World’s best islands – BBC Travel

The world’s best islands, accodring to BBC!

Santorini, Greece

An ancient island that endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, Santorini feels like no other place on earth. Here, 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the lapis lazuli sea and the sunsets that light up the caldera. (Courtesy Art Kowalsky / Alamy)

Bali, Indonesia

Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Bali is but one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago; yet even among its colourful neighbours — and even after decades of tourism development — it stands alone in its lushness and incomparable beauty. (Courtesy David Noton Photography / Alamy)

Cape Breton, Canada

Readers love this island in Nova Scotia for its captivating vistas: cliff-backed beaches and forested headlands studded with lighthouses. Local culture commingles Scottish, Acadian, Irish, African and native Mi’kmaq influences and the music scene is an eclectic mix of fiddling played in parish halls to the popular Thursday night ceilidh (kay-lee) dance gathering. (Courtesy Reimar 6 / Alamy)

Boracay, Philippines

Now that even tiny islands such as Koh Samui are becoming mainstream, Boracay may be one of the last little-known Asian beach getaways. The sandy-shored speck is accessible via an hour-long flight from Manila to Caticlan, followed by a 10-minute ferry ride. Go now, before the crowds arrive. (Courtesy Peter Adams Photography Ltd / Alamy)

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Though the competition for the best island in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific is steep (consider Bora-Bora, Fiji and Tasmania), the Great Barrier Reef, which unfurls from Australia’s northeastern coast, is by far the champion. The area’s spectacularly cerulean water and vast sweep of coral teems with sea life — baleen whales, leatherback turtles, giant clams and about 400 other species. (Courtesy David Ball / Alamy)







Source: BBC Travel