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Five Post-Pandemic Island Destinations You Might Not Have Heard Of.

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Are you struggling to find inspiration for your post-pandemic travels? Check out these five Island destinations that are bound to get you in the travelling mood!

1. Antigua

Antigua is one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The Island is encompassed by stunning coral reefs and littered with magnificent white sandy beaches.

Best Suited holiday types:

Beach, Cultural, watersports, exploring

Activities/destinations

  • Relax at Half-moon bay.
  • Discover Devils Bridge and its history.
  • Swim with wild sting rays at Sting-ray city.
  • Cruise the Islands shores on Day long Island expeditions.
  • Culturally enrich yourself by exploring the islands historical landmarks.
  • Zip line over the forest canopy.
  • Snorkel the Islands reefs and become one with nature.

Currency Advice

The official currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD), however, All accept US Dollar (USD) as legal tender.

Calforex top tips

Make sure that if you have an Island tour, the operator you choose uses comfortable vehicles. It may look authentic being chauffeured in an old Landrover or Jeep. Still, the novelty will soon wear off along with your back – elect for a comfy air-conditioned alternative.

Also, note that the sea temperatures on the west side of the Island are warmer than on the east. If you were planning on spending long periods on the beach, this is a crucial point to consider.

2. Bali

Bali is the quintessential island holiday. It’s well known for its beautiful forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, waterfalls, beaches and coral reefs.

Best Suited holiday types:

Adventure, Activity, Cultural, beach, Diving, Nature

Hot places to visit (attractions/destinations)

  • Learn to surf at Kuta.
  • Visit the Uluwatu temple and experience the traditional Kecak dance.
  • Explore the vast Paddy fields.
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery while White-water rafting.
  • Stop off at Sanur for water sports.
  • Scuba Dive with some of the most diverse marine life on the planet.
  • Get your adrenaline fix at Waterbom waterpark.

Currency Advice

The local currency is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR). To avoid scams, we recommend collecting your cash before travelling.

Calforex Top Tips

We recommend finding a local taxi that will provide an Island tour visiting some more “off the beaten track” destinations, for example, visiting paddy fields and waterfalls. It’s worth noting that the south part of the island has the most tourism and won’t provide you with the same cultural enrichment as visiting destinations further north.

Paying a visit to the monkeys? 🐒
They can be aggressive and steal personal items. If monkeys don’t break it right away, the locals will charge a fortune for the return of your possession(s). Store them safely!

3. Mauritius 

Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island nation known for its lush beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes numerous National Parks, rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife.

Best Suited holiday types:

Sightseeing, Nature, Relaxing, Cultural

Attractions/Destinations 

  • Take in the breathtaking White beaches – Balaclava, Perybere & Flic en Flac…
  • Enjoy the water sports at Tamarin Beach or Le Morne.
  • Visit La Vanille and Casela nature reserves and see the great ecological work being done there.
  • Dive/Snorkel with marine life.
  • Observe Rochester & Tamarind Falls at full flow.
  • Relax in the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden.
  • Take in the local culture at the local markets.
  • Hike the Islands beautiful national parks – Black River Gorges National Park, Domaine des Chasseurs, Le Pouce, Trois Mamelles & Le Morne to name a few.

Currency Advice

The official currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR); however, US Dollar (USD) is widely accepted as legal tender.

Calforex Top Tips

Although not intended for tourists, you should check out MariDeal.mu. This portal is an online directory designed for locals. Although you won’t be able to book an activity through the website, it will certainly give you an idea of (a) Tourism prices & (b) Hot activities.

4. Coron, Palawan

Coron is a municipality in the Palawan Provence of the far western side of the Philippines.

Best Suited holiday types:

Adventuring, Cultural, Nature, Beach, Sightseeing, Backpacking.

Attractions/Destinations:

  • Visit the Island surrounding islands on a day cruise.
  • Dive at Ship-wrecks/coral gardens.
  • Relax in Kayangan & Barracuda Lake.
  • Swim into the secret lagoon at Twin Lagoons.
  • Visit Calauit Safari.
  • Bathe in the Maquinit Hot Spring.

Currency Advice

The official currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP).

Calforex Top Tips

Coron is relatively remote; with that said, visiting takes monetary planning. Be sure to bring enough Philippine peso for the duration of your stay in Coron or risk excessive withdrawal fees. An alternative approach is to carry ‘some’ USD as this is much easier to exchange than other currencies.

5. Santorini

Best Suited holiday types:

Honeymoon, Sightseeing, Relaxing

Hot places to visit

  • Enjoy the famous sunset at Oia.
  • Experience the delightful local cuisine.
  • Go on wine tasting experiences at the local wineries.
  • Visit the breathtaking ancient ruins of lost Atlantis.
  • Relax as you cruise around the islands.

Currency Advice

The official currency of Santorini is the Euro (EUR).

Calforex Top Tip

Santorini is a small island with a massive draw from British and European tourists. To have a truly authentic experience, we would advise visiting at the start or end of the summer season. That way you are bound to be able to enjoy all the activities you want!

Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments!

26 Mar, 21