9 Bright and Sunny Tropical Vacation Destinations

October 12, 2020

There’s something about sandy beaches, endless sunshine, and bright blue water that draws people to tropical destinations all around the world. All these lush paradises offer unique cultures, exciting adventures, and once in a lifetime experiences. 

With exotic wildlife and luxurious amenities, it’s no wonder that people want to book their tropical vacations at any one of these 9 destinations. Add these idyllic locals to your travel list, grab your suitcase and passport, it’s time to see the world.

1. Palawan, Philippines

This small archipelagic province has a big personality. With a unique landscape, Palawan has an adventure for every visitor. And it’s an inexpensive locale to visit, so a once-in-a-lifetime experience won’t break the bank.

Explore these lush tropical islands through the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. For the adventurer, the Tabon Caves offer an exciting opportunity. Or relax by taking a dip in Estrella Falls natural pool.

Accommodations on the coastline feature beach-side bungalows. Wake up to stunning views before enjoying a day of water activities and exploring the island,

2. Bora Bora

When you think of a tropical paradise, Bora Bora is what comes to mind. This quintessential island paradise is in French Polynesia is known for its natural beauty full of beaches, coconut palms, clear blue water.

Bora Bora is known for the luxury bungalows perched above the assure blue waters. Glass floor panels allow you to look into the sea below. This gives a new meaning to staying right on the water.

On this island, you can enjoy kayak trips, snorkeling, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and more. Hiking trails and shark dives offer the ultimate adventure.

3. Seychelles

An archipelago off the east coast of Africa, this island nation is pure paradise. There are over 100 islands, all with gorgeous beaches, perfect water, and stunning landscapes. Because of conservation efforts, Seychelles is a diver’s paradise.

If you’re looking to stay above water, explore Victoria Market on the island of Mahe, ride bikes on La Digue, and layout on Anse Lazio beach on Praslin. Sightseeing tours, marine park excursions, and private boat trips are also popular on Seychelles.

Seychelles is a luxury island often enjoyed by the world’s elite. But there are inexpensive options for the budget-conscious traveler. Don’t forget to pack your most stylish women’s sunglasses for the sun and luxury you’re sure to encounter.

If you’re lucky, you might see some wild sea turtles or giant tortoises roaming the beaches. See vibrant flora planted over 100 years ago and spread out over five acres in the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens.

4. The Maldives

The Maldives has long been the go-to tropical escape for many. An archipelago of 1,000 islands located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it comprises a series of coral atolls barely above the sea level.

These islands are excellent for diving, snorkeling, and surfing because of the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Luxury resorts around the islands offer a unique lodging.

Popular once-in-a-lifetime activities include swimming with manta rays and whale sharks. Big-game fishing is another activity that has people from all over the world flock to these islands.

5. The Whitsunday Islands 

The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia. These islands are designated as national parks and form part of the Great Barrier Reef.

This is the ideal location for vacationers that love snorkeling, diving, and pristine beaches. Whitehaven Beach is a favorite of many visitors for paddleboarding, spotting marine life, beach sports, and picnics at sunrise and sunset.

You can see all the islands on a multi-day sailing tour. Rated the best beach in Australia, this is a life-changing experience. If you find yourself on this side of Australia, the Whitsunday Islands are a must-go.

6. Bali, Indonesia

Bali’s mystical charm has enticed visitors from all over the globe. A unique experience that connects the spiritual side, local culture, and a relaxing paradise have people flocking here for an island vacation.

Visitors can explore incense-filled temples, rice paddies, palaces, and mountains for hiking. The beach scene is lively, with surf spots, shops, and restaurants. Lombok, the neighboring volcanic island, is a popular destination for exploration.

Bali is another inexpensive option for budget-conscious travelers. Pamper yourself with affordable spa treatments. There are accommodations for every budget, ranging from hostels to fully-staffed luxury villas.

7. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

The South Pacific is home to stunning places, including the Cook Islands. An island nation with political links to New Zealand, this country is comprised of fifteen islands home to rugged mountains and a vast lagoon.

While Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands, Aitutaki is a quick 45-minute flight away. Enjoy the sandy beaches and coral reefs that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

You can book luxurious over-the-water bungalows for your stay or have your own private motu, a small island. 

8. The Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Probably one of the most famous tropical paradises in the world, Fiji is an idyllic archipelagic nation on the travel list of many. Palm tree-lined beaches, clear blue waters, and thriving coral reefs bring visitors from all over the world.

Cloudbreak is one of the world’s best surf spots and great for other watersports. Hiking on the Mamanuca Islands is second to none. So there’s a tropical adventure just waiting to happen.

A variety of accommodations make Fiji everyone’s paradise. The islands feature luxury hideaways, traditional thatched huts, adults-only resorts, and family-friendly hotels. Fiji is the ideal tropical vacation for families, couples, and singles.

9. Koh Rong, Cambodia

Cambodia might not be at the top of your travel list, but after you read about what it has to offer, it will be. Cambodia has the perfect mix of ancient culture and tropical paradise. The coast on the Gulf of Thailand features sugar-white sands.

Coral reefs and sandy coves wait for visitors on Koh Rong, the second-largest of Cambodia’s island. Full-day boat tours and snorkeling in the azure waters are a great way to spend the day. End the day by admiring the sunset on the uncrowded beaches.

Cambodia is also an inexpensive option for tropical vacation spots, especially compared to neighboring Thailand and Malaysia. This cheap locale is perfect for budget-conscious paradise seekers.

A Tropical Vacation, A Life-Changing Adventure

For many, these tropical places are paradise, and it’s not hard to see why. If these 9 tropical locals aren’t on your list, it’s time to consider adding them. These tropical vacations are the trip of a lifetime but completely within travel goals.

The dreamy beaches, warm blue seas, and exotic experiences are calling your name. Where is the first stamp on your passport going to be from?

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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