Maybe you’re a fan of the show “Lost,” or saw “Six Days Seven Nights” and thought you’d give anything to visit an island like that except, of course, you’d rather go by choice than be stranded there. Here are 10 African islands that capture some of the magic you’ve seen on the big screen: 10 of the most serene and secluded beaches in Africa.
The beaches appear completely untouched by civilization at Bom Bom Islet on the northern shore of Príncipe, a volcanic island in the Gulf of Guinea. During the summer, you can watch the humpback whale migration. There are some old colonial estates still standing on the island.
This island off the coast of Kenya near the Somali border is so inspiring that it attracted Yves Saint Laurent muse Carolyn Roumeguere and cosmetics guru Mary Greenwell. You can usually watch turtle eggs hatching here, take motorboat rides into town, and of course play on the perfectly white sand.
Port St. Johns is known for having some rocky waters, so it’s perfect for an island adventure vacation. It’s a little less resorty than other beaches. As you might expect in a region named the Wild Coast, free-range cattle and wildlife roam the sands.
This string of gorgeous islands just outside Maputo is Mozambique’s natural pride and joy. Here you can witness untouched marine ecosystems, miles of sandbar beaches and stunning coral reefs. The Quirimbas National Park makes up most of the southern part of the island.
This small island is known for its enormous cathedral loaded with stained glass and carved soapstone. You can take in a little history and culture while enjoying the otherwise deserted beach, accessible only by boat or aircraft. The crystal clear waters make it the perfect place for snorkeling.
Mnemba is a very small island near the Zanzibar Archipelago in Tanzania. It is just 500 meters in diameter, 1.5 kilometers in circumference and surrounded by some of the most beautiful reefs, making it a popular scuba-diving destination. The island is privately owned and in order to go there, you have to be a guest of the Mnemba Island Lodge.
The waters at Curralinho beach are famously warm, so you’ll want to perch your lounge chair right at the water’s edge! It’s the longest beach on the Cape, with miles of white sand. There are several beautiful beaches on the Cape, but this one is the most secluded.
Anse Source d’Argent is a picturesque island with massive, smooth boulders embedded in the beach, and thick tropical foliage hugging the waters. The water is very shallow for several meters out, so you can go for a long beach stroll with just your ankles wet, or sit in the tide without worrying about it getting too high.
The secret of unspoiled Trou-aux-Biches is rapidly spreading as a tourist destination, so visit this serene place while you can. The beach is lined with the dramatic-looking casuarina plant and has great picnic spots. The ocean water is so clear you can see the bottom.