World's best island for 2016: TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for 2016

If there was one word every Australian traveller should start using – it's aloha. Why?

TripAdvisor has named Maui, Hawaii's second-largest island, as the number one island destination in the world to visit in 2016 - that's enough cause to put on a floral shirt, book in some leave and board a flight halfway across the Pacific: Aloha. 

Maui knocked off last year's winner Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, which dropped three spots to number four.

Hawaii's island claimed the top spot, beating out Greece's most stunning island and Europe's most intriguing, Santorini (No.2); Australia's long-time favourites, Bali (No.5) and Phuket (No.8); and Spain's Majorca (No.6), which in recent years has attracted more notoriety for it bars than beaches.

Maui was noted for having one world's most amazing beaches with turquoise waters along with a diverse landscape that includes bamboo forests and Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano that sits 3000 metres above sea level.

Other exotic island paradises in the top 10 were Jamaica (No.3), Mauritius (No.7), Bora Bora (No.9) and Brazil's Fernando de Noronha (No.10). See the full list below.

In the South Pacific, Bora Bora was named the number one island to visit with Fiji's Viti Levu and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands coming in second and third, respectively. Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island were the only two Australian islands to make the list, just squeezing into the 9th and 10th spots. See the full list below.

Winners of TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards for top island destinations were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions on islands worldwide collected over a 12-month period, as well as traveller booking interest on TripAdvisor.

World's top 10 island destinations

  1. Maui, Hawaii
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Jamaica, Caribbean 
  4. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 
  5. Bali, Indonesia
  6. Majorca, Spain
  7. Mauritius, Africa 
  8. Phuket, Thailand
  9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
  10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil 

Top 10 islands in the South Pacific

  1. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 
  2. Viti Levu, Fiji
  3. Aitutaki, Cook Islands 
  4. Taveuni Island, Fiji 
  5. Moorea, French Polynesia 
  6. Efate, Vanuatu 
  7. Waiheke Island, New Zealand 
  8. Rarotonga, Cook Islands 
  9. Lord Howe Island, Australia 
  10. Norfolk Island, Australia 

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