We’re living in a tense world. The rocky political climate is having a knock-on effect across the globe. There has never been a better time to run away to a beach or secluded shore than now – consider these paradise islands for your next much-needed escape.
Palawan, The Philippines
One of the largest provinces in The Philippines’, Palawan is big enough to get completely lost in, but small enough to feel like you’re cut off from the stress of everyday life. Here you can go snorkelling for days on end, diving for weeks, and island-hopping for the rest of eternity – the district is made up of over 1,500 islands, many of which are uninhabited.
There’s an airport at Puerto Princesa, the region’s primary town. There are only direct flights from other places in the Philippines here, so you will have to fly to Manila and catch a transfer to Puerto Princesa from there, just an hour’s flight away.
The Maldives are not just a honeymooner’s paradise. This group of islands in the Indian Ocean are a haven for incredible wildlife, and the country is home to some of the most gorgeous mosques in the world. There’s a lot more to the Maldives than meets the eyes – that said, it’s also a great place for relaxing in the lap of luxury. It’s easy to find flights to the Maldives – these fly into the country’s main city of Malé.
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia, and where you can discover more about the nation’s culture. There are fewer beaches here (but still more than enough, never fear) but lots of mountainous parts to explore, with hidden waterfalls to stumble upon.
Jeep tours into the hills are one of the most thrilling things to do here, as well as boat tours around the beautiful waters and soaking up some culture in the city. Hop on a flight to Fa’a’ā International Airport, Tahiti’s main airport, and indulge in the cut-off nature of this spectacular place.
For many years, Bali has been one of the most frequented paradise islands in the world. Australians flock here year after year as it’s their closest port of call for an accessible slice of sea, sun, and sand. Life moves at a slow pace on Bali, the perfect remedy to the hustle we’re so used to enduring in real life. Come here for surfing, sunbathing, and an all-round zen lifestyle. Flights to Bali from the surrounding areas are affordable and accessible.
A group of 115 islands located off the east coast of Africa, The Seychelles have been named by various sources as the most beautiful paradise islands on Earth. Bluer-than-blue waters and whiter-than-white sands are among the stand-out reasons why the Seychelles are highly regarded, but there’s also stunning wildlife here (turtles are not an uncommon sight) and trekking trails snake through the wilderness. Fly to Mahe Island, the country’s main transport hub, to discover the brilliant beauty for yourself.
Which of these paradise islands would you most life to visit?