There are so many beautiful tropical islands that’ll take your Instagram feed to the next level.
But which ones will help your Instagram really stand out?
We decided to find out by…
- Polling our Instagram followers
- Analyzing Instagram’s hashtag data
- Analyzing Google Trends Data
Check out this custom heatmap that shows where the best spots are…
According to the data, these are the top 50 most Instagrammable tropical islands in the world.
|Rarotonga - 179k hashtags|
|Aitutaki - 57k hashtags|
The Cook Islands are located in the South Pacific with political ties to New Zealand. It’s made up of 15 islands – the two most popular being Rarotonga & Aitutaki.
Rarotonga is home to the Cook Island’s main international gateway airport.
It’s a beautiful tropical oasis that you should consider putting on your bucket list.
|Tasmania - 3 million hashtags|
|Whitsundays - 665k hashtags
Fraser Island - 427k hashtags
Rottnest Island - 247k hashtags
Australia is one of the most exotic tropical islands in the world.
And for a good reason…
Just off the coast is the Great Barrier Reef, which has the world’s largest coral reef, making it a fantastic place to snorkel.
One of the lesser-known islands is called the Whitsundays. (Pictured above) it can be described as a tropical swirl. I mean… just look at that!
|Hvar - 800k hashtags|
|Brac - 181k hashtags|
Croatia is home to over 1,000 islands located in the Adriatic Sea. Out of all the islands, the two most popular are Hvar & Brac (according to IG).
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, then you might want to move Croatia to the top of your list. They filmed the show at several locations in Croatia.
Croatia is also quite popular to go island hopping.
|Bora Bora - 1.4 million hashtags|
|Tahiti - 1.1 million hashtags
Moorea - 312k hashtags
French Polynesia has some of the most stunning tropical lagoons in the world.
Whether you visit Bora Bora for a honeymoon or just a solo vacation, it’s a place you’ll never forget.
With over 100 different islands, it’s one of the most picturesque destinations you’ll ever come across.
|Mauritius - 2.9 million hashtags|
|Zanzibar - 1.8 million hashtags
Madagascar - 1.3 million hashtags
Seychelles - 1.2 million hashtags
When you hear of Africa, most people automatically think of the mainland.
But even if you do think of an island, Madagascar might be the first island to come to mind (thanks DreamWorks).
However, there are some absolute tropical gems just off the coast.
Like, Mauritius, Zanzibar or Seychelles.
|Cebu - 4.5 million hashtags|
|Boracay - 2.8 million hashtags
Bohol - 1.1 million hashtags
Palawan - 1.9 million hashtags
Siargao - 606k hashtags
The Philippines is one of the most tropical nations in the world, consisting of over 7,000 different islands.
Located in South-East Asia, it would actually take you over 20 years if you wanted to spend a day on each island.
Boracay, Bohol, and Palawan are all islands that frequently appear on Instagram’s explore page, but, Cebu trumps them all.
|Santorini - 5.7 million hashtags|
|Mykonos – 4 million hashtags
Corfu – 1.6 million hashtags
Rhodes – 1.4 million hashtags
Greece has some of the most Instagrammable islands in the world.
Scroll long enough on the travel explore page and you’ll come across those light-colored buildings that are perched above the Aegean Sea.
One of the best ways to experience the Greek islands to go island hopping. Although, it can get a bit expensive.
|Maui - 6.3 million hashtags|
|Oahu - 5.8 million hashtags
Kauai - 2.7 million hashtags
When you think of a tropical island in the United States, Hawaii should automatically come to mind.
It’s the only US state that’s located in the Pacific Ocean and is essentially the mecca of surfing.
From breathtaking hiking views to unreal marine life, Hawaii should be on your bucket list.
Spend just a few minutes on Instagram’s travel explore page, and you’ll come across those incredible overwater bungalows positioned right above the Indian Ocean
It’s home to some of the best tropical resorts in the world.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect honeymoon destination or a family vacation with the kids, the Maldives is a great choice.
|Okinawa - 8 million hashtags|
|Ishigaki - 407k hashtags
Miyakojima - 407k hashtags
Most people don’t think of ‘tropical’ when Japan is mentioned.
But, Okinawa is the definition of tropical, with over 150 different islands scattered between Taiwan and Japan.
Rivaling the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea, Okinawa is a great place for your next beach vacation.
|Sicily - 11.9 million hashtags|
|Sardinia - 6.3 million hashtags
Capri - 2.7 million hashtags
Sicily is easily one of the most beautiful islands in Italy…
And the data backs that statement up.
Whether you want to go skiing in the Alps or relax on the beach, Italy has it all.
|Puerto Rico - 14.9 million hashtags|
|Cuba - 10.5 million hashtags
Jamaica - 9.7 million hashtags
Dominican Republic - 5.7 million hashtags
Bahamas - 5.1 million hashtags
Barbados - 3.3 million hashtags
Aruba - 3.2 million hashtags
Antigua - 1.7 million hashtags
St. Lucia - 1 million hashtags
Turks and Caicos - 797k hashtags
Grand Cayman - 530k hashtags
The Caribbean is a top place to vacation if you’re looking for tropical vibes.
There are many different islands throughout the Caribbean Sea, it’s so hard to coin the best ones.
But, this is based on IG’s data and Puerto Rico takes the crown.
|Bali - 56.6 million hashtags|
|Lombok - 7.3 million hashtags
Sulawesi - 7 million hashtags
Gili Trawangan - 1.4 million hashtags
Sumba - 490k hashtags
And the winner of the most Instagrammable tropical islands in the world goes to Bali, Indonesia.
If you ever make it to Bali, then you should visit some surrounding islands like Lombok, Sulawesi or even Gili Trawangan.
By far, the best resource for traveling around Bali is the Bali Bible.
If you’re an aspiring tropical travel influencer, then we’d highly recommend creating a content strategy around some of these top destinations.
But if you’re just looking for new tropical destinations to add to your bucket list, then this a great place to start.
Because let’s be real… the data doesn’t lie.