From sandy beaches to crystal clear waters, you may think you’ve seen it all when it comes to island life, even if just from photos.
But it turns out there are plenty more unique and stunning islands in the world left to discover — and many of them fly under the radar despite their spectacular beauty.
INSIDER asked some of the most influential travel bloggers and experts from the likes of HotelTonight, Secret Escapes, Topdeck Travel, and TravelSupermarket for the most breathtaking and memorable lesser-known islands they’ve ever visited.
Frequent travellers in our own office also contributed, and some tips were taken from digital journalists and TripAdvisor users.
From a secret, sparkling spot in Sicily to a car-free Mexican retreat, scroll down for a list of 100 under-the-radar islands everyone should visit in their lifetime.
“Reunion Island is a French Island territory located in the Indian Ocean, and is a fantastic alternative to the popular Maldives,” according to holiday rental site HomeToGo.
“Surrounded by beautiful beaches, the island also hosts lush tropical rainforests and is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Reunion Island is a photographer’s paradise with many impressive trails for trekking, glorious volcanoes, and turquoise blue waters. Perfect to practice your rusty French skills, the friendly local population makes the experience all the more enjoyable.”
Michel Karam, CEO of müvTravel, called Reunion Island “one of the most unusual island paradises on the planet.”
“The island is known for its volcanic, rain-forested interior, coral reefs and beaches,” he added.
Egadi Islands, Italy.
These islands are an Italian secret, according to HomeToGo — at least until now.
“The Egadi Islands are three islands off the western coast of Sicily. Our data shows that this island is almost exclusively visited by Italians, although it includes all the features that make holidays perfect: beautiful beaches, sun, great food and fantastic wines.
“If you don’t want to travel to all three different islands, we recommend you stay in Marettimo. Although it is the hardest island to reach, it offers outstanding snorkeling and is the least touristy island of the Egadi Islands.”
Curaçao combines the best vibes of the Caribbean and Europe, according to HomeToGo.
“On this Dutch island, you will find gorgeous beaches and beautiful European inspired architecture,” a spokesperson said. “One of the most colorful parts of the island is the Pietermaai District. This vibrant neighbourhood has emerged as a trendy spot for bars and restaurants and is a must when visiting the island.”
According to HomeToGo, summer (June — August) is the best time to visit Curaçao for those hoping for a deal.
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