Whether it’s culture, adventure, or just chilling on the beach with a martini, one of these five islands is surely an ideal destination for you. All of the following islands here have been handpicked by Travel + Leisure readers. Oh yeah, they’re all in Asia so get your long-haul luggage out and get packing.
Homer was definitely right when talking about the isles. Santorini, Greece has some of the most famous sunsets, plenty of ancient ruins, and staggering seascapes at every turn (so we can always see just what inspired The Odyssey).
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Well there is a lack of natural predators and tons of friendly wildlife in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. But if that’s not reason enough, there are tons of activities to enjoy and sights to see. And the ticket prices are usually pretty reasonable – yah know, for an island.
Boracay Island, Philippines
This is not the only island from the Philippines to wind up on our list. Boracay Island may be small but it has a gorgeous White Beach with booming hotels, restaurants, bars and dive shops wherever you need. Plus, the live music, shows, and perfect sunsets make this an island you so desperately need to visit.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Okay, so we lied – just one island can be found in the United States and not Asia. Go figure. With its sandy beaches and booklet of activities to complete, especially if you’re a sports enthusiast, Hilton Head Island is the kind of place you can’t pass up.
Don’t even be surprised that Palawan, Philippines makes the list! Palawan has come out as the number one island for many years and on many publications. Why? Probably it’s many hidden lagoons, brimming ocean life, and amazing rustic-luxe resorts.