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It’s easy to get swept up with visions of idyllic beaches and dreamy sunsets but one always ends up confused when it comes to choosing an ideal island getaway for oneself. So we thought we’d put together a list of 6 of our favourite island getaways, with pros and cons of each, so it is easy for you guys to zero in on your ideal island getaway, whatever your preferences might be. You’ll find something here, irrespective of whether you’re after a luxurious getaway, a wellness holiday, or a road trip. Read on ๐Ÿ™‚




“It’s as though I’d drunk a bottle of anise and fallen asleep wrapped in a quilt of roses. It pulls me along – and I know I’m drowning” Seychelles’ seductive beaches make me think of Garcia Lorca’s gorgeous poetry – it draws you in and before you know it, you’re in love! Seychelles is ideal for those who like a mix of culture, luxury, nature, and hiking on a romantic getaway.


Overview of Seychellesย 


Gorgeous beaches, perfect mix of culture and scenery, island hopping opportunities, amazing hotels


Hard (not impossible!) to explore on a budget, public areas and beaches can get really crowded during peak times so privacy is not guaranteed


Romantic getaways and honeymoons


Bruised Passports Itinerary for Seychelles


Couple sunbathing on beach at Silhouette Island
Sunbathing on the gorgeous beaches of Seychelles


Woman at Anse Source D'Argent in La Digue
Savi at Anse Source D’Argent – we thought we’d give a different twist to one of the most photographed beaches in the world



What’s more romantic than being marooned on a tiny private island, positioned strategically between Asia and Africa? A sun-drenched island paradise far far away from civilisation and all that comes with it โ€“ laughing and playing in the sparkling ocean, bare feet on sand, sipping on coconut water, and reading on golden beaches. That’s the MALDIVES in a nutshell. You just need to take a deep breath and unleash the skinny dips, flower-laden baths, beach-side breakfasts, and the bubbly ??


Overview of Maldives


Gorgeous beaches, private and luxurious accommodation, perfect watersports


You have to stay put in one hotel as island hopping is inconvenient and expensive, no cultural experiences perse


Uber private romantic getaways and honeymoons


Bruised Passports in Maldives



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Morning coffee with a view to boot in Maldives ๐Ÿ™‚


Outrigger Konotta Maldives sunset cruise
A fiery sunset, a brewing storm, dolphins jumping out of the water, and our very own private Dhoni boat in Maldives



Along comes an island where it isn’t about the beaches but lush paddy fields, secret waterfalls, and sun-hazed countryside – about appreciating the thrumming rhythm of slow life. Ubud, with its labyrinth of smoothie bars, yoga studios, tie & dye boutiques, bohemian retreats, and vegan eateries is truly our ticket to the moon. The bustling resort areas of Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Kuta are similar to other beach-side getaways in South-East Asia. Unlike Ubud, the beaches of donโ€™t scream special to us. Just head to Thailand or Vietnam if you want to hit beaches!



Overview of Baliย 


Affordable, gorgeous highlands, amazing cultural experiences, vegan haven


Underwhelming beaches (in fact we don’t like most of Bali’s beaches), rowdy party goers, crowded touristy spots


Wellness getaways, getaways with friends, long sabbaticals


Bruised Passports Guide to Ubud, Bali


The Tegenungan waterfall Ubud Bali
We love Bali : Morning walks at The Tegenungan waterfall in Ubud


Sunsets in Ubud are amazing!



It was when she smeared powder all over my face and held my hand like THAT … that I realised this dazzling paradise garlanded withย frangipanis, sugarcane fields swaying in the sun, the palm-scented ocean, andย golden sunsets every single day would be a favourite. ‘Bula Vinaka’ is the phrase that greets you when you first land in Fiji!! It literally translates to โ€˜a warm helloโ€™ and boy do Fijians live up to that promise!ย  Here sarongs are the national dress and everyone works on Fiji time โ€“ slow and easyyyyy


Overview of Fiji and French Polynesia


Uber-picturesque beaches, culturally immersive experiences, convenient island-hopping, incredible dives and snorkelling, incredible luxury hotels


Remote/hard to reach (unless you live in Australia or New Zealand), can get expensive


Honeymoons and romantic getaways, luxurious family getaways, island hopping cruises


Bruised Passports Itinerary for Fiji


Fiji itinerary kids at sigatoka river safari
Vid goofing around with Fijian kids – they loved his camera and wouldn’t let go ๐Ÿ™‚


Ideal for a romantic getaway. Dinners in Fiji islands look a bit like..
Ideal for a romantic getaway. Dinners in Fiji islands look a bit like..



Canary Islands, Spain : these Spanish islands, located just off the coast of Africa, are perfect because they are warm even during winter months. They are accessible, affordable, and gorgeous but can get super crowded during summer months. Ideal for beach bums โ˜บ๏ธ?


Overview of Canary Islands


Proximity to Europe, picturesque beaches, Spanish villages and tapas bars, warm weather almost all year round


Rowdy tourist and crowded beaches during peak times


Family holidays, mini roadtrips, partying


Bruised Passports Itinerary for Lanzarote


Earth: The Mountains Rising From Volcanic Ash In Lanzarote


Spanish villages and warm weather – The Canary Islands are ideal for partying it up!


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Canary Islands’ proximity to Europe makes it ideal for short holidays



Don’t go here for the beaches but the rare wildlife, birds, flora, and fauna. Expect playful sea lions, lackadaisical iguanas, rare birds and blue-footed boobies diving into ocean in front of your eyes. The Galรกpagos Islands are heavily protected and expensive, but they’re amazing for nature enthusiasts! Swim with turtles and cherish this rare holiday in some of the most remote islands in the world.


Overview of Galapagos Islands


Extremely rare birds and wildlife, one of the most unique places on the planet


Extremely expensive as they are heavily protected


Bird-watchers, wildlife enthusiasts


Bruised Passports Itinerary for Galapagos


A gorgeous blue-footed booby on North Seymour island Galapagos
A gorgeous blue-footed booby in Galapagos ๐Ÿ™‚


Blue-footed boobies dive into the ocean
Blue-footed boobies dive into the ocean for fish in Galapagos Islands


Boy sunbathing on tortuga bay beach with iguanas
Vid napping on the beach right next to the iguanas – only in Galapagos



Mauritius is known for its ethereal beaches with powdery white sands and warm azure waters. While it does have some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, there is no dearth of things to do in Mauritius โ€“ it isnโ€™t called Paradise Island for nothing! Even though we had to tear ourselves away from our lovely hotel, we are glad we did. Mauritius is perfect if you like your holidays jam-packed with activities and beaches.


Overview of Mauritius


Gorgeous beaches, perfect mix of history, culture and scenery, suits both luxury and budget travellers


Hard to find complete privacy if that is what you are after, beaches and markets can get really crowded during peak times


Family holidays and couple getaways


Bruised Passports Things To Do In Mauritius


Breakfast on the beach in Mauritius


Bike Ride Tour Mauritius
There is no greater joy than biking along the Mauritian coastline


Read about our Top 10 honeymoon and romantic getaways for more ideas


41 thoughts on “7 Island Getaways with pros and cons – choose one that is right for YOU

    1. Hey Ankita – wanted to write about our favourites in this article – while Phuket and Krabi are nice, we feel they can get quite touristy and packed!

  1. Hi, we plan to visit the beaches of Thailand soon. But there is nothing on your website for the same. I’ve done all my trips on my own till I stumbled upon bruisedpassports, and I thought I would plan my next trip with your help, but to my disappointment there is nothing. Please can you give some inputs. Looking to visit southern Thailand

    1. Hey Bhavy – unfortunately we haven’t been to Southern Thailand in a very long time and it has changed a lot since then, so we will write about it when we visit next ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am planning to go on the Alaskan cruise in July with my wife. I also want to go to the Canadian Rockies and Turks and Caicos along with it. Are Canadian Rockies and Turks and Caicos worth visiting?. Is there any other place you would suggest we can go along with the Alaskan cruise

    1. Hey

      Canadian Rockies are definitely worth the trip ๐Ÿ™‚ No idea about Turks and Caicos as we haven’t been there yet ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi ,I have experienced island hopping in Thailand with my friends last year..this year was planning on a vacay to Bali with my family..however I’m confused whether would it be on the same lines as Thailand and also whether going in may would be the right thing to do as its kinda the honeymoon period in Bali !! Any other destinations for family visits?

    1. Hey Priyal,

      For the past couple of years, every month is honeymoon month in Bali ๐Ÿ˜‰ No it will be not like island hopping in Thailand. Also depends on which part of the island you stay on – the beaches or the highlands?

  4. Hey have you guys been to gili islands? If yes can you outline the pros and cons and if it is worth the visit

    1. Hey no we haven’t but we have heard great things about Gili – you should visit if you get the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Heya! This post is apt for me. I love the island life – beaches and quaint little towns. Have already been to Bali and Seychelles of the above mentioned places – and i totally agree with you – the beaches of Bali did nothing for me – in fact i felt that our very own Goan beaches are way better. Come to think of it, our South Goa has the potential to be the next Bali closer to home – though it has no rice fields but it does have a lush green country side feel to it – n maybe sometime in the future it could be a vegan heaven n filled with yoga retreats too … Of all the places u have been to – which one has the best beaches? People say Maldives n Seychelles are similar yet they have their own fav of the two- Having been to Seychelles should we skip Maldives or is one better than the other?

    1. Hey Anuja

      Maldives and Seychelles have a completely different feel – Maldives is all about decadent luxury and relaxation, with not much to do. You should definitely visit Maldives once (whenever that is), even if you have been to Seychelles.

  6. Hi savi vid,
    Being an independent packpacker, i would like to suggest some islands which are as beautiful as you mentioned here..El Nido archipalego/coron in Philippines, Togean, wakatobi in sulawesi, raja ampat in west papua. i have been to few of these and they are simply awesome..just want to share with you guys..

  7. Hey Savi/Vid?

    Have you guys been to Langkawi? we are planning a trip there soon. Also, just curious about who takes such amazing couple pics of the both of you?? We find it really hard to get those perfect pictures when we travel, unless someone is patient enough to click them for us( a few times atleast, as im never convinced till i get the perfect pic :P)

    1. Hey Niv,

      Yes we have been to Langkawi (if you search “Langkawi” in the search box on the site you will see the article). We try to take our photos ourselves using a tripod as I don’t really trust many others ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Hi Savi & Vid,

    The blog revamp is looking amazing.
    Am planning a mini vacation to a reasonably priced destination with a Visa on arrival from Bangalore (lazy me :))
    Was considering Mauritius or Maldives. Which one is better between the two?
    Any other countries if you could suggest please?

    1. Hey Mauritius is great if you’re on a bit of a budget or want some cultural excursions alongside beach bumming. Maldives is great if you want an unadulterated beach holiday ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Hi Savi & Vid- Hope you guys keep on travelling till eternity…. It must be so amazing to travel to such beautiful places and exploring paradise on earth with the person you are gonna spend the rest of your life.

    Your Maldives Vlog is awesome and the resort you stayed in looks marvelous but is really expensive. So are there any budget resorts in Maldives, I was browsing the resorts in the website and I could not find anything reasonable. The only reasonable accommodation I could found was the guest house which doesn’t look appealing.

    And is it true that the only restaurant and bar that one can find in the island is the one in resort. You mentioned in the blog that you guys explored the entire island in 15 mins, so what else can one do in the island apart from water sport.

    1. Hey it is very hard to travel on a budget in Maldives. Yes the only restaurants are the ones in the resort if you’re on a smaller island. Would suggest Mauritius or even Seychelles if you want a choice of restaurants and affordable accommodation ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Hey, Savi Vid ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have read almost all of your blogs and absolute FAN of your’s! Needed your suggestion for honeymoon destination in December. I love Seychelles scenic beauty but i also love the properties available in Bali. What would you suggest to go for?

    1. Hey there – would suggest choosing Seychelles if you want really amazing views, incredible beaches, and luxury and Bali if you want luxury on a budget and/or wellness retreats ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hii Savi and Vid,

    Since its my first time writing to a high rated blogger.
    I loved your photography and your fashion sence. I was looking for some tips for “Thai Trip”. Since its not in your list i will try my best to go like you’ll do always.
    Any tips from your end???? Should i go for Tours and Traveler or explore my self??? as its my first international tour with my husband.
    Your comment will be most important thing.
    Keep exploring your Tips. It helps me alot.

    1. Hey book flights and a nice hotel independently. And once you’re there, just rent a scooter or take cabs and explore ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hi, can uโ€™ll suggest a nice beach destination during February? Done thailand a few times so thats out.. plus will be traveling with a 1.5 yr old ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. This article has so many suggestions for nice beach destinations ๐Ÿ™‚ You could also look at Zanzibar!

  13. Hi,, when are you guys planning to visit greece santorini,,, i really wanna visit santorini n would love to have ur recommendations if you are planning to visit any time soon.

    Lots of love

  14. Hey Savi,

    Loved your pics..
    Have you guys been to philippines.. It’s on my list for this december. But I couldn’t find anything here.
    Are you guys planning anytime soon?

  15. Hey we are planning our honeymoon to Thailand on our own . Can u give us suggestion where to go and explore more? We have iur travel agent who suggested us phi phi island tour by cruise which includes all other island too . Krabi island tour by boat . So according to you what should we explore that is worth our time and money.

    1. Hi Urvi – it’s very easy to explore Thailand independently. You can base yourself in Krabi and rent a boat to travel to a diff island each day

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