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Best Islands in the World: Readers' Choice Awards 2015
« on: October 24, 2015, 02:06:10 AM »

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Best Islands in the World: Readers' Choice Awards 2015

20. Hvar & Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
Overall Rating: 80.264

One of the most glamorous islands in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar plays host to the see-and-be-seen scene of the Dalmatian Islands. The island’s main city, Hvar Town, exudes beauty, too, with 13th-century walls surrounding delicate Venetian architecture and pedestrian-only marble streets.

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2015, 02:06:55 AM »

19. Cebu, Philippines
Overall Rating: 80.404

The most densely populated island in the Philippines, Cebu is famous for its beaches, on the mainland as well as around many of the surrounding islands. Not as wild as Phuket in Thailand, Cebu City is more personal, with plenty of up-and-coming restaurants and shopping.

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18. St. Lucia
Overall Rating: 80.569

Nature doesn’t get more photogenic than St. Lucia’s Pitons, two mountainous volcano spires on the southern end of the island. Covered in lush rainforest and luxurious resorts, the Caribbean country is a popular honeymoon spot.

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17. Orkney Islands, Scotland
Overall Rating: 80.603

Find Viking influences alive and well on the archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland. With neolithic UNESCO sites alongside beaches with bright blue water, the islands are dominated by the Mainland, a central island full of lush farmland. The varied landscape across the nearly 70 islands makes it a perfect spot to go to the beach, discover archeological sites, and explore Scottish moorland.

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16. Maldives
Overall Rating: 80.833

There’s more ocean than land in the Maldives, a chain of tiny islands and coral atolls far out in the Indian Ocean. Most of the accommodations are on stilts over the water, in high-end luxury resorts (many eco-friendly) that cater to honeymooners and serious divers alike.

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2015, 02:15:27 AM »

15. Boracay, Philippines
Overall Rating: 80.856

This itty-bitty island (just under 4 square miles) in the Western Philippines is as close to the tropical idyll as you’ll find in Southeast Asia, with gentle coastlines and transporting sunsets. Add in a thriving nightlife scene, and you have one of the top tourist spots in the region.

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14. Mykonos, Greece
Overall Rating: 80.938

Said to have been where Hercules killed the invincible giants, Mykonos is steeped in mythological history. A popular cruise ship stop, the island is more recently known for its raucous party reputation that would impress even Dionysus.

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13. St. John, USVI
Overall Rating: 80.939

This small isle in the Caribbean Sea hasn’t been overrun by development, thanks to the fact that two-thirds of the landmass is national parkland. It makes an ideal getaway for hikers seeking out jungle trails and snorkelers who'll nose down over the surrounding reefs.

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2015, 02:59:30 AM »

12. British Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 80.960

The eastern chunk of the Virgin Islands archipelago is a laid-back, less developed alternative to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Made up of about 60 islands—many uninhabited—the beaches, rum bars, and shipwreck sites of the BVI are best explored by boat.

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11. Cook Islands
Overall Rating: 81.326

Ever dreamed of escaping to a remote island? The Cook Islands, between New Zealand and Hawaii, are a true paradise, with coral lagoons, limestone caves, and pearl fields.

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10. Tasmania, Australia
Overall Rating: 81.810

Thrill seekers flock to Tasmania, off the coast of South Australia, for its challenging hikes (and rewarding views).

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2015, 03:07:32 AM »

9. Santorini, Greece
Overall Rating: 81.947

No island group is so shrouded in myth as this chain in the Aegean Sea. Santorini, on the southernmost end of the Cyclades, is a volcanically formed island with dramatic cliffs, ancient ruins, and picturesque towns that’s said to be the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis.

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8. Bali, Indonesia
Overall Rating: 82.330

"There's nothing quite like Bali," says senior digital editor Laura Dannen Redman. "It's the kind of place where you'll eat the best fresh fish of your life on the beach with your feet in the sand. You'll watch whole families zoom by on motorbikes, or maybe a monkey will steal your glasses at Uluwatu temple. Every experience is memorable."

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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2015, 03:11:30 AM »

7. Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
Overall Rating: 82.495

Vancouver Island is consistently one of our readers' top islands in Canada; they implore you to stay as long as possible, since there is simply "so much to see and do." Pick from salmon fishing, wine tasting, sailing, strolling along beaches and nature trails, or learning about glassblowing.

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6. Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Overall Rating: 83.420

The Great Barrier Reef consists of more than 3,000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, a living structure so vast that it’s visible from outer space. The 74 islands of the Whitsundays offer some of the best snorkeling and sailing in the world.

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5. Bermuda
Overall Rating: 84.245

Though this small island sits in the North Atlantic, its climate is decidedly subtropical. A British Overseas Territory, Bermuda is a melting pot of British, American, and Caribbean cultures, and offers tons of things to do: snorkeling near pink-sand beaches, golfing, shopping, museum hopping, and more.

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4. Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Overall Rating: 84.447

A mix of Nantucket and Sonoma, with New Zealand charm, the island is a wine-lover’s nirvana. Just over 30 minutes from Auckland by boat, the island hosts a manageable number of vineyards and great restaurants, perfect for a day escape from the mainland. With beaches on the north side of the island and WWII tunnels to explore, there is no lack of excitement on Waiheke.

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3. Moorea, French Polynesia
Overall Rating: 84.656

Due northwest of Tahiti and surrounded by a bright blue lagoon, this volcanically formed island is comprised of verdant mountains jutting up behind white-sand beaches. In the interior, you can explore the ruins of marae—crumbling temples built by ancient Polynesians.

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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2015, 03:27:07 AM »

2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Overall Rating: 84.756

This island was voted the most photogenic place on Earth in 2014, and it’s no wonder. Shielded by a protective barrier reef, Bora Bora’s famous lagoon is all the colors of the rainbow, crisscrossed by (friendly) manta rays and sharks.

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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2015, 03:30:18 AM »

1. Palawan, Philippines
Overall Rating: 85.937

This small island—one of the Philippines’ 7,107—shot to the top of our list again this year with a recent claim to fame: It’s now home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.



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