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The Similan Islands consist of nine little archipelagos. All of them are surrounded by a turquoise blue heaven for divers and snorkelers. It is the place to see gorgeous corals and tropical fish all year round given the always-warm and sunny weather.
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Pom Pom Island, located in the Semporna archipelago in East Malaysia, is a speck of unspoiled, sandy-white lands. In fact, this Asia island has no villages, aside from the sleepy resorts built to cater tourists.
The island is surrounded by turquoise waters, coral reefs, and a vast number of fish species. Pom Pom Island is a good place to see giant Green and Hawksbill marine turtles that come there to nest.
The Macleod Island is an untouched paradise in Burma. This other Asia island has only one resort, or rather a rustic eco-lodge: the Myanmar Andaman Resort.
This place is ideal for those who seek peacefulness and tranquility in a dream diving spot. Even for the adventurers, MacLeod Island has hidden gems begging to be discovered.
4. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is an Asian island in the Philippines that is popular for its lush green jungles and its pristine beaches El Nido and Coron. Given its beauty, this paradise attracts travellers and nature lovers from all over the world.
El Nido, in one hand, has one of the most beautiful seascape in the world often explored by divers and snorkelers. Coron, on the other hand, is popular for wreck–diving as many Japanese warships have sunk in this area.
The Mentawai Islands are located in West Sumatra, Indonesia. They are a chain of 70 islands and smaller islets that have become a popular destination for surfing.
This Asian island is above all home to the Mentawai people, who live a semi-nomadic lifestyle as hunter-gatherers. The natives are well–known for their body art and spirituality and are happy to share their culture and expertise with travellers visiting their islands.
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Boracay is hailed as the most popular summer destination not just in the Philippines, but also in the whole world. As a small island situated in the Philippines, Boracay is mostly famous for its white sand beaches.
Aside from this, Boracay is a haven intended for thrill seekers. You can partake in many exciting activities in Boracay, from parasailing to diving.
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Komodo, Indonesia is home to the Komodo National Park, the natural habitat of the rare Komodo Dragon. Located between the Flores and Sumbawa Islands in Eastern Indonesia, Komodo is a private and untamed Jurassic Park-like tropical isle.
Aside from being known as the home of the Komodo Dragon, Komodo is also renowned for its high mountains and amazing diving sites.
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The Perhentian Islands are near the east coast of Malaysia. They boast the perfect, most laid-back islands in the country. They are the ideal spots to unwind while listening to music and observing the sunset. Moreover, the islands have hidden coves, stunning sandy beaches, and clear waters you will want to explore again and again.
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Situated in the Visayas region of the Philippines, the Cebu Island is a beautiful, long, narrow island with breathtaking mountainous and coastal vistas.
High-end accommodations are available in touristic areas such as Malapascua, Badian, and Camotes. Nonetheless, fishing villages, such as Moalboal, are available for those who are looking for a one-of-a-kind local experience.
10. Koh Rong, Cambodia
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One of Asia’s most divine islands, Koh Rong, Cambodia counts 23 majestic white–sand beaches. This Asian island has no roads and has limited lighting during nighttime. Nonetheless, this island getaway is perfect for those who want to enjoy the pure bliss of reconnecting with nature.
It is also the place for watching phosphorescent plankton. You can also find exquisite corals and exotic fishes in this islands.
Havelock Island is a low-key but scenic island amongst the Andaman Islands in India. The island is charming and offers travellers the opportunity to experience rustic island life inside a peaceful and relaxing environment.
This means that the island has no chain resorts and offers only basic transportation. Nonetheless, the island guarantees an authentic island experience and beautiful scenery.
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Kijima, more commonly known as “Aka”, is an islet that is part of Kerama Islands in Japan. Aka is extremely popular with Japanese tourists, but less with foreigners who are mostly unaware of its existence.
Aka is charming with spotless beaches, a few surfers, and inviting locals. It is also possible to snorkel, dive, and kayak in the island’s waters abundant in marine life.
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Often hailed as the Hawaii of South Korea, Jeju Island has been a long-time favorite amongst South Korean travellers and honeymooners. Specifically, Iho Beach stands out with its mix of grey and yellowish sand. Iho Beach is a shallow beach that is ideal for swimming. Downtown Jeju is also popular for its nightlife.
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Raja Ampat, often known as “Four Kings,” are stunning islands situated in Papua, Eastern Indonesia. With the world’s best snorkeling spots, these islands are a haven for under-the-sea enthusiasts.
Raja Ampat is home to 75% of known coral types and to almost 1,300 different fish species. Experienced divers may also enjoy the excitement of drift–diving in this Asian paradise.
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Baros Island is a part of Kaafu Atoll, which is home to many uninhabited islands. Baros Island is a small, almost private, and extremely luxurious little paradise. The inhabited stunning beaches of Baros Island were designed for relaxation and sunbathing. Tourists can also snorkel and kayak in the island’s transparent waters.
These fifteen Asian islands are perfect for those who want to relax and get away from the stresses of life. Now that summer vacation is within our grasp, consider going to these 15 Asian paradise that you should not miss out.
Boom Rizal is an investor, property consultant, and a passionate writer and full-time travel junkie who blogs for Better Joys.