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Trip Advisor’s 10 Best Islands in the World

by AIFS Study Abroad

There are so many amazing islands, how can you choose just ten? Trip Advisor polled their readers and just came out with their 2015 list of the Best Islands in the World. Here are a few of the best, along with where you can study abroad to get there:

10. Fernando do Noronha, Brazil (pictured above)

Located off the northeast coast of Brazil, Fernando do Noronha is not the most accessible (it’s about a 4 1/2 hour flight from Sao Paulo) or the cheapest (flights are a little pricey), but if you’re studying abroad in Brazil and want to see this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s worth the trip!

8. Mauritius, Africa

For students studying in South Africa, Mauritius is similarly a bit far (5 hours if you get a direct flight) and a bit expensive (a quick search showed flights ranging from $700-$800). Why is it worth the trip? Lonely Planet describes it as “a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise […] The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.”

6. Madeira, Portugal

For students studying in Spain (or anywhere in Europe) if you book in advance you can get flights out of Madrid for $200-$300. Why go to this far away island? Fodor’s describes:

Bird-of-paradise flowers grow wild; pink and purple fuchsia weave lacy patterns up pastel walls; and jacaranda trees create purple canopies over roads and avenues. The natural beauty of this island is like no other, from the cliffs that plummet seaward to mountain summits cloaked in silent fog. The magic has captivated travelers for centuries.

4. Santorini, Greece

For students in Athens or Istanbul, this is an easy one. There are plenty of Greek Islands to visit, so why is Santorini so special? Lonely Planet has the scoop:

Santorini may well have conquered a corner of your imagination before you’ve even set eyes on it. With multicoloured cliffs soaring over 300m from a sea-drowned caldera, it rests in the middle of the indigo Aegean, looking like a giant slab of layered cake. The island spoons the vast crater left by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history. Smaller islands curl around the fragmented western edge of the caldera, but it is the main island of Thira that will take your breath away with its snow drift of white Cycladic houses lining the cliff tops and, in places, spilling like icy cornices down the terraced rock. When the sun sets, the reflection on the buildings and the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs can be truly spectacular. The island’s intrigue reaches deep into the past, with the fascinating Minoan site of Akrotiri and the gorgeous traditional hilltop village of Oia. The sandy, multicoloured beaches are simply the icing on the cake.

3. Roatan, Honduras

For students in Costa Rica, there are so many things to do and see it can be hard to tear yourself away from all there is to explore there even for a weekend. But if you’re interested in water sports, eco-tourism, and some of the most pristine beaches in the world, book in advance and you can find reasonably priced flights to Roatan, about a 4 hour flight.

What would you add to this list? What did they miss? Visit our website to find out about all of our program locations, and plan your trip to one of the best islands in the world!

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