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Bora Bora island, Le Meridien hotel, view to Mount Otemanu
Bora Bora is an atoll in the South Pacific, French Polynesia. Famous for its lagoon with overwater bungalows. The best beaches are located in expensive resorts located on remote motu (islands) along the perimeter of atoll. However, budget travelers have also some opportunities. / read more » /
Rating: 9.7 (173 votes)

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Cook Islands, Aitutaki atoll, aerial view
Aitutaki - atoll in the South Pacific. Luxury and expensive destination, famous for it's aerial photos. Fortunately budget travelers have some opportunities. Small remoted islands (so-called motu) give the most beautiful landscapes with palm trees. / read more » /
Rating: 9.4 (491 votes)
Easter Island, Moai statues
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) - Chilean island in the South Pacific famous for its Moai statues. Despite the moderate climate there are some good tropical beaches here. / read more » /
Rating: 9.3 (129 votes)
Australia, Lizard Island, beach, boat
Lizard Island is the northernmost island of Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Tropical beaches, great snorkeling in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and all of this in a safe civilized country. This is really an outstanding place, though not unique. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (118 votes)
Fiji, Yasawa Islands, Nanuya Lailai island, Blue Lagoon beach
Yasawa Islands - a group of islands in Fiji. It's the most popular beach destination in the country. Quality of beaches and hotels considerably differs from island to island. So it is necessary to be very careful when choose the islands for your holiday vacation. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (118 votes)
French Polynesia, Rangiroa atoll, motus
Rangiroa is an iconic atoll in French Polynesia. The beaches are beautiful, but not as good like Bora Bora. The problem is that the seabed is not very comfortable due to the broken corals. Rangiroa is good in its low key and laid back feeling - far from the outside world. You'll have a full freedom in all respects. As the atoll is very big, there are a lot of islets without a single person, thus giving great opportunities to find your personal paradise. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (68 votes)
Kiribati, Kiritimati island (Christmas Island), lagoon, aerial view
Kiritimati (Christmas Island) - one of the most unusual atolls in the Pacific Ocean. There is not one, but dozens of inland lagoons, which are quite different from each other. Most of them are totally unsuitable for swimming, but there are few lagoons with beautiful beaches. Most tourists come to Kiritimati for fishing, so beaches are always empty. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (706 votes)
Vanuatu, Tanna island, locals
Tanna is an island with Mount Yasur being the main tourist attraction of Vanuatu. This is the most accessible active volcano in the world. Usually it is possible to walk safely on the edge of the throat and to watch the flashing lava. The island has also several mediocre beaches. Other notable attractions include the Blue cave, as well as Yakel Village with locals making traditional dances near the Giant Banyan Tree. / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (13 votes)
Australia, Fraser island, Eli Creek
Fraser is the largest sand island in the world with some dunes higher than 200 meters. The island has no many beaches suitable for swimming, as there are sharks and strong waves in the open ocean. The most popular way to travel around Fraser island is a 4WD rally on the east coast. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (77 votes)
Vanuatu, Pentecost island, Land diving
Pentecost is an island in Vanuatu famous for land diving performed by the locals, thus making ancient ritual. Men jump from a height of 20-30 meters, and only natural materials from the jungle are taken for the tower, as well as for ropes. This is a very dangerous tradition, but it was only two deaths known in our times. By the way, all the locals are Christians. Historically, the event was performed only once a year, but now every Saturday. It happened due to the high popularity of the show among the tourists, each paying about US$150. The island has also beaches and other eco attractions, but these are not so interesting. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (14 votes)
Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo island, Port Olry Beach
Espiritu Santo is a large island in Vanuatu - with some of the best beaches in the country, including tiny island resorts. On the other hand, there are not much of authentic features, which we usually expect from Vanuatu, - like wild tribes or volcanoes. But this is a true beach paradise - like it should be in Oceania. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (6 votes)
Fiji, Mamanuca Islands, Tavarua island
Mamanuca Islands - a group of islands in Fiji. Together with Yasawa islands form the most popular chain of islands in the country with great beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (124 votes)
New Caledonia, Grande Terre island, Anse Vata
Grande Terre - the biggest and most interesting island of New Caledonia. Most tourists arrive and just stay here for the whole period of holiday. It makes sense, as island has the best beaches and the most beautiful scenery in the region. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (73 votes)
Fiji, Rotuma island, beach
Rotuma is a remote island in the north of Fiji. Local beaches are not the best in the country. It's worth to get here only for unique local people (Rotumans are a Polynesian ethnic group). / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (196 votes)
Hawaii, Maui isl, Keawakapu Beach
Maui is an island with the best beaches in Hawaii. These are even better than on the main island of Oahu. There are no active volcanoes, but there are few craters. In the winter it is often possible to see whales right from the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (56 votes)
Fiji, Viti Levu island, aerial view to Intercontinental hotel
Viti Levu - is the main island of Fiji. There is an international airport, as well as the largest cities in the country. Island beaches are not very good, but there are many interesting attractions, - Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Navua river with beautiful canyons and many more. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (221 votes)
Tonga, Haʻapai islands, beach
Ha'apai is a group of islands in Tonga, just to the north of the main island of Tongatapu. Unlike Tongatapu there are many beaches, which look like a real tropical paradise. As for disadvantages we may note bad transport accessibility and a small number of hotels. And most of the islets are uninhabited. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (50 votes)
Vanuatu, Rowa atoll, islet
Rowa (Reef islands) is a small uninhabited atoll in the north of Vanuatu. Such a formation is not typical for Oceania, but looks more like the blessed Maldives. This is a great spot to imagine yourself as Robinson, and to snorkel in the lagoon or on the reef. Two islets have beautiful tropical scenery, while entry into the water is sandy with occasional broken corals. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (14 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Green island
Green island is an island of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) near the Cairns in Australia. It is the only one in the GBR with tropical rainforest. Near the coast there is a reef with excellent snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (119 votes)
French Polynesia, Moorea island, Temae beach
Moorea is the second most popular island in French Polynesia. It is like a more affordable kind of Bora Bora, - but the beaches are not so beautiful here, and it is not an atoll. But Moorea is relatively cheap, and it is located just near Tahiti. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (31 votes)
Vanuatu, Ambrym island, volcano
Ambrym is an island representing the main features of Vanuatu - volcanoes and wild tribes. There are some of the most active volcanoes in Oceania. As for the aborigines, they are strongly focused on tourists. But still these are quite an authentic nationalities. By the way, three different languages are spoken on the island with a maximum of 1000 native speakers in the world. As for the beaches, there are just some natural pools in the rocks. / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (3 votes)
Mariana Islands, Saipan island, beach, palm over water
Saipan - is the most northern of Mariana Islands and is closest to Japan. There are some good beaches, as well as many reminders of the World War II. Most tourists are from Japan. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (236 votes)
Fiji, Vatulele island, beach
Vatulele is an island located just south of the main island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The island has four villages, nice beaches and even some ancient archaeological sites. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (92 votes)
Whitsunday Coast, Hamilton island, Catseye Beach
Hamilton is an island being the center of tourist life in the Whitsunday Coast of Australia. There are beaches, hotels, different attractions, airport and excellent marina. There is also legendary Whitehaven beach on the neighboring island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (30 votes)
New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, beach bungalow
Loyalty Islands (fr. Iles Loyaute) - a group of islands located to the east of the main island of New Caledonia. Tourists are mainly attracted by beautiful deserted beaches. As for sightseeings it's not very interesting here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (84 votes)
Fiji, Lau islands, Vatuvara, aerial view
Lau are the most remote islands in Fiji. They are located in the south-east of the country. There are many uninhabited islands and excellent beaches, but most of that beauty is inaccessible for tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (212 votes)
Hawaii, Oahu island, aerial view to Kahala hotel
Oahu is the most popular island in Hawaii (USA) with its International Airport. Beach vacation is not so good in Hawaii. Nevertheless, there are some good beaches. Kitesurfing and mountain hiking are also popular on the island. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (63 votes)
Samoa, Upolu island, Matareva beach
Upolu - is the capital island of Samoa in the South Pacific. There are no many good beaches. The main thing here is that it still has the spirit the real Polynesia. As for disadvantages we may note that you will be charged some fee to access any significant attraction, - no matter would it be a beach or a waterfall inside the island. It looks like a local tradition, so you'll have to respect it (and to pay). / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (137 votes)
Vanuatu, Aneityum, Mystery Island, beach
Aneityum is the southernmost of the large islands in Vanuatu. There are no beaches, but superb Mystery Island is located just nearby. As for the big island, the main attractions are mountain hiking, waterfalls, hot springs and excellent snorkeling. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (10 votes)
Vanuatu, Efate island, Kakula beach
Efate is the main island of Vanuatu. It hosts the capital town of Port Vila with its international airport. In a contrast to common prejudices, there are some good beaches, though the coastline is mostly rocky. But on the other hand, the snorkeling and diving are perfect almost everywhere. As for the notable attractions, only waterfalls worth a visit. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (10 votes)
Fiji, Taveuni island, beach, palms
Taveuni is an island in the east of Fiji, sometimes called the Garden Island. In practice, this means that there are mountains, jungles and waterfalls, and no many good beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (112 votes)
Australia, Bedarra island, beach
Bedarra is a small private island in the group of Family Islands to the south of Mission Beach in Australia. Tropical beaches with palms and huge rocks remind Seychelles. However, it's not quite the canonical tropical paradise. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (25 votes)
Australia, Whitsunday island, aerial view
Whitsunday - island of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia famous for Whitehaven Beach with white sand sandbanks. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (174 votes)
Australia, Townsville, Magnetic island
Magnetic is an island near the Townsville of Australia. Despite some episodic palms and tropical beaches it looks more like a place for walks through the hills and secluded bays. Pretty koalas often can be seen on the trees. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (32 votes)
Fiji, Lomaivitis, Leleuvia island, beach, palm
Lomaivitis is a group of islands to the east of Viti Levu - the main island of Fiji. Some islands have nice beaches, while Ovalau island has only Levuka town - the ancient capital of Fiji. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (42 votes)
Mariana Islands, Guam island, Tumon Bay
Guam - is the island with the best beaches in the group of Mariana Islands. However, local beaches are not very good by the standards of Oceania. The most interesting attractions of Guam are monuments of World War II and beautiful nature. Most tourists here are from Japan. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (233 votes)
Australia, Tasmania island, beach
Tasmania is the most romantic island in the World. This is the best place in Australia to experience the spirit of the Old England. Unexpectedly, Tasmania has also nice beaches, as well as forests, mountains, rivers and various interesting animals, including notable Tasmanian devil. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (95 votes)
Australia, Perth, Rottnest island, beach
Rottnest is a tourist island 10 miles to the west of Perth in Australia. Most of the popular beaches are located in the north-east of the island. However, secluded bays with sandy beaches can be found almost everywhere. Most of people visit the island as a daytrip destination. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (131 votes)
Australia, Kangaroo isl, coastal walkway
Kangaroo island is an island near Adelaide in Australia. There are really a lot of kangaroos, as well as seals and other creatures. Unfortunately, the beaches are not so good as you could imagine. We also recommend you to think about glorious Lucky Bay beach, which also has a lot of kangaroos. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (53 votes)
Tahiti island, PK18 beach
Tahiti is the main island of French Polynesia. All international flights arrive to Papeete, so you'll spend some time here anyway. Most tourists reasonably choose a short connection time in Tahiti on their way to more interesting islands. However, there are some good beaches - mostly with black sand, as well as world class surfing. But, anyway, it makes no sense to spend a lot of time in Tahiti. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (25 votes)
Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Muri beach, waiting for clients
Rarotonga - metropolitan island on Cook Islands. There are large number of hotels, shops, restaurants and nice beaches. The central part of the island is mountainous and difficult to pass. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (146 votes)
Samoa, Savaii island, Fagamalo beach
Savaii - is the second most popular island in Samoa. Tourist infrastructure is less developed than in the island of Upolu, but the atmosphere is much more relaxed. Beaches are a little worse than in Upolu, but in general they are the same. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (114 votes)
Australia, Cairns, Fitzroy island
Fitzroy is an island near Cairns of Australia. There are few beaches, but nothing really good. The main problem is that the beach is not sandy, but consists of coral chips. Surrounding hills have several hiking trails with good views. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (81 votes)
Vanuatu, Gaua island
Gaua is an island in Vanuatu with Lake Letas being the largest one in the country. Another notable attraction is the Siri waterfall falling from a height of 120 meters. There are aborigines as well, but they don't perform any shows. There is even a beach (called Baravit) on the east coast, but it is rather mediocre. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (6 votes)
Vanuatu, Aniwa lagoon
Aniwa is one of the smallest inhabited islands of Vanuatu. There is a shallow lagoon (called Itcharo or Tiaro) with great views, but it is almost impossible to swim. There are also excellent snorkeling and fishing on the island, and sometimes you can watch whales and dolphins in the ocean. The local population are mostly Polynesian. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (8 votes)
Australia, Dunk Island
Dunk Island is an island near the Mission Beach in Australia. In the past it hosted exeptional premium resort, while now walking along the ruins is the main attraction in the island. There is no swimming net, so be aware of crocodiles and marine stingers in the water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (27 votes)
Vanuatu, Epi island, beach
Epi is a small island nor far from the international airport of Vanuatu. Lamen Bay is the best beach. It's located in the north-west of the island. It is often possible to swim with friendly dugong (sea cow), coming here to spend some time with people. The main tourist attractions in the island are mountain hiking and snorkelling. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (1 vote)
Vanuatu, Mota Lava island, locals
Mota Lava is an island in Vanuatu with excellent fishing and snorkeling. There is also small Rah islet located nearby, which can be reached by walking during the low tide. Rah and west Mota Lava have good beaches with palms and white sand. However, you can not swim at low tide, as water becomes very shallow. There are also few fancy rocks on the shallows. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (8 votes)
Mariana Islands, Rota island, lawn
Rota - is the smallest and the most intimate of the Mariana Islands. There are no many tourists, no notable attractions and only one good beach. Nevertheless the island is cozy, and many tourists like it. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (102 votes)
Vanuatu, Ambae island
Ambae is an island in Vanuatu being relatively developed and not rich for the tourist attractions. There are two lakes, that cover the craters of volcanoes, but eruptions are rare. And after all, landscapes around the lakes are rather depressing. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (65 votes)
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[2017-09-10] Zayn

Please add Palau entry. It has some pretty uninhabited islands. But it is not permitted to enter Rock Islands, as these are protected National Park.

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upolu:
The ferry ride is dangerous, as the water is choppy. But flights can be cancealed or changed in dep…

oceania:
Please add Palau entry. It has some pretty uninhabited islands. But it is not permitted to enter Ro…

moorea:
Except for Aremiti ferry, there is also Terevau ferry from Tahiti to Moorea. It is a little cheaper…

mariana-islands:
1. Open Airlines and destinations section for: airport of Guam (GUM) and airport of Saipan (SPN) 2.…

fiji:
Tonga is definetely much better, - both for attractions, as well as for local culture. As for beach…

french-polynesia:
There are no direct flights between Tahiti & China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fa%27a%27%C4%81_I…

new-zealand:
As for Tutukaka, do you mean Poor Knights Islands? Snorkeling from shore is good in Tutukaka,but I …

hawaii:
What is the best island in Hawaii? Oahu?

australia:
1. Hostels or apartments with kitchen. 2. Buy all food at supermarket. 3. Rent a car and choose par…

easter-island-rapa-nui:
Yes, it's possible to move by bicycle around Easter island. But distances are significant. So if yo…
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