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Introducing this year’s hottest island getaways, as determined by Travel + Leisure readers.

No. 12 Big Island, HI

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You can check numerous items off your bucket list on the aptly named Big Island, which clocks in at 4,028 square miles. Zipline through rainforests, night dive with manta rays, witness Kilauea’s hot magma pouring into the Pacific, and sunbathe on more than 80 beaches, including black-sand Punaluu Beach and green-hued Papakolea Beach.

Where to Stay: Voted the No. 1 resort in Hawaii in 2013’s World’s Best Awards survey, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has 10 outdoor spa treatment rooms, and ocean-view suites that come with a concierge and private beach cabana.

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

World's Best Islands 2013

No. 12 Big Island, HI

You can check numerous items off your bucket list on the aptly named Big Island, which clocks in at 4,028 square miles. Zipline through rainforests, night dive with manta rays, witness Kilauea’s hot magma pouring into the Pacific, and sunbathe on more than 80 beaches, including black-sand Punaluu Beach and green-hued Papakolea Beach.

Where to Stay: Voted the No. 1 resort in Hawaii in 2013’s World’s Best Awards survey, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has 10 outdoor spa treatment rooms, and ocean-view suites that come with a concierge and private beach cabana.

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World's Best Islands 2013

You know you’ve escaped civilization when you’re swimming through a coral garden, with only green sea turtles and tropical fish for company. That’s the enticing promise of a trip to Palawan, a chain of white-sand islands in the Philippines.

Palawan is the latest far-flung beach destination to capture the imagination of travelers, specifically, discerning T+L readers who voted it the No. 1 island in the latest World’s Best survey. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the greater the distance traveled, the greater the rewards.

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That said, readers recognized worthy getaways all over the map, from the sultry island of Sicily (No. 8)—where vineyards and ancient ruins vie with beaches for your attention—to the heart-shaped paradise of Moorea, a French Polynesian island known for its blue lagoons and luxurious hideaways.

You can also take your pick from notable islands near America’s East and West coasts: Prince Edward Island, with its seaside cottages and red sand dunes, and Maui, which trumped the other Hawaiian islands, coming in at No. 3 overall.

Whether you prefer a quiet sliver of sand a few time zones from home, or a more accessible and bustling local scene, you’ll find inspiration among these top-rated islands.

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