Best Private Island Getaways (III)
For many travelers, their idea of a perfect vacation is a secluded spot away from the rest of the world. These vacationers prefer to be close to nature, isolation and utter relaxation. If this kind of destination appeals to you, we've picked out the best private island gateways. The following islands all have one thing in common: peace and quiet.
5. Best Private Island Gateways: Medjumbe Private Island— Mozambique
Set among the secluded islands that make up the Quirimbas Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, Medjumbe Private Island is the perfect getaway for those who love the outdoors. The exclusive retreat is comprised of just 13 thatched chalets all with beautiful ocean views. The diving in the warm Indian Ocean waters is ideal — the stunning coral reef and pristine marine environment are nearly undiscovered by the diving world. The Quirimbas Archipelago also offers some of the best game fishing in the world, with opportunities to hook Kingfish, Barracuda, Dorado, Queenfish, Serra, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish. Kayaking allows guests to glide with the local dolphins and watch the visiting whales from August to November. This beautiful country, full of rich cultural history, is one of the world's best-kept secrets. While the resort aims to fulfill the wishes of guests, they equally aim to fulfill the needs of the surrounding environment; the conservation of the indigenous environment, and the implementation of community development.
6. Best Private Island Gateways: Ometepe Island — Nicaragua
Lake Nicaragua is one of the wonders of the Western Hemisphere. One hundred miles long and as much as 46 miles wide, it is the largest freshwater lake in Central America. Freshwater sharks and tuna, and the extremely rare sawfish swim in these waters. Out in the lake, accessible only by ferry, lies the magical island of Ometepe. The island is composed of two volcanoes and an isthmus that connects them. Trails up the volcanoes Conception and Madera lead the curious explorer through fields of plantains, sugar cane and coffee to a lush rainforest. Pre-Columbian petroglyphs and sculptures dot the island, reminding visitors of prior civilizations. There is also a cloud forest, one of the rarest ecosystems on earth, on Volcano Madera, and down in its caldera, a cold crater lake where the cries of howler monkeys echo out of the mists. Afterwards, spend some time on a beautiful island beach, relaxed and undisturbed except by the breeze in the palms.