The Maldives deserve to be in the top seven because they are among some of the most beautiful but low lying islands in the world. With the sea level rise associated with climate change, they could well not be here in a couple of generation’s time. The Maldives are composed of 1,192 small islands with stunning coral reefs strung out like pearls across the Indian Ocean, 435 miles south-west of Sri Lanka. Two hundred of the islands are inhabited and over 90% of the islands’ GDP comes from tourism
Swirling sandbars wend their way across Oregon Inlet, part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Outer Banks—a 200-mile-long (322-kilometer-long) chain of low, slim barrier islands—arc out from the mainland, protecting the coast and shallow sounds from the battering Atlantic.
Foaming waves lap the shores of Bora-Bora as twin peaks Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu rise from an extinct volcano on the island. An overseas territory of France, Bora-Bora is in the Leeward group of French Polynesia’s Society Islands in the Pacific Ocean.