Best Islands for a Winter Escape

Baby, it’s cold outside!  

Go soak in the sun on some of the best islands on earth!

Zanzibar, Tanzania

A strange mix of Indian, Arabic and African culture- Stone Town is a 184 year old city that blends these cultures perfectly.

 

 

  Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia’s most popular island, Bali has something for everyone.  Whether you prefer white sand beach, or mountainous terrain, Bali has it all.

From yoga and temples to diving and elephant sanctuaries, Bali is much more than just a beach vacation.  The island can keep you entertained for weeks.

Bali has accommodations for the budget traveler, as well as 5 star resorts, and some of the best villa rentals in the world.

 

 

 

Madagascar,  Indian Ocean

Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. 

Suspected as once part of India, after years of isolation, Madagascar remains one of the most unique destinations on the planet.

Beaches, Baobab trees, food, people, culture, and endemic animals- sign me up!

 

 

 

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Isles

Most famous for the Baths, Virgin Gorda is a jet set island.  Don’t expect budget accommodations anywhere, but do expect pristine diving and beaches and amazing food!

 

 

Galapagos, Ecuador

Suspected to be first explored in the 1500’s, the Galapagos is a weird, enchanting destination that will have outdoor enthusiast and biologists over the moon. 

The Galapagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands that straddle the Equator about 560 miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.

So what is so special about the Galapagos? 

The endemic Animalia, that’s what!  Nowhere else on earth have animals had such little contact with the human species, and in the Galapagos, they have no fear of humans.

 

 

 

Andaman Islands, Indian Ocean

Once a British penal colony, the Andaman Islands are remote, rugged, and heaven on earth!

Owned by India, the island chain consists of both the Andaman and Nicobar islands, located in the Bay of Bengal.   The Nicobar Islands are completely closed off to travel and still have various aboriginal tribes that occupy the islands.  UNESCO has declared the islands a World Biosphere Reserve.  There are some tribes who have had no contact whatsoever with the rest of the world. Of nearly 600 islands, only 9 are open to foreign tourists, and all of these are in the Andamans.

I traveled to the Andamen Islands for my honeymoon.  We wanted to go somewhere that I had never been, so I picked this tiny island chain in the middle of the Indian Ocean off of a world map and said let’s go here!  I actually had to google it because I had never heard of them.

It is not easy to get to the Andamens, there are only 2 ways to do it.  You can depart via flight out of India in Calcutta or Chenai.  All flights will bring you to the Port Blair.  A tiny port that you then must take a ferry to get to additional islands.  Ok.  Seems easy enough until you get to Port Blair.  There is only 1 ferry for all of the islands, and it is up to the PortAuthority on who gets to board.  We waited for 3 hours, and eventually, I butted my way to the front of the line and paid my way on the boat.  There were 3 other tourists onboard; an Italian couple, and a single guy from Germany.  We all took whiskey shots together on the back of the ferry, as Indian National asked to get their photos taken with us.

Once we arrived to one of the most remote places on earth, it was absolutely spectacular!  The Andaman’s have swimming elephants!  YES!  These Asian elephants were brought out to work at the prison from the British.  Eventally, they evolved to swim.  Nowhere else on earth can you go and see elephants that swim in the ocean!  Amazing.

Food, lodging, diving, and people were all spectacular!  Worth the travel time to get to this remote and unspoiled island.

 

 

Life’s too short for boring vacations!

Happy Holidays from the Limitless Planet team!