World's best islands named

19:43, Feb 25 2014
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Number 1 (in the world): Ambergris Caye, Belize.
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Number 2: Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
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Number 3: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean.
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Number 4: Marco Island, Florida, USA.
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Number 5: Lewis and Harris, Scotland.
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Number 6: Naxos, Greece.
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Number 7: Aitutaki, Cook Islands.
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Number 8: Nosy Be, Madagascar.
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Number 9: Easter Island, Chile.
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Number 10: Ko Tao, Thailand.

Tripadvisor has named the world's best islands in its Traveller's Choice Island Awards.

Ambergris Caye took the top gong for the second year running.

Sitting on the border of Mexico and Belize, it is a fantasy getaway, home to the second largest barrier reef in the world - the first being Australia's Great Barrier.

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Number 1 (in the South Pacific): Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
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Number 2: Aitukaki, Cook Islands.
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Number 3: Mo'orea, French Polynesia.
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Number 4: Efate, Vanuatu.
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Number 5: Raratonga, Cook Islands.
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Number 6: Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
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Number 7: Norfolk Island, Australia.
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Number 8: Taveuni Island, Fiji.
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Number 9: Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
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Number 10: Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.

It also claims pristine white-sand beaches, spectacular waterfalls, caves and rainforests, which you can zip between in a golf cart - the island's main form of transportation.

Second and third positions went to the Caribbean's Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Bora Bora in French Polynesia, islands best known for their luxurious accommodation and world-class beaches.

Although some winners will come as a surprise to no-one, islands such as Lewis and Harris in Scotland's outer Hebrides break away from the classic island mold, swapping palms, sand and sun for rugged peaks, art galleries and haggis.


Eerie and desolate Easter Island also rated well in ninth position.

Thailand's Ko Tao scraped into the tenth spot.

The smallest of the three most-traversed islands on the Thai peninsula's east coast is popular with divers looking for cheap certification. Colonies of sea turtles call this island home.

Tourists are also drawn for its reliable weather - it boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. 

New Zealand's Waiheke Island makes an appearance in the sixth spot for the best islands in the South Pacific.

Tripadvisor describes Waiheke as a "blissful island, a haven of beautiful beaches, gastronomical treasures and small wineries."

The Traveller's Choice awards are based on contributor's reviews and ratings of hotels, restaurants and attractions over a 12-month period. 

In recent years the site has come under fire over fake reviews and its ability to make or break hotels due to its huge popularity.

See for all the winners.

Traveller's Choice Top 10 Islands in the World: 

1. Ambergris Caye, Belize

2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

4. Marco Island, Florida

5. Lewis and Harris, Scotland

6. Naxos, Greece

7. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

8. Nosy Be, Madagascar

9. Easter Island, Chile

10. Ko Tao, Thailand 

Traveller's Choice Top 10 Islands in the South Pacific: 

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 

2. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

3. Moorea, French Polynesia 

4. Efate, Vanuatu

5. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

6. Waiheke Island, New Zealand

7. Norfolk Island, Australia

8. Taveuni Island, Fiji

9. Kangaroo Island, Australia

10. Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

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