10. Similan Islands, Thailand
The Similan Islands are a group of nine small islands in the Andaman Sea. They are marked from one to nine and are part of a national park. The islands are famous all over the world for their diving and snorkeling sites. ‘Island number Four’ is known as ‘Koh Miang’ and it consists of elegant, simple bungalows made out of bamboos. The largest island is ‘Island number Eight’, known as ‘Koh Similan’. These islands are protected by the Thailand government and enjoy warm weather throughout the year. They are the perfect spots for watching tropical fish, gazing at colorful corals, or for capturing photos of the massive boulders.
9. Pom Pom Island, Malaysia
The Pom Pom Island is part of the Semporna archipelago. Located on the eastern coast of Malaysia, the Pom Pom Island is a tiny speck of tranquility. Almost entirely devoid of pollution, this is the island to go to if you want to achieve complete peace. The white beaches of the island inspire travelers from all over Asia and beyond. The fishing villages surrounding the beaches makes you want to escape the world. The water is crystal clear and offers beautiful views of various fish species and coral reefs. The Pom Pom Island is used by hawksbill and giant green turtles as nesting places. Don’t be surprised if you encounter them while spending a lazy day on the beach.
8. Macleod Island, Myanmar
The Macleod Island is a relatively unknown destination and that’s its biggest advantage. Far away from the maddening crowd, the island is an untouched piece of natural beauty. The Myanmar Andaman resort is the only of its kind on the island. Unlike big, sprawling resorts, this one is a rustic eco-friendly lodge. The island’s silence might be hard to take, but that is what is missing from our urban, rushed lives. However, that doesn’t mean that the island does not offer anything exciting. It has plenty of diving spots for adventure lovers. Escape to the Macleod Island to take back a piece of nature with you. Stay at the palm huts of the resort and gaze at the beauty all around you.
7. Koh Rong, Cambodia
Koh Rong is home to 23 stunning beaches. Most of them are untouched by modernity and provide a total escape into nature. The island is completely devoid of roads and gets limited lighting during the night. Once the sun goes down, it becomes easy to spot fluorescent blue plankton in the sea. Along with that, you can also spot exotic fish and eye-catching corals. At 78 square kilometers, Koh Rong is quite big. In spite of its size, only about 1000 people live on the island. Tourism has developed only in the last decade or so and quite a few tourists have settled down permanently at the island. Visit Koh Rong to see a divine location which hasn’t been overrun by crass tourism.
6. Cat Ba Island, Vietnam
The Cat Ba Island is part of the the ‘Cat Ba National Park’ and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the Halong Bay, the Cat Ba Island is the biggest island inside the park and is quite the tourist attraction. Vietnamese tourists often escape to the island to spend some time at the karaoke bars. Some of them go off to the golden beaches and take quiet boat rides. Some others head for the lush forests or to the green mountains for navigating the various trails. It is truly an island offering many diverse options to tourists. From lazing around in the beaches to trekking the mountains trails, the island offers it all.
5. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is known to attract both nature lovers and intrepid tourists. Two of its most famous islands are Coron and El Nido. The latter is known for having one of the most attractive seascapes in the world. It is also one of the best places in Asia for snorkeling and diving. While El Nido is known for its seascape, Coron is known for its various shipwrecks. The sites of these shipwrecks have become popular wreck-diving sites with the tourists.
4. Cebu Island, Philippines
Cebu Island is located in the Visayas region in Philippines. It is a narrow and long island with seas and mountains all around. The Cebu Island is also surrounded by no less than 167 islets. The island is home to both modest and upscale resorts. Most of them are located in the small towns of Camotes, Malapascua, and Badian. The ideal Cebu Island experience is to stay at any one of the small fishing villages and experience nature at its best.
3. Akajima, Japan
Akajima, lovingly known as Aka Island, is part of Kerama Islands of Japan, part of Okinawa. The island is a very popular summer vacation destination with Japanese travelers. There are also curious foreigners who visit the island to know more. Even if you visit Aka Island during the peak season, you will not feel rushed at any time. The locals are very warm and welcoming people and make you feel at home. There is a certain charm to Akajima because of its tropical sea life and clean beaches. If you travel a little inland, you can visit the Ryukyuan Heritage House. For adventure lovers, the Aka islands offer kayaking, snorkeling, and diving options.
2. Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat, also referred to as ‘Four Kings’, is located in the eastern part of Indonesia. The island is actually a group of islands located in the Papua region. These islands are well known for their diving spots. They are also home to 130 different types of fish and almost 75% of the world’s known coral species. Visit Raja Ampat if you are a lover of adventure and nature. If you are an experienced diver, you can take part in some unforgettable ‘drift diving’ — exploring vertical walls under the sea.
1.Baros Island, Maldives
Baros Island is part of an atoll known as the North Male Atoll. The North Male Atoll is also home to Male, the capital of Maldives. The Baros Island is often described as ‘small paradise’ and rightly so. The beaches are beautiful and spotless. They are perfect for sunbathing and for swimming. There is also the ‘water sports center’ for water sports enthusiasts. If you aren’t the adventurous type, then you can simply head to the spa of the ‘Baros Hotel’ and indulge in some complimentary yoga classes.
Originally posted 2017-04-25 06:50:22.