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.
The top 15 island destinations around the world this year are as follows:
15. Azores, Portugal
14. Maui, Hawaii
13. Orkney Islands, Scotland
12. Cook Islands
11. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
10. Tasmania, Australia
9. Paros, Greece
8. Cebu, Philippines
6. Palawan, Philippines
5. Waiheke, New Zealand
3. Lombok, Indonesia
2. Bali, Indonesia
1. Java, Indonesia