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The best beaches in the world: the famous Bora Bora lagoon, dream beaches in Seychelles, uncrowded beaches in Sri Lanka, and great beaches in Mauritius.

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Nice beach and lagoon in Polynesia
Nice Beaches and Lagoon in Polynesia

Amazing beach in Seychelles
Amazing beach in Seychelles: Anse Source d'Argent

French Polynesia

French Polynesia
, more commonly known as "Tahiti" (the main island of this area), is famous for the legendary "
Vahines", the Tahitian girls immortalized in Paul Gauguin's paintings. It is also home to coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, and some of the most renowned beach resorts in the world. Several of them offer bungalows that are perched above the turquoise lagoon waters.

Snorkeling, cruising, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, canoeing, picnicking in the warm, shallow waters along the beach at the sunset or just relaxing in idyllic surroundings are the main attractions in French Polynesia. Such paradise islands are typical destinations for honeymoon and wedding.

French Polynesia is  an overseas territory of France. It is composed of 130 islands including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, the Marquesas Islands (where Belgian singer Jacques Brel spent the last years of his live and is buried), and many more. It is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, about an 8 hour flight from Los Angeles (USA).

The Faa’a International Airport (PPT) which is situated in Tahiti Island, just a few km from the capital Papeete, is the only international airport of French Polynesia. Air Calin, Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, Hawaiian Airlines, and Lan Airlines offer flights to Faa’a International Airport and have code-share arrangements with other major airlines.Tahiti is connected to the other islands by flights and by boat. There are more than 50 airports in French Polynesia..

Diving French Polynesia

Pristine beach in Polynesia beach

Famous Bora Bora lagoon

Bora Bora picnic


Just like Tahiti, Seychelles is a dream destination for honeymoon and wedding
. It is a wide archipelago located off the eastern coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean. It consists of 113 islands. 42 of them, including the three main islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, are granitic islands while the other ones are coral islands. 

Seychelles is home to a rich tropical flora and fauna. It has 6 marine parks and one national park. A large part of the country is under conservation. The 19 ha Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in Praslin has been listed as world heritage by UNESCO. It is a natural palm forest that has been preserved in almost its original state. It includes the world's largest population of endemic coco-de-mer, the largest seed in the world. The isolated Aldabra atoll is another world heritage. It has been protected from human influence and retains some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world's largest population of this reptile.

Seychelles is famous for having some of the best pristine and uncrowded beaches in the world, including Baie Lazare, Anse Diri, and Beau Vallon in Mahé, Anse Volvert in Praslin, Anse Coco and Anse Source d'Argent in La Digue, and many more. Bird watching, hiking and sea sports (diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing, and surfing) are the main outdoor activities in Seychelles.

Several of the smallest islands, including Desroches, Bird Island, Denis Island, Cousine Island, Chauve-Souris Island, and Frégate Island, offer private and exclusive holidays. They have hosted some of the most famous personalities in the world.

Golden beach in Seychelles

Seychelles beach - Baie Lazarre

Seychelles beach - Anse Coco

Unspoilt beach in Seychelles

Seychelles has been an independent country since June 1976. The only international airport of Seychelles (SEZ) is located in Mahé n
ear the capital city Victoria, a 5 hour flight from Johannesburg (South Africa) or a 10 hour flight from Frankfurt (Germany). Air Seychelles, Condor, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Kenya Airlines have flights to Seychelles International Airport. Praslin is connected to Mahé by boat (with Cat Cocos, a modern 35-meter catamaran with a capacity of 350 passengers) and by air. A ferry runs between Praslin and La Digue. Islands such as Desroches, Bird Island, and Denis Island are connected to Mahé by daily flights while some other islands are reached by local flights or by boat.


The best beaches of Australia

Famous beach in Mauritius
Famous beach in Mauritius: Ile aux Cerfs


In Australia, the largest island in the world, holidaymakers find a very large amount of nice beaches. Some of them are among the best beaches of the world.

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Noosa Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Seventy-five Mile Beach in Fraser Island, Bondi Beach in Sydney in New South Wales, Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, beaches of the Cape to Cape track, and Turquoise Bay south of Exmouth in Western Australia are some of the nicest beaches of Australia.

Here is a small sample of those beaches:

Whitsunday Island

Hamilton, Lizard, & Fraser Islands


Western Australia

For more information, read our article dedicated to the most beautiful beaches of Australia, with many pictures.


Mauritius is a long-established beach holiday destination. It is an island country that is located off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Mauritius has developed a strong tourism infrastructure with a wide range of accommodations that suit the budget of everyone, from cheap guest houses to top level resorts, a good network of roads with many taxis and public buses, and a broad choice of local tour services for both land and sea activities.

The coast of the island consists mostly of a succession of public beaches and waterfront hotels with their own sandy beach. The western coast is a bit warmer and less humid than the eastern side. It hosts some of the most renowned beach resorts of the island such as Grand Baie, Mont Choisy, Trou aux Biches, Flic en Flac / Wolmar, and le Morne Brabant. Mahebourg / Blue Bay, the famous Ile aux Cerfs, Trou d'Eau Douce, Palmar, and Belle Mare Plage are situated on the eastern side while the northern coast hosts the lovely sites of Cap Malheureux and Anse la Raie.

The wild southern coast is quite different: it has little or no sandy beach, but very wide estates providing spacious, well-equipped hotels and private serviced luxury residences.

Famous beach in Mauritius

Popular beach in Mauritius

Golden sand beach in Mauritius

Great beach in Mauritius

Mauritius offers more than beach holidays. It is home to one of the most outstanding botanical garden in the world (Pamplemousses Garden), the Black River Gorges National Park, several top golf courses, and many other attractions such as the colored earths of Chamarel, the Casela Nature & Leisure Park, and some historical sites. Mauritius is a multi-cultural country where different ethnicities live together. It was also the home country of the extinct Dodo bird.

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the only international airport of the island. It is located on the eastern side of the island while the capital city and main harbor, Port-Louis, is situated on the western coast. The airport is served by Air Mauritius and many airlines from the surrounding countries (Air Austral, Air Seychelles, Air Madagascar, South African Airways), Europe (Condor, British Airways, Air France, Corsair, Meridiana, and more) and Middle East (Emirates and Etihad Airways).

Air Mauritius provides also visitors with daily flights to Rodrigues, an outer island which is a dependency of the Republic of Mauritius. Rodrigues is located about 560 kilometers (350 mi) east of Mauritius. It is known mainly for ecotourism. It is Africa's most easterly point.

Read also our articles about related topics:
-- The best beaches in Southeast Asia.
-- The best beaches of Thailand.
-- The best beaches of the Indian Ocean
-- The best beaches of Australia.
-- The best beaches of the French Riviera.



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