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Top 10 Most Beautiful Paradise Islands for Budget Traveler

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Wanderlust is something that keep growing deep inside us. Sometime we have time but not enough money to chase our dream. And sometime money is there but we are busy in turmoil of events called Life.

But essence of life is in facing the challenge with confidence and not giving up. So Lets stand strong, keep focused and work hard for beautiful future.

Because here are Top 10 Most Beautiful Paradise Islands for Budget Traveler which can be remarkable part of your beautiful future.

1.  Maafushi, Maldives

Maafushi is a popular inhabited island in the paradise called Maldives. It is in Kaffu Atol which is under the province of Medhu, Uthuru. In last 6 years, Maafushi has emerged as popular destination for tourist who want to enjoy their trip independently. It is such a place which provides an opportunity to you to experience the local life and food of Maldives.

Population has also increased with popularity and promotion of tourism. This is why Maafushi has also become perfect place for shopping and buying souvenirs for home.

If you are planning to visit from India, you can take a direct cheap flight to Male under Rs 5-6k from Bangalore or Trivandrum. You can reach to Maafushi through cheap public ferry from Male Island. It takes 1:30 -2:00 hours to reach Maafushi from Male.  Ferry service available every day except Friday.

Maafushi has many guest house and accommodation option for you than any other local island. Guest houses are not only affordable but also provide opportunity to experience the local food and cuisine.

In addition to swimming and  Island hoping, you can enjoy various excursion and water sports at Maafushi. Furthermore, local groups organized trips for Fishing, snorkeling and Picnic. It provide expats an excellent opportunity to meet new people and experience local life.

2. Mauritius

Mauritius is one of very popular tourist destination. It has earned global reputation for being recognized as one of the World Best Beach. Beauty of Mauritius is lying in its long stretched white beaches with clear water. It also has one of largest coral reef available in world today. There are many small uninhabited islands around the main island which are natural reserve for many endangered species. Tourism is most important sector for Mauritian economy. Mauritius is multi ethnic country with versatile culture which also attracts expats.

Flights to Mauritius are not cheap but you can get discount with available offers. Direct flight in between Rs 20,000-25,000/- are available from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.

Since thousands of accommodation option available at Mauritius. Therefore, affordable Guesthouses and Apartments are available at low prices. Even hostels are also available at cheap prices to suit your budget.

Mauritius is famous tourist sport so it has all type of activities available at tourist islands. You can experience variety of Water sports, adventures and great tropical cuisine.

3. Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is present in Mimaropa region of Philippines. It is an island between South China Sea and Sulu Sea. The major attraction to tourist are its beautiful flora and fauna and great Coron reefs. Palawan also has Wild life sanctuary and marine reserve park. Island offers tourist exciting opportunity to experience the Scuba diving.

It has best scuba sites in the world for Divers. Even novice divers can explore the natural beauty of life time. Marine Reserve Parks are also very famous due to recognition by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Direct flights from Manila and Cebu are available. And if you planning from India, you can get flights to Manila in Rs 20,000-25,000. Keep an eye on flight offers before planning your trip.

There are more than 300 accommodation options available at Palawan. You can get insanely cheap Guest Houses even below Rs 1,000/- per night.

4. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the one of the most popular tourist destination in Asia. It has been acclaimed as world’s Top Destination in Traveler’s choice award of TripAdvisor. This tourist hub is between Java and Lambok. Denpasar is capital of the Bali province of Indonesia.

Bali has some of the most beautiful beaches and coral reefs in the world. It is also famous for nigh life. Lots of budget flight carrier have their services in Bali. AirAsia is also one of them to not dent much on your pocket.

Since Bali is resort town for more than  two decade. There are plenty of staying options available to suit your budget. From Apartment to Hotels all options are on table for you.

Scuba Diving is one of the most popular things to do at this island. Bali is not only famous for its beaches and coral reef but it also have so many color of multi ethnic life which attracts expats. It is also perfect destination for lovers of modern art, traditional dance, music and food. Famous Subuk irrigation system in Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

5. Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Thailand has become most preferred tropical country in the world for budget travelers. Ko Phi Phi is the largest Island of Phi Phi group of islands. This island comes under Krabi province. Phi Phi Island group is situated between Phuket and Malacca islands. It is Thailand’s most famous destination for Scuba Diving. Ko Phi Phi has become more famous after movie “The Beach” which is filmed on the Island.

You can get affordable ferry boat from Krabi and Phuket. Nearest airport is Krabi. More than 100 accommodation options available including lush resorts, budget guest houses and cheap hostels.

Scuba diving is the most obvious choice but you can also enjoy variety of other water sports apart from swimming.

6. Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is another popular tourist destination for beach lovers in Philippines. It is a small island 310 km from Manila and comes under Aklan province. Boracay is famous for white beaches, Palm trees and vibrant nightlife

You can ride a ferry boat from Caticlan to reach Boracay. Caticlan and Kalibo Airport in Aklan are the nearest airports.

Boracay is resort and hotel town. Many staying option are available from Resorts to dorm at affordable prices.

You can enjoy beach surfing, swimming and coral reefs. You can also visit the Mount Luho for panoramic view of island. It is a place for expats who love water sports. Paraw sailing is also available.

7. Jeju, South Korea

Jeju is an island in Korean peninsula and it is main island of Jeju province. This Island is not only famous for its beaches but also for its lava tube. These lava tubes are result of hundreds of years ago due to lava eruption from volcano.

You can take ferry from Mokpo or Incheon Port. Incheon has an airport connecting to Seoul with direct flights. AirAsia flights can be insanely cheap if booked in advance. Well you can take train or bus ride from Seoul to reach Mokpo.

Thanks to popularity of Jeju Island, it has hundreds of staying option at very affordable price.

Guest house, apartments, hotels and resorts all are available to suit your budget.

Jeju has some best World Heritage Site which you can enjoy apart from relaxing at beach. You can visit Teddy Bear museum or Tea museum. And most noteworthy, don’t miss to visit very popular Jeju Loveland which is basically a sex education park. But it is very popular among tourists visiting island.

8. Havelock, Andaman

Havelock Island is popular tourist destination in the east of Andaman Islands and 45 km from Capital Port Blair. It is in neighborhood of Neill Island and Peel Island. Andaman & Nicobar is part of Indian union territory. It is popular for beautiful beaches and coral reefs.

Ferry & Cruise rides are available from Port Blair on affordable price as most of them are govt. operated.

Good budget option for accommodation are available at Havelock. You can avail guest houses as well as hotels at cheap price.

Radhanagar Beach is most famous beach on this island, thanks to its Crescent shape. Scuba diving is very popular in Havelock. You can also enjoy kayaking and other water sports.

9. Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the most popular tourist place in Thailand. It is largest island of the country situated in neighborhood of Krabi Island. It has dense mountains, white beaches, Palm trees and beautiful rain-forest to attract expats.

This tourist hub is also famous for its tranquility and night life. Phuket International Airport connects this island to the world. If you book advance Ticket with AirAsia, you can save much cost of your trip. You can also take bus or car ride from major cities like Bangkok or Krabi.

Phuket is resort & hotel town. It has accommodation option to suit everyone’s budget and needs.

Apart from Beaches and Water sports, you can also join excursion and day trip organized by local groups to sightseeing many spots. Phuket also has many museums and art galleries. Phuket is also reasonably good for shopping lovers.

10. PomPom, Malaysia

PomPom is calm and peaceful island famous for coral reef and beautiful white beaches. It is very Small Island situated at 30 km away from Sabah in East Malaysia. It is very rich in terms of marine biodiversity. PomPom is also popular for nursery of Hawksbill and rare green turtles.

You can get boat ride from Semporna. Bus service is available from tawau to Semporna. Tawau is nearest airport to this island.

Being a small island, PomPom does not have much staying option. But there are affordable guest houses also present on island. Therefore, you should book the accommodation in advance. So you can avail the discounts.

PomPom is the perfect place for spending holiday with your family. You can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports. TRACC also organizes volunteer ship programs to save the reefs and ocean diversity.

Let me know if any other dream destination is in your minds in the comments section below so I can add here. Happy Travelling!

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  1. Shawna Morrison says

    These should really be on my bucket list!!! Wonderful post!

    1. Budget Minds says

      Thank you Shawna.

  2. Ashley Cook says

    I need to go on a vacation right now! Your list is solidifying that desire! Awesome places!

    1. Budget Minds says

      Thanks. Let me know if you want to add some place in the list.

  3. Dieter says

    Super, I love it I know now my next destinations

    1. Budget Minds says

      Thanks for your feedback. Cheers

  4. Jane Lampard says

    Beautiful islands! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Budget Minds says


  5. Jane Lampard says

    Wow, I like your post! Beautiful islands! Thanks for sharing

  6. Jake smith says

    I have been to El Nido, Palawan. Whoever hasn’t been should definitely go there. It’s been the best island in the world and will surely not disappoint.

    1. Budget Minds says

      Thanks you. Your comment will inspire others.

  7. kinkin says

    I wish I could visit them all. Your post is informative. Thanks for the share

    1. admin says

      Thanks. Just plan one by one.

  8. The Gypsy Gurl says

    Great I have only been to couple of islands from this list.. Definitely adding the rest to my bucket list. Great post ❤

    1. admin says

      Thanks. More destinations are coming soon.

  9. Carly Becker says

    This is a very nice post. I will definitely consider any of these places when I want to take my next trip.

    1. admin says

      Thank you.

  10. Sian says

    All these places look so dreamy!!! I hope in the next few years I’ll be able to tick some of my own bucket list!!

    1. admin says

      Best of luck. Share back your experience.

  11. Vinil says

    Now I have even more locations to the list of places to visit. Havelock andaman looks like a great option.

    1. admin says

      Havelock is great and less expensive.

  12. Shell says

    You list some amazing and beautiful vacation spots!

    1. admin says

      Thank you.

  13. AllMyDeals says

    Thailand visit for me now 🙂

    1. admin says

      Gr8. Happy Journey.

  14. Shawna says

    Definitely saving and sharing this! These are some wonderful and beautiful suggestions! Thank you for this!

    1. admin says

      Thanks a lot for your feedback. Stay tuned.

  15. Emely says

    I’d love to visit Bali but I heard it’s so expensive. Do you have any tips to lower the cost to travel there?

    1. admin says

      I prefer AirAsia for travel as its cheap but value for money. If you are not going solo I would suggest you to stay at dorm/hostels. Hostels at Bali are good to keep expenses within budget.

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