Summer is just ahead us and I think it is a great time for me to share with you the 10 picturesque islands in Asia which I can’t take our eyes off! Before I jump straight to the topic, there is one thing you should know about me, I am 100% without a doubt, a beach person! I am perfectly delighted to just lounge around a beautiful beach and enjoy sun kissed skin, the sea breeze and crystal clear turquoise blue sea waters and powder white sand. Without further ado, here are the top 10 beautiful islands in southeast Asia which I adore! If you’re heading to Asia, make sure you don’t miss this bucket list!
1. Koh Lipe, Thailand
Koh Lipe which is dubbed as the Maldives of Thailand is one of the smallest islands in Asia. With its powder white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and 25% of the world’s tropical beach species, Koh Lipe is definitely worth visiting and a perfect diving and snorkelling spot! With three large beaches in the shape of boomerang, you can easily stroll around the whole island in an hour. Besides, it is considered a remote and hidden treasure, so if you enjoy quite and peaceful vibe, definitely pay a visit to Koh Lipe!
2. The Maldives
Of course the beautiful islands of the Maldives is in the list! The Maldives consists of 26 coral atolls with over 1,192 island spread out in the Indian Ocean. Private villas located on the stilts dot the shallow turquoise blue waters. The Maldives is definitely the perfect definition of perfect beaches and islands! Ever corner of this place looks like it popped out of a travel magazine. The Maldives is great for island hopping, kayaking, surfing, diving, and enjoy the sun kissed skin!
3. Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Indonesia which is the largest archipelago in the world comprises of numbers of stunning islands. The islands of Rinca, Komodo, and Padar, together with other small islands make up this secluded and untamed Jurassic Park-like island National Park which people flock to every year! Komodo National Park which is well known for being home to the giant monitor lizard, is also a paradise for nature lovers with numerous mountains to climb, and amazing diving sites around the stunning coral reefs.
P.S. Make sure you take the time to climb a few of the view points in the islands and be rewarded with some of the most beautiful seaside views.
4. Pulau Redang, Malaysia
Pulau Redang which is the largest islands off the east coat of Peninsular Malaysia is favored for its beaches of powdery white sand and crystal clear blue waters. The surrounding coral reefs are home to a wide array of species making Pulau Redang a popular destination for diving and snorkelling. Aside from beaches, there are several trails for jungle trekking as well!
5. Borocay Island, Philippines
Boracay which is a small island , with only 7km tall and at its bikini line 500m wide is one of the most popular island in Southeast Asia. Even though, Boracay has slowly becoming very touristy, with its soft powdery white sand, warm tropical waters, and jaw dropping sunset, it still worth seeing! When you’re there, aside from enjoying the beach, indulge yourself with amazing water sports opportunity, cocktails, and vibrant night life!
6. Bali, Indonesia
Of course, the well known Bali which even appeared in the movie, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ starring Julia Roberts made it to this list! Being called the Island of the Gods, Bali boasts its varied landscape of mountains and hills, stunning beaches and rugged coastlines, barren volcanic hillsides and lush rice terraces, which make it one of the most beautiful islands in Asia! Besides, with world-class diving and surfing, a great number of archaeological, historical and cultural attractions, and a wide range of great accommodations, Bali consistently wins many travel awards! Trust me, this breathtaking island has something to offer every visitor!
7. Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is a tiny island and located only 15 minutes from the well-known Koh Tao, the famous ‘Turtle Island’. Koh Nang Yuan is one of the most beautiful beaches where you can sit and enjoy quiet sunsets on the beach as this area is less crowded, there are no cars or hustle bustle! Its is definitely a perfect place for tranquility and unwind from the hectic life.
8. Pulau Perhentian
Pulau Perhentian, which is situated off the coast of northeastern Malaysia not far from the Thai border is one of the must-visit island in Malaysia! There are two main islands which are Perhentian Besar (big island) and Perhentian Kecil (small island). They have some of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap accommodation. Travellers can also explore the tropical jungle that covers much of the islands’ terrain.
P.S. Perhentian Kecil is more popular among budget travellers since it’s cheaper compared to Perhentian Besar which is a little pricey as it offers more luxury accommodations.
9. Palawan, The Philippines
Palawan, an island in the Philippines is a home to lush green jungles, and pristine beaches, such as El Nido and Coron, attracts intrepid travellers and nature lovers. El Nido is known to have one of the most breathtaking seascapes worldwide. From limestone karst, to crystal clear waters ideal for diving and snorkelling and white sand beaches, it has it all. Stunning Coron is well known for wreck diving as numerous Japanese warships were sunk in the area.
10. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat, which is also known as Four Kings, is a range of stunning islands located in Papua, in eastern Indonesia. These islands are a haven for underwater enthusiasts with some of the world’s best diving spots. In fact, the islands are home to 75 per cent of known coral species and almost 1300 different fish species. Experienced divers can also enjoy the thrills of drift diving, and explore underwater vertical walls.
That’s all for today’s travel topic.
I hope you find the perfect Asia beach vacation spot for your upcoming Summer escape!
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