Going in search of the world’s most scenic islands

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Turning our attention to some of the most scenic islands in the world, we go out in search of holiday destinations when looking for truly scenic experiences that more often than not necessitates the need to travel huge distances.

Your efforts will undoubtedly be rewarded with a visit to any of our featured islands.

From the trending tropical treasure Bali to the remote Fiji islands, today’s list takes you the length and breadth of the globe.

So here we go, starting with the coldest island on our list, the spectacular Canadian Baffin Island.

1. Baffin Island

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Starting with the chilliest entry on our list, the scenic Baffin Island provides the opportunity to admire some lovely views as you explore the fifth largest island in the world.

On the island you will come across the dramatic Pond Inlet,  surrounded by steep peaks where Polar Bears roam.

Both the city of Iqaluit and glacier Auyuittuq National Park offer the opportunity to experience local life in such an isolated place and admire some of the most picturesque scenes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Bit of Trivia – Both a Mount Asgard and a Mount Thor can be found within Auyuittuq National Park.

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2. Bali

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Indonesian gem Bali is a supremely scenic holiday destination that has seen a dramatic rise in popularity in recent years.

The island is covered in parts in dense forestation that has taken full advantage of the mineral-rich soil resulting from thousands, millions of years of volcanic activity.

Alongside the natural sights, you will find a number of important religious sites, lovely coral reefs, and mountainous terrain that immediately catches the eye.

Famed for its population of Giant Tortoises, the small Isle of Changuu is not to be missed.

Elsewhere, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park counts curious Dolphins amongst its residents and is the country’s sole National Park.

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3. Bora Bora

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Popular honeymoon destination Bora Bora can be found in the South Pacific close to tropical Tahiti.

As well as attracting newlyweds, Bora Bora is a popular scuba-diving destination.

Protected by sand and coral reefs, Bora Bora offers a delightfully scenic holiday destination and well worth the journey spanning thousands of miles.

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4. Crete

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One of two beautiful Greek islands to make our list, Crete is the biggest of all the Greek islands.

Resting in the Mediterranean Sea, Crete’s scenery and pleasant climate attract visitors from all over the world.

Balos Beach, complete with blue lagoon, is one of the island’s most scenic spots and one of the best experiences on the island.

Just off Crete’s coastline, the tiny island of Elafonisi can be found.

Time your visit correctly and you can actually walk through the water from Crete through to Elafonisi!

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5. Fiji

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A collection of hundreds of islands ranging in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, the islands of Fiji are some of the most scenic on the planet.

One of the greatest snorkelling destinations around, Fiji’s islands are surrounded by gorgeous waters that range in multiple shades of glistening blue as the warm Pacific sunshine bounces off the ocean waves.

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6. Galapagos Islands

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A wildlife paradise, the protected and very important Galapagos Islands are home to some of the planet’s most fascinating creatures.

From Darwin to Attenborough, many a famous naturalist have set foot on the island to research the vast and complicated ecosystem at play across these beautiful and tremendously scenic islands.

Part of South America, great points of interest include Tortuga Bay and the natural inlet, shaped by volcanic activity, found within Bartolomé Island.

Bit of Trivia – Visitor numbers to the Galapagos are strictly controlled to help preserve this unique natural landscape.

The Galapagos provide the opportunity to witness some magical animals in one of the world’s most remote and scenic destinations.

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7. Mykonos

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Greek island Mykonos is arguably the country’s most popular island destination amongst some fierce competition.

This Aegean treasure is home to some historic remnants from ancient Greece including the site at Delos, complete with ruins.

Elsewhere, the iconic windmills of Kato Mili look out across the Aegean in one of the island’s most picturesque moments.

The scenic beach at Ftelia is a great place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the generous sunshine.

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8. Seychelles

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East African treasure, Seychelles is one of the most remote inclusions on our list.

Over a thousand miles off the main Africa continent, the journey to Seychelles is worth the effort.

On arrival, you will be greeted by stunning beaches, huge forested areas boasting an array of greenery, and valued Nature reserves worth exploring inland from the coastline.

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9. The Dalmatian Islands

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Stretching along the Adriatic coast, the Dalmatian Islands are some of the most scenic islands on the planet.

Each of the islands offers something a little different.

Korcula (pictured), adrift in the Adriatic, unlike a number of the islands in the area, is only accessible by boat.

Bit of Trivia – Korcula is twinned with the Scottish island of Rothesay.

Home to an Old Town that bears a strong resemblance to the historic quarter found in Dubrovnik, you will also find a number of beaches, some rocky,  tucked away around the island’s coastline.

Further north, the island of Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular resorts.

With the Paklinski Islands and nearby Scedro, Hvar can be a great base for exploration and also has a number of scenic experiences at its doorstep.

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10. Zanzibar

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Resting just off the main African continent, the island of Zanzibar is a relatively untouched paradise.

With vast stretches of beautiful coastline, Zanzibar rests in the Indian Ocean and takes full advantage of its geographical location.

Warm waters perfect for exploring by boat await any visitor.

In search of great views under the water? Nugwi Beach offers idyllic white sand and plenty of snorkelling opportunities.

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