It should come as no surprise that the African continent is home to numerous island escapes as the land area of China, the United States, and India could all fit comfortably inside its borders with plenty of room to spare. It's time to put a spotlight on these beautiful havens, and take a look at the best places to stay while visiting them.
Sal, Cape Verde
Sal is Cape Verde's most visited island, and it's easy to see why. This little piece of paradise has everything, from clear blue sea to cute, colourful fishing boats to colonies of loggerhead turtles. It's also no surprise that tourism is the main source of income to the island of Sal. Watersports are hugely popular here, so this island is great for active families. Spend your days in Santa Maria on the south of the island, splashing around in the perfectly clear water before heading to one of the many beach bars and restaurants for an evening to remember.
Príncipe, São Tomé and Príncipe
If you're looking for an untouched paradise, Príncipe is for you. This sparsely populated island floats just off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. Many people visit Príncipe's larger sibling São Tomé, but little do they know that one of West Africa's most beautiful islands is right next door. It has long, quiet beaches, thick jungles, and a year-round warm climate. And if that's not enough to convince you, Príncipe is home to the exact spot where the British Astrophysicist Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington proved Einstein's theory of relativity!
Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
If you're an animal lover, this island is for you. Home to the incredibly rare and interesting drill monkey, Bioko Island is situated just north of São Tomé and Príncipe and is home to the capital of Equatorial Guinea, Malabo. Bioko is another slice of paradise, with its small population mostly concentrated in the northern part of the island. Base yourself in Malabo and explore the rainforest-covered south, or head to the beaches where turtle species lay their eggs over the New Year period!
Nosy Be, Madagascar
Just off the northwest coast of the large island of Madagascar lies Nosy Be, known for its ylang-ylang trees, lemurs and a sacred banyan tree. This island is for the more glamorous travellers, with a plethora of beautiful holiday resorts and private suites overlooking crystal clear water washing onto the sandy shores. Spend your entire holiday relaxing in this perfect haven, or make it stop number one of a Madagascan island-hopping trip!
Also known as Nzwani, Anjouan is a volcanic island which forms part of the Union of the Comoros between Mozambique and Madagascar. Not only does the island harvest a huge variety of edible crops year round (including bananas, avocados, mangoes and coconuts), but they're also the world's number one exporter of ylang-ylang oil from their huge abundance of these trees. Anjouan is the perfect island for nature lovers who enjoy hiking and exploring, and the friendly locals are often more than happy to guide tourists around.