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The Tropical Islands You Must See in Your Lifetime

Joanna Rentz

Teal waters. Coconut trees. Sand as white as sugar. The soft sound of rolling waves. The quiet shuffle of palm leaves swaying in the breeze. The warmth on your skin. Can you see it? Can you feel it? Yes, my friends, what you are picturing is heaven. Heaven on earth. Also known as the tropical islands.

There is no place on earth quite like the tropical islands. With near perfect weather year round, fresh local cuisine, and beaches more beautiful than you can imagine, tropical islands are some of the most sought after destinations. With over 45,000 tropical islands in the world, how does one choose? That’s why we put together a list of four tropical islands that you must see in your lifetime.

 

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Bora Bora

There is a reason why they call Bora Bora the most romantic island in the world. Nestled northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia sits a small island in the South Pacific. Known for its crystal-clear teal waters, vibrant tropical fish, and beautiful views, Bora Bora is a must for adventurers, luxurists, and honeymooners alike. Take a swim with fish at Coral Gardens, Bora Bora’s famous lagoon that is protected by a barrier reef. Or break out the Deep Dive swimsuit and snorkel at the Lagoonarium, a natural aquarium just east of the main island. Check out Tupitipiti Point and Mount Otemanu for breathtaking views and endless photo ops. While most resorts feature private beaches, Matira Beach is the only public beach on the island and is the go-to spot for boat rentals and local tours.

Must See: the Lagoonarium, Bora Bora’s natural aquarium.

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Kauai

This not-so-secret pristine paradise should be on everyone’s travel bucket list at least once. Kauai is one of the most enchanting islands in the Hawaiian archipelago and home to a few of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. It is known as “the Garden Isle” due to the lush rainforest covering much of its 5 million year old surface. From the jagged cliffs of the Na Pali coast to the endless miles of picture perfect white sand beaches, Kauai will leave you under her spell. Swim at Wailua Falls, hike the Kalalau trail on the Na Pali coast, or take a flight tour over Waimea Canyon to truly take in this impressive island. For the more effortless and relaxing days, float on the beautiful waters at Hanalei Beach in The Plunge suit and enjoy fresh juice or shaved ice at one of the beach cafes.

Must See: the Na Pali Coast

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Bali

No matter who you are or where you’re from, Bali has something for you. This small Indonesian tropical island is famous for its legendary surf breaks, tiered rice paddies, and forested volcanic mountains. But its rich, religious history makes this island even more extraordinary. Everything in Bali has a spiritual meaning, and the Balinese people take time every day to pause, reflect, and give thanks. Offerings made of colorful flowers, incense, and palm leaves line the streets and temples to show appreciation for what they have. While you are there, check out Bingin Beach in the Voyager Bikini Top and Classic Turn Down. Perhaps you’ll see a famous surfer riding the legendary waves. Seminyak is great for shopping and dining, while Ubud will renew your spirit as you tour religious temples and beautiful rice paddies. The popular tourist destination, Canggu, offers everything from fresh local eats to beautiful beaches and lively nightlife.

Must See: The temples and rice paddies in Ubud.

 

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Cyprus

Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean located southeast of Greece. Whether you are looking for rugged, romantic, or family-friendly beaches, Cyprus has it all. It also has almost every water sport known to man – from kite surfing to scuba diving. But when you’re ready to embark inland, enjoy a drive through the rolling hills of endless vineyards and storybook meadows. Take a day trip to the mountains for exceptional hiking or take a ride on the bike trails. The cuisine on Cyprus is delicious, taking culinary cues from Turkish, Middle Eastern, and Greek cultures. If you have time, pack the 24 Hour Jumpsuit and travel passed the Green Line to northern Cyprus for a totally different experience than the resort (and tourist) filled southern Cyprus.

Must See: Nissi Beach

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Main photo Courtesy of Unsplash // Rizhan