Best kept secret vacation destinations:
Planning a relaxing vacation but don’t want to be overrun with other tourists taking up all the day beds on the beach? Take a look at these best kept secret vacation destinations to decide where your next trip will take you!
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and offers a range of activities from snorkelling, scuba diving, and of course wildlife spotting. As the biggest island, there are many tourist facilities such as accommodation, restaurants and transportation, although is out-of-the-way location means that this is still a quiet and relaxed destination.
Çıralı Beach, Turkey
Another must visit location on our list of secret vacation destinations is Çıralı Beach. Located on the southern coast of Turkey, is magical little town dotted with family-run lodges and restaurants. It’s also a popular nesting spot for the Caretta-caretta marine turtle. These endangered turtles come up on the beach to lay eggs between June and July. And in August and September, these eggs hatch and the tiny baby turtles make their way back into the ocean. The locals get involved in protecting these turtles and tourists are welcome to come watch this magical experience.
Uppuveli, Sri Lank
Uppuveli is low-key little coastal town on the east coast of Sri Lanka. Uppuveli has only a few hundred permanent residents, making it a relaxing holiday destination with an abundance of local charm. With golden sand and an endless supply of fresh seafood, this quaint little community is the ideal location for an off the beaten track trip.
Coron Island, Phillipines
The Coron Islands are a picturesque island destination located just a short 20 minute ride from Coron Town. This island boasts a dramatic jungle-clad landscape of steep mountains and glistening lakes. Several ship wrecks in the area makes the Colon Islands an ideal location for a snorkelling and scuba-diving holiday.
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Waiheke Island is a short boat trip from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Approximately 45 minutes away, Waiheke Island is covered in boutique restaurants and wineries, and has been visited by celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Hudgens. There are many exquisite bays and beaches surrounding the island, and some locals are lucky enough to have their own private beach!
Ibo Island, Mozambique
Ibo Island is one of the most ancient settlements in Mozambique with a history of trading on the Indian Ocean, north of Mozambique. Once a slave trading port, the island is now much more tranquil and the perfect destination for beach goers with many great day trips available to other islands in the area. Amazing snorkelling experiences await with a range of exciting sea-life residing nearby.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum is a desert destination made of dreams, located 60 kilometres east of Aqaba. Another magical location on our list of secret vacation designations, Wadi Rum is also known as “The Valley of the Moon”. This spot is truly breath-taking and a once in a lifetime experience. If you can, spend the night in the desert on a tour that also includes a visit to the incredible ancient city of Petra.
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