Sunset in the Cyclades, Greece.

Top 30 Islands in the World – Condé Nast Traveler´s Readers’ Choice Poll.


I am a big fan of the magazine Condé Nast Traveler and I simply love their lists, polls and their consumer advocate “Ombudsman”. During autumn 2015 Condé Nast Traveler did a poll about the “Top 30 Islands in the World”. You find the results below together with my comments.

Top 30 Islands in the World – The List.

2Kiawah IslandSouth Carolina, USA86,574
3MauiHawaii, USA86,471
4KauaiHawaii, USA85,269
5Bazaruto ArchipelagoMozambique85,119
6Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday IslandsAustralia84,467
7Santorini & CycladesGreece84,080
8St. JohnUS Virgin Islands83,359
9Kangaroo IslandAustralia82,803
10Big IslandHawaii, USA82,761
15Sea IslandGeorgia, USA82,514
16OahuHawaii, USA82,457
18MooreaFrench Polynesia82,417
21Skiathos & SporadesGreece82,056
22Prince Edward IslandCanada82,006
23Frisian IslandsGermany81,868
24British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands81,494
25Bora BoraFrench Polynesia81,432
26Anna Maria IslandFlorida, USA81,373
27Hilton HeadSouth Carolina, USA81,333
28Isle of PalmsSouth Carolina, USA81,285
29Vancouver IslandCanada81,122
30Aquidneck Island (Newport)Rhode Island,, USA81,011

You will find the original list on: Top 30 Islands in the World – Readers Choice.

Several North American Islands on the List.

There are several North American islands on the list and this is most likely explained by the magazine has their majority of readers in USA and Canada. Those readers probably have experienced more islands closer to home than far away and therefore cast their vote on these.

If it was a German magazine with a majority of German-speaking reader the list would have been considerably different.

Most Surprising Islands on the List.

Bazaruto Archipelago is beautiful and really deserves being on the list. Considering it is not a mass destination, I am surprised that it ended up on 5th place. If someone has information on how it happened, please get in touch!

Equally surprising but still nice to see are Öland in Sweden and Frisian Islands in Germany.

Bali has been a little out of fashion but it is nice to see that is up, coming and climbing. I guess that the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts has helped putting the island of gods on 17th place.

Most Predictable Islands on the List.

Santorini & Cyclades are beautiful and well-known as destinations. A list without these would be incomplete. Same goes for the islands in French Polynesia.

Islands I Would Like to Have Seen on the List.

I am a bit surprised that Thailand did not get a spot on the list. Thailand has several beautiful islands that would qualify.

Malaysia has several islands, i.e. Langkawi, Pangkor Laut or the islands on the East Coast, that would be great on the list.

Many people tend to forget that Singapore is an island with lots to offer and it would have been really cool to see a metropolis among the paradise islands.

If you enjoyed reading about this list, I think you will enjoy the articles about Condé Nast Traveler´s lists: Top 10 Cities in Europe and Top 100 Hotels & Resorts.

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