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Pacifics Five Best Islands

Pacifics Best 6 Islands 2014

The vast pacific has lots to offer and thousands of islands from Tahiti to the Whitsundays. Luxury hotels wait for the discerning travelers. Here is our list of the best five choices. Read on for tips on selecting the right island.

Pacifics Best 6 Islands 2014

Palau - Rating: 81.3

Scenery: 96.3
Friendliness: 85.2
Atmosphere: 96.3
Restaurants: 52.0
Lodging: 75.0
Activities: 96.3
Beaches: 76.0

This "water wonderland" is "not to be missed." "They have done a wonderful job preserving their undersea world, so the variety and sighting of large fish is unparalleled." As one reader put it, "You cannot feel sad there, it's magical!"

Pacifics Best 6 Islands 2014

Moorea - Rating: 88.5

Scenery: 97.9
Friendliness: 92.4
Atmosphere: 94.2
Restaurants: 69.8
Lodging: 88.0
Activities: 87.5
Beaches: 88.3

Moorea's "beautiful, lush scenery, beaches and really great restaurants" won over our readers. The "tropical beauty with a French flair" has a lot to offer with its "beautiful lagoons, land tours and scootering." One reader said "even taking the local bus around the island is interesting."

Pacifics Best 6 Islands 2014

Great Barrier Reef Islands - Rating: 87.8

Scenery: 93.7
Friendliness: 93.1
Atmosphere: 92.5
Restaurants: 73.0
Lodging: 79.7
Activities: 90.2
Beaches: 83.2

The Great Barrier Reef consists of more than 3,000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, and our readers found plenty of "wonderful excursions." One said "everyone should come and snorkel because it's an awesome opportunity to see a whole different side to the ocean…truly breathtaking." The reefs are "full of life" and "one of nature's greatest treasures." "A must-go destination," the Great Barrier Reef Islands offer "adventures for all levels of people."

Pacifics Best 6 Islands 2014

Tasmania - Rating: 86.0

Scenery: 95.0
Friendliness: 95.0
Atmosphere: 95.0
Restaurants: 73.3
Lodging: 71.0
Activities: 85.1
Beaches: 78.4

This "fascinating place" has "a rich cultural history." Our readers found "wonderful beaches, great hiking trails and very friendly people." "Fantastic scenery and a look at what Australia was like before tourism."

Pacifics Best 6 Islands 2014

Galápagos Islands - Rating: 81.5

Scenery: 94.1
Friendliness: 88.2
Atmosphere: 94.1
Restaurants: 42.9
Lodging: 58.3
Activities: 94.1
Beaches: 68.8

Wildlife enthusiasts will find the islands (actually the peaks of underwater volcanoes, some of which are still active) fascinating: They are rife with iguanas, tortoises, orcas, penguins, and many other bird species. These nature-rich islands are also "an excellent adventure for scuba diving."

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