5 Stunning, Under-the-Radar Island Destinations Worth a Visit

Seeking a beach paradise that’s not overrun by tourists? Here are five to explore.

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1. Palau

Located in the western Pacific Ocean, Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands. Filled with unspoilt beaches and pristine seas, the destination became host to the first shark sanctuary in the world in 2009. Travelers will find joy in exploring its crystal-clear waters through activities like diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. One can also explore the island’s dense jungles and visit World War II relics and museums.

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2. The Surin Islands, Thailand

While famous for its beaches in Phuket and Krabi, Thailand also boasts lesser known but equally beautiful destinations like the Surin Islands. Just 60 kilometers from the Thai mainland, the Surin Islands is an archipelago of five islands in the Andaman Sea. Koh Surin Nua, home to the Mu Koh Surin National Park, is a must-visit for its colorful reefs and marine life. Said to be one of Thailand’s best snorkeling and camping sites, the national park counts manta rays, whale sharks, and pickhandle barracudas among the sea creatures sighted.

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3. Niue

Known for its limestone cliffs and coral-reef dive sites, the small island nation in the South Pacific Ocean is often dubbed the “rock of Polynesia.” Here, adventures await in the form of kayaking, fishing, caving, and guided hiking tours. Travelers can explore the Huvalu Forest Conversation Area, which has trails running through fossilized coral forests or take a dip in the rock pools of Avaiki Cave.

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4. Bora Bora, Tahiti

Despite being a luxury resort destination, with overwater villas helmed by the likes of Four Seasons and St. Regis, Bora Bora still offers much charm to travelers. The small South Pacific island is surrounded by sand-fringed islets and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef and is lovely for scuba diving and snorkeling. Those feeling adventures can also embark on a guided hike of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu.

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5. Andaman Islands, India

Consisting more than 200 islands in the Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Islands is geographically closer to Thailand and Myanmar, despite belonging to India. Here, travelers will find themselves surrounded by uncrowded, white sand beaches lined by palm trees, mangroves, and tropical rainforests. Make a beeline for the diving and snorkeling sites, as you try to spot marine life like sharks and rays.

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