10 best islands in the world

JENNIFER MICHALSKI
Last updated 13:06 21/10/2013

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It might not be summer just yet, but it's definitely not too soon to begin planning your warm island getaway.

Luckily for you, Condé Nast Traveller just released its list of the Top 25 Islands in the World as part of its annual Readers' Choice Awards. We're taking a closer look at the top 10.

From the isolated tranquility of Bora Bora to the sprawling golf courses of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, these islands have all you could want in a relaxing vacation.

No 10: Big Island, Hawaii | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 87.6

The largest of Hawaii's islands, Big Island offers an abundance of sights and activities, from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to an open farmers market in Kona. CN Traveller readers say that there is 'something for everyone.'

No 9: Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 87.8

As the world's largest coral reef and one of the world's seven wonders, the Great Barrier Reef Islands are teeming with incredible marine life and and gorgeous beaches.

No 8: Oahu, Hawaii | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 88

Oahu is the perfect island for travellers who want Honolulu's big city excitement but don't want to forego Hawaii's laid-back surfer culture. Relax on Waikiki Beach, go back in history at Pearl Harbor, or dine in one of Honolulu's exciting restaurants.

No 7: Moorea | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 88.5

Located in French Polynesia, nine miles northwest of Tahiti, Moorea is a 'tropical beauty with French flair' according to a Condé Nast Traveller reader. The island has lagoons, mountains, lush scenery, and secluded beaches.

No 6: Sea Island, Georgia | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 88.6

Located on the southeast coast of Georgia, Sea Island has pristine golf courses, gorgeous views, and friendly locals. The island is 'brimming with unparalleled gracious and southern hospitality,' as one CN Traveller reader said.

No 5: Bora Boa, French Polynesia | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 89.3

Bora Bora is the quintessential secluded island getaway. Escape from the world in an above-water bungalow or explore the incredible ocean life by snorkelling, scuba diving, or swimming.

No 4: Kiawah Island, South Carolina | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 89.4

The 2012 PGA Championship was held on Kiawah Island for a reason: CN Traveller readers say that the golf courses here are unlike any other. The island also has nature preserves, beaches, tennis courts, and great views.

No 3: Maldives, Indian Ocean | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 89.6

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Situated in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives are an incredibly picturesque chain of islands featuring turquoise water, white sands, beachside villas, and incredible sunsets - yeah, we're sold.

No 2: Kauai, Hawaii | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 92.1

Kauai is one of Hawaii's more laid-back islands, with 'sleepy little historic towns' and welcoming locals. But it also has what some CN Traveller readers call 'heart pounding adventure' and incredible scenery.

No 1: Maui, Hawaii | Condé Nast Readers' Choice Rating: 93.9

Ranked #1 for the second year in a row, Maui is a perpetual favourite for a reason. There's the gorgeous landscape of Haleakala National Park, whale-watching opportunities, and incredible beaches. Travellers also love exploring the scenic 68-mile Road to Hana, which passes by waterfalls, ocean, and the Seven Sacred Pools.

- Business Insider Australia

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