I’ve decided to update many of my old 30 best lists that all started with the 30 best cities in the world. We have actually been fixing bad links, eliminating and updating many old posts and 30 best lists for a while now but I have chosen to publish the 30 best islands in the world first. As you can imagine this is still a difficult task and there are literally thousands to choose from.
Admittedly, I haven’t been to every island in the world-nobody has. However, I certainly have been to a lot of them and virtually every island that most people have actually heard of and/or is populated. So that gives me some credibility in writing a list like this versus someone behind a desk who simply Googles islands and makes a list. That type of thing is exactly what spawned me to start doing these lists in the first place.
I take making this list very seriously. That said, there needs to be a criteria to follow for inclusion and exclusion in a list this broad. So here is the criteria that I used and I must say that it was really hard.
-I have been to every island included on the list at least one time.
-What makes an island count as one of the best is based on my experience on the island, with the people, food, scenery, history and overall likability. It is solely my opinion based on my own personal experiences.
-Countries i.e. sovereign nations can not be included as one entry on the list. For example, Sri Lanka cannot be included as it is a sovereign nation even though I would love to include it. Other examples of this are Australia, Cuba, Iceland, Malta, Cyprus, etc.
-Private islands do not count toward my list such as Necker Island, BVI or Medjumbe Island, Mozambique.
-Specific islands within an archipelago nation can be counted. For example, specific islands of Hawaii like Maui, Kauai and Lanai. Conversely, as the Maldives cannot be a stand alone addition on the list, specific islands of the Maldives could be included. The problem with the Maldives are no independent islands made the list as most are simply hotels and I cannot count them even though they are amazing. Fiji or Palau are other examples of a beautiful archipelago nation that I did not include any specific islands of on the list.
-Dependency archipelagos can be counted as one entry on the list. For example, The Galapagos, The Falklands and The Cook Islands are all multi-island dependencies of other nations and all are fantastic places to visit and I have counted them each as one specific entry as opposed to breaking them up. I have been consistent with the exception of French Polynesia.
-French Polynesia deserves an exception because it is so vast and different depending where and which island group you are within-there are several and believe me, it covers a massive territory of ocean. While I firmly believe that Bora Bora and Moorea are two of the most fantastic islands and should be counted separately, I felt that just saying French Polynesia would not do justice to the Marquesas Islands, specifically Hiva Oa; which most people have never heard of. I honestly could have made a top ten list of French Polynesia islands, but the immense diversity of the island groups that make up French Polynesia is the reason I give exception to it and it alone.
Those criteria, perhaps vague but this is a nearly impossible task, are what I went by. So here are the 30 best islands in the world according to me updates for 2016!
30. Margarita Island, Venezuela
29. Sardinia, Italy
28. Efate, Vanuatu
27. Lanai, Hawaii, USA
26. Chichi-Jima, Ogasawara, Japan
25. Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia
24. Nosy Be, Madagascar
23. Lakshadweep, India
22. Aruba, Netherlands
21. Palawan, Philippines
20. Cook Islands, New Zealand
19. Yap, FS Micronesia
18. Pitcairn Island, UK
17. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
16. Sicily, Italy
15. Ambergris Caye, Belize
14. Moorea, French Polynesia
13. Kauai, Hawaii, USA
12. Corsica, France
11. Falkland Islands, UK
10. Madeira, Portugal
9. Easter Island, Chile
8. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
7. Reunion Island, France
6. Bali, Indonesia
5. Bermuda, UK
4. Santorini, Greece
3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
2. Maui, Hawaii, USA
1. Lord Howe Island, Australia