life, leave the resort and head to the central market in the capital of Port Louis before venturing off to explore the monkey-ridden hikes, tea plantations and religious temples. Many new AirBnB options are also making Mauritius a more affordable destination than many would imagine.
2) KOMODO NATIONAL PARK, INDONESIA
There are countless reasons that Indonesia is an incredible country, and Komodo National Park is one of those. A testament to the vast variety of wildlife and adventures that span Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, here you can come face to face with dragons.
Indonesia recently tightened their visitor permits, so a planned entry hike has a conservation fee, however it is still absolutely worth visiting.
Chartering private boat or joining a tour is a must do! You will get to see some of the islands in one day, or take a liveaboard for a more extended adventure. Most boat trips kick off from Labuan Bajo, Flores, accessible by air from various Indonesian airports.
The Komodo dragons, which inhabit the Komodo islands. Don't get too close!
Aruba is a small island that is best known for it's resorts, chaotic cruise ports, and beautiful beaches but drive five minutes away from these, and you’ll find an untouched landscape ready for adventures.
One thing Aruba does not lack is the amount of activities offered. From the rugged beaches and incredible snorkelling to the slightly deeper scuba diving adventures around shipwrecks and sunken aeroplanes, the water life here ticks all the boxes.
A must visit would be Flamingo beach. Head to Renaissance Private Island to spend the day here. Apart from watching the playful flamingos, you can enjoy the beach for an entire day. Flamingo Beach is a full-service beach (with chairs, towels, bar, restaurant, bathrooms etc). You can pay for everything in both Dollars and local currency – Florin.
4) ROTTNEST ISLAND, AUSTRALIA
Off the coast of Perth, in Australia's seemingly never-ending stretches of coastline and uninterrupted nature, Rottnest Island is slowly becoming famous world round.
Rottnest Island not only has beautiful beaches, it is also home to the quokka- The happiest animal in the world- thanks to their tendency to have an adorable smile. You can Cycle the island and enjoy some amazing seafood afterwards. There is no doubt that Western Australia will let you down.
With that being said, as many of you know, the last few months have been devastating for Australia in the wildfires.