5 Great Island Destinations

By Brandi M. Seals

5.) Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island is located in Michigan. It lies in the Straights of Mackinac that separates the Upper Peninsula from the Lower Peninsula. Visitors can take a ferry from Mackinaw City on the Lower Peninsula or St. Ignace on the Upper Peninsula.

Mackinac Island is a 4.4 square mile island that features Victorian architecture is free of cars. Residents and visitors get around on foot, horse, carriage or bicycle. Take step back in time at Mackinac.

The island features a fort, several tourist shops that sell the best fudge ever, and the Grand Hotel. The Grand Hotel is a beautiful hotel that first opened in 1887 and features 385 rooms. Go there to be in the lap of luxury or take of exploring the many trails that traverse the island.

4.) Fiji
Fiji is officially known as the Republic of the Fiji Islands. It is located in the South Pacific near Vanuatu and Tonga. The country is made up of an archipelago of around 322 islands.

Fiji has become an excellent travel location. It features multiple resorts that treat guest with luxurious surroundings that meet their every need. In 2003, 430,800 tourists visited Fiji. Each year more people decided to head out to this paradise.

If your idea of a great time involves hours spend on a white sand beach next to clear blue water, Fiji is for you.

3.) Santorini
If beautiful sites are what you seek, Santorini is for you. This group of volcanic islands in the Aegean Sea sits southeast of mainland Greece. In the center of this circular island grouping is a giant beautiful lagoon. The lagoon is surrounded by sheer cliffs on three sides. At the top of the cliffs sit most of the Santorini population.

Visitors will love the views from the mountain tops but may not be as keen on the narrow roads that lead up the cliff. Visitors can opt to take a traditional donkey ride to the top or take a tram.

Santorini is crowded during the summer months. Its primary industry is tourism and they know how to do it right. Anyone staying at Santorini will be pleasantly pleased with the accommodations.

2.) Australia
The island country of Australia is huge. It covers 2,967,909 square miles(7,686,850 sq. km.). Australia is surrounded by the Southern Ocean to the south, the Pacific to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west.

Australia is full of one-of-a-kind animals, great zoos, and an world renowned opera house. However, Australia is much more well known for the Great Barrier Reef that lies just off the coast of Queensland.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. It is comprised of 3000 reefs and 900 islands. The reef stretches over 1600 miles and can be seen from space.

People from all around love to travel to Australia for the chance to scuba dive off the reef. Each year around two million visitors come to see the Great Barrier Reef.

1.) Antarctica
Antarctica is the southern most landmass and covers 5.5 million sq. miles. Most of Antarctica is covered by an ice sheet that is over a mile thick. However, the inhospitable environment of Antarctica has done little to keep visitors from venturing there.

Antarctica sits in the Southern Ocean (the ocean is also known as the Antarctic Ocean) and is located at the South Pole. It sits there far from any other land. South America is Antarctica’s nearest neighbor but it is over 600 miles away. They are separated by the rough waters of Drake Passage.

Most of those who go to Antarctica are scientist there to study the pristine environment. However, since the 1960s there has been a real movement towards tourism. Visitors come down on cruise ships that may make landings on outlaying islands or on the peninsula that juts north from the mainland.

Deception Island is a popular port. It sits just north of the Antarctic Peninsula and is frequented by tourists that have heard tales of the heated water. Deception Island is an active volcano and features volcanically heated water. That means visitors can take a warm bath while penguins wander nearby on thick sheets of ice and snow.

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