World’s Top 10 Islands of the Year

Chosen by millions of travelers!

TripAdvisor is one of the World's largest user-driven travel sites, featuring more than 200 million unbiased traveller reviews. Their independent Traveller’s Choice Awards recently exposed the World’s top ten winning islands of 2015. Start booking your tickets!

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TripAdvisor is one of the World's largest user-driven travel sites, featuring more than 200 million unbiased traveller reviews. Their independent Traveller’s Choice Awards recently exposed the World’s top ten winning islands of 2015. Start booking your tickets!

The Providenciales (Turks & Caicos)

Discover the unparalleled beauty of 96 beaches, along with other attractions, activities and must-see sights. From internationally acclaimed Grace Bay Beach to the sheltered and secluded Taylor Bay and Sapodilla Bay beaches, you’ll soon realize you’ve found paradise. Visitors are presented with a wide choice of luxury beachfront and all-inclusive resorts, villas and marinas. The diving and snorkelling is as convenient as it’s stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that’s easily accessible from the shore. The cliffs and crags of Chalk Sound make a lovely backdrop for kayaking the bright turquoise waters. Providenciales offers the perfect Caribbean holiday with everything you would want in a tropical destination.

#2

Maui (Hawaii)

The Hawaiian island of Maui is a destination for true nature lovers. Explore the exquisite bamboo forests and flowing waterfalls of Haleakala National Park, or stretch out on the warm, golden sands aligned with shimmering blue seas. Maui is dotted with quaint towns, artist communities and local favourites that have been around for generations. Visit the Hawaiian village of Keanae as well as the sacred Iao Valley. With sightings of migrating humpback whales and breathtaking sunsets on Haleakala, it’s not surprising Maui was voted one of the World’s best!

#3

Roatán (Honduras)


This playground for lovers of water sports and ecotourism is the largest of the Honduras' Bay Islands. The island’s surrounding reef attracts beautiful tropical fish and is recognised for its superb snorkelling and reef diving. Sea turtles, dolphins, and whales swim in the waters of Roatán; other dive attractions include sea walls, shipwrecks, a submerged airplane, and spectacular night dives. Visitors from around the world are attracted to this island’s relaxed lifestyle and friendly people. Check out The Carambola Botanical Gardens, tour the Stone Castle Cameo Factory or simply explore the gorgeous beaches on horseback. 

#4

Santorini (Greece)

This volcanic island rests in the middle of the Aegean Sea and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece for good reason. It offers a unique island experience - where else can you roam black and red sand beaches made up of lava pebbles? Santorini come in at #4, combining beautiful beaches, sapphire seas, ancient cities, great restaurants, excellent wines and a thriving nightlife. Not to mention an active volcano! Its candy-coloured houses and gleaming whitewashed buildings cling to sky-high cliffs, offering exceptional views from every angle. The village of Oia is world-famous for its sunsets, and the beautiful shops lining its pebbled streets.

#5

Ko Tao (Thailand)

The palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. Blessed with 300 days of sun a year, beautiful bays and crystal clear waters, this snorkelers and divers paradise offers a spectacular underwater world. For those who wish to stay with their heads above water, traditional longtail boats are dotted around the bay to ferry you around and lap up the views from a different perspective. Home to your choice of 11 white sand beaches, an array of exciting beach bars, nightspots and some excellent restaurants make Ko Toa an unforgettable location for relaxation and adventure. 

#6

Madeira (Portugal) 

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the island of Madeira is a haven of natural beauty offering lucky visitors a colourful collection of gardens, religious sites and quirky tourist attractions. Madeira is the ideal place to escape from stress, this is an archipelago with exotic flowers, emerald green vegetation and blue seas, where two thirds of the island is a protected area and the largest Laurisilva Forest in the world is located. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and feel on top of the world! Why not combine your beach holiday with any of the popular festivals, which take place year round, such as the Carnival parades, the Flower Festival, the Atlantic Festival and, above all, the end-of-year fireworks display. 

#7

Bali (Indonesia)

A postcard-perfect paradise, the island of Bali is magical and probably the most famous island in Indonesia. Bali blends spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful beaches with warm and friendly people, a vibrant culture and out of this world resorts. On the water, a variety of activity is available, including the usual parasailing and jet skiing. However, for something a little different, submarine dives offer the opportunity to watch the tropical underwater life below. On land, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. Visit the artistic capital of Ubud to watch cultural dance performances and take a batik or silversmithing workshop. The island is also well-known for its wonderful yoga and meditation retreats.

#8

Mauritius

Although synonymous with honeymooners the world round, Mauritius is also a fascinating world-in-one island with tons to do. While it does have some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, it’s also loaded with historic sites, cultural diversity, delicious cuisine, and the infectious party spirit of the locals. Port Louis, the modern capital, is a bustling port with a revitalized waterfront and busy marketplace. This melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together will enchant you from the get-go, offering all the essential ingredients to compel you to return to its shores time and again. 

#9

Bora Bora (French Polynesia)

Undoubtedly, the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, boasting turquoise lagoons, soft white sands, and deep tangerine sunsets. Bora Bora is more than just a romantic ideal; it’s a romantic reality. Mingle with tropical fish as you flutter around Coral Gardens or relax on a self-driving tour as you take in beautiful views of the extinct volcano, Mount Otemanu. At the Lagoonarium, you can watch shark feedings and swim with turtles. The wonderful thing about Bora Bora is that you can be as active or inactive as you wish. Once seen, Bora Bora is never forgotten.

#10

Fernando de Noronha (Brazil)

The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with this tiny island’s unrivalled beaches, soothing warm waters and abundant marine life. The place oozes history and charm with only one paved road where cool bars, interesting galleries and restaurants have sprung up. Nature-lovers can hike the ecological trails or explore Noronha's 17 beaches. To the south, Lion Beach is one of the most important turtle hatching sites in Brazil. A stay on this magnificent Island feels like you’ve just shared in one of the world’s best-kept secrets.

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Closer to home!

onRoute’s list of Top 5  Islands off the coast of Africa:

  • #1 Seychelles
  • #2 Zanzibar
  • #3 Comoros
  • #4 Madagascar
  • #5 Bazaruto