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.

Comments (4)

  1. how a bout a list of where not to go? The world’s worst islands.

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    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!


  3. irene says:

    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.

  4. FRANCOISE says:


    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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