We took this question on Quora a few days ago (where we’re a top writer in Travel and Tourism – check out our profile!). It’s an almost impossible question to answer as there are so many amazing places in the world and they are all so different, but we’ll give it a try:
The most magical place we’ve ever been to is Komodo National Park off the island of Flores in Indonesia. The giant Komodo dragons that live on the islands and are endemic only to this one specific part of the world are just a cherry on top – what makes this place amazing is the ocean and what’s underneath it.
After checking out the dragons, get in the water as quickly as possible. The diving rivals that of the Great Barrier Reef. We’ve done both – and we’d go back to Komodo National Park before we did the GBR again. The quality of the diving in this area is gaining recognition – CNN named the above dive site one of the top 50 in the world!
If you’re not a diver, the snorkeling is equally as amazing. We stayed on Kanawa Island – a backpacker’s budget private island – and were 20 steps from the water. We’d wake up, throw on a swimsuit and some fins, and be in the water within a few minutes. We’d be greeted by coral that hasn’t lost its color, reef sharks, stingrays, trumpet fish, lion fish and thousands of other fish so numerous and colorful that your mind will be blown. We’d do that three or four times a day, minimum.
The rest of the time was spent reading and relaxing on the beach, or hiking up to the top of the mountain on our island to catch some of the most amazing sunsets we have ever seen in our lives.
The island of Flores and the National Park are undiscovered gems. The beaches are amazing and uncrowded. The water couldn’t be a better temperature. You can go hiking inland and explore native villages. Even further inland are the magical color-changing volcanic lakes of Kelimutu, which are also worth a visit!
All of this and more is why Komodo National Park in Indonesia is up there for us as one of the best places in the world!
What’s your favorite spot in the whole world? Let us know in the comments below!