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Islands and beaches

Islands and beaches

The ultimate Wanderlust guide to islands and beaches

Beach holidays don’t just have to be about a fly and flop alongside the masses. There’s many sand-fringed outposts in the world that offer authentic and adventurous travel opportunities, away from the tourist trails.

Whether you’re kayaking in the warm waters surrounding one of Fiji’s 300 rugged islands, or choosing between beach and adventure in Papua New Guinea, you can be sure to have a unique experience unlike the polished, paradise island trips already discovered by the crowds.

Read on to find a hidden patch of sand perfect for you...

Deciding where to go

With islands pockmarking oceans all around the world, it can be difficult to decide where to go for your island adventure. Have a look through our list of the best islands in different regions of the world for inspiration...

Best in the world

Australasia

Asia

Africa

The Americas

Europe

Islands and beaches around the world

Asia's best islands and beaches

Africa's best islands and beaches

The Americas' best islands and beaches

Europe's best islands and beaches

Island living 

The beaches may be beautiful, but there's much more to discover on the world's islands than the sand.

From sampling the local cuisine and learning about the culture to embarking on an outdoor adventure and diving into the surrounding waters, these activities will deepen your understanding of the outpost you decide to visit. 

Here's just a few of the things to expect from island travel...

Cultural experiences

Wildlife watching

Diving opportunities

What to eat

More things to do

Cultural experiences 

Wildlife

Diving 

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