Top Ten Tropical Islands

October 08, 2012 ||
Bahamas - Schooner Cays Kayak

Top Ten Tropical Islands to Visit

Since the next few months have been dubbed our tropical adventures, we thought we would give everyone a little teaser of what is yet to come on Ordinary Traveler. We won’t be traveling to all of these tropical islands this year, but they are all places we hope to visit very soon!

Bali – Indonesia

Bali will always hold a special place in my heart no matter how well known it becomes. Some of my favorite beaches are now changed forever as a result of the movie Eat Pray Love, but that won’t stop me from visiting again. It’s a destination where you will find welcoming locals, breathtaking beaches and, of course, epic surf.

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Bali - Dreamland BeachBali - Dreamland Beach

Maui – Hawaii

We have been to Maui three times and going on our fourth visit in November. That’s how much we love it here. What is not to love? The hang loose island vibe is contagious and leaves you feeling recharged even after just a short visit. If you have time, make sure you venture all the way to the Seven Sacred Pools on the Road to Hana and don’t miss a stop at Red Sand Beach!

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Red Sand beach, Hana

Red Sand Beach – Maui

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is nicknamed “the romantic island” and from viewing photos of this tropical island, I can see why. With perfect white sand beaches, overwater bungalows and emerald-colored ocean water, it’s a true paradise.

If you want to experience the ultimate luxury, then you can’t beat staying at The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Tahiti Tropical Islands


Fiji is a must visit for many surfers, including us. Of course, Fiji is known for more than its perfectly peeling waves and warm water. Our friends visited during their honeymoon and said it was the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. The smaller islands with nothing to do but sip drinks by the gorgeous ocean were their favorite spots.

A trip to Fiji doesn’t have to be expensive. The Sheraton Fiji Resort offers rooms for as low as $150/night and gets excellent reviews!

Fiji Tropical Islands


Aruba is a small island — just 19.6 miles long — and boasts ideal temperatures year round, thanks to the constant trade winds (which helps with the humidity and limits the annoyance of mosquitoes). When travel to other islands in the Caribbean is dicey, Aruba is the optimal choice because it is located in the Netherland Antilles, outside of the hurricane belt.

I stayed for four glorious days at the Aruba Marriott in Palm Beach. See our full review here or book your stay now!

Aruba Marriott Resort Beach View with Rainbow

The Bahamas

Ever since I was a child, I have longed to visit the islands of the Bahamas. Nassau is one of the more well-known islands, but certainly not the only island to visit. With 30 inhabited islands, there are plenty of spots to choose from.

Bahamas - Schooner Cays Kayak

Schooner Cays – Bahamas

Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos consists of two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies. These islands are still under the radar for most travelers, but being situated just 90 minutes away from Miami, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump for United States East Coasters.

Turks and Caicos

Maldive Islands

The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean and is the smallest Asian country in both population and size. What this country lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty with some of the most gorgeous dive sites and beaches in the world. The government follows a “one island, one resort” policy and limits the height of the resorts to be equal or lesser than the tallest tree.

Maldives Tropical Islands

Seychelles Islands

The Seychelles are a group of 115 tropical islands which lie in the enchanting Indian Ocean, just east of mainland Africa and northeast of the island of Madagascar. The climate here is always warm, with temperatures rarely dropping below 75 degrees or rising above 90 degrees – making it a perfect year-round destination.

Mahe Island, Seychelles

Mahe Island – Seychelles

Fernando de Noronha – Brazil

Fernando de Noronha is a tropical island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil. Noronha formed as a result of volcanic activity and initially the island was used as a prison for convicted Brazilians. The number of people allowed on the island at any one time is strictly limited to 420 people, so plan your trip early!

Fernando de Noronha Brazil

To purchase tropical island prints or cards, please visit our Fine Art Portfolio.

Photo credits from top: Tahiti Tourisme, Daku Resort, Bahamas Tourism, Turks and Caicos Tourism, nattu, travelourplanet, Courtney Nash, stefanedberg

By Christy Woodrow

Christy Woodrow is a travel photographer and professional blogger based in San Diego. She has been traveling around the world with her partner in crime, Scott, since 2006. Join them in their quest to find off-the-beaten-path destinations by signing up for weekly emails and following her on

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