Pictures of an island evoke so much mystery and beauty that it would be hard to resist if given the chance to travel to one. Some island destinations have managed to ingrain their attraction in the public’s consciousness. There are so many to choose from all over the world but there at least three that would usually end up in any one’s top three personal list of island destinations.
Galapagos Islands consist of an archipelago of volcanic islands which is under the territory of Ecuador. Its official name is Archipielago de Colon and includes a national park and biological marine reserve. The islands are quite popular because of the many endemic species inhabiting them as well as their association with Charles Darwin’s study in relation to his famous Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection.
Yachts and ships continuously service overnight guests to and fro the islands. Group tours are always accompanied by licensed guides to help preserve the area. It is a recognized World Heritage Site and is a designated whale sanctuary.
Santorini Islands can be found in the southern Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece. The largest of the islands, also called by the same name is essentially what was left of a volcanic explosion. It has become a geological caldera with a giant rectangular lagoon and surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides.
There have been attempts to link Santorini with the Exodus of the Israelites and the Atlantis myth, adding more interest to what is already a historically colorful site. The main industry of Santorini is tourism.
Bali is Indonesia’s smallest province. Its culture is strongly influenced by Chinese and Indian cultures. It was home to the now extinct Bali Tiger.
The tourism industry of Bali is mostly focused in the south. It has consistently been recognized as one of the best islands by industry observers. It runs however the risk of having to face the consequences of over exploitation by the tourism industry.
The natural topography of islands makes them natural magnets for unique ecology. There have some efforts to produce man-made islands but they can never come close to the natural wonder of islands formed by nature itself. No traveler should hang his traveling shoes permanently without visiting these islands and other islands of interest including Boracay in the Philippines, Big Island in Hawaii, and Great Barrier Reef Islands in Australia, among others.