There’s no doubt that islands in general are very scenic, it must be something to do with all that coastline. However, while there are many, many simply gorgeous islands on the planet, here’s three that may not immediately spring to mind when you think of the most stunning islands in the world, but which are beautiful and scenic in their own right.
Vancouver Island (Canada)
This west coast island stretches for 285 miles from the rugged headlands at its northernmost tip to the sophisticated but charming town of Victoria in the southwest. As the exposed top of a submerged range of mountains, it’s an absolute paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Whether you like to laze around on beaches and swim in calm coastal waters, put on a backpack and hike through the national parks, or watch the wildlife on both land and sea, Vancouver Island offers it all. From snow capped mountains, long curved beaches with giant surf waves, whale watching, bike and walking trails and more, it definitely deserves to be on the list of the most scenic islands on the planet.
Tenerife (Canary Islands)
Despite being a volcanic island, you’ll find that Tenerife is easy to get to get around and offers the perfect combination of stunning scenery, outdoor sports, beach holidays, culture, shopping and nightlife. This striking island has white sandy beaches, tropical forests, volcanic lava, lunar landscapes and is home to the snow capped Pico del Teide, Spain’s tallest mountain. Whether you love to immerse yourself in nature, or join in the fun of the Carnival, the annual celebration that’s second only to the world famous Rio Carnival, this is an island of distinct contrasts which attracts over 10 million visitors every year. Family holidays to Tenerife are especially popular due to the range of attractions that are suitable for both children and adults. Just remember to have a look at alpharooms.com when planning your Canary getaway – whether you take the kids or not!
Bora Bora (French Polynesia)
While there’s no doubting the beauty of the islands in the Seychelles and the Maldives, Bora Bora in French Polynesia certainly gives them a run for their money. Just under an hour away (by plane) from the South Pacific island of Tahiti, Bora Bora looks as though it’s been dropped into a sea of blues, greens and turquoise. As you would expect, it’s a perfect sultry paradise, with lush tropical slopes and valleys dotted with brightly coloured flowers, and palm-covered land encircling a gloriously iridescent lagoon. Of course, the beaches are made of fine powder white sand, and the fish teeming amongst the coral make it the perfect destination for a relaxing get-away-from-civilisation holiday.