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World’s Best Islands named by TripAdvisor

Efate, Vanuatu

Looking to book an island getaway in 2014? Here are the world's best islands, according to TripAdvisor.

World’s Best Islands named by TripAdvisor

The winners of the annual Travellers’ Choice Islands Awards have been announced by TripAdvisor. Now in it’s second year, the awards recognise more than 100 islands globally.

“From the coral reefs of Ambergris Caye to the beaches of Ko Tao, these Travellers’ Choice Islands winners have been highly rated by travellers around the globe,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.  “The possibility of an island escape is right around the corner at any of the amazing islands.”

In Australia, Norfolk Island’s pristine beaches and idyllic location helped to secure the UNESCO World Heritage site the seventh spot in the South Pacific list for the very first time, while Kangaroo Island retained its ninth position from last year. Over in the South Pacific it was Bora Bora (French Polynesia) and Aitutaki (Cook Islands) who came in at third and seventh place.

“Kangaroo Island being recognised in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards is a clear indication that people are going to the island, having a memorable experience and are moved enough to want to share it with the rest of the world online. This is a credit to the island’s beauty, experiences and people and I am certain Kangaroo Island and South Australia will continue to inspire memorable holidays that are genuinely one of a kind,” said South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex.

“It’s the diversity in nature, history and activities on Norfolk Island that makes it so unique”, said Glen Buffett, General Manager of Norfolk Island Tourism. “As a Pacific Island destination, we’re constantly surprising visitors with the myriad of options available to them – from spectacular beaches, World Heritage historic areas to explore, nature walks and a pristine golf course, to seasonal, island grown fresh food from our many restaurants and cafes. There’s so much more to Norfolk Island and it’s great to see travellers sharing their positive experiences online.”

Judged by quality and quantity of highly-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, Travellers’ Choice Island winners are determined over a 12-month period. See the top 10 islands in each region below.

Top 10 Islands in the World:

1. Ambergris Caye, Belize

2. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

4. Marco Island, Florida

5. Lewis and Harris, Scotland

6. Naxos, Greece

7. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

8. Nosy Be, Madagascar

9. Easter Island, Chile

10. Ko Tao, Thailand

Top 10 Islands in the South Pacific:

1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

2. Aitutaki, Cook Islands

3. Moorea, French Polynesia

4. Efate, Vanuatu

5. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

6. Waiheke Island, New Zealand

7. Norfolk Island, Australia

8. Taveuni Island, Fiji

9. Kangaroo Island, Australia

10. Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

For the complete list of winners from the 2014 Travellers’ Choice Islands, as well as reviews and candid traveller photos, go to

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