The 25 best islands to visit in 2022
Ranked: The 25 best islands to visit in 2022
After a crisis caused by a pandemic, travel has finally resumed in many parts of the world. After years of waiting, where are people looking forward to going on their next vacation?
This chart uses survey data from Travel + Leisure (T+L) to highlight the top 25 islands to visit around the world.
World’s Best Awards Methodology
Before we dive in, it’s worth summarizing the methodology and briefly explaining how T+L compiled its findings. Each year, T+L conducts an annual global survey that reveals the best travel experiences around the world.
In the survey, readers were asked to rate a range of things, including their favorite islands to visit. The islands were scored according to a few categories, including:
- Activities and curiosities
- Natural attractions and beaches
- Overall value
Each category received a score of excellent, above average, average, below average, or poor. From there, the final tally for each island was calculated, based on the average scores across all categories. Below, we’ll dive into the 2022 rankings based on those scores.
The 5 Top-Ranked Islands to Visit
At the top of the list is a good mix of European, Asian and South Pacific islands. Here’s a look at the top five islands, along with some background on why respondents ranked them so highly:
1. Ischia, Italy
Nestled in the Gulf of Naples about an hour from the mainland, this charming volcanic island takes the top spot due to its charming villages, pristine beaches and friendly locals.
It is also famous for its hot springs, easily accessible by taxi or public transport.
2. The Maldives
Famous for its sky-blue waters, respondents ranked the Maldives as their second favorite island destination. Located in the Indian Ocean, this collection of islands is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, as well as snorkeling and diving. With a wide range of luxury resorts, the Maldives is also a popular honeymoon destination.
3. Bali, Indonesia
This Indonesian island ranks third on the list due to its scenic natural beauty, rich culture, and diverse range of outdoor activities like surfing, diving, and hiking. It is also renowned for its art, music and traditional dance performances. As the only predominantly Hindu province in Indonesia, visitors have the chance to learn more about Balinese Hinduism.
4. Milos, Greece
Located in the Aegean Sea, Milos is popular with visitors due to its quiet beaches. And although the island is a popular tourist destination, it offers a slightly slower pace than its neighbors Santorini or Mykonos.
5. Fiji Islands
This group of remote islands in the South Pacific Ocean ranked fifth on the list due to its rich marine life and friendly locals. Renowned for its excellent diving, it has been called the “soft coral capital of the world”.
Top ranked islands, by region
Seven of the top 25 island destinations are in Europe, making it first on the list by region. Southeast Asia comes second, with six islands in the top 25.
|Region||# of the top 25 islands|
|South East Asia||6|
As the data shows, the majority of islands rank highly due to their beautiful beaches and thriving marine life.
However, there are a few outliers on the list. A good example of an outlier is Mackinac Island, which is highly regarded for its historical attractions (Mackinac Island is home to a colonial fort built in the 18th century).
One thing is clear from these rankings: whether you’re a diver, history buff or foodie, there are a number of world-class island destinations that offer an unforgettable experience.