Most of us dream of a tropical escape at least once in our life. Islands offer an escape from everyday life, removed from the rest of the world by water you can forget about the rat race and relax on the sand in a sun-soaked location somewhere in the world.

We’re actually quite lucky and spoiled for choice when it comes to island destinations, however, choosing one for a holiday is very hard and not all are the same. What are some of the best in the world?

  1. The Whitsundays – Australia

Located on the east coast of one of the biggest islands in the world, The Whitsundays Islands offer some of the whitest sand and bluest seas on the planet. Made up of 74 individual islands you can always find a private spot while sailing Whitsundays. Additionally, The Whitsundays is also located right next to one of the World’s Natural Wonders, The Great Barrier Reef. One day you can have your own private beach, the next you can be snorkeling amongst the 2,900 reefs that make up the coral system.

  1. Fiji

Fiji is the island fantasy of your dreams. If the coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters don’t have you hooked, the locals sure will with their welcoming smiles. You can either sit under a palm tree drinking a cocktail out of a coconut or head out on the water and enjoy some diving, snorkeling, fishing, or surfing. Fiji is made up of 300 different islands and is scattered with resorts, so you’ll be sure to find one that meets your needs.

  1. Seychelles

Seychelles is a group of 115 islands off the East coast of Africa. Its granite islands, coral reefs, and jungles give it some uniquely breath-taking scenery and mean almost half the area is protected. Its protection means it has an abundance of rare wildlife and is great for snorkeling and diving. Its large fish reverses make it popular among keen fishers and visiting the giant Aldabra tortoises is also popular amongst tourists.

  1. Palawan – Philippines

Palawan in the Philippines offers another unique island landscape. Its limestone peaks rising out of the turquoise water make it a site you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the world. Mixed throughout the limestone structures you will also find those features you love about island life, like white sand beaches, coral reefs, and palm trees. There are a number of resorts for your visit but you can also visit many small fishing villages that scatter the islands for a more personal experience.