Wednesday 27 July 2022


For families who've had their fill of culture, history, and architectural wonders, going to some exotic destinations might sound enticing. You can go to tropical islands like the Caribbean and French Polynesia. With their swaying palm trees, beautiful white sand beaches, and tropical climate - they have all the ingredients for a perfect exotic family trip. Asian countries like India and Indonesia are also appealing to adventurous families who want to visit some faraway places. 

Here are the top five exotic family trips you need to try.

    1. Madagascar

Famous for its unique biodiversity and wildlife, Madagascar is the Indian Ocean's largest island. Given its white sand beaches, breathtaking nature views, and stunning rainforest, this island offers an unforgettable family bonding experience.

If you're into wildlife, you'll be glad to know that Madagascar is home to lemurs. These cute species are found only in Madagascar, noted for their black and white tail. You will have the opportunity to take photos with lemurs when you visit the national parks. Another popular activity for wildlife lovers in Madagascar is whale watching. The island is in an area close to the migration route of whales. Between July and September, these creatures are visible from the coast. 

One of the main reasons why Madagascar has become very popular for tourists is the beach. The island is home to some seriously stunning beaches, offering majestic views at sunset. These beaches also offer plenty of water sports, including snorkelling and kayaking. Madagascar is also a popular spot for surfing. Between May and October, surfers can enjoy excellent surf breaks in some of the island's epic surf zones.

  1. India

A unique country of vibrant colours, rich history, and breathtaking landscapes, India is one of the most epic destinations for family trips. From the bustling streets of New Delhi to the idyllic beaches of Goa, it's a remarkable country that offers a diverse feast for the senses.

For first-time visitors to India, begin your journey around the "Golden Triangle", which starts in Delhi and will then take you to Agra for the Taj Mahal, before arriving in the Pink City of Jaipur. Home to a labyrinth of bazaars and historical sites, Delhi is a perfect introduction to India. But the main attraction lies in Agra, the famous Taj Mahal, a white marble memorial built in honour of one of the wives of Shah Jahan, a Mughal emperor. In Jaipur, dubbed the "Pink City", wander along its busy streets lined with structures painted in terracotta pink to mark the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1876.

For families who prefer a more relaxing holiday in India, head to Goa, a small Indian state famous for its beautiful beaches. Aside from the beaches, Goa is also renowned for its wildlife sanctuaries, temples, and churches built during Portuguese rule.

  1. The Caribbean 

The Caribbean Islands are some of the world's most popular destinations for beach holidays. But when it comes to exotic Caribbean family villa stays, the best island to visit would be Barbados. Home to rolling sugarcane estates, pinkish white beaches with fine white sands, and rich marine life, the island is a perfect destination for family holidays. 

In Barbados, most beaches are on the southern and western coasts. These areas have tranquil beaches with calm waters, perfect for families with little kids. Bathsheba, a popular surfing spot, is an ideal destination for families who love water sports. You can book a sailing or snorkelling trip for your little ones to swim with protected hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Another way to marvel at these cute creatures is to go kayaking or diving, combined with a snorkelling trip on a glass-bottomed boat.

Like Barbados, Roatan is a famous destination in the Caribbean for its diverse wildlife. Located off the coast of Honduras, it's home to the world's second-largest barrier reef, attracting divers from around the world.

  1. Indonesia

Boasting more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a popular destination for families, especially the island of Bali, throughout July. Whether you want to introduce your kids to the majestic temples or enjoy much-needed R&R at the beaches of Bali, Indonesia can make for a truly unforgettable family holiday.

Bali is a wonderful introduction for families to Indonesia. While it's more famous as a honeymoon destination, the island has several resorts that cater to families with kids. Base yourself in Jimbaran Bay, a good option for families seeking a quieter and relaxing place to stay with easy access to the beach. The island is also home to family-friendly attractions like the Bali Bird Park, Bali Zoo Park, and Water Bom Park, a lively waterpark close to Kuta Beach.

For adventurous families, wander off-the-beaten-path into the remote island of Lombok, about 35 km east of Bali. Go for a hike and visit Mount Rinjani National Park. Make a stop at local villages where you can witness the traditional Lombok weaving technique.

  1. French Polynesia 

The unique combination of French and Polynesian cultures makes French Polynesia an ideal destination for exotic family trips. Each island has a unique charm, but Bora Bora is the most popular and a favourite among tourists. 

Despite having a reputation for being a honeymoon destination, Bora Bora is the perfect choice for families with kids, as it's home to gorgeous beaches, family-friendly resorts, and countless activity offerings. Since Bora Bora is mountainous, the airport is located on a tiny island on its own. Passengers are sent to their accommodation in Vaitape via a boat. You can arrange to stay at luxury overwater bungalows or five-star villas by the beach. Both are comfortable options for families.

The best way to explore the island is to book a half-day or full-day cruise on Bora Bora's lagoon. And although it's all about the lagoon, there are also excursions taking you to the mountainous interior, where you could spot historical sites, archaeological ruins, and lookouts where you can marvel at the island's breathtaking views. For a peek into the Polynesian culture, watch a traditional dance show at some of the island's luxury resorts. Aside from Polynesian dancing and drumming, a sumptuous buffet will be served.

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