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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 🙂

 

 

I) SEYCHELLES

“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 Seychelles 

PROS

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

CONS

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

PERFECT FOR

Romantic getaways and honeymoons

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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

 

II) MALDIVES

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 – 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

PROS

Gorgeous beaches, private and luxurious accommodation, perfect watersports

CONS

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

PERFECT FOR

Uber private romantic getaways and honeymoons

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Bruised Passports in Maldives

 

 

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Morning coffee with a view to boot in Maldives 🙂

 

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

 

III) BALI 

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 don’t scream special to us. Just head to Thailand or Vietnam if you want to hit beaches!

 

 

Overview of Bali 

PROS

Affordable, gorgeous highlands, amazing cultural experiences, vegan haven

CONS

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

PERFECT FOR

Wellness getaways, getaways with friends, long sabbaticals

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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!

 

IV) FIJI AND FRENCH POLYNESIA

It was when she smeared powder all over my face and held my hand like THAT … that I realised this dazzling paradise garlanded with frangipanis, sugarcane fields swaying in the sun, the palm-scented ocean, and 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 ‘a warm hello’ and boy do Fijians live up to that promise!  Here sarongs are the national dress and everyone works on Fiji time – slow and easyyyyy

 

Overview of Fiji and French Polynesia

PROS

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

CONS

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

PERFECT FOR

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

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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 🙂

 

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..

 

V) CANARY ISLANDS

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 ☺️😊

 

Overview of Canary Islands

PROS

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

CONS

Rowdy tourist and crowded beaches during peak times

PERFECT FOR

Family holidays, mini roadtrips, partying

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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

 

VI) GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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 Galápagos 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

PROS

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

CONS

Extremely expensive as they are heavily protected

PERFECT FOR

Bird-watchers, wildlife enthusiasts

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Bruised Passports Itinerary for Galapagos

 

A gorgeous blue-footed booby on North Seymour island Galapagos
A gorgeous blue-footed booby in Galapagos 🙂

 

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

 

VII) MAURITIUS

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 – it isn’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

PROS

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

CONS

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

PERFECT FOR

Family holidays and couple getaways

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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

 

16 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 🙂

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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 🙂

  4. Hey, Savi Vid 🙂

    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 🙂

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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

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