World’s top 10 islands, according to TripAdvisor

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(CNN) For sun-starved worker bees, nearly any island will do.

But for the island aficionado, Maui is No. 1, according to TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice awards for islands, released a few days ago.
Maui moved up from second place last year to knock Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos out of the top spot, sending it tumbling to fourth place.
“In addition to their truly magnificent landscapes, the Travelers’ Choice Islands are home to highly rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, and are brimming with unique culture,” said TripAdvisor spokeswoman Julie Cassetina.
No. 2-ranked Santorini, Greece, moved up two spots from a No. 4 ranking last year.
Jamaica ranked No. 3 this year. The Caribbean island wasn’t in last year’s top 10.
In addition to the global list, TripAdvisor also ranks islands regionally.
The travel review and booking site selected its Travelers’ Choice island award winners based on the quality and quantity of user reviews over 12 months.

World’s top 10 islands for 2016

1. Maui, Hawaii
2. Santorini, Greece
3. Jamaica, Caribbean
4. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
5. Bali, Indonesia
6. Mallorca, Spain
7. Mauritius, Africa
8. Phuket, Thailand
9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
The number of visitors is restricted on Fernando de Noronha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. "The lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles," says TripAdvisor.
White sand beaches and blue lagoons are two reasons Bora Bora held onto ninth place for a second straight year.
Although the Thai island of Ko Tao didn't make the list this year, another Thai favorite did: Phuket, with its fabulous diving and imposing rock formations.
 
 
Bali is best known for its beaches but it's also got a unique system of <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/videos/travel/2016/01/20/60-second-vacations-bali-rice-fields-travel.cnn/video/playlists/travel/">rice terraces</a> that are UNESCO protected.
Locally known as "Provo," Providenciales is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. Most of its infrastructure is found along the 12-mile Grace Bay beach.
4. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Locally known as “Provo,” Providenciales is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. Most of its infrastructure is found along the 12-mile Grace Bay beach.
3. Jamaica Jamaica didn’t rank in last year’s top 10. Now it’s vaulted into third place.
 

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