Over Christmas, I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks in Maui, Hawaii with my family. We frolicked on Kaanapali Beach, drove the Road To Hana (an absolute must-do for any travelers!), and got plenty of Vitamin D. Though we had a blast on our Hawaiian vacation, we couldn’t help but wish the island were a little bit less-crowded over the holiday. To get away from the crowds, we booked a snorkeling trip off the coast of the private island, Lanai. While the island is home to a single stunning resort (the one that Bill Gates’ was married on) no other tourists are allowed to stay on the island. It’s strictly for locals, and as a result, the island is absolutely gorgeous! Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay longer than our snorkeling trip because it would cost my family somewhere between $15,000-20,000 to call this island home for a few nights! If you don’t have that kind of money but are looking for a less-crowded getaway, book your next vacation on one of these less-traveled islands.
These tiny islands are located between Australia and Sri Lanka, and only two of them are inhabited by full-time citizens. Its out-of-the-way location makes this vacation destination the perfect place for those of us looking for a little alone time. While you’re here, visit one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, Cossies Beach and explore the water through snorkeling, paddleboarding, or parasailing.
Part of the islands of Grenada are some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful. While the islands are relatively quiet during most times of the year, they grow lively each August during the “Spice Isle” festivities. If seclusion is what you’re after, plan your trip after the festivities. Not crowded islands like these are amazing!
Another stunning Caribbean island, the island of Dominica is known for its “Champagne Reef.” Not only should you set aside some time to enjoy the reef, by way of snorkeling or scuba diving, but you should make it a point to visit the Emerald Pool Nature Preserve as well. It’s one of the less traveled islands on this list, but its scenery is easily one of the most beautiful.
If you’re searching for an exotic vacation destination, Reunion Island is definitely the place for you! Located in the calm waters of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is known for its volcanic activity. While the volcanoes aren’t active today, visitors can head up to the crater to enjoy the views while relishing in the rainforest-like climate on the lower elevations. But, just because it’s called Reunion Island doesn’t mean it’s busy, this island is one of the most remote in the Indian ocean.
Yes, this is the other half of Trinidad! The smaller island of Trinidad and Tobago is known for its world-renowned coconut ice cream, so definitely be sure to give it a try! Not only is the ice cream incredible, but guests should also check out Pigeon Point (trust me, it’s stunning) and the Tobago forest reserve. This is one of the most beautiful not crowded islands!
As soon as you step off the plane when arriving on this island, you’ll feel immediately relaxed on the lesser-traveled island of Nosy Be! Though it could be the island atmosphere, I would attribute your relaxed attitude to the Ylang Ylang plants that grow around the island. They smell amazing, and are shown to help you relax! Nosy Be is located just off the coast of Madagascar, so the nature reserves are something that should definitely be explored!