The Best 10 Island Destinations for 2016

By Halal Trip | 21, Jan, 2016
The Best 10 Island Destinations for 2016

If you’re all about the sun, beach and water, island destinations are probably what you gravitate towards the most when picking a spot for your next holiday. Enjoying the exquisite, palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, abundance of jaw-dropping natural scenery, sunny weather and outdoor excursions is what island life is all about! Our list highlights some of the best islands across globe, all of which are breathtaking and unique in their own right.  


The Maldives


The Maldives, lying in the Indian Ocean is made up of hundreds of beautiful small islands and is a top holiday spot amongst celebrities. Consisting more of water than actual land, the tropical nation is known to feature some of the most incredible scenery, beautiful coral reefs, famous five-star resorts, picture-perfect azure waters and underwater landscapes, and is sunny all year round! While renowned to be one of the leading honeymoon destinations in the world, the Maldives is also great for families, for those looking to spend their holiday diving, surfing and snorkeling, and for those seeking a relaxing wellness retreat. With each resort occupying a different island, island hopping is also a must while here!




Mauritius, a tropical paradise surrounded by Indian Ocean, is a charming island destination that is famed for its beautiful white sand beaches, glistening blue waters and coral reefs, for its mix of cultures and its luxurious resorts. For those that don’t find the beach too appealing, Mauritius also offers a variety of other fun attractions and must-dos that don’t require water, such as trekking and bird watching. Mauritius is one of those destinations that once you’ve been, you just can’t wait to go back!


Sri Lanka

Sri-Lanka-Island Sri Lanka, aptly titled the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ is an island of diversity and undiscovered destinations. Famous for its delicious tea and for being home to some of the most photogenic beaches in the world, Sri Lanka is the ideal place for those looking to relax & enjoy nature at its best. A melting pot of cultures and religions, home to charming people and a fascinating history and culture, featuring the most stunning scenery, and offering a variety of activities for young and old, the tropical island of Sri Lanka is a destination like no other.




Comprising of 115 islands; many of which are completely uninhabited, Seychelles is famed for its pristine beaches, which are covered in beautiful white sand and lapped by aquamarine waters. All about nature; the Seychelles archipelago is where you need to be if you’re looking to escape the real world. Explore the lush rainforests, take a glass-bottom boat ride to discover the stunning natural wonders below the water, swim, snorkel, dive, island-hop, or just relax on a breathtaking beach and take it all in!




The Maltese archipelago lying in the Mediterranean Sea consists of three islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta, the largest island in the archipelago is a stunning destination known for its breathtaking scenery and its fascinating past. Sunny all year round, home to unspoiled beaches, spectacular natural attractions and architecture, Malta offers the perfect setting for a relaxing yet adventurous break. The lesser populated islands of Gozo and Comino may not be as popular as Malta, but they are also definitely worth a visit if you’re looking to explore the unexplored or discover the undiscovered!




With such a dreamlike setting, it’s no surprise that Barbados is on our list of the best 10 island destinations for 2016! Home to fine white sand beaches fringed by azure waters and stunning coral reefs, rolling hills, a variety of tropical flora and fauna, incredibly friendly people, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and boasting great weather, Barbados always offers something new and exciting to explore or discover. So slow down life a little and take in the beauty of Barbados!




In the heart of the Pacific Ocean lie the treasured islands of Samoa. Consisting of ten islands, Samoa has diverse environments, is home to breathtaking natural landscapes and wonderful, welcoming people. Samoa also features alluring white sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs, cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforests, and a strong cultural heritage which allows visitors the chance to experience what Polynesia is truly about. The laid-back destination makes for a great honeymoon spot, and is also ideal for families looking to bond with the great outdoors. It may not be one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, but in our opinion, it should be!




Located in the heart of the South Pacific, is an archipelago of over 332 islands - Fiji. While it is renowned for its pristine beaches and crystal clear waters, as well as for its world class five-star resorts and lush natural surroundings, Fiji is more famous for its genuinely friendly people. No matter where you go, you are sure to be greeted with warm smiles and open hearts, that will make you feel like you’re part of their family in no time. Fiji’s beauty and hospitality guarantees that memories made while there will never be forgotten!


Cayman Islands


The Cayman Islands, in the western Caribbean Sea consists of three islands; Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Home to the most beautiful beaches that almost look like they have been airbrushed, natural scenery like no other, fascinating historical sites, and offering an array of incredible land and underwater activities, the Cayman Islands are absolutely perfect for couples and families alike. Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventure seeker, or you’re just looking to completely relax and unwind, Cayman Islands has it all!


Saint Lucia

St-Lucia-Island Saint Lucia, in the eastern Caribbean Sea, is what most traveler think of when they hear the word ‘island’. Photogenic, palm-fringed beaches, unspoiled reefs, the majestic Piton Mountains, lush rainforest, a stunning variety of flora and fauna, luxurious world-class resorts, an abundance of outdoor experiences, and a rich and vibrant culture, are all part of what makes Saint Lucia an incredibly relaxing destination.  

Check out more of HalalTrip’s Best 10 lists of 2016 here!


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    Great article! My wife and I just got back from a 2 week trip surfing Samoa. Such a beautiful trip. Here's some tips and trips on how to enjoy your time surfing Samoa! Have an excellent trip!