My grandmother used to say I should never let my dreams be just dreams. That I should live my life to the brim, taste every experience and enjoy each moment. On my sixth birthday, she even gifted me a silver bracelet etched with “Carpe Diem” to help me remember. In retrospect, I cannot help but think she was right. I sense my grandmother urging me from heaven above to visit my ultimate dream spot, a tropical paradise. If you are in the same boat as me, then, congrats, you are in the right place. Here are some suggestions for your ultimate island vacation for 2019. Check out the hot spots below and choose the one you like.
Santorini Isles, Greece
You would hardly expect an island destroyed by a volcanic eruption to look as beautiful as this one. It treats the eyes just as we see it in pictures over the internet. Santorini is located in the Aegean Sea as part of the Cyclades Islands. It stands out due to its cluster of whitewashed houses erected on a rugged cliff and overlooking an underwater crater.
It has a number of beaches, including Paralia Vlichada, a white sand wonder backed by a number of dramatic cliffs. You can also go snorkeling, catamaran cruising, parasailing, kayaking and even scuba diving. In addition, there are wine tours of the adjoining city. Take a tour and behold the golden sun setting over this Grecian isle.
Palawan Island, Philippines
There is a special vibrancy in the waters of Palawan, which clash marvelously with the limestone of the cliffs. This Philippine archipelago is nothing short of a paradise, the likes of which you only see in nature shows. Furthermore, you can easily book a flight to the isle. Take the haunting Underground River Tour in a boat, then enjoy the spa at El Nido. Swim in the cerulean waters of Coron and take a traditional sailboat cruise.
Isles of Scilly, England
If you wish to lose yourself in an untouched natural landscape, then head over to this heathland-covered group of islands off the Cornish coast. The Isles of Scilly consist of about 40 or so tiny islands fringed with white sand beaches. There are no mainstream luxury resorts or even mobile signals, but what you will find is absolute peace of mind. Stroll through the lush, exotic flora of the Tresco Abbey Garden. Book a kayaking tour at Bryher, and take a guided walk among the old school cottages at Samson.
Canary Islands, Spain
Best climate all year round? The award undoubtedly goes to the Canary Islands, an archipelago located off the coast of northwestern Africa. They surely make the perfect ultimate island vacation for people who are seeking a much-deserved break. Enjoy the Carnaval de Santa Cruz at Tenerife. Watch the astronomical formations with your significant other at the Mt. Teide observatory. Then sip their famous Vino Blanco and snorkel your way through the Las Canteras Beach.
Rain forests, rare animal species, and the visa-free entry attracts tourists from all over the world to the Seychelles. This archipelago of more than 100 islands is located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. Once there, you can wade through the crystal-clear waters of Anse Source d’Argent and marvel at the fanciful rock formations. Fly-fish at Desroches, check out the giant tortoises at Moyenne, and walk through the palm forest at Vallée de Mai.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Trailing through the northeast coast of Australia at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are a collection of more than 70 continental islands. Most are uninhabited and known for their remarkable microcosmic beauty. Charter a boat or maneuver a kayak to explore the islands properly. Dive deep within the blue waters to catch the coral beauty in action. Curl your toes in the white sand while listening to the waves crash on the beaches.
One does not simply go to the Bay of Naples and miss out on the famous fashion hub, Capri. Besides the upscale shops, you can find unique rock formations from the Paleolithic age at Arco Naturale. Punta Campanella Marine Reserve hosts a wildlife preservation park altogether brimming with dolphins. Visit the mythological Rock of the Sirens and the underground electric waters of the Blue Grotto, pierced by sunlight bars. Imagine the uncanny effect!
Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
Ring the Caribbean bells; Saba, located in the Lesser Antilles, is an ultimate island vacation spot to certainly blow your mind. A special municipality of the Netherlands, this island is described as an untouched queen; she rises from the azure waters and kisses the heavens up above. If you are a true seafarer at heart, don’t miss this Caribbean wonder.
The Pakleni Islands, Croatia
Mud baths, art galleries, beach clubs, arboretum, vineyards, Roman ruins and many more adventure opportunities are a part of the Pakleni islands in the southwest coast of Croatia. This island group attracts sun-seekers, seafarers, nudists, nature-freaks and swimmers from all over the world. Book a speedboat tour especially to explore its hidden nooks with your friends!
Tahiti, French Polynesia
This figure-8-shaped island is enticing enough to attract anyone to Tahiti, the pride of French Polynesia. It hosts extinct volcanos, beautiful lagoons, murmuring waterfalls and charcoal-sand beaches. It’s ideal for those Instagram photos. Are you tempted to make reservations yet?
In conclusion, if you have made up your mind to take your ultimate island vacation this year, then consider these possibilities. You will thank me later.