Ahh, the island life. Salty air, sun kissed skin, tropical weather... can someone just get us on island time now please?
Planet Earth sure has some incredible islands, so it'll be easy to add these to your bucket list! Whether you're looking for crystal clear turquoise waters, unique architecture or a non-stop party, this list has got it all.
Pack your bags and get ready to experience seaside serenity. These are just 12 of the many amazing islands our earth has to offer.
Super important: please help keep our beautiful oceans clean and safe! For starters, never, ever litter and always clean up after yourselves. These islands are beautiful, but they need our help to keep them that way. When you're snorkelling or swimming, don't disturb or interfere with the wildlife or alter the rocks, reefs, etc. Learn more about how you can protect the oceans here.
El Nido, Philippines
A picture's worth a thousand words right? I think the picture above says plenty. El Nido is paradise and there is just so much to see and do on this island. From hiking to lagoons to pristine beaches, cliffs, waterfalls and scuba diving, this island (and the Philippines) is a must-see.
It's a classic but for a reason—Greece is incredibly beautiful and definitely a must-add to your bucket list. Don't you want to stroll through those iconic steps and white buildings? If you need any more convincing, watch The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants and you'll be ready to pack your bags.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
When you hear of the French Polynesian Islands, what probably comes to mind is pristine turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Yep, sounds just like Bora Bora. It's a luxurious beach getaway, perfect if you're looking for some relaxation and to get away from it all—but not exactly the most budget-friendly destination, so save this island for a splurge.
Want to visit Jurassic Park? This island paradise is home to the set of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. Less touristy (but still relatively busy) and developed than it's sister islands, Kauai will fulfill all your Hawaii dreams. From surfing to hikes to canyons and more, you won't be bored during your trip to Kauai.
Beautiful beaches, parties, spectacular scenery—this Spanish island has got it all. If you're looking for a potentially cheaper and less busy alternative to Ibiza, check out Mallorca. The nightlife isn't as wild as Ibiza, but it definitely holds it's own. It's also situated on the Mediterranean Sea (like Ibiza)... need we say more?
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Forget about 50 shades of grey—this paradise will have you seeing endless shades of blue. Fernando de Noronha is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best diving destinations in the world with a diverse ecosystem. Only a certain amount of visitors are allowed each year, so plan ahead and you may have this paradise (almost) to yourselves. You might even see dolphins and sea turtles! You can go surfing, hiking or more!
Looking for a next level party? Ibiza, the ultimate party island, is calling your name. From the clubs to the beaches, the parties just don't stop. Who knows? You might end up partying with Kygo or David Guetta. If you're into the house music scene, Ibiza will be your paradise. If you aren't too dead from your late nights/early mornings, Ibiza also has spectacular scenery.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
This might be some of the clearest waters you've ever seen. Providenciales was named one of Trip Advisor's Top 10 Islands in the Travellers’ Choice Awards. Experience seaside tranquility and bliss at this beautiful island in the Caribbean. Go horseback riding, get your tan on, walk along the soft, white sand beaches, snorkel in the crystal clear waters and more!
If you want to get away from all the tourists and have a peaceful adventure, check out Milos. Less frequented than other Greek islands, like Mykonos and Santorini, but just as beautiful, Milos offers breathtaking views, unique rock formations, cute villages and more! Get the experience of Greece without all the tourists potentially blocking the view.
This is a beach bum's paradise with white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, rich culture and over 300 islands awaiting you to give you that sun-kissed glow. Some popular destinations in Fiji include Viti Levu and Beachcomber Island.
Heaven is a place on Earth and that place might just be Mauritius. This island country located on the Indian Ocean is a beach paradise. 50 shades of blue? Please, this island offers you endless shades. Check out Le Morne Brabant, Black River Gorges National Park, Ile Aux Cerfs and/or Grand Baie.
Insane nightlife, beautiful beaches, gorgeous architecture and vineyards? Count us in! Hvar is a island full of history and culture, but also great wine and nightlife—a great combination if we do say so ourselves.