In search of the perfect island
We are islands lovers. Oh no, wait, we are islands lovers in winter. When back home is cold, we look for some FarFar island that is warm and peaceful. And luckily for us, our winter, most of the time, is their high season and best weather.
We like islands because they are not that easy to reach, which means that there are not that many tourist and nothing is more perfect than an empty pristine beach. I know we are tourists, but we do everything to avoid places with too many of us. For example the island of Boracay, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the word, has been closed for 6 months because of the damaging tourist activity. That is something we would not want to contribute to.
What do we take into consideration when looking for that perfect island destination:
Great weather is crucial. And I am not talking only about high temperatures, but many islands, have high seasons and low seasons and the low seasons are typically rainy and more humid or colder. Also, some have a high risk to be hit by typhoons. We do recommend during the winter the islands of Zanzibar, Mauritius, Seychelles, the Maldives, also a great choice of Philippine islands.
Do check on the shoulder season, because everything is cheaper and less tourists, while the weather is still great.
2. How far is FarFar?
Of course, there is always something that is too far. But that is only when we have limited vacation time. We never go anywhere far for less than 2 weeks. First of all, the tickets are too expensive for sunbathing just for a couple of days. Secondly, getting there and back can be quite exhausting, and also not worth for just a few days on the beach. And most importantly, why go that far without exploring everything the island has to offer?! Take our recommendation, and give yourself a minimum of 10-14 days, depending on the size of the island and the distance, to fully enjoy and explore it.
3. What the island has to offer.
The beach is great, but we do get quickly bored. If we go to a resort on a tiny Maldive island, then we make sure to book as many trips as possible. Take some days to do nothing, but we promise you that island hopping, snorkeling, fishing and many other activities will be a greater memory than the sun tan. Usually, though, we choose bigger islands, like Zanzibar, Mauritius, Palawan, Crete, Mykonos, Lefkada, Seychelles, because of the number of beaches, and even cities/villages to visit. Make sure to book a car, turn on the local radio and go around the island.
Some islands are not beach perfect, like the Azores for example. But these are still some of our favorites. Specifically for the things to do, the possibility to visit more than one island from the archipelago and for the amazing nature that is incomparable to any other we've seen before.
Whenever you go to one island, you just can't stop. You got to see them all.
P.S. Our search for the perfect island will continue until we'll find the one to settle on.
Photo by Ishan @seefromthesky, Vaavu Atoll, Maldives.