BEST ISLAND BEACH GETAWAYS
In case you need a break from reality, this is our list of the twelve best island beaches for your next getaway trip
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Oliver Sjostrom, Vitor Pinto, Simone Fischer, Jean Caro
20 September 2020
Whether you enjoy relaxing on the calm Caribbean coastline, or you seek the adventurous jungle side of wild Fiji, these are our choices of island beach hotspots to suit every traveller. From catching waves in Hawaii to snorkelling in the waters surrounding Aruba, dive into our recommendations for a memorable summer vacation and chose what suits you best.
Seagrass Bay, Laucala Island, Fiji is an escape from the everyday hustle and less than an hour-flight from Nadi. The private island stretches across seven and a half square miles of fine sand and tranquil waves beyond the tropical jungle of Fiji. The bay is reached via horseback rides or guided walks. The coast is home to thriving marine life. You will also be sharing the pristine beaches with some of the archipelago’s rarest birds and animals. One of the most relaxed and quiet beaches of the area is Seagrass Bay where visitors can also enjoy open-air dining.
Psarou Beach, Mykonos, Greece makes our list since the area is no stranger to tasteful beaches. Located at the top of the horseshoe bay, Psarou is not the largest of the surrounding beaches, providing a bit more privacy than other coastlines in the area. After a long day of water sports travellers can reward themselves in any of the chic beach bars and restaurants that accommodate vacationers with reservations in high season.
Temae Plage Publique, Moorea, French Polynesia is the perfect escape for the lovers of sea creatures. Temae's coral thrives with marine life, where the ocean is so clear, transparency showcases everything on the seafloor. Surfboard enthusiasts can roam the sea alongside the company of the captivating and harmless sting rays that often visit the shallows. Positioned on Moorea’s northeastern shores, this is a public beach that gets crowded rarely, allowing visitors to calmly enjoy sunbathing or snorkelling. The spot also unveils views to the island of Tahiti across the lush Sea of the Moon.
Banana Beach, Koh Hey (Coral) Island, Phuket, Thailand is part of a marine preservation area and a national park. The crystal blue waters spread beyond an evergreen jungle. This spot is ideal for soaking up the sun if you wish to escape crowded tourist destinations. The area lacks in infrastructure and even has a restaurant made of bamboo. The beach is popular in Banana Boat rides, kayaking, snorkelling and parasailing.
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii is the place to be in winter if you admire big wave surfers. During summertime the seawater becomes flat calm and ideal for snorkelling while the view of the setting sun in this spot will have you daydreaming for your next return. Another Hawaiian hotspot is the Honokalani Beach, Wai'anapanapa State Park, Maui with its electric waters and black-sand shore consisting of tiny lava pebbles. The dark sand contrast with the jungle-like foliage of Honokalani Beach makes it ideal for the lovers of beauty and photography. Adventurers will also appreciate this spot’s excess of lava cliffs along the shore where sea caves are carved above the black lava sand.
Palm Beach, Aruba is found on the northwest side of the island. The coastline stretches for two miles and tempts visitors with the shade and a cool drink from the Pelican Pier Bar. Whether you prefer barefoot walks along the coast or you seek activities to keep you busy, this spot has it all. Palm Beach is home to some of the Caribbean’s best windsurfing. The shallows stretch for long, ideal for kids to learn paddle boarding or kayaking. Here you can also learn to snorkel or parasail before finishing the day at the lively restaurants, bars, casinos and nightclubs.
Bathsheba Beach, Barbados bathes in an untouched coastline of white sands. Big waves crash ashore seducing surfers and photographers alike. The sea in this summer hotpot is too wild to swim but the destination makes up with the beauty you can capture on camera to take home. Accommodation in the area is elegant and some hotels even offer outdoor film nights, themed parties or sunset sailing for two.
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia is home to an emerald lagoon hidden behind dense palm trees that create the island’s small jungle. The Polynesian culture here is everywhere as the local staff carries traditional tattoos, while the local food is unlike any other traditional cuisine. Restaurants in the area are named Iriatai ‘horizon’. Visitors can attempt the hip-shaking dance moves of the Upa Upa ‘music’ dance, while enjoying a stay at hotels named after moon goddesses. One of Tahiti’s highest ranked beaches, Matira is the only beach in Bora Bora with access to the public. If you wish to avoid the luxury hotels, you could still relax at the white sand beach as long as you arrive early enough to find a spot on the shore.
Blue Beach (La Chiva), Vieques, Puerto Rico is a thin, yet lengthy stretch of white sand alongside the Caribbean's crystal aquamarine waters. The middle of the island hosts the National Wildlife Refuge leading to an unpaved bumpy road, which is the only access point to the Blue Beach. Guided trips take travellers to secret underwater spots while diving enthusiasts can enjoy snorkelling solo in the island’s small cay.
North Malé Atoll, Maldives is one of 1,200 beaches in the Maldives. The island is a bit larger than average, surrounded by circular strands of sand. There is only one resort in the area, making the place a perfect escape spot for travellers who wish to avoid top tourist beach places. Ideal for both families and honeymooners, the villa accommodation offers tranquil views of the island’s shore.
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines is actually made of nearly fifty fine white sand beaches with immersive limestone formations. The sunsets in the area stuns visitors, who are first captivated by the intense blue of the seawater. Hotels in the area offer scuba courses at majestic diving sites. Other activities include boat tours around secret lagoons where the curious can explore freely.