Guest Blogger: Optima Villas
With fall temperatures plummeting and winter peeking around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about bluer water and warmer climes. The challenge, as always, is avoiding the inevitable crowds. We asked the experts at Optima Villas to round up their favorite untapped isles, along with the ideal gear to make your getaway complete. Here’s what they had to say.
Dubrovnik to Split
Croatia has long been touted as an up-and-coming European destination—and with good reason. With its beautiful forested backdrop, incredible coastline and affordable prices, it’s no surprise its made it onto so many travelers’ to-do lists. Island hoppers should start in Dubrovnik and work their way towards the iconic city of Split. Don’t forget to enjoy the crystal-clear waters and spectacular views along the way!
Whether you’re bathing on the popular beaches at Bol or exploring quiet coves on Šolta, you’ll find a medley of exciting Adriatic islands. Let’s just say, you’ll want to add these to your travel itinerary too!
The Cayman Islands offer amazing underwater activities, iconic Caribbean beaches, and a truly romantic setting. Plus, the waters around the Cayman Islands are famous for their biodiversity. Divers can expect to see colorful coral, sea turtles, humongous stingrays and a wide spectrum of tropical fish. On Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands, expect beautiful beachside hotels and world-class restaurants.
A diverse archipelago that is rarely fully explored, the Canary Islands offer a treasure trove of things to do and places to see. Step away from the tourist hotspots on Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and you’ll discover a wealth of sleepy seaside towns, stunning volcanic scenery, and quiet coves. Whether you’re traversing Teide volcano or winding your way through the ecologically-rich laurel forests, enjoy such variety of alluring landscapes.
Of the busier islands, Lanzarote comes out on top. From Playa Blanca to the extraordinary geology of Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote should be your next stop! It’s the perfect place to pick as your base camp while you’re exploring the Canaries. Plus, after a long day of adventuring, relax poolside in your very own Lanzarote villa!
For nature lovers and science fanatics, the Galápagos Islands are an absolute must see! The Galápagos archipelago is flourishing with wildlife and aquatic species found nowhere else in the world.
From snorkeling with friendly sea lions to ascending active volcanoes, you won’t fall short of incredible experiences if you island-hop here. For budding photographers, award-winning shots are around every corner! Just make sure to pack a camera bag to prevent damage while you’re exploring.
The islands off its west coast are brimming with lush, green jungle and rarely trodden beaches! Start at Bungus Beach and hop between the shores of Pulau Siberut and Pulau Sipura, and round off at Pulau Nias. Be sure to bring a hydration pack as there are very few services on the smaller islands.
From the scattered islands of Asia Pacific to the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean, there’s an island adventure waiting for everyone. Whether you’re an outdoors enthusiast or you prefer to relax by the pool, this selection of archipelagos is the perfect way to satisfy your wanderlust. Add the travel-gear expertise of eBags, and you’re virtually guaranteed a perfect island getaway. Shop eBags luggage and travel gear now!
Harley is based in the UK but satisfies his travel bug with regular breaks abroad. Having backpacked around Thailand and explored the very best of Singapore, Croatia and Malaysia, he’s well acquainted with some of the world’s most beautiful places. When he’s not island hopping or inter-railing around Europe, Harley can be found rock climbing in the UK.