Top 10 Hidden Islands to Escape Stress

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

Do you sometimes dream away about ditching the rat race and living on a hidden island escapes without stress? Today we are going to give you some beautiful places you should consider if you want to make your dream come true.

Top 10 Beautiful Hidden Island Escapes

1. Binh Ba, Vietnam

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This small Vietnamese island is located about 400 kilometers from Saigon. It is not too crowded, ideal to relax and enjoy the tropical weather on the white sandy beaches. Nature is also well preserved and there are plenty of great diving spots.

2. Ilha das Flores, Azores, Portugal

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In the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the Azores archipelago, Ilha das Flores is its most occidental island. It’s a quiet place with nice temperatures year-round. Visit this island if you like hiking and breathtaking landscapes.

3. La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain

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The Canary Islands are an archipelago off the coast of North Africa which many say is blessed with the best climate in the world. La Palma lays on the northeast of the archipelago, this ideal location makes the island rainier which makes its nature luxurious. If you are tired of the white sand beaches you will be pleasantly surprised by the black volcanic beaches La Palma has to offer.

If you are in the Canary Islands I also advise you to make a detour to La Graciosa, this small island which is located in the north of Lanzarote will dazzle you with its natural beauty: you will not find any asphalt roads and its two nuclei of populations are very sparsely populated outside the tourist season.

4. Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

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70 kilometers off the coast of Nicaragua, you’ll find the two Corn Islands. The smallest, Little Corn Island, has no roads and is blessed by a laidback Caribbean lifestyle. The lovers of diving will have an exciting time exploring these waters where hammer sharks are often spotted.

5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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This Brazilian volcanic archipelago is situated in the Atlantic ocean 350 kilometers from Natal. You can reach this tropical island through a small airport located on the main island; no more than 675 tourists a day can come on the island. The Fernando Noronha Reserve, Unesco World Heritage since 2001, is without a doubt one of the best locations in the world for nature lovers thanks its unique flora and fauna.

6. Pantelleria, Italy

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This small Italian island is located in the Mediterranean Sea at 70 km from the African coastline. Sun lovers who look for a quiet place to enjoy a mix of Italian and Arab influences will find everything they look for on this island.

7. Folegandros, Cyclades, Greece

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This small Greek island situated right in the middle of the Aegean Sea is the perfect calm spot to enjoy everything the Greek lifestyle has to offer without the inconveniences of mass tourism. You’ll fund the typical fishers villages, the white and blue houses, and the beautiful landscapes Greece is known for.

8. Les Saintes, Guadeloupe, France

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In the Caribbean sea, south of Guadeloupe, you’ll find a small French archipelago named Les Saintes. This is the ideal place to enjoy Caribbean vegetation, the turquoise water, and the creole cuisine on a smaller scale, off the beaten track.

9. Hiva Oa, French Polynesia

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Follow the tracks of Gauguin and Brel, visiting this idyllic island with magnificent vegetation far away from stress and noise. Hiva Oa is one of the Marquise Islands, in French Polynesia. The beauty of its little villages and the kindness of the locals will blow you away!

10. Christmas Island, Australia

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This Australian island is located in the Indian Ocean. Christmas Island is ideal for diving, hiking, and sunbathing while enjoying the nice tropical weather.

2 Bonus Hidden Island Escapes

Lamu Island, Kenia

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If you want to find a peaceful place off the Kenyan coast where you can enjoy the African “couleur locale” and “joie de vivre” without finding yourself surrounded by tourists then this is the place to be.


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This oasis of peace in the middle of the war is a hidden gem that will be a real tourism hotspot in the future. This Yemeni archipelago is the most isolated continental island formation in the world. The mountainous islands with a tropical desert climate are home to plenty of endemic species. The Socotra Archipelago is a Unesco World Heritage site since 2008.

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