MUST-SEE ISLANDS BEFORE YOU DIE

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Turquoise clear water, white sand, tropical verdant landscape, and more importantly sun that is there for most of the year, make those most beautiful islands in the world the stuff of winter daydreams. These are some of the beautiful classics, but there are also some lesser-known islands sprinkled around our planet. Only in Caribbean, you’ll find at least 28 island nations and more than 7,000 individual islands. The list of activities that some of these islands have to offer, does not end on sunbathing. Surfing, Rafting, Diving, just use your imagination. Those of us who can not fulfil one of those dreams at the moment, simply view these handful of pics and improve your spirits during these cold and rainy days. According to researchers at the United Kingdom’s Open University, viewing certain pictures can make people feel happier than a square of Godiva chocolate would.
 
 


1 – BERMUDA – GREAT BRITAIN

Bermuda Islands - Escapes

  • Location: North Atlantic Ocean, located off the southeast coast of the United States.
  • Climate: Sub-tropical, mild in the winter, spring and autumn (17-20 °C). Late May to October can be uncomfortably hot due to high humidity often exceeding 85% (21 – 29 °C ). Although from June to November is the official hurricane season in Bermuda, severe hurricanes hit the island quite rarely.
  • Travel: By air & by sea. Daily flights from Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Baltimore, Newark, New York, Toronto, Washington, and many less frequent flights from other US and Canadian cities. There are also flights from London UK, (Gatwick airport) to Bermuda. Bermuda also is visited by many cruise ships.

2 – GREAT BARRIER REEF ISLANDS – AUSTRALIA

Great Barrier Reef Islands

  • Location: Australia. Scattered off the 3000 km Queensland Coast. Some islands are continental and some coral cays and not all of them are on the barrier reef .
  • Climate: Tropical weather with two distinct seasons – a winter dry period of warm temperatures and low rainfall (21 – 31 °C), and a summer season, full of balmy temperatures and higher rainfall. (18 – 20 °C).
  • Travel: By air to Australia than by sea from various places along Queensland Coast.

3 – HAWAII – USA

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  • Location: Northernmost island group in Polynesia – Archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean.
  • Climate: Generally tropical climate but islands can experience many different weather conditions, depending on altitude and time of the year. Islands rainy season is during the winter months, from October to April with temperatures ranging from 26–28 °C. Summer drier conditions with temperatures of 26–32 °C, prevail from May to September, but hot temperatures might increase the risk of tropical cyclones. At high altitudes temperature can drop below 0° during winter, in fact, the three highest mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala often are covered in snow during the winter time.
  • Travel: By air & by sea. Most international flights and the mainland US flights land in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Trans-Pacific cruises to Hawaii, leave from ports on the West Coast. You can travel around the islands by boat or plane.

4 – KOH-TAO – THAILAND

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  • Location: Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand.
  • Climate: Same as the rest of the Thailand Koh-Tao is placed in subtropical climate with temperatures rarely dropping below 25 °C. During peak seasons, from February to April, and from July to September, temperature can reach up to 40 degrees °C, with very little rain. From the end of October to the beginning of December, you can expect heavy rains with The North-East Monsoons. South-West Monsoons hit the island from June to September with less rain, since the island is sheltered by the surrounding islets and the mainland.
  • Travel: By air & by sea. Region is fairly well connected with major airlines flying from major cities such as Bangkok, Penang and Singapore to Samui Airport. The nearest airports are in Ko Samui and Chumphon, Pathio District, Chumphon. Both regions offer ferry connections to Koh Tao.

5 – MALDIVES – REPUBLIC OF THE MALDIVES

Maldives Islands - Escapes

  • Location: Indian Ocean – Chagos Archipelago. This archipelago of islands is located in Laccadive Sea. 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres (250 mi) south-west of India.
  • Climate: The temperature in Maldives hardly ever changes (25 – 30 °C) which makes packing an easy task. Wet season lasts during south-west monsoon period from mid-May to November. Dry season during north-east monsoon period extends from January to March.
  • Travel: By Air & by Sea. International flights land a short distance from the capital island, Male, at The Male International Airport which takes up nearly the whole of Hulhule Island and looks like a mighty aircraft carrier. Transfers used to be a case of hoping into a dhoni boat and chugging off to your resort. Nowadays the resorts expand the whole archipelago, so your transfer could be by plane, by boat, or both.

6 – ST. JOHN ISLAND – USA

St. John Vergin Islands - ESCAPES

  • Location: Caribbean Sea, U.S Virgin Islands.
  • Climate: Weather and temperatures are fairly consistent year round (22 – 37 °C). There is no rainy season on The Virgin Islands , however there are small, month to month differences. Precipitations in the Virgin Islands, occur in November, October, September, August and May. Hurricanes can occur at anytime of the year but are usually reserved for the end of the summer. Should it threaten St. John, you would get plenty of warning these days to leave the island if necessary.
  • Travel: By air & by sea. Flights from U.S, are into either St. Thomas or St. Croix. There are no direct flights to St. John. There are also ferries and many flight connections through San Juan, Puerto Rico, but direct flights from the mainland U.S. involve less time and hassle. All three US Virgin Islands provide ferry services, as well as to and from the British Virgin Islands.

7 – MOOREA ISLAND – FRANCE

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  • Location: 17 kilometres (11 miles) northwest of Tahiti. Islands of French Polynesia
  • Climate: Same as the rest of the Tahitian Islands, Moorea’s has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 21 to 36 °C, and can be divided into two seasons: wet from November to April and dry from May to October with less rain, although occasional downpours at night are not uncommon.
  • Travel: By air & by sea. First you must arrive to Papeete – the capital city located on the main island of Tahiti- Nui in French Polynesia. From there, you will find a number of small planes and helicopters regularly flying to Moorea. Major cruiseliners, and a handful of various sea-crafts also make trips to Moorea island from various points in French Polynesia.

8 – TASMANIA – AUSTRALIA

Tasmania Islands - Escapes

  • Location: 240 kilometres (150 miles) to the south of the Australia, separated by the state of Victoria.
  • Climate: Climate can be divided into four distinctive seasons which make this place at some parts of the year, much colder from the rest of these islands. Summer in Tasmania lasts from December to February with temperatures reaching 24 °C. Winter temperatures (4 – 10 °C) from June to August, make it one of the coldest places in Australia. The higher areas of Tasmania also experience snowfalls in the winter. But some unusual cold snaps, also bring snow to the higher peaks during warmer time of the year.
  • Travel: By air & by sea. Flights to Hobart, depart from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast. There are also ferries operating between Melbourne and Devonport.


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