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February
12

Secret islands: Paradise on the ocean

I’m not sure there’s a setting more idyllic than a secluded tropical island, the kind where you feel your cares melt away as you lie on the perfect powdery beach, palm trees swaying gently overhead, azure waves lapping lightly on the shore as a soft breeze tickles your toes. The only place that might come close is a quiet and temperate island, where the forests and quaint towns run down to the sea, and you lean back in an old-fashioned rocking chair to watch the sun set in a riot of purple over the deep blue water.

With winter still in full swing, we could all use some outdoor eye candy right now, and Bing Travel is here to oblige with a new slide show presenting 17 island escapes spread across the world. Some hail from tropical climes, while others are farther from the equator, but all are secluded, serene and beautiful — ideal places to leave the everyday world behind.

My own secret island is Orcas Island, a hilly green retreat north of Puget Sound that doesn’t even have a stoplight. But I’ve always wanted to visit the tiny, quiet islands scattered throughout the Pacific, from the Marshall Islands to French Polynesia.

What are your favorite secluded islands — whether you’ve actually been there or you’re just dreaming about them? Tell your fellow travelers your secret in the comments section.

Comments

  • I enjoyed watching the slideshow favourite was Vabbinfaru Island.

  • Paxos and Antipaxos off the west coast of Greece, where the water is calm and turquoise and the swimming is delightful.

    Mayreau in the Caribbean, a tiny island accessible only by boat. I snorkeled there and saw a school of Caribbean reef squid with startling blue eyes.

    Gozo, an island within the island chain of Malta. A quiet, rural green gem in the middle of the Mediterranean.

  • Nice slides! Anybody considered the sunny beaches in Africa?

    The weather is gorgeous here now. See http://www.vacationskenya.com

  • I enjoyed watching this rare slide show. Maldives is an exotic place to be in, but with the rising water level, the island might be at risk.

  • my one true valentine is Bing, so there'll be no secret island for me!!

  • "I’m not sure there’s a setting more idyllic than a secluded tropical island"

    not sure. according to me, there is...

  • Linda Grzesik here.

    The lure seems to be distance. Florida has an area called The 10,000 Islands. It literally has uncountable islands. The area is sparsely populated and an adventure paradise, yet it is low on the destination list.

  • MANHATTAN! :)

  • Thanks

  • it's gr8 slide show

  • San Juan Islands, Washington, where the orca whales live.

  • Palau ....... Absolutely BEAUTIFUL

  • You should visit the Caribbean Island of Grenada which has several smaller islands like Calivigny ISland - recently bought by French Billionaire George Cohen whose dream it has alawys been to own his own island.  It is 30 hectares and so far has two oppulent residences thereon.  One which is completely finished is 80,000 square feet while the other which is still being constructed is 30,000 square feet.  Beautiful white sand beaches adorn the coastline with a surfeit of cool breeze all day long.

    Some 100 million Euros have been spent installing a road network, state of the art electricity generation and desalination plants.

    The island is gorgeous and the oppulance unmatched. Seeing is believing.    

  • My favorite island is Roatan. Located in north off the cost of Honduras.

  • Lizard Island in Australia.  It is home to one upscale resort, a science research station and a single airstrip airport (if you can call it that).  It is located in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef and has spectacular snorkeling, scuba diving, and wildlife viewing.  I don't know much about the resort, only that it is very upscale, since I stayed at the research station for school.  Definitely worth a visit.

    Stewart Island, New Zealand.  I didn't get a chance to visit it while I was in NZ, but have heard amazing things about it.  It is NZ's southern most island and rarely makes a large map.  It has only one town and only 20 km of roads (about 13 miles) and is made up mostly of forested areas.  I have heard only good things about this island.

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