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  • The world’s most underrated islands that make great travel destinations

    Maluku, photo by Eustaquio Santimano

    Bora Bora, the Cayman Islands, the many islands of Thailand and other island destinations that usually catch the traveler’s eye in brochures and guides are often the only kind of island destinations that are mentioned at all.

    Not only because they are naturally beautiful, but also because they are have well developed tourist facilities. But there are so many other islands and island nations on the planet that would do just as well, despite the fact that they get fewer visitors and are less well endowed with luxury resorts and touristy restaurants.

    Whether you like your islands tropical, exotic, rugged, windswept, tree-covered or cold, there are hundreds of islands is the world that deserve a little more attention from visitors. Here are some of the world’s most underrated islands that make great travel destinations.

    Ambon Island, Maluku, Indonesia

    Maluku, formerly known as Moluccas, are the Indonesia islands that were called in the past the Spice Islands, which supplied half the world with nutmeg, mace, cloves and other fragrant spices. Thanks to their remoteness as well as a reputation for civil unrest (which is no longer a danger), the six hundred Maluku islands are delightfully off the beaten track, and incredibly beautiful. Ambon is the most populous island in the province, and also a transport hub if you want to visit some of the smaller and even more appealing islands.

    Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada

    Iles de la Madeleine, photo by Martin Boyer

    This remote chain of island in the Gulf of Lawrence don’t see many visitors, althouergh the travelers who wander to these windy little islands can be sure to find whatever they need, in small and expensive doses.

    Iles de la Madeleine is not a cheap destination seeing as it is quite far from the mainland, but they are simply amazing when it comes to wind surfing, kayaking or hiking. Long stretches of sand dunes connect the islands, and these lonely beaches are equally stunning in summer or winter.

    Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe

    Terre-de-Haut is the largest island in the Les Saintes group, is the place where you can find the very essence of rural life in the French West Indies. Terre-de-Haut can only be accessed by ferry or yacht, and while the sailing scene is quite lively on the island, it is little known in mainstream tourism. If you want to slow down, smell the flowers and enjoy life in a small yet cosmopolitan village, Terre-de-Haut is the perfect island destination.

    Falkland Islands

    Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, photo by sybarite48 on FlickrThese beautiful little islands off the coast of Argentina have been the apple of discord between the UK and Argentina for a long time, but for tourists who are interested in wildlife and peaceful rural settlements, the Falkland Islands are a little piece of paradise. The scenic beauty of the islands, coupled with the extremely rich flora and fauna are pretty good reasons to spend some time here.

    Eriskay, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

    According to many, the Hebrides are the most beautiful place in the United Kingdom, but since they are quite isolated and they have infamously bad weather, few travelers make their way so far up north.

    Although the Island of Skye in the Inner Hebrides is becoming quite popular thanks to its dramatic scenery, the other Hebrides are just as pretty. Eriskay has less than 150 inhabitants, it is peaceful, green and it is small enough to explore entirely on foot.

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    San Diego Happy Camper wrote on February 13, 2012:

    Falkland Islands reminds me of the beautiful islands of Maldives. It has the same beauty and i’m sure it attracts a lot of tourists as well. :)

     
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