Choose your tropical island paradise
Written by: Julia Hammond
Post coronavirus, many travellers will be considering their first destination carefully. Countries who experienced few cases, places where keeping to yourself is relatively straightforward and isolated islands are all likely to factor high on the wish list. With that in mind, here are Mundana’s picks for you as you choose your tropical island paradise.
First up is the Indian Ocean archipelago of The Seychelles. Scattered across this island nation you’ll find some of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet. Many are littered with the country’s signature granite boulders which add interest to the verdant palms and azure waters. Finding a beach to yourself is surprisingly easy. Rent a bicycle on bucolic La Digue. Dodge the giant tortoises and head to its most famous stretch of sand, Anse Source D’Argent, just after dawn. Hop on a ferry to Praslin where you can learn all about the coco de mer tree at the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.
In the tropical waters of the South Pacific lies Bora Bora, the jewel of French Polynesia. This much celebrated island has a natural beauty that’s unrivalled in the region. Mount Otemanu, a 727 metre high dormant volcanocreates a postcard-perfect backdrop. Meanwhile, a coral reef wraps itself around the shallow waters of the lagoon in a benevolent hug. nch Polynesia. Book yourself an underwater bungalow or find yourself a hammock. Though the island’s known for its scuba diving, you’re not going to want to stray far from that view.
Visit the Caribbean and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to hunting down a tropical island paradise. A stand-out amid tough competition is the Cayman Islands. Comprising Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, there’s something to suit all tastes and interests. Grand Cayman is well-known for its beaches, such as Seven Mile Beach. Wannabe mariners will love the deep sea fishing excursions from Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is wildlife-central. Expect to see iguanas and red-footed boobies as you stroll around this pretty little place.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is home to a large concentration of idyllic islands. One of the top spots is the group of 74 separate islands collectively called the Whitsundays. Undisputed highlights include the impossibly cute Heart Reef and the broad swathe of white sand at Whitehaven Beach. Stroll up to Hill Inlet at the beach’s northern end to see the tide shifts. The largest island, Hamilton, is well connected by air to the big mainland cities, making getting here a breeze. Snorkel, dive or simply chill out in this exquisite Antipodean paradise.
The Maldives is the Indian Ocean’s leading lady. Many of its islands are exclusive resorts, with strings of overwater bungalows extending out into the shallow waters beyond. The best come with private plunge pools, personal butlers and glass floors. World-class watersports vie with the ultimate luxury of doing nothing at all except relax. Many resorts invite guests to arrive by seaplane, adding to the adventure.
The diversity of islands and resort hotels on offer in the Bahamas makes this another popular choice for tropical island paradise seekers. Leave built-up Grand Providence behind and take a short flight to Stanie. This laid back island is the jumping off point for trips to see Exuma’s famous swimming pigs on Big Major Cay. These inquisitive creatures are so keen to be fed that they’ll amble out onto the beach when they hear an approaching boat and paddle out to see what you have for them.
The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a popular destination for sun-seeking New Zealanders. When you’ve caught your first glimpse of Aitutaki’s mesmerising lagoon, you’ll immediately understand why. This dazzling destination features hibiscus-riddled hillsides, wonderful beaches and shallow waters teeming with tropical fish and turtles. Rent your own boat and set a course for Maina, known to the locals as Honeymoon Island. Another popular location is One Foot Island, where you can get your passport stamped at the world’s smallest post office.
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