5 Reasons I Love Islands And 5 Islands I Love!

Sunset in Thailand

I thought it would be interesting to Google how many islands there are in the world. Well, it turns out there are extensive studies about that and it all depends on your definition of an island. But instead of boring you with definitions, I will give you 5 reasons why I love islands. And tell you about 5 islands I love.

Looking for a beautiful island? Tioman, Bohol, Sao Miguel, Phu Quoc and Sardinia are 5 stunning islands you must visit once in your life! Looking for a beautiful island? Tioman, Bohol, Sao Miguel, Phu Quoc and Sardinia are 5 stunning islands you must visit once in your life!

5 reasons I love islands

Reason #1: uniqueness…

To me, islands feel like tiny countries with their own culture, dialect or even language, unique nature you won’t find anywhere else in the world and colorful festivals you never heard of before.

Colorful Nostra Signora di Regnos festival in Bosa, Sardinia.
Colorful Nostra Signora di Regnos festival in Bosa, Sardinia.

Reason #2: ocean…

Islands are surrounded by ocean (yes, I know this is stating the obvious but bear with me;-). And in oceans you can go snorkeling or diving. Which happens to be one of my favorite things to do. Oceans in itself are pretty cool too, check out 50 fascinating facts about the ocean.

Lotte diving

Reason #3: beaches

When there is ocean, there are usually beaches. I like beaches, particularly when they look like this.

One of the perfect beaches on Panglao, Bohol in the Philippines
One of the perfect beaches on Panglao, Bohol in the Philippines

Reason #4: sense of community…

I love the fact that most, if not all, people know each other on an island. A tightly knit community who support and help each other, and who often have been living on the island for generations.

Isn't this the coolest bus stop you have ever seen!

Isn’t this the coolest bus stop you have ever seen! All the painted houses have a number and on the left side of the map you can read who lives in which house. Usually junior and senior live right next to each other:-)

Reason #5: explorability…

Islands are usually the perfect size to explore in a couple of days. Preferably on a scooter!

Scooter Sao Miguel

5 most beautiful islands in the world

#1 Pulau Tioman, Malaysia

About: Pulau Tioman is a tiny tropical island about 32 km off the Southeastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The ocean is so clear I could see coral straight from the pier, there are giant lizards and funky monkeys roaming around and I saw a turtle, a shark and a huge moray eel in one dive. Paradise on earth.

Read more about Tioman and traveling in Malaysia (average daily budget2-week trip itinerary and about my time in Kuala Lumpur, on Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands).

Sunset on Tioman Island
Coral at Tioman
Tioman ABC

#2 Bohol, the Philippines

About: Bohol is one of the more than 7000 islands of the Philippines. The beautiful island is home to the Tarsier, the smallest and creepiest monkey in the world, the Chocolate Hills and beautiful Alona beach.

Read more about Bohol and traveling in the Philippines (average daily budget and how to get from A to B).

Tarsier Bohol
Chocolate Hills Bohol
Alona beach Bohol

#3 Sao Miguel, the Azores

About: Sao Miguel is one of the nine islands belonging to the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal and located 1360 km west of continental Portugal. Sao Miguel is a gorgeous volcanic island, excellent for hiking!

Read more about traveling the Azores (average daily budget and a three day sightseeing route around the island).

Azores Sao Miguel
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Sao Miguel the Azores

#4 Phu Quoc, Vietnam

About: Phu Quoc lies 3km of the Cambodian coast but belongs to Vietnam. I think the island will not remain unspoiled much longer as a new international airport has been finished in 2015, as well as a new road from the north to the south of the island. Nevertheless, when I visited in April 2015 I had a great time driving around the island on a scooter for three days in a row.

Read more about Phu Quoc and traveling in Vietnam (average daily budgetthings to do and how to get from A to B).

Sao beach: white sand and a beautiful blue ocean. Now, if they just clean up all the trash it will be a perfect beach.
Driving over dirt roads and hiking in the jungle, very much fun!
A sensational sunset...

#5 Sardinia, Italy

About: Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the biggest island in this list. I spend a week driving around the island (by car, not on a scooter this time) and still hadn’t seen it all. Highlights were the Maddalena archipelago, Pelosa beach and the curious nuraghe found all over the island. Oh, and obviously the Italian coffee, the Italian gelato, the Italian pasta, the Italian pizza and so on and so on…

Read more about traveling on Sardinia (where to go, where to stay and what to do).

Spiaggia della Pelosa
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beautiful island

What is you favorite island and why?

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  1. Phu Quoc
    November 4, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Great selection, but you missed Con Dao in Vietnam and the Palawan Islands!

    • Lotte
      November 4, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks! Yes I definitely will have to visit the Con Dao islands next time I am in Vietnam:-) I have been to Palawan in the Philippines though and wrote a separate post about this tropical paradise which you can find on the blog.

  2. Carolien
    December 27, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Mijn favoriete eiland? Haha, Australië! Een heel groot eiland dat wel 😉 Maar ook voor de kust van Australië liggen mooie eilanden, zoals Fraser Island, Magnetic Island en Stradbroke Island. Ik hou ook van eilanden. Op eilanden lijkt altijd nog meer een laidback sfeer te hangen. Tioman ben ik trouwens ook geweest 😀

    • Lotte
      December 27, 2015 / 11:33 pm

      Haha dat is zeker een groot eiland;-) En absoluut 1 waar ik graag nog een keer naartoe wil! Tioman vond ik echt geweldig, zo mooi?

  3. Antonette
    December 29, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    Good question … one of my favorite islands is Vancouver Island. I also love our very own Texel and Iceland, although you cannot really call that an island. I think my new favorite one will be Tasmania after March 🙂 I wasn’t a fan of Koh Chang but that’s also because of the poor weather we had … I need to go back to Thailand someday soon to really experience island life there!

    • Lotte
      December 29, 2015 / 11:40 pm

      Great island Anto! I also really love our own islands, particularly Vlieland and Terschelling, used to go there a lot when my parents still had their sailing boat. I am very curious about Tasmania, looking forward to reading your post and seeing the pictures, it’s supposed to be even prettier than New Zealand (but that cannot be true;-)!

  4. January 1, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Islands, my favourite travel destination too! Your list of favourites is great, would love to visit Malaysia and the Philippines. My favourite is in fact a group of islands, the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. We have visited a bunch of them a couple of years ago while we were cruising with the Starclipper. The weather is great, the nature is fantastic, very friendly and happy people, delicious food and of course endless water sports possibilities…my piece of cake 😉 Cheers and happy 2016!

    • Lotte
      January 1, 2016 / 9:54 am

      Islands are the best:-) I googled the Leeward Islands, it look beautiful, sailing around on a Starclipper must be amazing! Happy 2016!

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