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  • Selina Akhtar

    Why stick to one place when you can tick off several in one holiday? We’ve picked out the perfect destinations for a spot of island hopping…

    Island hopping in Thailand

    Thailand is full of postcard-perfect islands, with over 300 for you to choose from. You probably won’t see them all in one holiday, but it’s easy to ferry hop between the big hitters, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, if you’re staying on the west coast. Or, if you’re based in mainland Krabi, book our Similan Islands excursion for a chance to explore one of the 11 atolls in this protected area. You’ll tick off Donald Duck Bay – a cluster of rocks that look like the Disney character – and climb to the top for a panoramic view. Then, you’ll get the chance to snap on your snorkel and spot barracudas, trigger fish and turtles in the turquoise waters.

    Island hopping in Italy

    Yep, Italy is an island-hoppers’ paradise too – whether you’re staying on the mainland, Sicily or Sardinia. From Sorrento, you’re just a 30-minute boat ride away from celeb-fave Capri, which is known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. This place lines up glitzy harbours, designer shops and the famous Blue Grotto caves. Or, if you’re staying in Sicily, you can’t miss the Aeolian Islands – a cluster of volcanic islets just off the coast where you can enjoy mineral-rich mud baths and soft black sand beaches.

    Island hopping in Ibiza

    You won’t get bored of Ibiza easily, with its world-class sunsets, dolphin-spotted shores, perfect white sand beaches and, of course, some of the biggest and best clubs in the world. If you do fancy taking a day trip, however, pick the perfect island of Formentera, which you can get to easily from Ibiza Town. The ferry takes just 35 minutes from shore to shore and runs almost every half an hour. Formentera is only accessible by boat from Ibiza, so as you can image, the vibe here is pretty chilled and there are tonnes of unspoilt beaches to explore.

    Island hopping in Mexico

    Head to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast for your next holiday, and combine Cancun’s historic sites with a gorgeous island getaway. There are plenty of islands just off the coast to choose from, including the popular Isla Mujeres which is just 30 minutes from the Hotel Zone in Cancun, and offers a pretty eco-park, plenty of Mayan ruins and some great snorkelling spots. For something a little different, head north of Cancun to Isla Holbox where you can swim with whale sharks. The elusive giants arrive in May and stick around ‘til September, so you’ve got the whole summer to go for a dip with them if you dare. The shallow lagoons here are also packed full of flamingos, pelicans and exotic birds – perfect for animal lovers.

    Island hopping in Croatia

    Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is full of historic harbourside towns, glitzy yacht-surrounded islets, and sand-and-shingle beaches. And, it’s easy to switch between them all. Pick a base like Brac island, and you can enjoy sleepy, secluded beaches and quaint villages backed by mountainous countryside. When you fancy a daytrip or two, it’s easy to hop on a ferry and make tracks for glam Hvar, or culture-packed Split. You can’t miss a visit to the UNESCO-listed Roman city of Split on your trip. This iconic spot lines up 13th-century cathedrals, pretty curbside cafes which are perfect for people watching, and the impressive Diocletian’s Palace.

    Ready for an island-hopping adventure?

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