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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Our Top 10 Island Hopping Destinations

Our favourite place is by the water & we truly believe there really isn't a more relaxing holiday than island hopping. Here is our top 10 island hopping destinations... make sure you let us know yours!

1. Croatia
For years Croatia has been one of the top destinations on my bucket list, and has really only recently boomed & has truly become a very popular tourist destination. With sapphire waters, unspoiled beaches, secluded coves and bays, countless historical sites to visit and breathtaking natural beauty it is the epitome of paradise for us!

2. Greece
Being an Aussie, the Greek Islands have forever seemed so far away, exotic and incredibly beautiful. Greece had over 6000 islands that are scattered all across the Mediterranean. When I think of the Greek Islands I imagine never ending streets of whitewashed houses, crystal clear azure waters, colourful fishing boats, family run tavernas, Santorini sunsets and days upon days of hopping from island to island, along with soaking up thousands of years of history (and sunshine).  

I can't wait to immerse myself in Greek culture & experience all the Greek Islands have to offer whilst ticking Greece off my bucket list next year!

3. Islands of Scotland
Whilst we LOVE summer, sandy beaches, sunshine & tropical climates, the Scottish Islands have always appealed to both of us. With the Isle of Skye, Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands and Isle of Arran just to name a few (because there is over 700!), they are known as some of Europe's most rugged and beautiful rugged landscapes. We love the outdoors and hiking, and Scotland's island have some of the best from rocky coastlines, secluded beaches, steep mountains and diverse wildlife they look breathtaking and we can't wait to visit and explore!

4. South Pacific
When I graduated from University, myself and three girlfriends went on a P&O South Pacific Islands Cruise and it was incredible. The South Pacific Islands have the friendliest people, bluest water with the softest sand and palm trees for miles. I loved cruising because we woke up docked at sea overlooking a new island to explore every single day before returning to the luxury of our ship! It really was paradise!

Click to read more about our adventures in stunning Vanuatu: Champagne Bay, Santo, Wala & Port Vila.

5. Caribbean
With thousands of islands and 20-30 island nations, you are left with no shortage of choices to explore the Caribbean. Think magical white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, endless sunshine, swaying palm trees, jungles and rainforests and rum and I guarantee you'll be in heaven!

6. Philippines
The Philippines are the world's second largest archipelago & without doubt an island hoppers paradise! Boasting more than 7000 islands you'll find jungles, mountains, aquamarine waters and untouched coral reef. Once you escape the cities it's almost a guarantee that you'll be able to find your very own spot of secluded paradise.

7. Turkey
Turkey has always been on my radar as I feel the need to visit Gallipoli & pay my respects to the ANZAC's. It is only recently I have discovered the beauty of the Turkish coastline & islands and have an incredible urge to visit and explore! With extensive coastline known as the Turquoise Coast, you can just imagine it's beauty...

8. Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing on the planet & you can even see it from space! It is comprised of thousands of beautiful coral reefs & hundreds of tropical islands. There are countless species of colourful fish, dolphins, whales, star fish, turtles and more that you can swim amongst on whilst exploring the startlingly colourful reef & all it its inhabitants. With limitless activities and beautiful luxurious island resorts, it is absolute paradise!

9. Maldives
The Maldives are synonymous with luxury, romance and tropical island paradise. I've been obsessing over them lately and all it takes is a quick image search to understand why.

They are known for their enticing crystal clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, endless species of fish and beautiful colourful coral reefs. Spend your days island hopping before returning to your hut over the water... does it really get much better than that?

10. Indonesia
Last but not least is Indonesia with over 17,000 islands! Most people think of Indonesia and think it's just Bali - well it's so much more than touristy Bali! Indonesia is bursting with culture, history, rain forests, deserted islands, volcanoes, the whitest of sand beaches and sunshine all year round.

Over to you.... what island hopping destinations are on your bucket list?

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  1. Those are all great choices for your future trips! I have been to half of them and my favorite thus far was Greece (of course) but the highlands in Scotland were pretty phenomenal. Cold, but very beautiful. I hope you make it to all of them some day!

    1. Thanks Melody! The Greek Islands have been a dream of mine forever so I absolutely cannot wait :) Happy travels! x

  2. Great post. Greece is a lovely country and we also love Turkey too, hopefully heading back over there this year to that very beach in that photo! Looking forward to seeing Indonesia and Philippines in the future too!

    1. Oooh sounds good guys! I am beyond excited to visit Greece & Turkey! Dan absolutely loved Indonesia when he visited and I have only ever heard good things about the Philippines so sounds awesome :)

  3. You missed out Fiji!! There are so many heavenly islands there and could spend weeks island hopping around them. We visited 2 and it was just paradise. And now I have major wanderlust from this post!

    1. We were SO close to putting Fiji on the list! lol It does look like paradise, it is so close to Australia but must have been a seriously long trip from the UK!