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.
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.
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.
Reason #3: beaches
When there is ocean, there are usually beaches. I like beaches, particularly when they look like this.
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! 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!
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.
#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.
#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).
#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.
#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).