Best of list
Singapore is fourth on Lonely Planet’s list.
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Coming in second on the list is Shikoku, Japan’s fourth-largest island. It’s gradually becoming more frequented by international visitors, says Lonely Planet, and has some great spots, including the Naruto whirlpools, Kōchi Castle and the Iya Valley.
Rounding out the top three is the Bay of Islands and Northland in New Zealand. Go there for subtropical islands, Māori heritage and stunning landscapes.
Fiji was praised by Lonely Planet for its commitment to sustainability.
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Fifth on the list is the Cook Islands.
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“From solar-powered resorts that serve locally harvested food to coral reef restoration projects and limited plastic usage, this vulnerable island nation has moved headlong into eco-tourism,” says Lonely Planet.
See below for the full list, and click through the gallery for all the inspiration you need to book those flights.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Asia Pacific 2019:
1. Margaret River and Southern WA, Australia
2. Shikoku, Japan
3. Bay of Islands & Northland, New Zealand
5. The Cook Islands
6. Central Vietnam
8. Palawan, Philippines
9. Beijing, China