If you are as restless as we are and always itching for paradisiac getaways, island hopping might be the perfect travel idea for you. Allowing you to tick many places in one go, it really is the best way to make the most of your holiday. So here is a list of our favourite locations for an island hopping trip that you are bound to remember!
The Gulf of Thailand offers hundreds of islands, making it a fantastic place for a beach vacation. There are plenty of options, but the most popular choices are in the southeastern coast, near Phuket. The Phi Phi Islands, an archipelago of 6 stunning islands, are a prime destination. With cream-white beaches and a laid-back atmosphere, it is a great spot for water sports, nature lovers and party goers alike. Thailand's second-largest island, Koh Samui, is also a must-see, as it offers many idyllic beaches, entertaining cabarets and a very rich culture. Home to the Full Moon Party, one of the most famous parties in the world, Koh Phangan should be on top of your travel bucket list. It is a fantastic place thanks to its cafe culture, night markets and pristine beaches such as Bottle Beach, Haad Yao and Haad Salad.
An archipelago of over 7000 islands, the Philippines won't lack choices for an island-hopping trip. Voted the second most beautiful island in the world in 2016, Palawan island is the perfect base for your visit. Fly to El Nido, which is the perfect getaway to the Bacuit Archipelago, a dreamy destination thanks to its crystalline waters, karst cliffs and coral reefs. A true symbol of paradise, Boracay is a gorgeous beach with azure waters, palm trees and soft white sands. And with its jaw-dropping lakes and lagoons, shipwreck dives and fabulous hot springs, Coron is a place not to be missed while visiting the Philippines.
With approximately 3000 islands, Greece is an ultimate sun seeking destination for Europeans. The most popular islands in Greece are the Cyclades (which include beautiful Santorini and Mykonos), but you should also consider visiting Crete, the largest of the islands, as it has an incredibly rich heritage and some stunning landscapes. Thanks to its influences from civilisations such as the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, the Ottoman Turks, the Arabs and the Venetians, it is a fascinating place to visit. It also offers wonderful gastronomy, paradisiac islets and many water sports or hiking options. Finally, you should also visit the Ionian Islands (which includes Corfu with its baroque and classical architecture), as they are incredible places for wine tourism, magnificent beaches that have often been voted in the "Top beaches in the world" list and are an ideal sailing destination, in particular for beginner sailors.
Home to more than 300 islands, Fiji offers incredible choices if you dream of island getaways. The most visited destination probably is the biggest island, Viti Levu, thanks to its rainforest, peaks and spectacular sand dunes. But you should definitely also go and visit Savusavu, as it is home to very renowned pearl farms, and impressive volcanic pools. Finally, head to the Mamanuca Islands (which might be an island-hopping destination in itself as there are 20 of them), particularly appreciated for their surfing options, blue waters and coral reefs. You will even get the chance to walk in Tom Hanks' footsteps if you head to Monuriki, famous today for being the location of the movie Cast Away.
With thousands of unspoilt coral islands, The Maldives are an actual paradise for island hoppers. Thanks to its rich marine life, colourful reefs and peaceful surroundings, it is a very popular travel destination, particularly for romantic celebrations. Foodies will also enjoy their time in the Maldives, as it is a chance to try some freshly caught seafood, Maldivian Curry with Tuna, and even the Mas Kashi - dried fish with mango and coconut. Stay on some luxurious water villas, get pampered in some of the best spas, and even go and watch bioluminescent water under the stars in Vaadhoo Island in Raa Atoll. And if you are feeling adventurous, you might even get a chance to go swimming with sharks!