The most beautiful island in the world

“A drop of paradise in the middle of the ocean like no other”

This is the most beautiful island in the world…

200-sq-km and surrounded by a clear emerald blue ocean, with waters filled with live coral, schools of fish and manta rays. The land is wild and rugged, homing many endangered animals that have been left to roam freely and grow to giant proportions. With waterfalls, temples and natural pools connected by hiking routes throughout the island, it’s quite honestly an adventurers dream. This is all complimented by almost annual sunshine and little rain. The temperatures stay high over night so what’s to stop you from sleeping under the stars? Sounds pretty good right? It gets even better, the beauty of it is that nobody really knows about it… yet. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful islands in the world but we’re not telling you where it is. Here’s why…

Why is it the most beautiful island in the world?

If you’re lucky enough to find your way to this magnificent part of the world, you’ll do so on a rickety boat with locals who bring fresh supplies from the mainland. The waters are so clear you can see the ocean floor for the entire journey and even the port has schools of fish swimming happily.

Jumping off the boat and the coastline is incredible – if you’re patient you might even be able to spot some dolphins! Rare species of sea life take refuge in the waters around the island, dazzling the coral with their bright colours, and at the right times of year you can see nesting turtles on the beaches. On land critically endangered species of birds live in communities after being driven out from neighbouring islands. Coconut and palm trees fringe the coast whilst further inland dense jungle and bush home pythons, cobras, spiders and monkeys!

 

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Fresh off the boat!
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Dolphin spotting from the beach!

 

Within this beautiful mash of wilderness and wildlife are an unbelievable amount of natural sites which will blow your mind. Hidden waterfalls and secret beaches, coral drop-offs and natural infinity pools, all dotted around the most beautiful island in the world. Don’t expect a map as most of these hidden gems are kilometres away from the closest navigable road with no signs or directions. You’ll need a good pair of shoes because the dirt track will only get you so far…

 

The beauty is not in the destination but in the journey
The beach in view
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Not a soul in sight on the most beautiful island in the world

 

Sometimes the beauty is not in the destination but in the journey, but this, this is a really bloody beautiful destination!

 

On the most beautiful island in the world you can spend days hiking, climbing and scrambling to incredible vistas. When you dive into a secluded pool after hours of adventuring you’ll remember what travelling is all about. Take a tent or a hammock and sleep under the stars using the sounds of nature and the sun as your alarm clock. You’ll want to pack some snorkels to immerse yourself in the beautiful underwater world.

 

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Beach, fire, tent, happy.

 

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Waking up with the sun

 

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Jump in and swim with manta rays

 

I’ll bet your picturing scenes of Leo in The Beach right now, right? Well, honestly this is one of the last few places where you may get a glimpse of that. Like the movie shows though, tourism comes with serious consequences. But, as of yet, this island has not experienced those consequences. Despite it’s size and blistering amount of natural beauty the island is relatively undiscovered. Small fishing communities and seaweed farmers live in harmony on the coastline, catching enough to feed their families and trade in the local market. These locals lack greed and financial incentives, living in balance with the island instead of selling it out.

 

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Drying out seaweed
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Seaweed farmers on the coastline

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The waves of tourism which have savaged many other parts close by have had little effect here. This has helped keep a natural balance and unlike many other lands, the signs of human life has added beauty rather than taken away. You can watch the locals in the underground temples giving offerings of flowers, petals, water and incense to the island.

 

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Morning prayer
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On the way down to an underground temple
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Giving prayer in one of the islands many temples

 

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Not enough memory cards for all the sunsets

 

Why Are We Keeping It a Secret?

This island continues to live in unadulterated beauty, like how I imagine many islands were 100 years ago. Whilst everybody wants a piece of paradise, we think it’s important to keep this paradise a paradise. Save it from the booze cruises spewing petrol into the waters, road infrastructure tearing through natural habitats and tour buses filled with thoughtless visitors on the way to overbooked hostels advertising happy hour!

 

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Helping a little friend we made

 

What’s baffling is that it’s not happened already. The surrounding islands have felt the effects of mass tourism and their locals are starting to feel the tragedy of the commons. Perhaps the lack of water on the island has been a saving grace? Perhaps it’s the good nature of the locals who haven’t had the desire to sell their land to investors. I do know that times are definitely changing. Will the island we visited years ago still be the same?

After many conversations with locals we were told that development was on the horizon. We saw areas near the port beginning to be cleared for roads and plots of land were expanding. We also had a long debate with an investor from Singapore who had come to buy land to develop ‘luxury’ accommodation. Local dive and snorkelling companies, with their trampling customers, had already impacted the local corals and ecosystems and levels of nesting endangered birds are slowly dropping. The local government is debating how to protect the island, right? Wrong. They are debating whether to develop a major tourist area or a limestone mining site!

Are you interested in conservation tourism?

 

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There is Hope!

For many incredible islands like this one the future can seem pretty dark BUT I believe there is a great opportunity to move in the right direction. Although the forces of finance and capital are trying to claim and exploit every beauty this world has to offer, people are fighting back!

In the water the island has officially become an Marine Protected Area. This international agreement is to limit human activity in the waters and increase conservation. This limits numbers of tourists visiting to dive and snorkel and puts pressure on the operators to ensure responsible tourism. Local conservation groups are working to strengthen and redevelop coral and mangrove communities around the island and local groups have created incentives for locals to continue to farm and fish responsibly. Marine life is also being protected by turtle monitoring projects that work with the coastal communities to limit the impact of fish and seaweed netting.

 

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Local conservation groups doing a great job!

 

On the land grassroots groups are working to restore habitats and protect wildlife. They also work to promote alternative sustainable livelihoods for local people while providing education. Designated bird sanctuaries are helping to maintain critically endangered species and huge tree reforestation programs have taken place – come on eco-warriors!

 

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Eco warriors!

The Most Beautiful Island in the World

This is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, however, like many other, it has an uncertain future. If you are lucky enough to discover this incredible place (and remember you are lucky) then treat it with respect! Help to contribute to the islands conservation rather than it’s downfall. Preserve these beautiful places rather than treading it into non-existence. We as humans have quite a bad track record of not being respectful guests, this is why we are keeping the most beautiful island in the world a secret!

Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful you want to keep it a secret? Let us know in the comments box!

 

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The seaweed harvest was non existent in 2017 although it was great in 2016

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Really interesting read and very well written! Super jealous of you both, it really does look like paradise and good to hear people are committed to protecting it! Keep the articles coming! X

It looks like an incredible place, and I bet sleeping under the stars there would be amazing. I think it’s good that you decided not to name or give away the location of the island. There are so few places untouched and undamaged by tourism. Don’t get me wrong, I like tourism – it’s how we get to visit incredible places, but I feel like we need to leave something untouched by the masses.

Wow! Loved the article and photos. What a beautiful place! I wish Hawaii was my secret place, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Wooow you’re right this is a beautiful Island I Seriously love it, I have to visit it!

Would love to visit such an island one day! Looks and sounds interesting! Great photos!

It would be my dream to live on an island like that. Could you give me a little hint?

Your right. That Island is gorgeous!

So beautiful!!!! It looks like this is somewhere in Asia? 🙂

Wooow! this is absolute paradise! hidden waterfalls, natural pools, dolphins, turtles…the sunset…and much more!You were lucky to be in paradise!

It looks like an amazing place. I love discovering places that aren’t overcrowded with tourists. I would love to explore the hidden waterfalls and natural pool. O! And those turtles were sooo cute 🙂

being indonesian as i am, i wasn’t so sure the place until i got to the last picture then i was like… oh, bali. 😛 not sure though in which part of bali it was. not to mention i’m notoriously an indonesian who’s never been to bali so i’m not really familiar with the religion itself. hopefully i can pay a visit some time this year though. cheers! 😀

i meant ‘region’, not ‘religion. 🙁

Ugh, way to keep everyone in suspense! I wish I knew where this was but simultaneously am glad that your are keeping it secret! It looks beautiful and sounds exactly like the place I would like to visit. Sad to hear how development is coming, hopefully not too much! Thanks for sharing.

That looks like complete and utter PARADISE. I have to admit I’m a bit jealous, but I truly admire your decision to keep it a secret. I’ve seen so many of my favourite places become adulterated over the last few years and I think it’s imperative that we do our best to protect what’s left. It reminds me of something an old mentor once advised me when we were chatting about travel writing – Share everything, but keep the best part for yourself. 🙂

The secret is killing me! This looks like paradise. I hope the iniatives to keep it protected work, because this location is such a treasure.

Such a cool post! It was well written and I really enjoyed that you kept the location a secret. It shows that you are really passionate about protecting these beautiful locations. Thanks for sharing!

I’m torn between wanting you to keep the island location a secret and selfishly wanting to visit the mostly unadulterated island myself. I think you made the right choice. One thing we can all hope for in this new world in which we live is that more and more people are becoming aware of our carbon-footprint and making choices to preserve the locations from too much harm. We try to teach our children to respect where we are and leave it better than how we found it. Let’s hope this tradition carries on. Fantastic read.

I was guessing all the way till the end, but there are no significant landmarks anywhere 🙂 You did a great job of keeping the name a secret. Places like these are hard to come by. I’m sure you had a terrific time at your hideaway.

This island looks nice and probably not abused by rouge tourist. Will actually want to keep Iceland a secret because it is so beautiful. Hopefully few years down the road, Iceland can still preserve their natural landscapes. Read alot stories on abuses or disregard for the attractions.

It does look like a fantastic place, especially since you pointed out all the wonderful things, like fishing and temples that aren’t just beachy. I love a good secret.

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It certainly looks like it.

And fabulous pictures to suit. A very nice part of the world.

Cheers Sharon…