Island vacays are a widely popular choice, for those that simply love to travel or those that live for visiting the beaches of the world too. With beach lovers and tan seekers, most islands have become widely popular and well-known. When we think of the Maldives, Seychelles, and Bahamas these destinations have become prime spots for tourists, honeymooners, and anyone looking for a beach getaway. However, there are some lesser-known islands that are simply immersed in culture, scenery and embody their culture truly authentically. These lesser-known islands are a must-visit and will open your eyes a little more into the hidden wonders and gems of the world. If you are looking for a super secluded experience with all the benefits of being on an island these are just a few of the ones to consider.
Aitutaki, Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are close neighbors of the French Polynesia, Tonga, and Samoa. The island is home to just 1,800 people and is said to have the world’s most beautiful lagoon along with its breathtaking white sand beaches, gorgeous palm tree scenery, and encapsulating blue water. For divers, snorkelers, and marine connoisseurs this is the perfect destination. The waters are filled with turtles, rays, and bonefish. The Cook Islands are widely known for their marine-life and vast snorkeling and scuba-diving spots, whether you are a beginner or experienced this destination must be on your list of places to dive at.
Con Dao Islands, Vietnam
Located just off of the southeast coast of Vietnam, these islands are best known for their marine life, gorgeous beaches, and coral reefs. There are 5 islands, the biggest one is called Con Son and boasts tropical forests that contain great hiking routes, waterfalls, and exciting swim spots. This is a great place to be if you would like to travel to Vietnam and escape to a more secluded location.
Kimolos is one of the islands of the Cyclades that is situated just next to Milos. This little island is just as gorgeous as any of the other Greek islands with its captivating architecture, authentic and delicious cuisine, and its breath-taking beaches. It has all of this just without the hype and the tourists. This island is u8nderestimated but who minds, it just means it is quiet and more localized- better for us. Kimolos is a great option if you are visiting Greece and looking to swap out one of the popular and tourist-filled spots for something a little more secluded but still gorgeous.
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
Found in the district of Besut the Perhentian Islands are made up of five islands. Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil are 5the main islands, the three smaller islands are known as Susu Dara, Serengeh, and Rawa. The waters of all of these islands are crystal clear and super blue. They are incredible spots for snorkeling, diving, and swimming with the marine-life being truly fascinating. Land activities include hiking trails that boast more natural habitat.