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    World's Best Islands

    By By Donna Heiderstadt
    October 13, 2012, 9:09:16 AM EDT


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    Earth’s surface is 71 percent water, and our oceans are dotted with spectacular islands—tens of thousands of them—but some capture our imaginations more than others.

    In Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best survey, readers ranked their favorites, and the results show that no distance is too great when a fabulous island waits as your reward. Six of the top 10 islands, such as Bali and Santorini, are more than an eight-hour flight from the U.S. Luckily, Americans can also find island paradise literally just offshore—on untamed Vancouver Island (No. 10).

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    Find out which far-flung island captured the No. 1 ranking and where to find secluded beaches, wildlife encounters, and luxurious pampering.

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