Bora Bora, Maui, and Jamaica are some of the more recognized islands in the world. But there are many others across the globe that offer the breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear waters, and wildlife that you are craving with a fraction of the crowds. Here are a few islands that you’ve probably never even heard about, but should certainly consider visiting.
Koh Lipe, Thailand
Just 35 miles from Langkawi, Malaysia this tiny island offers isolation at its finest. The island has no international hotel chains or even cars, just serene beaches dotted with traditional longtail boats, a national marine park, a few small hotels, and ideal snorkeling spots for a bit of adventure.
North Stradbroke, Australia
This island is located near Brisbane and only sees around 24,000 visitors a year. Nature-lovers will enjoy Naree Budjong Djara National Park, home to wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and one of the most concentrated migrations of humpback whales in the world. Spend your days enjoying the nearly empty beaches or explore the rugged terrain.
Rosario Islands, Colombia
Rosario Islands are a rustic archipelago off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. There is a small aquarium on one of the islands where you can enjoy dolphin shows. Otherwise, expect to spend most of your time basking on the beach, exploring the crystal blue waters, and taking boat rides between the islands.
Situated halfway between Athens and Crete in the Aegean Sea, this volcanic isle is home to 80 beaches and Venus de Milo, a famous statue discovered in 1820. With tons of history as well as natural beauty, this island is a great alternative to the heavy trafficked islands of Santorini and Mikonos.
Niue, South Pacific
Samoa and the Cook Islands get a lot more attention than their neighbor, Niue. The island is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the world and a self-governing country in free association with New Zealand. For a small island, there is plenty to explore. You can spend your days walking through the island’s 14 villages and exploring the cave systems that is one of the most extensive in all of the South Pacific.