10 Laid-back Islands without Cars
10 Laid-back Islands without Cars – Offering a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, islands without cars become perfect car-free holiday destination. Clear from parking fees, traffic jams, or the struggle to look for a free parking space. These islands can be explored by bicycle or on foot. But with more than 500 million cars in this world, looking for a car-free island is becoming a difficult task. The islands of this list will be laidback and feature a small population and several facilities at least (it excludes all uninhabited islands).
1. Ko Phi Phi
Located in the Krabi Province in Southern Thailand, Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago. The largest island among them, Ko Phi Phi Don is the only island with permanent occupants, while the smaller Ko Phi Phi Leh is really popular as a beach or dive tour. There are no motorbikes or cars on this island so transport is mostly on foot on this island. Tourists can charter longtail boats which take them to beaches on the island which are inaccessible by foot.
2. Gili Islands
Gili islands are the most popular tourist destination in Lombok. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are small three island that form the Gili Islands. These islands are such quiet and laidback, with so many little coastside cafes that play reggae and no motorbikes or cars to disturb its peace. Tourists can rent bikes and the main tracks are well enough for riding, at least on Gili Trawangan. However The islands are only a few miles in diameter, so it can just be explored on foot instead.
Remember that the name “Gili Islands” is rather redundant since gili simply means “small island” in Sasak. There are a lot of other islands around the Lombok’s coast with Gili in their names.
3. La Digue
La Digue is one of the smaller islands in the Seychelles. Its population are about 2,000 people, who mostly occupy in the western coast village of La Passe, that is linked by ferry to the islands of Mahé and Praslin. A favorite way to explore around the island is by bicycle. A great cycle tour is to L’Anse Source D’Argent, one of the top beaches in the world.
4. Perhentian Islands
The Perhentian Islands which are located not far from the Thai border are one of Malaysia’s most favorite budget tourist attractions. The two main islands are Perhentian Kecil (Small Perhentian) and Perhentian Besar (Big Perhentian). Both the islands own palm-fringed white sandy beaches as well as turquoise blue sea. Swimming, Scuba-diving, and snorkeling are the most favorite tourist activities here. On most beaches, the water is shallow with lots of parrotfish, rays, and cuttlefish. Aside from strolling, water taxis are the only means of transport here.
5. Caye Caulker
Accessible by small plane or high-speed water taxi, Caye Caulker is a small coral island in the Caribbean Sea. In current years, the island has become one of Belize’s best tourist attractions among backpackers and other tourists for its laid-back vibe, relatively cheap prices, and abundance of bars and restaurants. The main type of transport on here is simply walking. It only takes about 20 minutes to cross the island takes as the paths are well defined. Golf carts and bicycles can also be rented.
6. Lamu Island
Besides the wildlife parks, Lamu Island is a part of the Lamu Archipelago and one of the most best tourist attractions in Kenya. The main town on the island, Lamu Old Town, is one of the oldest and well-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa. Built in mangrove timber and coral stone, the town features verandas, inner courtyards, and complex carved wooden doors. There are no roads on the island, just footpaths and alleyways, and therefore, there are several motorized vehicles on this island. Occupants move about by boat or on foot, and donkeys are used to transport materials and goods.
One of Saronic Islands in Greece, Hydra is secluded from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. This island is rightly one of the most favorite day-trip destinations from Athens. The port of Hydra boasts a gorgeous location in a deep harbor, on the hills with whitewashed houses rising on both sides from an azure blue sea. Motorized transportation are prohibited on Hydra. The town center is small enough to walk around on foot while water taxis, donkeys, and bicycles, provide public transportation to the rest of this island.
Having about 10,000 inhabitants, Kadavu is the fourth largest island in Fiji. Some of Kadavu’s natural attractions include the waterfalls and mountainous jungles, bays tufted by coral reefs and a mangrove forest which serve habitat to a host of wildlife and birds, as well as the Kadavu musk parrot. The natural and untouched state of the island makes it nice for a secluded vacation destination. There are really few roads on Kadavu and the main type of transportation include ferries and boat taxis.
9. Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is situated off the coast of West Australia close to the city of Perth. The island was occupied by Aboriginal people from around 30,000 years ago, till rising sea levels separated this island from the mainland. It was uninhabited in the 17th century the island when the Dutch explored the island. Now the island becomes a popular tourist destination. Activities include swimming, diving, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and cycling around this 11km long island. Cars are not allowed although as there are a few tourist busses. Do not time your visit with the yearly school leavers who visit Rottnest Island en masse.
10. Little Corn Island
Lying about 70 km east off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Little Corn Island is the smaller of the two Corn Islands. This island was originally colonized by the British, and most native islanders own more in common culturally with the other English-speaking Caribbean islands than they do with Nicaragua’s mainland. Without motorized vehicles and roads, the only way to get around this island is by walking. The surrounding coral reefs make it a favorite spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.