Modern Australian

Top Island Destinations for 2018

  • Written by Rebecca Brown

When we picture island destinations in our minds, we often imagine a tropical beach of white sand, a sun lounger laid out in the shade of a line of palm trees and, oh, what’s that, a Pina Colada? Don’t mind if I do!

The truth is though, there is a huge variety to the types of island destinations out there and, frankly, there are often destinations that we even forget are islands in the first place.

With about 2,000 islands located in ocean waters alone, and countless more in seas and inland water bodies, just what is out there when you are looking for an island-based holiday?

The Republic of Ireland

Whilst they are almost certainly not coming for the weather, people are visiting Ireland in record numbers. Many first-time visitors will be coming with romantic notions of rolling green fields and pints of the black stuff. Whilst there is a lot more to see, do and experience than that, those two things are admittedly quite important parts of Irish culture.

So if you’re going to do them, do them right.

If you’re looking for scenery, you could try driving the Causeway Coastal Route. It meanders along sheer cliffs to a spectacular backdrop of the rolling Glens of Antrim. The route is littered with pretty villages and forest parks and is regularly held up as one of the best driving experiences in the world.

If you do want to try a pint of Guinness, then of course Ireland is the best place to do that. You could try going straight to the source by touring the Guinness factory in Dublin. It’s well worth a visit for the very well laid out and informative museum, as well as the fact that your ticket includes a free pint in the roof top bar.

The Isle of Wight

This island off the south coast of England is a place that may not instantly conjure the kinds of images of a tropical island we mentioned before, but it can still be a very enjoyable holiday destination.

One of the things people forget is that the Isle of Wight is actually quite large and well populated. That means there are a number of sizable towns, each with it’s own charm and attractions.

There’s Sandown for example, a very traditional seaside town boasting a promenade to saunter along and a busy town centre packed with shops and restaurants.

Shanklin provides an example of seaside British amusements that have been largely lost to time and budget airlines back on the mainland. Come here for amusement arcades, miniature golf, the smell of sizzling doughnuts and a very underrated sandy beach.

Speaking of beaches, one final mention has to go to the town to Ryde on the northeast coast. This pretty little town has a real laid back atmosphere and boasts no less than three large scale, award-winning beaches.

The Canary Islands

The Canaries are one of the most scenic holiday destinations in the world, and have a weather to die for. As an archipelago however, you do have some choice in where you pitch up, so which island is best for you?

Tenerife is possibly the best known of the islands and also the most popular, receiving around 5 million visitors a year. Its popularity is, to a large extent, because of the versatility of the island. It contains everything from large and cosmopolitan cities to picturesque coastal towns, incredible national parks and fine beaches.

Gran Canaria is second in popularity and for good reason – that being that it is very similar to Tenerife. Again, it maintains cosmopolitan cities, quaint little villages and a number of excellent beaches. If you’ve tried Tenerife already and loved the overall vibe of good weather and diverse locations, perhaps consider giving Gran Canaria a try this time.

Lanzarote is often considered the least developed island in the chain. Its lands are not conducive to farming, so it was simply never as well settled historically as the other islands. Today that holds true and Lanzarote is definitely the quietest island. It may lack the stunning scenery of some of the others, but if you’re looking for peace and tranquility, you’ll find it here.

That of course only covers the big three of the Canaries. Another thing to bear in mind is that it is very easy to island hop, so you can happily set up base on one island, and move between them as the mood strikes you.


It may be it’s own continent, but it is not the world’s largest island, with that honour going to Greenland (that’s a great pub quiz fact by the way).

Most tour guides will point you toward the unbroken sunshine and major cities of the east and south coasts. However, people are beginning to realise that the west coast has plenty to offer too.

Perth itself is almost a stereotype of the outdoor Australian lifestyle. It boasts amazing weather, white sand beaches that run for miles and some of the finest food certainly along the west coast, probably in all of Australia.

It’s a remarkably laid back place too, boasting a huge number of small bars, independent coffee shops and fun weekend markets to stroll – you could even pick up a bottle of wine from a local vineyard.

Holidays & Travel

What to Do When Traveling From Australia to USA

Planning a trip to USA with your friends for the first time? Well, then you have miraculously landed at the right page. We have done all the homework to prepare...

5 Top Offbeat Things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong sure has some quirky attractions hidden up its sleeve. And if you are looking for some unusual sights and unique fun activities to experience, you won’t be disappointed...

Exploring Whakatane NZ

One of the most exciting road trips travelers can embark on is a motorhome hire new zealand journey. This unique and exciting country has it all when it comes to...

Important Considerations When Choosing Broome Accommodation

Broome is a fantastic place for visitors of all ages. Whether you want to lounge on the golden sands of Cable beach or take the kids to learn something new...

A tour guide to Melbourne

Welcome to the second most populous city in Australia with its beautiful sites and amazing scenery. Melbourne has been identified in so many spheres as one of the most livable...

Top 5 Places to Visit in Australia

The sheer, breathtaking expanse of the Australian continent is a thing of beauty. The vast landmass is actually packed with awe-inspiring landmarks to see and countless blood-pumping activities to partake...

Adhari Park: Why is it one of the must-visit sites in Bahrain?

Despite its small area that does not exceed the 1,000 square kilometers mark, the Kingdom of Bahrain is known for being rich of touristic sites and attractions. Bahrain comprises destinations...

Exciting Off Road Adventures In Western Australia

Western Australia has long been a top destination for off roading enthusiasts from all across the world. One look at some of the top off road destinations on offer in...

Things to Do and See in Ballina, Australia

The intricate coastline of New South Wales is renowned for its sumptuous, decadent beaches, hidden resorts and secret camping spots. A long and slow ride down the winding highway that...

Popular articles from Modern Australian

What to Do When Traveling From Australia to USAWhat we should know about ‘nitric oxide’ and why we need more of itDownsizing: What Is Too Small?5 unique ways to extract toxins from your bodyThe Art Of Bell-RingingModern Snapback Hats trending in Australia6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Overseas5 Tips Designed to Help Accentuate Your Hourglass FigureRoyal Edinburgh Military TattooThe inaugural Bondi Ocean Lovers FestivalHow to Plan a Remodeling at Home: Tips and TricksAchieving Facial Symmetry with RhinoplastyHow to Choose the Best Colors for Your BedroomFind Here the 3 Best Online Pokies in AustraliaHair Loss and Transplant Solutions