When the autumn weather turns grey, rainy and stormy – all you can do is dream yourself away to a beautiful island on the other side of the world – below are a few beautiful islands which I think are amazing, all different from each other with their own beauty and nature.
Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
If we weren’t so reliant on modern technologies like the internet, this would be the ultimate paradise for us.
On Kecil island you have corals right off the beach on one side of the island, and a long white beach with the clearest water ever on the other side.
Perhentian islands are close to each other which makes it easy to take day trips and go island hopping.
Aside from chilling out under a coconut tree you can take a diving certificate or if you’re there at the right time of the year watch turtles hatch and crawl from the beach to the water.
There is something for everyone even when it comes to accommodation, both cheap bungalows and luxury hotels.
Møn – Denmark
Perhaps a bit unexpected, but a beautiful island doesn’t always need to have palm trees or tropical weather.
Møn island is a beautiful island with steep white chalk cliffs, cold ice blue water, stone beaches and lush green forest – it’s one of the most beautiful places in Denmark.
Koh Lanta – Thailand
For a moment we thought we would never get away from this island.
We extended our stay longer and longer, and really fell in love with everything this island had to offer.
Life in Koh Lanta is slow paced, easy, and days turn to weeks without anyone even noticing.
We lived right on the beach with the most amazing view from our bungalow overlooking a seemingly endless white beach and turquoise water.
Kauai & Oahu – Hawaii
What’s great about the Hawaiian islands is that there is something for everyone.
Some people like Kauai the best because it’s less touristy and perhaps the most beautiful island of them all.
Because it’s the island which gets the most rain it is also one of the lushest and greenest, full of waterfalls and rainforest.
Other people prefer Oahu, an island where you can be guaranteed not to get bored.
While Oahu hotels are easy to find, it’s a little bit more difficult with hostels, so I would probably recommend having proper Hawaii vacations and splurge a little.
Efate Island – Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a place with many extremities – we were there during the monsoon season, and while most days were sunny, the weather was so humid that I sweated more there than I ever have in my whole entire life.
The dry season is a lot cooler, but the scenery is just as lush and beautiful at any time of the year.
The people in Vanuatu are among the friendliest I’ve met, and we were amazed by how we could snorkel with huge tropical fish only meters away from the beach.
Samos – Greece
Samos is a small but beautiful island in Greece, and is far less touristy than the big ones, but still offers amazing nightlife.
Taking a motorbike or car around the island for a day or two is a great thing to do, as there are plenty of hidden places to visit.
You’ll find churches on the peaks of mountains, cathedrals perched on the edge of cliffs and small villages in the hills, the “real” Greece can still be found here if you make your way out of the tourist towns.
When you’re done checking out the country side of Greece, head back to the beautiful beaches where they even have bars in the water..!
Which islands would YOU add to this list?