Best islands from National Geographic Traveler

Best islandThe current November/December  issue of National Geographic Traveler has the habitual ‘best islands’ column, but with a bit of a difference.   Their list is based on votes from 522 experts and islands that are prone to tourism overkill don’t feature quite as highly as they might in other lists.   The upshot of this?   See below for their list, by score. 87         Faroe Islands, Denmark 84         Azores, Portugal 82         Lofoten, Norway 82         Shetland Islands, Scotland 82         Chiloé, Chile 81         Isle of Skye, Scotland 80         Kangaroo Island, South Australia 80         Mackinac Island, Michigan 80         Iceland 79         Molokai, Hawaii 78         Aran Islands, Ireland 78         Texel, Netherlands 77         Dominica 77         Grenadines 76         Tasmania 76         Bora Bora, French Polynesia 76         Fraser Island, Australia 76         Bornholm, Denmark 76         Hydra (Ídra), Greece 76         Falkland Islands (U.K.) 75         Corsica, France 75         Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia 74         Vanuatu, Melanesia 74         Santa Catalina Island, California 73         Upolu and Savai’i, Samoa 73         Isle of Man (U.K.) 72         Palawan, Philippines 72         Moorea, French Polynesia 72         Block Island, Rhode Island 71         Ilha Grande, Brazil 71         Sardinia, Italy 71         Hvar, Croatia 71         Jersey and Guernsey (U.K.) 70         San Juan Islands, Washington State 70         St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 70         Seychelles 70         Anguilla   (U.K.) 70         Nevis 69         Palau, Micronesia 69         Cook Islands 69         Prince Edward Island, Canada 69         Salt Spring Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia 69         Mount Desert Island, Maine 69         Réunion (France) 68         Bonaire 68         Sicily, Italy 68         St. Vincent 68         Yasawa group, Fiji 67         Pemba, Tanzania 67         Hawaii (Big Island) 66         Out Islands, Bahamas 66         Bermuda, North Atlantic 66         Tobago 66         São Tomé and Príncipe 65         Cyprus, Turkish side 65         Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique 65         Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts 64         Solomon Islands 64         Jeju/Cheju, South Korea 64         Ocracoke, Outer Banks, North Carolina 64         Kauai, Hawaii 64         St. Lucia 63         Nantucket, Massachusetts 62         Martinique (France) 62         Corfu, Greece 62         Crete, Greece 62         Lombok, Indonesia 62         Barbados 61         Tonga, Polynesia 61         Madeira Islands, Portugal 61         Tortola, British Virgin Islands 61         Islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia 61         Sanibel, Florida 61         Santorini, Greece 61         Maldives (except Malé) 59         Grenada 59         Capri, Italy 59         Tahiti, French Polynesia 59         St. Kitts 58         Viti Levu, Fiji 57         Maui, Hawaii 57         Bali, Indonesia 57         Cape Verde Islands 57         Curaçao 55         Isla Mujeres, Mexico 55         Malta (all islands) 55         Guadeloupe 55         Mauritius 54         Mykonos, Greece 54         Federated States of Micronesia 54         Mallorca, Spain 53         St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 53         Zanzibar, Tanzania 52         Canary Islands, Spain 51         Puerto Rico 51         Cyprus, Greek side 50         Antigua 49         Hatteras Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina 48         Aruba (Netherlands) 47         Grand Cayman 47         Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras 47         St. Martin (Netherlands/France) 47         Cozumel, Mexico 46         Oahu, Hawaii 46         Key West, Florida 46         Phuket, Thailand 45         Hilton Head, South Carolina 44         Jamaica 44         Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 37         Ibiza, Spain 37         St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Any surprises for you in that list?   Would you expect some to be higher or lower?   Are there any that you’ve noticed that are missing from the list altogether?   Please let us know by clicking on the comments link.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. That might make interesting reading but probably doesn’t fall under the remit of A Luxury Travel Blog, so I’ll leave that one to someone else!


  2. This is an amazing list of islands and looking down the list i have been lucky enough to have visited quite a few of them.

    Recently I visited Tasmania for the first time and was really impressed with this island, Hobart is a beautiful small capital with some amazing hotels and restaurants (try Mures for some of the best seafood you will ever taste). The scenary on Tasmania is very lush and green and it is an island i would like to sxplore a bit more, I believe Laucenston is a great place to visit. The airwalk above the trees is a worthwhile thing to do as well.

  3. Hello,

    This list is very interesting for me who live in an Island and I think that Corsica, who was named by the Greeks “Kalliste” that is to say “the most beautiful” should feature higher in the list !

    Who agree with me ?

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