Travelers' Choice™ Islands 2015

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TOP 10 ISLANDS OF 2015
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TOP 10 ISLANDS OF 2015
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Providenciales
Turks and Caicos
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Travelers' Choice #1 Island: Providenciales

The #1 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world is Providenciales, the most populated of the Turks and Caicos islands. The diving and snorkeling in Providenciales is as convenient as it is stunning, thanks to miles of coral reef that’s easily accessible from the shore. The upscale resorts and captivating beachscapes of Grace Bay make it a popular choice for waterfront escapes. The cliffs and crags of Chalk Sound make a lovely backdrop for kayaking the bright turquoise waters.
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Grace Bay

A perennial Travelers' Choice Beaches winner, Grace Bay is famous for its long stretch of soft, white sand and... See more >

Chalk Sound

A beautiful lagoon made up of brilliant blues and rocky cliffs. See more >
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Maui
United States
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75° 63°
July
76° 63°
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76° 64°
September
76° 64°
October

Travelers' Choice #2 Island: Maui

The Hawaiian island of Maui is a destination for true nature lovers. Explore the ethereal bamboo forest and churning waterfalls in Haleakala National Park. Stretch out on warm, golden sands or hit the surf for an unforgettable windsurfing or snorkeling session on the #2 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world. Driving the scenic road to Hana along the island’s northeastern shore will be among the most spectacular journeys of your life. Time stands still at the Hawaiian village of Keanae—it’s definitely worth a visit.
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Ka'anapali Beach

A Travelers' Choice Beaches winner, Ka’anapali boasts three miles of beautiful beach. Don't miss the daily sunset... See more >

Kapalua Coastal Trail

A two-mile walk along Maui's northwest coast, the trail begins and ends on a beach. In between, you'll see... See more >
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Roatan
Honduras
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86° 77°
July
86° 77°
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87° 78°
September
84° 76°
October

Travelers' Choice #3 Island: Roatan

The best way to cap off a day of pristine Roatan reef diving and heart-pumping adventure is to sip a sunset cocktail by the beach. From zip-lining to deep-sea fishing to exploring the military-protected archipelago of Cayos Cochinos, the #3 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world is a playground for lovers of water sports and ecotourism. Landlubbers will adore the Carambola botanical gardens, touring the Stone Castle Cameo Factory, or exploring beaches on horseback.
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West Bay Beach

West Bay is what many consider the picture-perfect Caribbean destination: white sand, clear, calm waters and full... See more >

Carambola Botanical Gardens & Trails

The 100% natural 40 acres of the Carambola Botanical Gardens and their many jungle trails offer a perfect place... See more >
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Santorini
Greece
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82° 71°
July
82° 71°
August
76° 66°
September
69° 61°
October

Travelers' Choice #4 Island: Santorini

Even if you’ve never been to this Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea, you’d still recognize it immediately: candy-colored houses carved into cliffs, sapphire waters, gleaming white buildings topped with half-spheres the color of a stormy sky. Here, in this year’s #4 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world, you’ll find peace as you roam the black sand beaches or the streets of a provincial village like Imerovigli. Beautiful Oia is world-famous for its sunsets, which seem tinted with every shade of an artist’s palette.
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Skaros Rock

Skaros was considered the most important of Santorini's five castle fortresses. The rock was inhabited in medieval... See more >

Akrotiri Archaeological Site

This ancient city was covered in a heap of volcanic ash in the late 17th century B.C., preserving it for... See more >
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Ko Tao
Thailand
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Travelers' Choice #5 Island: Ko Tao

Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that reside on its shores. White sand beaches sheltered by steep hills—some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles—and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging on 2015's #5 Travelers’ Choice island in the world.
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Sai Nuan Beach

This beautiful, remote cove has a sandy beach and is accessible by foot or by boat. See more >

Apnea Total

Apnea Total Koh Tao is the headquarters for a network of freediving schools around the world. The founders and... See more >
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Madeira
Portugal
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72° 65°
July
74° 67°
August
73° 66°
September
71° 64°
October

Travelers' Choice #6 Island: Madeira

Breezy Madeira is this year’s #6 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world. The capital city of Funchal was settled in the 15th century and is a colorful collection of gardens, religious sites, and quirky tourist attractions like the thatched-roof Madeira Story Centre. Hike to the summit of Pico Ruivo and you’ll feel like you’ve climbed through the clouds. Unwind over a glass of Madeira wine, a historic fortified beverage that’s musky and subtly sweet.
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Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Open to the public since 1991, this masterpiece includes one of the most important tile collections in Portugal... See more >

Monte Cable Car

This journey offers magnificent panoramic views from Funchal towards Monte. This cable car will take you from the... See more >
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Bali
Indonesia
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Travelers' Choice #7 Island: Bali

Bali, the #7 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world, is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.
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Three Days in Bali

For the traveler who wants to experience everything Bali has to offer in 3 days—sun, sand, sea, mountains... See more >

One Day in Bali

If you only have one day in Bali, then these are some of the highlights you won't want to miss. Get ready for 24... See more >
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Mauritius
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73° 64°
July
73° 64°
August
74° 64°
September
75° 65°
October

Travelers' Choice #8 Island: Mauritius

Mauritius, this year’s #8 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world, is a tropical paradise with tons to do. Port Louis, the modern capital of this 38-mile by 29-mile island, is a bustling port with a revitalized waterfront and a busy market. But most visitors gravitate toward resort areas such as Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches and the more bustling Flic en Flac, popular with scuba divers. Rivière Noire is ideal for those looking for great deep-sea fishing.
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Le Morne Beach

This Travelers' Choice winner is a stretch of spectacular white-sand beach that stretches more than three... See more >

Trou d'Argent Beach

Hike along rocky cliffs to this pristine, uncrowded beach tucked between two jagged cliffs on the eastern side of... See more >
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Bora Bora
French Polynesia
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Travelers' Choice #9 Island: Bora Bora

Turquoise lagoons, soft white sands, and deep tangerine sunsets set the scene for romance on 2015's #9 Travelers' Choice island in the world. Mingle with tropical fish as you flutter around Coral Gardens or Tupitipiti Point, or relax on a self-driving tour as you take in beautiful views of the once-volcanic Mount Otemanu. At the Lagoonarium you can watch shark feedings and swim with turtles. Cap it all off with a succulent meal at one of the island’s fine French restaurants, then sip a tropical cocktail under the stars.
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Matira Beach

This picturesque beach, a 2015 Travelers' Choice winner, offers scenic hiking trails and tourist services... See more >

Pure Snorkeling

See a rich variety of sealife—anemone, moray eel, amazing Manta rays and Eagle rays and beautiful coral... See more >
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Fernando de Noronha
Brazil
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82° 75°
July
81° 75°
August
81° 75°
September
82° 75°
October

Travelers' Choice #10 Island: Fernando de Noronha

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 unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles, making Noronha one of the world’s top diving destinations and the #10 Travelers’ Choice Island in the world. On land, hike the ecological trails of Jardim Elizabeth, the Esmerelda Coast or Sancho Bay, which culminates in a climb up a steep set of stairs carved into the split of a cliff.
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Fortaleza N S dos Remedios

The largest Brazilian 18th-century fortification established by the Portuguese. The fort later served as a prison... See more >

Cacimba do Padre Beach

Another 2015 Travelers’ Choice winner, Cacimba do Padre is famous for seashells and soft sand. Jutting out from... See more >
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