If you’re craving a warm weather escape then set your sights on the best tropical islands for a vacation – ideally somewhere near the equator to ensure you’ll enjoy sunny days, balmy waters and plenty of palm trees.
From Fiji and French Polynesia to the Caribbean and beyond, take a look at our pick of the best tropical island vacations.
Let’s start with the pristine Fiji islands. With more than 330 islands, this South Pacific nation is undoubtedly one of the best tropical island vacation spots in the world. Think rainbow-colored coral reefs, palm-fringed private islands and long stretches of white-sand beaches. Whether you’re seeking awesome surf spots, secluded stays or turtle conservation clubs for kids, Fiji is a firm favorite for sun seekers looking for the best tropical islands for a vacation.
Activities and experiences on Fiji’s islands encompass scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing or just having the chance to enjoy great, fresh food and being embraced by the warmth of the Fijians, offering couples and families the chance to relax. At the secluded, 500-acre Turtle Island Resort, guests can enjoy all-inclusive activities, such as snorkeling, horse-riding, spending the day on a private beach or simply unwinding with a Fijian-inspired massage.
A picture-perfect arc of white sand, rocky headlands and lots of privacy, it’s easy to see why vacationers think Turtle Island is one of the best tropical islands to vacation. And it’s not just limited to its ‘on-land’ activities. Fjii is known the world over as the ‘soft coral capital of the world’ thanks to its nutrient-rich waters helping to attract some of the most varied marine life in the ocean.
With more than 390 coral species and around 1,200 fish species, the waters surrounding Fiji offer some of the best tropical islands to vacation for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are canyons and caverns to explore and incredible encounters with whale sharks, manta rays and wahoo to be had. Underwater visibility is excellent in Fiji – regularly exceeding 100ft – and the corals are so healthy so that when they bloom you’ll feel as if you’re floating in a tropical underwater garden.
If there’s a place that says tropical vacation, it’s French Polynesia and her 118 islands which are home to beautiful coral-fringed blue lagoons, silky beaches, mountains and waterfalls.
Bora Bora is the belle of the ball in French Polynesia where stays in overwater bungalows are mandatory, as are snorkeling with reef sharks and manta rays. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the best tropical islands to vacation by hopping between Bora Bora, Raiatea and Moorea and spending the night in some of the region’s most exclusive properties, some of which are home to Michelin-starred restaurants offering local lobster and other tantalizingly fresh catch of the day.
The stunning Seychelles are known as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’ and for good reason. Here you’ll find some of the best tropical islands to vacation with 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. You can cruise around the island on a yacht from Mahé and Praslin or opt for a land-based vacation at one of the many resorts.
The Seychelles offers private yoga classes, jungle hikes and private beach dinners as well as scuba diving lessons and helicopter trips. Head to Port Launay Waterfalls, Grand Anse Mahé Waterfalls and Vallee de Mai Waterfalls to experience the top three cascading waterfalls in the Seychelles.
Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles and is known for its white-sand beaches and granite peaks including the Morne Seychellois. Anse Lazio, on Praslin Island, is the most famous beach in the Seychelles where its turquoise water, palm trees and imposing boulder formations will be a hard-to-beat backdrop for photos. Praslin Island is also home to the UNESCO-listed Vallee de Mai nature reserve.
You can’t think of the best tropical islands to vacation and not think of the Caribbean. Whether it’s the ‘self-proclaimed’ Nature Island of Dominica, the spice island of Grenada and Grande Anse Beach or the reggae music, jerk chicken or irie vibes of Jamaica, the Caribbean islands offer plenty when it comes to planning the best tropical island vacation.
The Caribbean is peppered with unspoilt, private islands that offer some of the best tropical islands for a vacation. There are coral cays in Belize, castaway bays in Barbados and all-inclusive resorts in Turks and Caicos. You’ll be able to sink into plunge pools, snorkel your way around secluded bays and enjoy tasty, fresh cuisine – think fresh lobster, Callaloo and ackee and salt fish.
The Maldives are often top of the list when it comes to planning an unforgettable tropical island vacation. Boasting more than 1,000 coral islands and activities including dolphin safaris and deserted-island picnics, it’s easy to see why the Maldives is a hit with families, honeymoon couples and vacationers looking for a slice of tropical paradise.
Honeymoon couples will love the exclusive villas and suites with personalized spa treatments, butlers and plunge pools, while looking forward to private dinners on jetties over moon-lit waters.
Some of the world’s most decadent luxury resorts can be found on private islands in the Maldives, surrounded by the Indian Ocean.
For cultural immersion activities, couples will love Sri Lanka’s tea plantation tours over the rolling hills and leopard safaris in Yala National Park. Meanwhile, head to the Maldives in October and you’ll be able to spot whale sharks and manta rays, which makes for a fun excursion.
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If you’re looking for one of the best tropical islands to vacation, we invite you to take a closer look at Turtle Island in Fiji. Soak up the sun on one of the island’s 12 private white-sand beaches, snorkel the shore-based reef or enjoy romantic dinners on your own jetty. What are you waiting for? Get in touch today to start making memories.