When an island vacation is mentioned, usually the first that come to mind are Hawaii, Jamaica, or one of the Caribbean Islands. However, there are islands that are not the first mentioned, that go well beyond the ordinary island vacation and can be considered bucket list caliber island vacations.
The Grecian Islands are definitely bucket list caliber island vacations. Greece has as many 1420 islands to choose from, over 9000 miles of coastline, and sun shines there an average of 300 days a year. It also offers a visitor 3,000 years of history and culture. One of the many islands is Mykonos which is noted for the beautiful landscape, photogenic buildings, including may old churches, and its sandy beaches. Mykonos is often described as an island of Paradise. And even though Mykonos is considered the trendiest Aegean Island with their plentiful resorts, nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques, it has still retained the charm of a port town. The island of Delos, once the Sanctuary of the god Apollo, can be explored with a short trip by boat.
The Galapagos Islands is bucket list caliber island vacation for those who are interested in more than a lay-on-the beach vacation. A Galapagos island vacation offers the chance to discover legendary islands that are extremely influential in how we view our world. In 1835, Charles Darwin visited these islands, and what he learned there helped to form his theory of natural selection. From that inspiration he wrote the historically significant book “On the Origin of the Species.” Today, the Galapagos Islands are a living laboratory of evolution and one of the world’s premier ecotourism destinations. Galapagos Island vacations will give the visitor not only a chance to experience some of the most pristine water in the world but also allow time to view a diverse and unique collection of fauna and flora found that can be found nowhere else in the world. Specialists in Galapagos travel offer cruises that combine natural, ecological & multisport exploration. You can find family trips, luxury cruises, custom honeymoon and multisport Galapagos trips.
For a bucket list island vacation for the person who wants isolation consider the tiny island of Koh Tonsay. It is Cambodia’s secret hideaway. There you will find a small remote island located on the Gulf of Siam. If you’re looking for a getaway that takes you back to the basics, this is the place you should consider. The island is barely 2 sq. km and the accommodations are somewhat primitive. You will not find cars or motorbikes on the island. What you will find is a generator that only provides electricity from 6-9pm. The few residents on the island make their living from fishing and coconut farming. The beaches are stretches of white sand that are not only breathtakingly beautiful but are usually deserted offering another opportunity for calm and relaxation. The turquoise water is shallow and calm. Huts made from bamboo and sitting on stilts near the beach offer the only overnight accommodations on the island. Make sure your island vacation includes time to swim in the bioluminescent waters off the island.
It is absolute magic to see the plankton emitting glowing phosphorous creating a twinkling effect in the water. Local fisherman and their families run the restaurants on the island ensuring the seafood is so fresh you will think it is being caught as you ordered.
Tobago, also known as Robinson Crusoe’s Island, is in the Republic of Trinidad and is located in the Southern Caribbean. When Daniel Defoe penned his classic Robinson Crusoe, he couldn’t have chosen a more ideal location. The island is approximately 26 miles long and 6 miles wide. This island’s beaches are made up of pristine white sand and the pace here is so relaxing that it draws travelers who wish to do no more than lay on the beaches on their island vacation. Yet, the island is diverse enough that some come to explore it’s rainforest with its many species of flora and fauna, or search out the exotic birds and green iguanas. Those who love marine life can spend the day snorkeling and diving in the spectacularly clear water surrounding the island. Exploring the many beautiful and vibrant tropical fish, sponges and almost 300 different kinds of coral is a must for the checklist. The ocean in this area is also home to many other sea creatures from squid to whales, sharks, turtles and dolphins. It’s no wonder that Jacques Cousteau was a frequent visitor to the island.
Ile au Haut, Maine
Closer to home Ile au Haut, Maine is a bucket list caliber beach island vacation. Over half of the island is dedicated to Acadia National Park. For supplies Ile au Haut is dependent on a small boat which travels the 6 miles of open water between the island and the mainland. Many of the 75 year round residents include lobstermen and their families while the population grows to around twice that size during the summer months. Whether you rent one or have your own, the best way to explore the island is by bike. The Ile au Haut Lighthouse, an attraction on the island, is found on Robinson’s Point less than a mile south of town. Built in the early 1900’s it was the last traditional-style lighthouse built along this coast. With the light keeper’s house being used as a bed-and-breakfast you can enjoy the atmosphere and history of the place. To give you an idea of the island pace, this sleepy little community was the last area in the United States to embrace technology and let go of crank telephones.