Top island destinations to visit in 2017

Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, a vacation with friends or a solo adventure, we’ve rounded up the best island destinations to visit in 2017.

Maldives

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The Maldives won seven categories at the 2016 World Travel Awards including best beach destination and best dive destination, so you know it’s worth a visit. Climate change has led to increasing sea levels and some experts predict that the Maldives will disappear in the next 100 years, so even more reason to vacation there while it’s still intact. The Maldives is filled with exquisite marine life, beautiful resorts, and visitors often say it has the best beaches in the world. Need we say more?

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Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has gone through some big governmental and political changes since the cessation of its civil war in 2009 and a new government coming into power in 2015. These positive changes have made Sri Lanka even more attractive as a destination in 2017. As the island slowly increases in popularity, visitors will be in awe of the hidden caves, which are filled with paintings and statues of Buddha. The rugged landscape contrasts sharply with incredible beaches and makes for the perfect island getaway.

Bali

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In Indonesia lies “the island of the Gods”. A mere three-hour flight from Singapore and filled with cultural, historical and archaeological wonders, is Bali. If you’re looking for something more active, Bali also offers some of the best surfing and diving in the world. One of the newer gems for the younger generation is the Pretty Poison bar which merges skateboarding into bar and club culture.