I can’t believe it’s not the Maldives - 5 budget friendly island getaways
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As a lone traveller I sometimes find myself in locations that make me think, ‘man, wouldn’t it be romantic to have a candlelit dinner here’. Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling alone and meeting new friends but sometimes you encounter some pretty intimate settings that a hunky fella’ would accompany quite well… if you’re reading this and fit the bill get in touch. The Maldives, with silky white sands and crystal clear waters, are an infamous romantic getaway location - I’m sure it’s floating bungalows have seen millions of proposals and honeymooners over the years. If you can’t quite afford the price tag that comes with the stunning Indian Ocean stars or are a single lady like me that doesn’t fancy dining alone among 50 soppy couples then you’re in the right place. I’ve put together a list of five islands that will not disappoint if you are on the hunt for a picture perfect paradise; who’s coming with me?
Ko MukYes, it’s a Thai island. No, you aren’t going to be swept away to a beach rave with 30,000 other people. I’m not talking about Koh Phangan or Phi Phi but the lesser known peaceful gem hiding away in the tropical south called Ko Muk. This treasure doesn’t have a pier so you are delivered to the pearly white sands of one of its luxurious beaches by long tail boat and dropped right into paradise. Make sure you stop off at Emerald Cave, swim through its clear green waters and the dark cave passage to emerge on the other side in a secluded lagoon featuring a beach from your dreams! Legend has it pirates used to hide treasure here as the only way in and out is the gorgeous cave swim there. Stop at Ko Kradan, it’s even smaller sister island, for a night of tranquillity in a beachfront bungalow.
The PhilippinesIt’s no secret that The Philippines has long been on my bucket list. My visit there next year can’t come soon enough and the incredible scenery is just one of the reasons for my fascination. The odds are good; at least one out of the 7,000 islands are bound to beat the pin-worthy Maldives beaches. My bets are on El Nido, Palawan or how about Manjuyod Sandbar just off Negros Island? Christian LeBlanc, a favourite travel vlogger of mine, published wanderlust inducing drone footage of his visit here and I’m sure it’s 10 times more stunning in person.
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