There are all kinds of reasons that one might want to take a vacation. Many you’re looking to visit a city you’ve never seen before in order to get swept up in its nightlife and culture. Maybe you want to visit ancient ruins, connecting yourself to the ancestry of our shared human culture. Or, maybe you just want to get away from it all! After all, living in this hustle-bustle technological world of ours can really start to grate on pretty much everyone…
If this is the case, then you’re looking to take a vacation somewhere where things are really secluded. To be sure, there are plenty of islands around the world that you can head to, but so many of them are frequented by other travelers. And so, if you really want to escape the world, you’ve got to find out about the world’s most incredible secret islands!
Well, as it so happens, we’ve got you covered. In the 20 pictures that follow, we’re going to introduce you to 20 secret islands that would be perfect for anyone looking to really get off of the grid. So, take a look and start dreaming about that incredible vacation you could take soon!
1. The Isles of Scilly (United Kingdom)
You might not think of an island vacation when you think of the U.K., but that’s only because you’ve never heard of this!
2. A Hop and a Skip
Only a 15-minute flight from the mainland, the climate here is actually sub tropical if you can believe that.
3. Providencia (Colombia)
If you landed here with a hood on your head, someone might be able to convince you that you were in the Caribbean.
4. Vibrant Culture
One of the main attractions to this secret island is the diverse culture here, with countless languages spoken by locals.
5. Great Barrier Island (New Zealand)
New Zealand itself is one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, but this island is in a league of its own.
6. Pure Escape
Be warned, though, that it takes a bit of time to get out to this island and that there aren’t many amenities once you arrive.
7. Sylt (Germany)
If Long Island has the Hamptons, then the country of Germany has the 40-square-mile island of Sylt.
8. Everything You’d Want
Not only is this island a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s also home to incredible bars and restaurants, including a few Michelin-starred ones.
9. Pantelleria (Italy)
Practically located in Africa, this wonderful and little-known Italian island is sometimes referred to as the “black pearl of the Mediterranean”.
10. Not for Beaching
Don’t go here expecting to hit up the beaches, though, as there aren’t many. But, this is what keeps the island quiet during all seasons, so…
11. Vis (Croatia)
Slowly and surely the world is catching onto the beauty of Croatia, which means it’s only a matter of time before the word is out on this island.
12. Try the Cuisine
If you visit, be sure to try out some of the local restaurants to get a great take on local Croatian cuisine.
13. Ikaria (Greece)
It’s not the gem of the Greek Isles, but what it lacks in beaches it makes up for in other areas.
14. More Food
In fact, if you’re attracted to Greek cuisine and want to sample it at its best, you’ll find few better places to do so than Ikaria.
15. Phillip Island (Australia)
Australia has many islands that are worth checking out, but this is the one to visit if you’re looking for something less frequented.
16. See the Wildlife
In fact, if you’ve been dreaming of seeing wallabies, kangaroos and other wild animals, you’ll find it incredibly easy to do at this island’s nature preserve.
17. Yayama Islands (Japan)
Part of Okinawa Prefecture, there’s plenty of gorgeous beach to be enjoyed on these wonderfully secluded islands.
18. Popular with the Locals
Believe us when we tell you that the locals now about these beaches, but they’ve so far flown under the radar of international travelers.
19. Ile de Ré (France)
Dotted with a little villages along the coast, there’s something about this French Island that almost feels like New England.
20. Ride Around
Those who visit this island are well advised to rent a bike in order to explore the beautiful country paths that stretch everywhere.