Travel + Leisure annually publishes its “The Best” list in travel, ranging from destinations to hotels, airlines, spas, cruise lines, and travel experiences.

The 2023 Travel + Leisure list of the best islands in the world is out, chosen by readers for their aquamarine waters, dramatic coastlines, and pristine beaches.

As in past years, Travel + Leisure readers ranked their favorite islands considering activities on offer, sights, natural attractions, food, culture, and the friendliness of the local folk.

Bali, ranked number 3, is now in Travel + Leisure’s Hall of Fame due to its evergreen appearance in every year’s list of the best islands.

The 2023 list of the best islands worldwide saw Italy’s Ischia named numero uno.

  1. Ischia, Italy
  2. Maldives
  3. Bali, Indonesia
  4. Milos, Greece
  5. Fiji Islands
  6. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  7. Phuket, Thailand
  8. Dominica
  9. Boracay, Philippines
  10. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  11. Palawan, Philippines
  12. Paros, Greece
  13. Azores, Portugal
  14. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  15. Moorea, French Polynesia
  16. Cebu, Philippines
  17. Ibiza, Spain
  18. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  19. Madeira, Portugal
  20. Maui, Hawaii, USA
  21. Anguilla
  22. Crete, Greece
  23. Mackinaw Island, Michigan, USA
  24. Island of Hawaii, USA
  25. Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA