Breathtaking Islands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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It sometimes seems that the world is getting smaller and smaller – with the advent of the Internet, places you’ve never seen, at least in photos, are becoming increasingly rare. But there are still some breathtaking places on earth that, odds are, you’ve still never heard of, like Lord Howe Island pictured above, a tiny seven-mile island from tip to tip that sits in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. It remains nearly untouched by humans, with a tiny native population and only 400 tourists allowed to visit each year. The limit is in place to protect the jaw-dropping natural landscape of the island which is home to a stunning crystal lagoon and coral reef.

Bequia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines

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This island in the West Indies, part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,  still retains the color and adventure of the Old Caribbean. It’s a true hidden treasure as one of the few remaining unspoiled islands throughout the Caribbean. While you won’t find glitz and glamour here, you will enjoy ever-flowing rum punch, dazzling turquoise waters perfect for snorkeling and the company of especially friendly locals.

Whitsunday Island, Australia

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The Whitsundays in Australia are one of the best destinations on the planet for diving and snorkeling, with an incredibly array of marine life, including over 1,600 species of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, dolphins, rays and giant clams. The striking white sands of Whitehaven Beach, pictured here, is 98 percent silica, giving it its brilliant white color. As the silica also allows the sand to retain less heat than normal sand, the soles of your feet won’t get scalded as you walk along the edge of the stunning cerulean waters.

Flores Island, Azores

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The Azores, a cluster of verdant islands warmed by ocean currents situated 900 miles from the nearest continent, are home to volcanic springs, magnificent waterfalls and exotic plants. At the westernmost point of the archipelago, is the island of Flores, which takes its name “flowers,” from its abundance of wildflowers, particularly hydrangeas. It’s also renowned for tranquil lagoons, cliffs carved by grottoes, hot springs and volcanic remains.

Ulleungdo, South Korea

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This rarely visited island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula in the Sea of Japan is surrounded by cliffs that fall directly into an azure-colored sea, trailing up to the edge of an ancient caldera.