Who hasn’t fantasized at one time or another about being stranded on an island?
Of course, one of the things you’ll need to think about is how to get there. Airfare to many islands can be pricey, not to mention dining out and accommodation. The good news is that are discounts for all of this and more that can be taken advantage of by adding the Piggy browser extension for Safari, Chrome or Firefox. When you’re ready to check out online, it will automatically apply any coupons and discounts that are available – how easy is that? No more searching through endless pages on Google only to reach a dead end, all of that work is done for you.
1. Huahine, French Polynesia
Often referred to as the “Garden of Eden,” the island of Huahine, part of the Leeward Group of Society Islands in French Polynesia, is filled with stunningly lush landscapes that include watermelon fields, vanilla orchids, coconut plantations, colorful blooms, banana groves and breadfruit trees. If you were stranded here, you’d find plenty of tasty food to sustain yourself. It’s actually made up of two islands, including Little Huaine to the south, a more rugged, isolated ideal that’s especially ideal for getting away from it all. Discover turquoise lagoons, postcard-perfect beaches and an incredibly serene atmosphere. Over on Big Huahine, you can enjoy a busier atmosphere that includes opportunities for shark feeding, visits to a pearl farm and even an archaeological site home to the subfossil remains of multiple extinct birds.
2. Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays
Ever since Petit Tabac in the Tobago Cays of the West Indies of the Caribbean was spotlighted in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” back in 2003, countless people have dreamed of being stranded here just like Johnny Depp’s Captain Black Sparrow, who was marooned here with Elizabeth Swan (Kiera Knightly). Uninhabited, it’s part of Tobago Cay Marine Park and may be the ultimate deserted isle, with coconut trees lining the blindingly white, soft sands and the dazzling azure waters teeming with marine life, including sea turtles. While there is still no rum, we can’t say for sure if it was all consumed by Jack, but you can always bring your own by heading out on a day trip with one of multiple excursion options. If you thought it too far out of your budget to afford, think again, especially after adding that Piggy browser extension.
3. Flores Island, The Azores, Portugal
If a lush island with colorful flowers, particularly hydrangeas, cascading waterfalls, serene lagoons and soothing hot springs sound like a place you’d never want to leave, head to Flores. Part of the Azores, a volcanic archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, it showcases timeless beauty with cliff-carved grottoes, gorgeous treks to one of seven inland lakes, waterfalls and some of the world’s best whale watching. Near the town of Fajazinha is the impressive Cascata da Ribeira Grande, a more than 650-foot-tall waterfall. Nearby are some 20 other waterfalls that often develop rainbows in their mist that appears over the deep emerald-hued mountainside.
Even better? There are now direct flights from Boston to the Azores, and you might even find a special vacation package or cheaper airfare by utilizing Piggy.
4. Turtle Island, Fiji
Turtle Island perfectly captures the romance of the South Pacific and is renowned for its very high-end accommodation, exotic flavors and timeless beauty. One of the most luxurious destinations in the world, some people save for years to experience it, but you can make it happen faster by downloading Piggy, getting discounts on just about everything you buy online and stashing it away for that once-in-a-lifetime trip. The filming location for “The Blue Lagoon,” it features those quintessential brilliant blue waters, lush greenery and unspoiled beaches, with opportunities to dine on intimate moonlit meals at the edge of the sea, go horseback riding as the sun rises, and more. With just 14 couples max here on any give day, privacy is virtually guaranteed.
5. Aitutaki, Cook Islands
Photos just can’t capture the truly magnificent beautify of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific. It showcases a brilliant azure lagoon, and inside is a beach that was voted the best in the Pacific. The warm, crystalline waters are considered among the world’s best for snorkeling – if you want to purchase your own gear, you may be able to get instant savings for sites like eBay if you’ve downloaded that Piggy browser.
“The Nature Island of the Caribbean” as it’s often called, Dominica isn’t your typically Caribbean Isle, home to volcanic sand beaches, an unspoiled, lush rainforest with waterfalls that plunge down to tranquil pools for swimming, hot springs and 365 rivers, one for every day of the year.