Summer can be found throughout the year in different parts of the world. We’ve already covered the first half of the year with our Summer Getaways Throughout The Year – Part 1, so where in the world would you be in the months from July to December? With our Summer Getaways Throughout The Year Part 2, we bring you some less explored islands and untouched beaches around the world.
JULY: LOMBOK, INDONESIA
July sees spectacular weather in Lombok with temperatures averaging 26° throughout the day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies! Located just east of Bali, Lombok is a lesser developed island and offers many isloated and unspoilt beaches, waterfalls, paddy fields and even an active volcano.
One of the most popular beaches in Lombok is Tangsi Beach, otherwise known as Pink Beach for its distinctive pink-coloured sand. Surrounded by nature, trek up to one of the hills and take in the spectacular colours of this beach. The crytal clear waters are calm and great for swimming and snorkeling is a must with its abundance of corals and marine life around. As popular as it is, Tangsi Beach is not packed with tourists as it’s not as easy to get there without a tour guide.
On the other hand, if you’re looking at spending your beach days with more people or relax on a smaller island, you can always take a 2-hour boat ride across to the smaller islands off Lombok such as Gili Trawangan (for the party people) or Gili Meno and Gili Air (for a laid-back experience).
Getting to Lombok is easy with an international airport right on the island. Alternatively, there are ferries that sail between Bali and Lombok daily.
AUGUST: LOPUD ISLAND, CROATIA
Representing the Adriatic summer-vibes, Lopud was once the playground for Dubrovnik’s aristocrats with its sandy beach and serene atmosphere. Today, Lopud is bustling with quaint cafes, restaurants and a handful of hotels to cater to everyone.
This small, car-free island is absolutely perfect for those wanting to get away from it all, seeking to spend a peaceful few days or even weeks under the sun. Take in the entire island’s culture, charm and beauty with a walk around the island through paths surrounded by lush vegetation, explore the ruins of the fortress and palace or paddle around the turquoise waters in a kayak. Tucked away on the southeast side of the island is the 1km long sandy Sunj Beach – a shallow bay with knee-deep water that stretches as far out as 100 meters from the shore.
Lopud is easily reached from Dubrovnik by daily ferries to the island which take 55 minutes to an hour.
SEPTEMBER: ILE SAINTE MARIE, MADAGASCAR
When we think of Madagascar, we think of King Julien and how we like to move it, move it!
After you’ve enjoyed some Madagascar’s wildlife spotting Alex the Lion and gang, head over to Ile Sainte Marie, off the east coast of Madagascar, and the ideal spot for a beach holiday. Formerly an off-season home to as many as 1000 pirates back in the days with its numerous inlets and bays perfect for hiding ships, this little island is now a tropical paradise worth exploring.
You will be mesmerised by its quiet white sandy beaches, tropical climate and lush vegetation surrounding the island. Every year from July to September, humpback whales migrate in numbers into the bays of Ile Sainte Marie, with many staying to give birth or to look for mates making Ile Sainte Marie one of the best spots for whale-watching in Africa. A good place to do some whale-spotting without getting on a boat is atop the rock at Libertalia Hotel.
The island is only 60 km long and just 7 km at its widest point. It’s an idyllic spot with a small airport at its southern tip (with a 50-minute direct flight from Madagascar’s capital Tana), and generally low-key tourism development.
OCTOBER: KOH RONG SAMLOEM, CAMBODIA
Owned by the Cambodian Navy, Koh Rong Samloem has been relatively unknown until recently. At just 9km long and 5km wide, this little slice of paradise is car-free with pristine beaches surrounding the island.
Saracen Bay is the main tourist area on Koh Rong Samloem and known for its squeaky white sand and clear as glass waters. It is perfect for a peaceful relaxing vacation where you can lie back and admire the magnificent views. All the main ferry services stop here regularly making it one of the more convenient locations for a quiet beach holiday. With roughly only 20 resorts spread across the island, it doesn’t really feel like you’re surrounded by people on the beach, often having the ocean waters to yourself. As the island is still under-developed, don’t be too surprised to see monkeys, snakes, hornbills and other wildlife having as much fun under the sun as you.
To get to Koh Rong Saloem, fly into Sihanoukville International Airport and take a speed boat from Serendipity Beach Pier direct to the island.
NOVEMBER: MORRO DE SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Morro de Sao Paulo is part of a 26-island archipelago situated around 60km from Salvador, the colonial capital city of Bahia. From natural waterfalls to a church dating back to the 1600s, this island is filled with activities and culture for all.
As a beachcomber’s paradise, beaches can be found everwhere in Morro de Sao Paulo. To make it easy to remember, the beaches are named in numerical order: Primeira Praia (First Beach – lots of watersports options), Segunda Praia (Second Beach – where the nightlife is at), Terceira Praia (Third Beach), and Quarta Praia (Fourth Beach) – both relaxing and great for snorkeling, and Quinta Praia (Fifth Beach – a simple fishing village), also known as Praia do Encanto.
For something out of the ordinary, try ziplinig from the top of a hill straight into the ocean and keep your eyes open to take in the unbeatable views below.
Only two cities provide access to Morro de Sao Paulo, Salvador and Valença. You can opt for air, land or sea transfers.
DECEMBER: MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO, MYANMAR
Mergui Archipelago, located in southernmost part of Myanmar (Burma), comprises over 800 beautiful islands. Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora & fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. The only human inhabitants in the area are sea gypsies, namely Salone in Myanmar. They live on boats during the dry season and remain on land during the rainy season.
Cocks Comb Island is part of the Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea. It is situated just off the coast of Kawthaung (Kawthoung), the most Southern city of Myanmar. The island is a limestone atoll without a beach, but with a stunning lagoon, shaped like a heart. This island is also known as the Emerald Heart Island as the inlet changes colour with the color of the ocean. The only way to get into the heart of the island is by snorkeling through a natural cave. Once in the lagoon, take in the beauty of the colours of nature around you with amaying limestone formations above and lively corals filled with marine life below.
A special permit is required to visit the Myeik Archipelago on a multi-day live aboard tour which is obtained as part of a cruise package. Do note that it usually takes around one month to complete the application process. It is not currently permitted for foreigners to travel to the islands independently, and there are naval patrols through the islands that check visitor documentation. Day trips are also possible leaving from Kawthaung, Myeik and also from Ranong in Thailand.
So what are you waiting for? Time to pack your bags and start exploring a new destination every month of the year!