Hawaii has three of the top ten islands in the WORLD according to readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine. The 2010 World’s Best Awards list Kauai as the top island in Hawaii and second only to the Galapagos overall. Maui is number eight and the Big Island, Hawaii, placed number ten. Voters were asked to rate islands on the basis of five characteristics: natural attractions, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people and value. No other country has three top-ten finalists; Greece is second with two islands in the list.
The image on the cover of Travel + Leisure’s August 2010 issue is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island), this year’s Top Resort in Hawaii and Top Hotel Spa in Hawaii.
Complete list of Top Ten Islands:
1. Galapagos (score 90.24)
2. Kauai (score 89.00)
3. Cyclades (except Santorini), Greece (score 88.89)
4. Bali (score 88.70)
5. Hvar, Croatia (score 88.60)
6. Santorini, Greece (score 88.46)
7. Sicily (score 88.39)
8. Maui (score 88.16)
9. Malpes (score 88.00)
10. Big Island, Hawaii (score 87.71)