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World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Islands in Asia-Pacific

This part of the world is so full of dreamy, clear-watered, palm-fringed tropical idylls, it's near impossible to pick the best. But readers tried. These are the top islands in Asia-Pacific in 2021.

It's a blue summer in the Andaman Islands. Photo by jayanta basu/500px/Getty Images/Canva

Sep 10, 2021

WE GAVE YOU A NEAR impossible task: pick the top islands in Asia, and the top islands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. How could you narrow it down among all the aquatic beauty in this part of the world? From archipelago nations to castaway vacation favorites, to natural wonders of the world, these two lists will have you dreaming flying off into the middle of the ocean asap. Don’t forget the reef-safe sunscreen! 

* — ON THE LIST FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS 

TOP 5  ISLANDS IN ASIA 

1. Andaman Islands
India

Comprising 300 islands in the Bay of Bengal, this unspoiled Indian archipelago courts divers and snorkelers eager to glimpse sharks and rays. 

Score: 91.24

2. Koh Samui 
Thailand

Score: 90.34 

3. Bali *
Indonesia

Score: 90.32

4. Maldives 

Score: 89.55 

5. Palawan 
Philippines

Score: 88.63 

TOP 10  ISLANDS IN AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC 

1. Fiji Islands 

Exceptionally friendly people, stellar marine parks, and unforgettable five-star resorts helped this palm-laden paradise secure a first-place finish. 

Score: 87.17 

2. Kangaroo Island 
Australia

Score: 85.66 

3. Moorea *
French Polynesia

Score: 85.48

4. Great Barrier Reef Islands 
Australia

Score: 85.00 

5. Bora-Bora 
French Polynesia

Score: 84.48 

6. Waiheke Island 
New Zealand

Score: 82.18 

7. Huahine 
French Polynesia

Score: 78.21 

8. Tasmania 
Australia

Score: 78.20 

9. Tahiti 
French Polynesia

Score: 73.39 

10. Cook Islands 

Score: 70.18 

For more World’s Best Awards 2021 lists of your favorite hotels, resorts, cities, islands and more, visit: travelandleisureasia.com/trending/worlds-best-awards-2021

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