Best Nature Trips In The World – When you’ve had your fill of history, culture and man-made wonders, sometimes all you need is sun, sea and sand. Desert islands like Fiji and Maui are at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists, with all the ingredients for the perfect exotic vacation: tropical climates, swaying palm trees and blissful white sand beaches. Closer to home, the Canary Island of Fuerteventura and Vis in Croatia make getting away from it easy as pie. Whether you’re after an intense adventure or want to marvel at Mother Nature, Lucy McGuire picks the world’s most exotic travel destinations. For more inspiration, read our alternative month-by-month guide to where to go.
With a renowned surfing scene and more than 120 miles of Golden Crescent beaches, Hawaii has attractions everywhere you turn. Known as the “Island in the Valley,” Maui is famous for its misty peaks, beautiful sunsets, and bamboo forests. Relax on Kaanapali Beach or check out the red sands of Kaihalulu – a beach like no other in the world.
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Best Hostel: The friendly Tiki Beach Hostel is the perfect surfer hangout for travelers to Maui. The beach is minutes away, while the common areas are great for socializing with other guests. Rooms can be booked indoors or outdoors; All have en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and a shared kitchen. There is also a women’s hostel (“Vahine”). Group activities — like a Friday night barbecue — add to the fun.
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Best Beach Hotel: Nabili Kai Beach Resort is a glitzy beach resort where you can eat, sleep and play with the sound of the ocean. The resort has its own putting green, four pools, two hot tubs, several outdoor grilling areas and two shuffleboard courts. Whether you want to relax or do more active tasks, it is possible here.
Best for getting active: Maui is a tropical wonderland with great trails and hiking trails. Book a 5h waterfall and rainforest hike to continue 10-40m waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to swim in natural pools, enjoy a fresh picnic lunch and learn about the culture, flora and fauna of the area from your experienced nature guide.
Best for relaxing: A luxury sunset cruise is an enchanting way to see Maui in colorful evening hues. Enjoy the view of the sunset from a luxury catamaran while an award-winning chef prepares your dinner. The experience doesn’t get much better than this.
With a tropical climate, secluded palm-fringed beaches and a landscape as varied as a quilt, Puerto Rico is considered the most exotic island in the Caribbean. See tree frogs in El Yunque’s dense jungle, swim at night in bioluminescent mosquito bays, and admire the country’s abundant golden sands.
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Best for Spa & Golf: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is a four-star luxury hotel with all the amenities you’d expect from a world-class resort hotel. There are two championship golf courses, and the Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa includes meditation areas, a salon and several steam rooms. Bedrooms are bright and airy with pops of color.
Best Budget Option: Apart from being budget-friendly, Chalet Olas del Sol offers great ocean views. The area has a garden and many excellent walking trails. With two bedrooms, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen,
For Water Enthusiasts: Active travelers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to kayak the Fajardo. There’s something special about running Laguna Grande Bio Bay Nature Reserve. Following full safety instructions, you’ll kayak a sunset cruise to remember; When dusk falls, the magic really begins. Marvel at the bioluminescent bay, where the water surface comes alive with twinkling sparks created by tiny organisms. It’s a perfect reminder that Puerto Rico is one of the most exotic vacation destinations in the world.
For hiking: El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest registered by the US National Forest Service. It offers fantastic hiking with dense foliage, cascading waterfalls and raging rivers. A guided tour of El Yunque is the best way to get to know the area and its native flora and fauna.
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If you are looking for exotic places close to home, this is for you! Fuerteventura is perhaps the most interesting of the Canary Islands, thanks to its deserted beaches, crystal clear waters and hippie atmosphere. The constant trade winds make it a prime area for water sports. But if you’re looking for a perfect tan, join the naturists who flock here for its famous nude beaches. For more information, see our guide to the Canary Islands.
Best for families: The all-inclusive AluaVillage Fuerteventura is the perfect base for families in Fuerteventura, with a dedicated children’s pool, children’s area and extensive entertainment program. While the kids have a blast, adults can take advantage of the spa – complete with steam baths, hot tubs, saunas and sun terraces.
Best for spa and wellness: Royal Palm Resort & Spa – Adults only accepts guests sixteen and over, making it a great choice for couples after some serious pampering. The spa includes an indoor pool, a well-maintained sauna, a gym and a salt cave. As you would expect, there is an extensive list of beauty and wellness treatments.
Best for a spectacular view: Book a Dune Buggy Tour to explore Fuerteventura’s beautiful countryside on the PGO 600 Buggy. Petrol heads and adventurers are in for a wild ride.
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Best for ocean tours: If a dune bug tour is too much of an adrenaline rush, opt for a dolphin and whale watching tour instead. Watching these beautiful animals travel through the water is a breathtaking experience.
Blue waters, swinging hammocks and hidden beaches can be found in Colombia, which until recently escaped the tourist trail. Walk through Tayrona National Park, an eco-traveler’s dream destination, and surrender to one of the most exotic places to travel in the world. It is the perfect place to stay in a beach hut, eat exotic fruits and explore beautiful lagoons.
Best for a Beachside Vibe: Senda Casa Tayrona Los Naranjos has a stunning location with an outdoor pool and sun deck that literally overlooks the beach. The characteristic thatched roof and dark wooden shutters give the entire space a tropical tiki vibe.
Best Hostel: Transfers from Simon Bolivar Airport can be arranged directly to Viajero Hostel Tayrona & EcoHops, which is a more affordable option. But ease of access isn’t all there is to Viajero Hostel. Bookable activities include a stunning swimming pool, hammocks arranged under palm trees and surfing lessons. Meanwhile, the restaurant serves delicious dishes prepared from fresh seafood. Why not wash it down with a tropical cocktail?
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The secret is out; The Croatian island of Vis has serious pulling power on island hopping, thanks to its dramatic cliffs and exotic beaches. This jewel on the Adriatic is a short boat ride from the Croatian city of Split, but its secluded caves are right at home in the tropics. Take a boat to Stiniva, a hidden beach often voted the best in Europe.
Best to stay in the historic center: Hotel San Giorgio is a friendly place with friendly and helpful staff and a lovely garden courtyard. Rooms are clean, colorful and come in the form of standard doubles, juniors and deluxe suites. The latter has a Jacuzzi – perfect for special occasions and anniversaries.
Best location on the sea: Meera Seafront Guesthouse offers a wide range of self-catering apartments in Vis. The studios and apartments are located in two different locations, both in the small village of Komisa. As the name suggests, they all have ocean views.
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Rough Guides has teamed up with local experts in Croatia to offer personalized holidays – learn more! You can cruise the Adriatic coast or explore the Dalmatian coast from two platforms.
French Polynesia is undoubtedly the most exotic holiday destination, sparkling with emerald lagoons and scented with vanilla, coconut and tiara Tahiti flowers. Yes, as beautiful as you asked. You can’t cover all five archipelagos (118 islands in total), so go to Maupiti: “The Bad Island”. Its beaches are whiter than white, it is surrounded by mystical caves and Mount Teurafatiu offers breathtaking views.
In Bora Bora: Maitai Bora Bora offers a variety of accommodation, from classic overwater bungalows to beach bungalows and rooms with ocean and garden views. Located near Mathira Beach, the only public beach in Bora Bora, this hotel has two restaurants and two bars. Settle into your new luxurious surroundings before heading into the water to get to know each other better