Island hopping

@Porcospino (17979)
Denmark
September 28, 2012 5:43pm CST
When I think about island hopping the first countries that comes mind are the Philippines or Indonesia in Asia, Greece or Croatia in Europe or the countries in the Caribbean, but I imagine that there are lots of other options. One of the less famous options is Estonia where there are 4 large islands and many small islands. I know that there are ferry connections between the mainland and the large islands, but I not sure how many of the small islands it would be possible to visit. I think that it could be fascinating to visit some the small islands in Estonia, but I also want to visit the 4 large islands. Have you ever gone island hopping? In your own country or abroad? If you had the chance to go island hopping which country would you choose and why? How many islands would you visit? Would you pick popular islands or the less known islands or a mix of both?
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@TeamCholent (2843)
• United States
28 Sep 12
I was watching the TV show idiot abroad and now I really want to visit the islands of Vanuatu or at least some of them as they seem peaceful and the local tribes seem to enjoy the English.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
29 Sep 12
I know where Vanautu is, but aside from that my knowledge about those islands is very limited. Your response inspired me to look them up on the internet and find out more. There are so many interesting places to visit around the world. Some of them are famous and others like the islands of Vanuatu are less wellknown, but they might be just as interesting as the popular or wellknown places.
• United States
30 Sep 12
If only travel was far cheaper that would be a great help to us all I am working on making 2013 my year for travel so saving up cash and credit card points etc(wish me luck)
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@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 12
Porco, i like island hopping if given the opportunity. But pity to said, money is always limited, so need to plan well my vacation. At this moment, i would go vacation in my own local area first. Maybe in future, i would do island hopping, since there are a few islands which are very beautiful and interesting to visit. They are situated in my country like Langkawi, Pangkor and Sipadan islands. In fact, there are a few more islands which are very nice to visit as well. Only in future, then i would want to visit Indonesia and Philippines, where they have lots of nice islands to visit as well. Only when i have more income, then i would consider to visit islands in your area and the other European areas as well. Have a nice weekend, friend...
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
5 Oct 12
I have heard about Langkawi but not the other places that you mentioned. I can imagine that you have a lot of interesting places to visit in your country. I think there are a lot of interesting and beautiful places to visit in Indonesia and the Philippines as well. In the Mylot discussions about those countries I have learned about some new places and I have become interested in visiting some of those places in the future. Unfortunately my husband and I have the same problem as you and we are not able to visit all of the places that we dream about. When we return from our trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam our most of savings are gone, so we will stay in our own country for a while and visit some of the places in our own country. I have received your email as while ago and I will write you later this month (before we leave for Asia)
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
3 Oct 12
I have never heard the term island hoping before. Last night I was watching a documentary about New Zealand and I would like to do some island hoping there.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
5 Oct 12
My husband shares your interest in New Zealand and he often talks about visiting New Zealand. My Japanese friend has been an exchange student in New Zealand and she liked the country very much. I have never been there, but I hope that my husband and I will get the chance to visit the country together in the future I think that your own country would also be an interesting place to go island hopping. I have only been to Thessaloniki, and I would like visit some of the Greek islands in the future.
@maximax8 (28284)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 12
I went island hopping in the Seychelles. I went on that trip with my ex boyfriend. We visited Mahe Island and its capital city called Victoria. Then we went to La Digue Island. I loved cycling there, snorkeling and we found it spectacular. Wow! Lastly we went to Praslin Island and found it interesting and beautiful. We caught a tiny plane back to Mahe Island. It was an expensive destination and we had a wonderful time. An independent traveler in the Maldives is very unusual. We are called a fully independent traveler. I got a cheap flight to Male, capital of the Maldives, at the last minute. I stayed for my first five days at Asdu Island. It was a tiny island with white sand and green palm trees. Whilst there I hopped over to its next door island. Local people lived there and Asdu Island was just a tourist resort island. I went to Male for a couple of nights. I hopped over to the next door island and saw local children swimming in the sea. I got a plane to Gan Island and stayed there for six nights. It was an island connected to other islands by bridges. It had been a British airbase so they had built the bridges. I would adore a trip to the Philippines to go island hopping an snorkeling. If so I would fly into Cebu Island and not Manila. I wish I had a yacht and could sail it around the Caribbean Sea and stop off to see a friend on the northern coast of Colombia.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
29 Sep 12
I enjoyed reading about the time you spent in the Seychelles and the Maldivies. Both places sound very interesting and beautiful. I have only seen them on pictures and it would be amazing to visit them in the person. I know that there is a direct flight from Frankfurt in Germany to the Seychelles so if I go there I will travel from Germany. I am not sure about the connections to the Maldives, but I would be interested in visiting that the Maldives as well. In the Phillippines I want to visit Cebu, Bohol, Palawan and some of the other islands, but I haven't made exact plans for that trip yet. It would be amaxing to sail around in the Carribbean Sea. I think that there are a lot of interesting places to visit in the Carribbean Sea.
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Sep 12
Hi, We have lots of islands in the Philippines, 7,100 of them. I have not gone to some but I may do someday if can have my own boat big enough to battle the waves on the high seas especially during the monsoons. The threat of terrorists and pirates down the exotic islands of the southern parts also adds more thrill to the whole adventure. I would also want to have the fastest sailing boat for that matter to beat them aside from the armaments I may install if worse comes to worst, say a fifty-caliber MG, a .45 sidearm and a sniper rifle to complement with it. It's a happy island hopping then, see ya guys.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
29 Sep 12
It think that it would be an exciting advanture to travel in your own boat. You would be able to visit a lot of different places that way. The number of the islands in the Philippines is much larger than the number of islands in my country because we only have about 400 islands. I have visited some of the those islands in the past and there are plenty of other islands that I plan on visiting in the future. It is easy to visit the relatively large islands because there are ferries or bridges between the mainland and those islands. Many of the small islands you can only visit in your own boat because there is no public transport.
@yanzalong (10151)
• Indonesia
29 Sep 12
It never crosses my mind which is the best for me. It's nicer to think about it when money is at my side.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
29 Sep 12
Yes, unfortunately a trip like that costs money. I am always dreaming about future trips even when I don't have the money There are so many different places around the world that I want to visit one day, but unless I win the lottery or something like that I will never been able to visit all of them.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
29 Sep 12
Hi, as you know I live in the Philippines and I already experience Island hoping here when we visited one of the finest and peaceful island in Palawan. In Palawan there are surrounded by many small island that has different views and exciting form of rocks. We travel by boat to hop in each island one of the island serve breakfast,and the other one serves lunch. Different scenario, views and resort you can see in each island. I'm glad that you choose to go here I hope you can update us if you already reach our country and were happy to meet you.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
29 Sep 12
Your trip sounds really interesting. I like the idea of visiting many different islands, and I think that it would fascinating to travel from place to place. When I go the the Philippines I want to visit Cebu, Bohol and Palawan and some of the other places that I have heard about. I am able to spend 21 days in the Philippines without a visa, so I will be able to travel around for 3 weeks. I will take me several years to save up for the next trip to Asia, but I hope that I might be able to travel around 2016. I will keep you updated about my travel plans. I would love to meet some of the friends from the Philippines
• Indonesia
28 Sep 12
Hey, since I live in Indonesia and my job before has requred me to go the the several islands. So maybe this is the island hopping that you mean? Anyway I have gone to the several island, to the town to town for 3 months. Although it's the big island. There's "Kepulauan Seribu" (1000 islands) which contains many small islands which usually people visit for holiday, and I have been to that vacation place once. To the small island called Tidung. It's fun and because the island still feels natural and very refreshing. I'd love to visit another country which have many islands too.
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@Porcospino (17979)
• Denmark
28 Sep 12
I think that Indonesia would be a very interesting interesting place to visit. I have never been to your country, but I plan on visiting Indonesia in the future. Most people from my country have a very limited knowledge about Indonesia (they only know Jakarta and Bali) but I think that there are a lot of other interesting places in visit in Indonesia and I would like to stay for one month and visit many different islands. I hadn't heard about Kepulauan Seribu before, but it sounds like an interesting place to visit. In my own country there are about 400 islands, but many of them are very small and it is not possible to visit them unless you have your own boat because there are no bridges or ferry connections. Fortunately there are also quite a lot of islands where you catch a ferry. I live on an island myself, but it is larger than some of the very small islands.