5 island activities perfect for solo travellers

Saadiq Samodien


Whether you prefer exploring different cultures, thrilling adventures or blissfully uncrowded island retreats, we've rounded up five island activities perfect for the solo wanderer.

Adventure sports on Kauai Island

There’s a famous song called “Kauai Beauty,” which perfectly describes the unrivalled natural beauty of Kauai Island. Take in the lush vegetation and the azure blue water from above as you whizz through the skies on the Koloa Zip-line. Adrenaline will be pumping through your veins as you go through eight zip-lines in four hours across the Island of Kauai. For those with a more adventurous spirit, you can fly through the course upside-down. The journey can be captured on your camera, leaving you with Instagram-worthy photos to remind you of the thrill you experienced. 

Kauai island, Hawaii, USA

Photographer: Maridav

Sailing and breath-taking sunsets in Bali

Nothing tops off a solemn stroll on the pristine beaches of Bali’s Nusa Lembongan like a cruise to the backdrop of an idyllic sunset and turquoise blue waters. Waka Sailing provides precisely this – a relaxing meander with scenes of Mount Agung on the horizon and a farming village on the other side. Enjoy the panoramic views while dining on fresh fruits and an array of beverages to compliment the paradise-like-occasion. When you’re feeling more adventurous, join the boat crew trying to catch some fresh fish straight from the ocean. Bali is the perfect destination for solo travel and you'll forge many new friendships with like-minded solo travellers whatever you do and wherever you go on the island!

Sunset in Bali, Indonesia

Photographer: Sajeewa W

Snorkelling and Scuba diving in Bora Bora

Bora Bora is an iconic destination for couples, however, many solo travellers go because the island is so safe. The pure beauty of Fiji’s Bora Bora smothers you the moment the plane descends and blesses you with views of the extinct volcanic Mount Otemanu and the crystal-clear waters - it renders one speechless. Beneath those turquoise waters you'll find Black-tip Reef sharks, sea turtles and stingrays, which visitors can swim with alongside trained professionals. It’s a thrilling underwater safari to undertake, as you snorkel with sea creatures amongst the coral reef. The waters are shallow enough for beginners to enjoy this experience.

Stingrays, Bora Bora

Photographer: Yann hubert

Santorini: A haven for foodies

There’s no better sight than an evening in the coastal town of Oia in Santorini, littered with blue-domed churches and white buildings in the backgrounds complementing the distant windmills. The restaurant, Santorini Sunsets, has been around for a long time to compliment the slow disappearing sun behind the horizon. Amidst the cheers of the crowd, the tasty Mediterranean dishes add to the amorous atmosphere you'll find wherever you go. White Tarmas, Santorinian Tuna, and Moussakas are just a few local delicacies on offer, which even the most prudent food connoisseur would enjoy. An array of options will spoil visitors with choice, from eel with Quinoa Taboule to deliciously tender octopus salad.

Sunset in Oia, Santorini, Greece

Photographer: Anyaivanova

Peace and calm in Fiji

For most travellers, the mention of Fiji brings about images of paradise, and they are not wrong. Yasawa Island Resort and Spa has 18 luxurious bungalows nestled between colossal palm trees. It has been designed to provide a sense of seclusion. The bungalows are equipped with outdoor showers, an outdoor balcony with daybeds and a hammock between palm trees. To top it off, their famous Baravi Spa has massage beds, which gives a feeling as if you are floating on top of the crystal-clear water. Massages are performed in rhythm with the sound of the waves and include a mix of banana leaf wraps, traditional 'bobo' massages, and a hot stone massage.

Fijian Massage Bungalow on the beach

Photographer: Anna Klepatckaya

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