World's Best Islands

World's Best Islands in 2018

19 January 2018

Whether it’s a beach break or an island holiday, we’ve got just the list for you when it comes to gorgeous tropical locations to bask the day away.

Seychelles

Perfect for wildlife encounters. The Seychelles is considered to be such a stunning wildlife destination, in fact, that it was featured in the critically acclaimed Blue Planet II last year. Turtles, whale sharks, dolphins and tropical fish are some of the incredible ocean creatures waiting to greet you, while back on-land birds, plants and giant tortoises are just some of the critters waiting to serve as great additions to any photo taken to commemorate your trip.

Don't miss the giant tortoises. You can see these majestic reptiles at the Aldabra Atoll (although this is not an easy place to get to) or on the more easily-accessible North Island, Cousin Island and Curieuse Island.

Top 3 attractions:

  • Morne Seychellois National Park
  • Port Victoria, Mahé
  • Aldabra Atoll, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mauritius

Perfect for a lazy getaway. Many of the resorts in Mauritius are set up in such a way that you never have to leave, unless of course it’s for some exciting sightseeing. Water sports are all close and easy to enjoy while days spent on the beach or at the spa are encouraged for the ultimate opportunity to unwind.

Don't miss a trip to Rhumerie de Chamarel. This rum distillery cultivates its own sugar cane and distills their rum under a unique microclimate offered in the exclusive little valley Rhumerie de Chamarel calls home. A must for rum-lovers and foodie travellers.

Top 3 attractions:

  • Seven Coloured Earths
  • Île aux Cerfs
  • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Reunion

Perfect for hiking and a diverse landscape. When it comes to hiking on Reunion Island, there is a trail for everyone. Whether you’re a novice, an expert, someone looking for a quick hike or someone after a day excursion, there is a trail waiting to be discovered by you! Take in the contrasts of incredible black, volcanic beaches contrasted with white powdery ones, along with the opportunity to explore forests, volcanoes and world-famous waterfalls.

Don't miss any one of the gorgeous hiking trails to choose from. These will often lead you to a breathtaking viewpoint unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Top 3 attractions:

  • Le Jardin d’Eden
  • Le Grand Bassin
  • The Piton de la Fournaise volcano

Zanzibar

Perfect for the best of both worlds. Zanzibar offers an authentic African experience along with a classic island holiday. Take a short boat trip to the mainland and choose from a dozen incredible safaris or historical tours, or head to the beach for a day of snorkelling or lounging in the sun.

Don't miss a safari… on land or at sea! We recommend prioritising the sights and sounds nature has to offer while holidaying in Zanzibar. It’s not often you can take a trip out to sea on an “Ocean Safari”, where you can be treated to the sight of dolphins enjoying their natural habitat, and still enjoy a trip out to a Nature Reserve where you can see the Big Five roam freely.

Top 3 attractions:

  • Stone Town Spice Tour
  • Snorkelling at Mnemba Atoll
  • Prison Island

Mozambique

Perfect for a seafood adventure. Mozambique is renowned for its freshly caught and expertly prepared seafood. Often basted in a local style that was influenced by the Portuguese, Mozambican prawns bring a bit of heat and more flavour than you ever thought possible for a humble little shellfish.

Don't miss the opportunity to try out some authentic Mozambican cuisine. Whether you opt for flavourful prawns or a classic “prego” roll, you will be left satisfied but still salivating over the dishes for months to come.

Top 3 attractions:

  • Lake Malawi
  • Gorongosa National Park
  • Vamizi Island

Maldives

Perfect for diving. Many divers have listed the Maldives as one of their top diving destinations in the world. The waters are a delightful temperature all-year round and visibility ranges from 20 metres. Bonus? According to PADI, “if visibility lowers in the Maldives, it usually means plankton is present which can bring in whale sharks”! You’re also guaranteed to see frequent turtles and moray eels.

Don't miss a traditional dhoni sunset cruise. The dhoni is a Maldivian boat and offers an authentic Mauritian sea excursion with the unmatched backdrop of an Indian Ocean sunset and refreshing cocktails to enjoy.

Top 3 attractions:

  • Manta Point
  • Maldive Victory Shipwreck
  • National Museum

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