The best asset of tropical beauties are the mingles of spreading out on a hammock, gulping margheritas while also being adventure-ridden. If there’s a tropical bucket list you’re designing, don’t forget to add these top 15 tropical destinations to visit!
Waikola Village, Hawaii
A tropical landscape backed by waters in tones of blue and green, skirted by a lava rock coastline is the Waikola Village , Hawaii. Indulge in snorkeling and seek tropical fish at 49 black sand beach, and pin money at Mauna Lani shops for chic-island stuff. Do engage in beach activities at the white sand crystals of the Hapuna Beach State Park.
Port Douglas, Australia
Housing nature wonders the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest, Port Douglas is the tropical getaway you’ve been yearning for. In the stunning backdrop of the coral waters and rugged mountains, you could go reef exploring on Quicksilver Cruises till the continent’s edge. Another exciting excursion you could undertake is the Jungle Surfing zip-lining through the canopy of spurwoods.
Durban, South Africa
The vacay spot you’d flex at, located at South Africa’s northeast coast – Durban is famed for its pristine beaches and a-one surfing spots. Fill your frame with sandcastle art at the uShaka beach and gape at the humpback whales at Northern Umdloti Beach. Get a close up at South African marine life at uShaka Marine World, visited mostly for its aquarium and water park. Try your luck on the best waves found north of the Golden Mile at North Beach, Bay of Plenty and Dairy Beach and surf it out!
A tropical haven, Darwin is a respite from the winter Australian chills. Muse in the picturesque landscape of Tiwi islands and bird-watch fascinating species. A hive of eateries and shopping stalls, the Wavefront Complex houses the Wave Lagoon. Swim in its fresh waters without being wary of the crocodiles and stretch out on beach-chairs to relish the immaculate beauty. Cruise through the waterways of Darwin’s Habour and verse with all natural and man-made attractions on your route.
An ethnically and religiously rich tropical destination Nadi is seeing more visitors every year. Testimony to the rich culture heritage, Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, a must-visit place of worship bemuses tourists with the elaborate wooden carvings of Hind gods. The vacation vibe can be extracted at the Wailoaloa beach and Newton beach, skirted by budget resorts and animate beauty. The Kula Wild Adventure Park educates and thrills you both with its interactive Environmental Education Center and roller coaster zip line and jungle waterslide activities.
Tune in to the Mexican hippie vibe at Tulum, a tropical vacation spot of unrivaled beauty. Get cenote hunting and you will be amused with the splash of colors, rugged caves and adjoining flowy lakes. The waters are off-beat with scarce paddlers and plush hotels which makes it even more alluring for the peace it offers. The jungle maze is worth falling for with the animal cacophony in the background and fellow explorers winding their way through the narrow roads.
Breezy and poised, Lombok is visited by those who wish to flee the hustle-bustle of commercial lives. Gili Trawangan, biggest of the three main Gili islands is a white sand beach with crystal waters by day and a raging party place at night. The Tiu Kelep Waterfall is magical; with the mist from the waters coupled with the lush emerald jungles. While hiking up to it, you could be held up by the awe of tricky water streams and pointed rocks.
Cook Islands, South Pacific
Leaving you bespectacled with its natural terrain and offering you an adrenaline throttle are the Cook Islands. Luxuriate in the Aitutaki Lagoon on the Vaka cruise that tours you through some uninhabited islets and natural wonders. Get adventure enlightened by scuba diving around Aitutaki and Rarotonga, experiencing close encounters with reef sharks and sea turtles. Your mid-mornings could be spent at the Punanga Nui Market, shopping and savoring local cuisines.
Known as the “Garden Isle”, Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian masterpiece. A hiking trail that you ought to set onto is the incredible Awa’awapuhi Trail and be witness to the fine sculpts of nature. Makua Beach also known as Tunnels Beach is where you go surfing and snorkeling in the crystal waters with the Makana Mountain in the backdrop. Although, the treasure trove is the Waimea Canyon also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific, almost mystical in appearance and makes for an unforgettable visit.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora makes for one of those magazine pictures and screensavers you come across. An island paradise, infuse its tranquil element with sporty affairs in the water when vacating. The Lagoonarium waters are just perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving, also giving your amphitheater views of coral reefs. A 4wd tour around the island, dictated by a local guide gives you an insight to the rather troubled history of this haven. The scenic Mount Pahia can be bemused from below, but if you want to get outdoorsy, you could climb this tough trail under guidance.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
The Costa Rican tropical getaway has to be at Tamarindo, a quaint town with a tropical climate throughout. The Tamarindo Beach is the hot spot for water sports and some lazy sun basking, with food joints dotting its periphery. Tourists also opt for Monkey Jungle Canopy Tours – an exciting experience where you hook onto the cables in the sky and behold the lofty rainforests and costa rican monkeys too!
Ko Samui, Thailand
If you intend on having a tropical blast, choose Ko Samui as your vacation spot! There’s something for every genre; for nature enthusiasts, there are Hin Ta & Hin Yai, also known as grandma and grandpa rocks. Samui’s fairy and sparkling waterfalls have beguiled so many and so have the mummified monks. For those yearning for religious fulfillment can worship the Big Buddha statue – an ensemble of fine architecture and arresting imagery.
This mangrove-clad Malaysian beach destination offers an intense itinerary of all-natural wonders and some man-made glitz too. You must take a ride on the Langkawi Cable Car and voyage through the lush rain forests to reach the summit of Mat Cincang mountain. Get set of a boat journey and behold the spectacles of rugged caves, clear pools, and dense forests. For some athletic fun, visit the Pantai Cenang beach and try jet skiing, paragliding, and of course snorkeling and swimming.
The Seychelles, East Africa
If the bug for a tropical journey bites you, don’t fail to visit the hive of 115 islands on the east African coast – Seychelles. Head towards the thinly populated Anse Source D’Argent or Anse Coco beaches for local platters, dirt-shopping and nature musing. An undiscovered beauty is the mesmerizing Praslin Waterfall, near the UNESCO site Vallée De Mai.
It’s always raining tourists at Bali! There are so many layers to this place. Get immersed spiritually in the thick tropical air by visiting the Pura Besakih temple and watching Hindu ceremonies. Mount Batur challenges the chutzpah of the adventure mongers to its 1700 m high summit. The labyrinths of Monkey Forest in Ubud is a one-stop destination for all photographers and fauna fans.