Island Fun: Mauritius voted into the top 15 islands around the world

2018-07-13 15:34
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There is nothing quite like the feeling like being on an island holiday. Sun, sand and surf, waves gently lapping against the beach while you recline on the beach with your feet in the sand. Beautiful scenery, wildlife and landscapes in a relatively enclosed space - what’s not to love about islands?  

Travel & Leisure has recently released a list of some of the top islands in the world as voted by their readers. Asia lays claim to 6 of the top 15 island destinations in the world this year but the islands represented cross the geographical spectrum from Australasia to the Mediterranean.

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Judging by the chosen world destinations, clearly Travel & Leisure readers don’t rate Africa’s beautiful islands too highly, or perhaps they’re just not marketed to the world as well as some of these other destinations - whatever the truth is we know that Africa is home to a host of heavenly island destinations.

Much more than just safaris, dashikis and voluntourism, Africa is a world-class destination for travellers looking to enjoy a diverse assortment of experiences. From lush forests and jungles, unspoilt beaches and fishing villages to urban vibrancy - it's all possible in the motherland.

The top islands in Africa, according to the readers of Travel & Leisure are as follows:

3. Zanzibar, Tanzania

It is unsurprising that Zanzibar would be considered one of the best island getaways in Africa as it continues to grow in popularity. This palm-fringed archipelago of tropical islands off the coast of Tanzania is a growing attraction for people making their way to this side of the Indian Ocean.

With a fascinating blend of cultures, the island is more than beachfront relaxation and barefoot travel. Portuguese, African and Arabic culture have all left indelible marks on the culture in Zanzibar which is evidenced in the food, architecture and more. 

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MUST SEE: Quick Guide to Tanzania: Visa-Free travel for South Africans

2. Seychelles

This archipelago of 115 islands, off the coast of East Africa, is known for its warm climate and beautiful teal waters.   

Sip on cocktails or enjoy the juices of indigenous coconuts while soaking up the sun that rarely dips below 24°C or rises above 32°C.

You can unwind, worry-free too since the island has no poisonous or dangerous creatures lurking its shores and shrubs. However, you can still admire and gaze upon the beautiful creatures that do - like the island's various bird species, crustaceans and flora. A full half of the land is protected which allows indigenous species such as the Seychelles warbler and Aldabra giant tortoises the space to exist unfettered by human activity.

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MUST SEE: Quick Guide to the Seychelles: Visa-free for South Africans

1. Mauritius

Top of the list is Mauritius, the Indian Ocean nation off the southeast coast of Africa. With idyllic landscapes, breathtaking beaches and colourful cultures, you will be immediately enamoured when you land on this tropical island.

With lush garden spaces, soft, powdery beaches and colourful life-filled reefs, Mauritius offers travellers an assortment of quintessential island experiences to enjoy.

If you’re looking to enjoy more than just sand, sun and surf then you’re in luck as the island country is a fascinating cultural melting pot with Creole, Indian, African and Chinese influences permeating the culture. With relatively well-developed infrastructure, it is also a breeze to get around and explore all of the country’s offerings in each and every corner.

The top 15 island destinations around the world this year are as follows:

15. Azores, Portugal

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14. Maui, Hawaii

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13. Orkney Islands, Scotland

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12. Cook Islands

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11. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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10. Tasmania, Australia

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9. Paros, Greece

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8. Cebu, Philippines

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7. Mauritius

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6. Palawan, Philippines

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5. Waiheke, New Zealand

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4. Maldives

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3. Lombok, Indonesia

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2. Bali, Indonesia

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1. Java, Indonesia

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