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World's best islands 2015 (according to Tripadvisor)
  • Beautiful Providenciales is the most tourist-friendly island in Turks and Caicos. The northern side of the island boasts beautiful beaches, a coral reef and some fascinating sealife. 

  • The second largest of the Hawaiian islands, Maui is just 727 square miles of varied terrain that is perfect for all sorts of activities including water sports, mountain biking and hikes. Pictured: The road to Hana, Maui.

  • The largest of the Honduras Bay islands, Roatan is known for its white sand beaches, pine forests and mountainous areas. The island is now also home to a number of upmarket hotel resorts. 
  • Santorini appeared as the result of a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, which created its volcanic cliffs and blackened coastline. Historic towns with whitewashed buildings dot the coastline and make it one of the most recognisable islands in the world. Pictured: Village of Oia in Santorini.

  • Ko Tao remains relatively unscathed by tourism. The island is a scuba diving hotspot and also an important breeding area for turtles. Pictured: Blue lagoon and rocky shoreline, Nang Yuan, Ko Tao, southern Thailand

  • Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean best known for its wine, beautiful landscapes and embroidery trade. Pictured: Porto Moniz, Madeira.

  • Home to stunning beaches, clear waters and plenty of opportunity for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. Pictured: Amlapura, Rice Fields and Gunung Agung Volcano.

  • This island nation in the Indian Ocean is a veritable paradise of clear blue waters, white sand beaches and tropical scenery. Along with a host of historical sites the island is also home a number of luxury hotels. Pictured: Le Morne mount and One Eye surf spot.

  • Part of the Leeward group of the Society Islands, the iconic over-the-water bungalows that characterise the island are known the world over.
  • Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is a designated World Heritage Site thanks to its environment. Pictured: National Marine Park, Fernando de Noronha.