15 Islands You Should Add to Your Bucket List

6. Bora Bora – French Polynesia

In the local Tahitian dialect, the old name of Bora Bora meant “created by the gods,” and you just need to have one look at some pictures to understand why. Nowadays, the island is a major tourist destination.

It’s famous for its luxurious over-the-water bungalows and for all the available water activities, like scuba diving and snorkeling. Bora Bora is also a popular place to see whale sharks and the impressive manta rays.

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5. Ssese Islands – Uganda

Located in Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands is actually an archipelago of 84 islands, 43 of which are inhabited. It got its name due to swarms of lake flies which breed in enormous clouds near the shores (don’t worry, they don’t bite!).

Though many tourists go there to enjoy its tranquil beaches, it’s possible to see vervet monkeys, native birds, and hippos. Swimming is discouraged as there have been recent attacks by Nile crocodiles in the area.

4. Seychelles

Seychelles is located 1,500 km off the coast of Africa, close to Madagascar and Reunion Islands. It’s comprised of 115 islands with a total population of around 92,000 people. The nation is famous for its paradise-like beaches and impressive wildlife.

As a world leader in sustainable tourism, nearly half of Seychelles land area is under natural conservation. Tourists can see the giant Aldabra tortoises, sometimes weighing up to 110 kg, or the now protected Seychelles black parrot, the national bird of the country.

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