Interesting Islands – Top 4 Contenders

Islands | | October 11, 2010 at 12:30 am




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There is just something about islands that make them so amazingly intriguing. Whether you’re just at a tropical speck which lies in the midst of a vast ocean or whether it is a hummock that lies in the river of a great city, there is just something about these pieces of land that set them apart as being unique, proud or sometimes even lonely and mysterious. It does take an effort to even get there; even if that effort comes in the form of chartering a private plane or driving across a long bridge. The effort will remind you of having landed in a place that is somewhere different.

Here is a list of islands that we can’t get enough of.

Usedom in Germany and Poland A.K.A The Singing Island:

This island may be anchored to Germany, but it is a coast with very long bridges and this will mean that its eastern end is so far apart from the western that the eastern tip is actually part of Poland. The German side, however, is more popular as a tourist hub. It has been a beloved getaway even since the 19th century. Usedom has been, in the past, nicknamed as the ‘Bathtub of Berlin’. The other nickname, that of ‘the singing island’ came about into existence because of the 25 mile stretch of white sand which is so fine that it squeaks when you step on it.

Usedom in Germany

Bora Bora in French Polynesia A.K.A. Romantic Heaven On Earth:

If you want to link ultimate honeymoon location to a spot, then it would have to be Bora Bora. This French Polynesian island is said to be one of the most extraordinary natural beauties that the world could see in terms of being an island. The high prices that you have to pay to honeymoon there have ended up reducing the bulk that goes there and thus has managed to maintain the mystique of the place. The island is oft described as being so preposterously gorgeous that it almost doesn’t seem natural.

Bora Bora in French Polynesia

Gorgona in Colombia A.K.A Welcome to the Jungle:

It has taken a long time for nature to regain some sort of control over Gorgona Island. For almost 3 decades, 1950s to 1980s, this mass of land was said to be a maximum security prison. The facility was closed down and the area got the designation of being a Natural National Park in the year 1985.  The jail buildings may now be overgrown with dense vegetation and may be replete with monkeys who swing from wine to wine. Gorgona, however, retains its character in being inhospitable to humans.  The visitors here will be under strict supervision and are constantly forbidden from wandering into the remote parts of the jungles.

Gorgona island

Lamu in Kenya A.K.A. Exotic Enclave:

Only about 2 degrees south of the Equator and off the eastern coast of Kenya lies Lamu, a place that seems like it is stuck in time.  For a good number of centuries, it was said to be a bustling Indian Ocean port and played an integral role in the trading of spices.  Lamu is almost like an exotic and old stage set which also, just by chance, happens to have some amazing beaches.  The streets of this island are generally cool, car-free, and quiet; and are lined with white stone buildings that are thick walled. Lamu is said to have been founded by the Arab traders in the early 1400s. The busy Lamu town is the best-preserved Swahili settlement that there is in East Africa.

Lamu in Kenya

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9 Comments

  1. Marc Turlington says:

    We had a fabulous experience at Usedom islands in Germany. My wife and my young son and I were staying at a beautiful hotel which was near a strand in Heringsdorf. We rented bicycles from the hotel and biked along the strand and were just taking in all the beauty of the place that we could! The weather was really cold. The place where we stayed was a few yards away from the beautiful beach. We really enjoyed the solitude and the peaceful atmosphere of this island and explored so many places here!This was one of the best experiences we’ve had in our entire German holiday!

  2. Doris Sandstone says:

    Lamu islands are quite unique and one-of-a-kind! There are practically no cars here and people travel on donkeys. I found it very odd that there’s a Liverpool supporters’ club. Lamu is a beautiful place and it is a World Heritage site, it just needs to be taken care of. The streets are narrow and cobble-stoned, the buildings are really ancient and intricate, the people are friendly and the history is really fascinating!
    Thanks for the post :-)

  3. Linda D'Souza says:

    I’ve visited Lamu about four times and am going to visit it really soon again. It has got limited resources but it is all set in a very beautiful setting. Here many younger women wear bui bui to cover their faces as much as a fashion statement as a religious one. I guess its probably the only islamic town where English is the spoken language. Once you go to Lamu, living can be either high-end or really cheap. This place is a window into the world of the English speakers with an interest in Islam. Here there are no roads so no taxis, but donkeys are the main form of transport!

  4. Kylie Smithson says:

    My personal favorite is the Gorgona islands in Columbia. If you are staying for a short duration then there are the usual activities to do on the island..After a few days of untiringly pursuing all water activities, I just spent my time relaxing and enjoying the lovely weather on the islands!
    Thanks for the post :-)

  5. Illeana Ryle says:

    Thanks! That was a nice compilation of the best islands in the world :-)

  6. Lana Brown says:

    Bora Bora is my favorite destination for vacation. It has beautiful coral beds which have lots of wildlife in their own habitat! We saw five manta rays which was just beyond what I expected here! Our guide was an experienced snorkeler and diver and he had a lot of knowledge about the ecosystem of Bora Bora islands..What made the trip more amazing was that we didn’t feel like we were doing some toouristy damaging the eco-system stuff, like snorkeling trips which had us feeding the fishes and sharks, which didn’t have a great impact on the eco-system. We were just cruising on the beautiful waters of Bora Bora!

  7. Langie Giuliani says:

    Bora Bora islands are incomparable! They easily beat the Hawaiian islands.They are simply the best! Here my husband and I had the time of our lives! We dived 50 feet deep into water and got some awesome pictures of manta rays! Did a lot of diving and snorkeling and saw many underwater coral gardens! It was Fabulous! Thanks for the post! :-)

  8. Felicity Cole says:

    A nice post indeed! All these islands are worth a visit at least once in your lifetime!

  9. Sally Smith says:

    Lamu is a perky and sprightly East African fishing town, where real people reside, most of them live on less than 100 dollars a year. The open-air markets, donkey poo in the streets and the rare pile of trash are a part of the real life character of Lamu.The new buildings coming up here are of the traditional Swahili style and blend faultlessly with the older buildings. Unless you are hopelessly demanding, you’ll just love Lamu! Thanks for the post!

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