This list contains extraordinary islands or group of islands that will surely take your breath away from their sheer beauty or unique historical/cultural backgrounds or both. The criteria for judging are as follows: has to have an amazing natural beauty, unique features (e.g. flora & fauna, history, culture, traditions, and inhabitants), and lastly -they can be visited unlike the North Sentinel Island.

Easter Island – An island shrouded in mystery located a few miles off the coast of Chile. It is best known for the mysterious decline of its inhabitants – the Rapa Nui people and Moai statues. WanderingTrader can fill you in on other mysterious legends and facts regarding Easter Island.

Galapagos Islands – It’s a world-famous archipelago off the coast of Ecuador brimming with life -some of which are endemic to the place. It’s also where Charles Darwin got possible hints of the origins of life referencing the Theory of Evolution.

Socotra Archipelago – UNESCO described its “outstanding universal value” as, “…globally important for biodiversity conservation because of its exceptionally rich and distinct flora and fauna. 37% of Socotra’s plant species, 90% of its reptile species, and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world.”

Maldives – An archipelagic state with unspeakably gorgeous islands, blue lagoons, extensive reefs, turquoise-hued sea, and over-the-top pampering of tourists. It is located in South Asia.

Seychelles – It’s a country-archipelago in East Africa consisting of 115 beautiful islands harboring nearly the same beauty as Maldives’. Good news for beach-loving tourists; most islands are uninhabited.

Komodo Island – A special island of Indonesia mostly notable for its fauna to which the Komodo Dragon is the star. The Komodo Dragon is the largest living lizard in the world and is exceptionally good at hunting. It’s wise to stay from afar.

Santorini – A Greek Island awash with white-painted gorgeous houses with domes of azure blue. It is one of the most visited islands in the Mediterranean.

Sicily – Its strategic location attracted various cultures of the olden days. Sicily is an Italian island famous for its cultural and historical background and infamous for being the birthplace of Mafia.

Bora Bora – The super-famous attraction of French Polynesia. I’ll be immensely shocked if you don’t know anything about Bora Bora.

Providenciales – Earned TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice Award in the Caribbean.