A meeting of Small Island States is currently being planned in Indonesia for the month of October this year. Islands and Tourism are always connected. Sand and Sea a dream for many visitors.
Press will play a big part in the success of this coming meeting and already. The eTurbo News Group of publication will have a part in it with other travel and tourism media from around the globe. Arrangements are already underway and this private sector driven meeting will discuss the importance of islands as well as their vulnerability.
The 20 Best Islands of the World that made the list of “House Beautiful” are:
Bora Bora – Located in French Polynesia, northwest of Tahiti, this South Pacific island is popularly known for its scuba diving. Bora Bora experiences only two seasons – wet and dry – and you’ll be happy to know that there are no poisonous.
Guadeloupe Islands – The Guadeloupe Islands in the southern Caribbean resemble a butterfly from above. Hike to the top of La Soufriere or dive to see the underwater statue of Commandant Cousteau – there’s no end of things to explore here.
British Virgin Islands. Coral reefs line the beaches of this U.K. territory in the Caribbean comprised of 60 total islands. Referred to as “nature’s little secrets,” the four main locations are Tortola (the largest island), Virgin Gorda known for attractions like the Baths, the coral island Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, which is popular for its New Year’s Eve celebrations (or, as locals call it, “Old Year’s Night”).
Santorini – The must-see towns in Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands, are Fira and Oia, and they overlook the Aegean Sea. Curling up on the lava-pebbled beaches to stare at these views will make you never want to leave.
The Bahamas – The Bahamas are actually more than 700 Caribbean islands in the Atlantic Ocean, but the most well-known are Grand Bahama and Paradise Island, which claim to have the clearest water on the planet. With boating and drift snorkelling.
Tahiti –Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, and it’s divided into the volcano-dominated Tahiti Nui and the smaller Tahiti Iti. The capital city of Papeete features downtown markets near lush waterfalls, hiking trails, and beautiful beaches.
Bali – Located in Indonesia, Bali is known for its rice paddies, coral reefs, and volcanic mountains. With a wide variety of bars and restaurants and many beautiful yoga retreats, this is the place both to relax and have fun. Fiji – Fiji is made up of more than 300 islands, the most popular of which are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Even if you choose to book an all-inclusive resort, that doesn’t mean you can’t go sightseeing to Hindu temples, hang out in the The Sabeto.
Grand Cayman – Grand Cayman, the largest of the Cayman Islands, features vibrant coral reefs and rain forests, as well as cultural destinations, like the Cayman Islands National Museum. It’s also home to the capital, George Town, where you can shop, indulge in island favorites, or swim alongside stingrays at Stingray City.
Crete is Greece’s largest island, featuring expansive beaches and the postcard-perfect White Mountains. Legend has it, this mountain range is home to Ideon Cave, the birthplace of Zeus. Taste the world-famous Cretan cuisine like fried snails (just try them!) and ch
eese pies, or take a boating trip to Balos Beach and Lagoon and wiggle your toes in the pink and white sand.
Hvar – Start by exploring the inland lavender fields and then head to the secluded beaches. For more local culture, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedraland the stone-built architecture of Hvar town.
Oahu – Oahu is the third largest island of Hawaii and home to the state capital of Honolulu. Perfect for history buffs and romantics alike, vacationers can visit Pearl Harbor or catch some waves (and rays) on the North Shore.
Sardinia – Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, this large Italian island is home to sandy beaches to relax on, endless mountains to hike, and stone ruins to explore. Oh, and don’t forget to schedule a wine tour – because who would turn down all that cheese, prosciutto, and Sardinian fine wine?.
Langkawi Island – Located in Malaysia, Langkawi is called as the “Jewel of Kedah.” With rice paddy fields and lush rainforests, this exotic, peaceful place isn’t as touristy as you’d expect. Enjoy a cable car ride and view the island’s beauty from above or take a dip in Seven Wells Waterfall for a magical experience.
Koh Samui – As Thailand’s second largest island in the Gulf, Koh Samui is known for its thick rain forests, tropical, clear-watered beaches, and tourist attractions. There’s a variety of attractions to visit, but among the top 10 is the popular Big Buddhatemple featuring a shrine built in 1972, Angthong National Marine Park for adventurous water and land day trips and Fisherman’s Village for the Walking Street market.
Balearic Islands – Just off the coast of eastern Spain in the Mediterranean are the islands that make up the Balearic, the four largest being Majorca (pictured above), Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Whether you’re tasting wine in Majorca or shopping in Ibiza’s “hippy market” Punta Arabi, there’s so much they have to offer.
Praslin Island – Praslin is the second biggest island in the Seychelles, off the coast of East Africa. Beaches like Anse Lazio are beloved destinations for vacation-goers to take in the peaceful turquoise waters. The exotic scenery is so beautiful that the Seychelles – Praslin included – are often called the true “Garden of Eden.”
Siciliy – The largest Mediterranean island has crystal seas and black-sand beaches, historic charm, and massive volcanoes ready for you to discover. Try strolling through the hilltop town of Enna for a quiet, scenic view of the island or roam around the capital of Palermo, one of Italy’s largest cities, and stock up on all the decadent desserts you can handle.
St. Lucia, the Caribbean – If you travel to this island nation in the Caribbean, you’ll see alluring waterfalls (like Diamond Botanical Gardens), fishing villages, volcanic beaches and beautiful sights coast to coast. It’s a popular wedding destination, but are you surprised?. Mahé – Neighboring Praslin, Mahé is another island in the Seychelles. It’s home to islands’ capital, Victoria, known for its lively markets. Whether you want to beach-hop, explore the vast jungles or simply relax at the many high-rated resorts, it’s a trip worth taking.