Island vacations can lead you to exotic beachside paradises for days of solace or adventure. But the oceans are home to numerous islands and archipelagos. Which luxurious destination is right for you?
Located in the Aegean Sea, Santorini boasts more than just incredible scenery. It has a fascinating history as well. In the 16th century BC, a volcano in the area erupted, helping to shape the modern landscape.
Fira, Santorini’s capital, offers visitors plenty of shopping opportunities. Popular stops include art galleries and jewelry workshops that appeal to anyone looking for eye-catching accessories to take home.
Unsurprisingly, Santorini has much to offer history buffs as well. Whether visitors travel to Fira or the coastal town of Oia, museums and ruins provide photo-ops and glimpses into a fascinating history. Even the uninhabited island of Nea Kameni has incredible sights. Visitors stop by this barren landscape to take a peek at the volcanic crater.
In the Central Pacific, each of the Hawaiian Islands delights visitors with exotic attractions. Look to Oahu for historical attractions like Pearl Harbor, and head to Maui for stunning beaches and whale sightings. Kauai, the Garden Isle, offers botanical gardens and other intriguing natural features.
The biggest of the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii – or the Big Island – has its own appeal as well. It’s known for its golf courses, rainforests, and black sand beaches. In addition, an active volcano enthralls anyone with an interest in nature’s ability to destroy and create. Hawaii is an adventurous destination, where visitors can enjoy hikes across lava fields and up mountains or zipline over lush forests.
In the South Pacific, the country of Fuji welcomes visitors from around the globe. Although this archipelago contains over 300 islands, many travelers head to the island of Tavenui for their Fiji luxury vacation. Here, private resorts such as Raiwasa offer plenty of amenities and activities to keep guests happy for the duration of their trip. Raiwasa Villa has everything from relaxing massages and exotic cocktails to adventurous kayaking and snorkeling opportunities. The resort’s five-course meals keep visitors energized between activities. Taveuni adventures can also be found at the Bouma National Heritage Park, which makes up a large portion of the island, as well as the Waitabu Marine Park. From gorgeous waterfalls to historic villages hidden in the forests, there’s no shortage of stunning local sights. At night, visitors can head back to their private villa for luxurious comfort.