Bali, Koh Samui, and the Maldives are famous islands in South-East Asia for a good reason–they offer clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, and an incredible underwater life. But there are many other lesser-known islands out there and picking the right island can be quite difficult. So we thought to help you with a list of our 10 favorite paradise islands.
1. Bohol, The Philippines
The pristine island of Bohol in the Philippines is a charming island with a beautiful scenery; in between the rice fields and fishing villages, you’ll find bizarre-looking rounded hills and brilliant white-sand beaches.
Marvelous small islands and plenty of underwater life surround the island of Bohol. Here you can find great places to snorkel and to swim with big colored fishes in corals reefs and float in a deep blue sea. There is also plenty of possibilities for spotting dolphins and watching whales and for exploring outstanding dive sites.
2. Koh Samui, Thailand
It may be difficult to imagine that until the 1970s, no paved roads existed on Koh Samui. Today, Koh Samui is attracting around one and a half million visitors per year, mainly on its popular northern and eastern coasts. Koh Samui, surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, is a sophisticated beach island, an impenetrable jungle mountain for the most adventurous hikers and a lush tropical paradise in one. Relax on fine white beaches, explore sleepy fishing villages in the south and west, and dine under the stars in one of the luxury beach resorts.
3. Ko Tao, Thailand
The island of Ko Tao, located in the Gulf of Thailand, takes its name from the abundant sea turtles that inhabit its shoreline. White sand beaches surrounded by palm trees, beautiful coral reefs and countless marine life make this island an excellent destination for divers and adventurers.
4. Malapascua, The Philippines
Malapascua Island is situated in the central area of the Philippines in the Visayan Sea. Being just three kilometers long, Malapascua Island might be tiny, but the island has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots in the Philippines. With pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear water, this traffic-free island is an attractive place with a friendly and relaxing vibe.
5. Palawan, The Philippines
One of the most famed destinations of the Philippines is Palawan island and that is not without reason. Palawan does not only offer fabulous beaches but as well great natural resources that have been preserved and remained untouched until today making from this tranquil island a perfect spot for a relaxed and secluded holiday.
6. Koh Phangan, Thailand
Southern Thailand is submerged with exotic islands, each one as ravishingly beautiful as the next. But Koh Phangan is undoubtedly one of the most special. Koh Phangan’s attractions are unquestionable: fabulous beaches, beautiful landscapes, powder-soft sand and a dense jungle are the landmarks of this island. Along with these natural beauties, the presence of 20 temples shows the importance of the spiritual side of the Koh Phangan, and in the peaceful fishing villages, you can still experience the authentic Thai life in a quiet setting.
7. Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
The Phi Phi Islands lie between the island of Phuket and the western coast of the Thai mainland, near the Straits of Malacca. It may be one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand. Koh Phi Phi consists of a wonderful well-known group of 6 islands of which the largest is called Phi Phi Don. Despite their size, the Phi Phi Islands offer an attractive variety of activities from diving, snorkeling kayaking, and hiking or just relaxing on the beach.
8. Bali, Indonesia
Bali is one of the 17,500 islands of the Indonesian archipelago, but even among its colorful neighbors, it stands alone in her incomparable beauty. Island of endless rice fields, mountainous highlands, and many sacred temples.
You visit Bali for its magnificent coastline with beautiful beaches and perfect surf spots, but also for its colorful underwater world, beautiful sunsets, and a perfect climate. There is something for everyone in Bali.
9. Redang Island, Malaysia
The country Malaysia is famous for its many islands with beautiful beaches, tropical rainforests, and various cultures.
The islands on the east coast are popular destinations for snorkeling and diving because of their colorful coral reefs and crystal clear water. The beautiful Island of Pulau Redang is one of them; it has become one of the most popular touristic destinations for its diverse, unspoiled nature and abundant sea life.
Those who want to keep their foot on the ground, can explore on Redang the jungles in the middle of the island or tour the trails on the cliffs and over scenic hills with beautiful panoramas of the sea and the island itself.
10. Thulusdhoo, Maldives
Thulusdhoo is a wonderful local island in the Maldives and can be reached in only twenty minutes from Male’ with a speedboat. The village Thulusdhoo, the capital of the Atoll Kaafu, is home to many colorful walls and sandy lanes. The coral reef that surrounds the whole coastline of Thulusdhoo protects the clear blue lagoon providing unlimited surfing conditions on almost any day of the year.
Thulusdhoo is, however, not only a surfing paradise, it offers much more. It is home to large groups of dolphins that you can even spot when you’re relaxing on the beach. Furthermore, Thulusdhoo features stunning white sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters and a beautiful underwater world waiting to be explored with your snorkeling gear. Since a few years, it is possible to stay for the night on Thulusdhoo and other local islands of the Maldives giving visitors the chance to sleep in alternative accommodations and to discover the real Maldivian life.