Whether you’re a crazy cat person, a dog lover, or wish you could be Old McDonald on the farm, there is an island out there with your favorite animal roaming around, just waiting for you to play with them.
However, when deciding where to go, you must also keep in mind that it’s important to be respectful of animals’ natural habitats and research how to visit these places responsibly. Sure, a selfie with a penguin might be your dream come true, but as tourists, we need to remember that there is a living thing behind that photo. With that in mind, here are the best islands to visit to see some adorable creatures.
Phillip Island, Australia
Lying just off Australia’s southern coast, Phillip Island is a quick and popular day trip from Melbourne. At the island’s Summerland Beach, you can gather with other visitors at sunset each day to watch the Penguin Parade, when hundreds of Little penguins, the smallest species of penguin (averaging just 13 inches in height), come ashore from the water and waddle into their burrows for the night. Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?!
Pig Beach, Bahamas
About 82 miles south of Nassau in the Bahamas lies Big Major Cay, aka Pig Beach. It’s one of the 365 islands in Exuma. Tourists flock here to swim in crystal clear water with adorable pigs, who are more than happy to befriend you if you feed them. This white-sand beach is only accessible by boat, so you’ll need to sign up for a tour or charter a boat. Just remember to stick to veggies, pitted fruits, and fresh water when feeding your porky friends.
Ainoshima Island, Japan
For some of us, we can get our cat fix at the local cate cafe, which are becoming ever more popular. However, if that’s not enough for you, you could take your cat obsession to the next level by traveling to Ainshoma Island in Japan to visit the hundreds of free-roaming cats living there. A 20-minute ferry ride from Shingu Port in Fukuoka, this is one of Japan’s 11 cat islands. Fishermen brought them over to ward off mice that prayed on the silkworms that they needed to make their fishing nets.
To marry a Prince or Princess is what fairytales are made of. Let’s take a look at the most eligible royals who are yet to make someone’s fairytale dream come true.
Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco
Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is the granddaughter of the legendary screen actress turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. The 31-year-old is now ninth in line to the throne of Monaco but has had a career away from her royal duties. She had a successful career in journalism, and even landed herself on many covers of Vogue Paris. She was previously in a relationship with stand-up comedian, Gad Elmaleh, and the couple had a son together. Sadly, they split ways in 2015, so this beauty is now back on the market.
Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor
Lady Amelia’s elder sister is Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor who, like her sister, is a fashion icon and a well-known name in the royal high society. At one point, Lady Marina-Charlotte was 25th in line to the British throne, but her place has since been removed. Unlike her younger sister, it was confirmed by the Observer that Lady Marina-Charlotte had followed in her brother, Lord Downpatrick’s, steps in converting to Roman Catholic, meaning they forfeited their succession to the throne.
Prince Mateen of Brunei
Prince Mateen of Brunei is the tenth child and fourth son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, making him sixth in line to the royal throne. Mateen’s family fortune is estimated to be $20 billion, but it looks as though the Prince is paving his own way in life having graduated from the University of London with a Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy. He also likes to show off his lavish lifestyle on Instagram which shows him playing polo, flying on private planes, and cuddling with wild animals.
Princess Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg
Princess Talita Natasha von Fürstenberg is the granddaughter of fashion designers Diane von Fürstenberg and Prince Egon von Fürstenberg. From her father’s side, Princess Talita is a descendant and heiress of the German Princely Family of Fürstenberg and the Italian Agnelli family. Meanwhile, her paternal grandparents are fashion designers Diane von Fürstenberg and Prince Egon von Fürstenberg. Princess Talita has been active in her grandmother’s fashion house, DvF, as well as, interned at and featured in Teen Vogue.
Princess Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis
Born in Germany, Princess Elisabeth is the German aristocrat of the house of Thurn and Taxis. Princess Elisabeth resides in London and has been working as a style editor-at-large for Vogue magazine since 2012. Moreover, in 2009 she was made a Dame of the Order of Malta.
Pauline Ducruet of Monaco
Pauline Ducruet of Monaco is the second child of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and her first ex-Daniel Ducruet. She is also the granddaughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and American actress Grace Kelly. Pauline is currently 13th in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne. In 2015, Ducruet studied fashion design in New York which involved a five-month internship at Vogue and a six-month internship at Louis Vuitton. Since 2017, she became the co-founder of the fashion company, Altered Designs.
Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis was voted 11th on the list of the 20 best-looking royals which was compiled by Forbes magazine in 2008. Not only has he made lists because of his looks but, ever since he was eight and following his father’s death, he has been a recurrent name on the ‘World’s Youngest Billionaires’ list. This Prince is a businessman and a race car driver and has also completed his military service. Furthermore, he has a degree in economics and theology from the University of Edinburgh.
Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg is the only daughter of Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. In 2011, Luxembourg adopted absolute primogeniture, which meant that Princess Alexandra became next in line of succession to the throne. With her brother, Louis, giving up his succession rights, Her Royal Highness is fifth in line to the throne. The Princess impressively speaks Luxembourgish, French, English, and Spanish fluently, but can also speak German and Italian to a certain extent.
Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon
Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon, is a descendant of the Napoléon Bonaparte, which, in the views of some Bonapartists, makes him head of the former Imperial House of France. Jean-Christophe studied economics and mathematics in Paris, and he completed an MBA at Harvard Business School in May 2017. He also worked as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley in New York City, and now works as a private equity associate in the London office of the Blackstone Group. He is fluent in French, English, and Spanish.
Prince Nikolai of Denmark
This ‘handsome prince’ is the 18-year-old grandson of Queen Margrethe II, and his good looks are already winning him modeling contracts. He landed a contract with Scoop Models in Denmark and just recently walked alongside Cara Delevingne on the catwalk for Burberry designer, Christopher Bailey’s, last show. As for his royal background, he is 7th in line to the Danish throne so is therefore not required to perform any royal duties. His godfather is Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
The only child of Princess Caroline of Monaco and Prince Ernst August, pretender to the throne of the defunct Kingdom of Hanover, is Princess Alexandra of Hanover. While Princess Alexandra has half-siblings from both her parent’s previous marriages, she is the only one of Princess Caroline’s four children who bear any title or style. She is tenth in the line of succession to the Monegasque throne, but she also has succession rights to the British throne through her father.
Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein is the eldest child of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, the Regent and Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and his wife, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Duchess in Bavaria. In fact, Prince Joseph is both second in the line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne—through his father—and third in the Jacobite line of succession to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France—through his mother. Wenzel is also the first Jacobite heir born in the British Isles since 1688.
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, born Mom Chao Busyanambejra Mahidol, is the only daughter of King Vajiralongkorn and Sujarinee Vivacharawongse. Although born in 1987, she was only elevated to Princess status in 2005 by royal command of her grandfather, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Princess Sirivannavari is considered one of the best-looking royals, according to Forbes, and she is a Princess of many talents. She represented Thailand in badminton in 2005 at 23rd South East Asian Games in the Philippines, winning a team gold, and she also has her own fashion line.
Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg
Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg is the youngest brother of Princess Alexandra and is currently sixth in line to the throne after his siblings and their children. As one of the more sportier singletons, Sébastien was previously a member of the Luxembourg national team but follows in the footsteps of other royals having attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is currently serving as a platoon commander in the 1st Bn Irish Guards and took an oath as an officer of Luxembourg Army on 4 September 2017.
Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Although born in Switzerland, Princess Maria Laura relocated with her family to Belgium at the age of five, and she is currently seventh in line to the Belgian throne. The Princess is fluent in French, Dutch, and German, the three official languages of Belgium, as well as English. Meanwhile, she attended SOAS in London, where she studied Chinese, and she spent a year in China during 2007–2008 as part of her studies. With her elegant style, the 29-year-old Princess always manages to make heads turn wherever she goes.
Prince Joachim of Belgium
Prince Joachim of Belgium, who is ninth in line to the Belgian throne, is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Joachim was the first female-line member of the Belgian Royal Family to be born a Prince of Belgium, with succession rights to the throne. The Prince studied in England and Milan, where he studied for a Bachelor of International Economics, Management, and Finance. Since studying at the Nautical School in Brugge, he has become an officer in the Belgian Navy.
King Leruo Molotlegi of the Royal Bafokeng Nation
King Leruo Molotlegi is the 36th King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, which is located in North West Province of the Republic of South Africa. He succeeded his brother, Kgosi Mollwane Molotlegi, on becoming King in 2000, although his official coronation was not held until 2003. When the coronation finally took place on the 16th August that year, 3,000 Bafokeng people took to the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Phokeng, South Africa, to attend the ceremony. While many watched their new King come to power, he is yet to meet his leading lady.
Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick
Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick, is the brother of Lady Amelia and Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor. The good-looking royal is also the godson of Princess Diana, but he is far from ever taking to the throne. In fact, just like his sister, Lady Marina-Charlotte, Edward Windsor is a Catholic convert and can, therefore, no longer be in the line of succession to the throne. He studied at Eton and Keble College, Oxford, where he read modern languages, specializing in French and German.
Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of the UAE
Sheikha was named in the 2008 list of the 20 best-looking royals by Forbes, in which the magazine listed her as 17th. However, as well as being blessed with good looks, this royal has proven she is a lady of many talents. The Sheikha of Dubai is a talented karate and taekwondo athlete and has competed in many prestigious games. In 2006, she represented the United Arab Emirates at the Asian Games, where she was awarded a silver medal at the Women’s Over 60 Kilogram karate event.
Princess Iman bint Al Hussein
Princess Iman bint Al Hussein is one of the eleven children of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan. Iman joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2002 and finished there the following year where she then enrolled in the American University in Washington D.C. The Princess of Jordan married in 2013 after the Royal Court of Jordan announced her engagement to businessman Zaid Azmi in 2012. The welcomed their son, Omar, in October 2014, but the pair were not to last and divorced in 2017, making Iman an eligible Royal once again.
Princess Tsuguko of Takamado
Princess Tsuguko of Takamado is a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the eldest daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado, and Hisako, Princess Takamado. The 32-year-old left Tokyo in 2004 to study criminal psychology and sociology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since leaving University, she has started work on the Japan Committee for UNICEF, attended ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace, and accompanies her mother to some other official events. In 2008, Ysuguko was ranked 15th on “The 20 Hottest Young Royals” list complied by Forbes magazine.
Princess Iman bint Abdullah
Princess Iman bint Abdullah is the second child of King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan and is a member of the Hashemite family. The 21-year-old has one elder brother, Crown Prince Hussein and two younger siblings, Princess Salma and Hashem. In June 2014, she graduated from IAA, and she was awarded as the top female athlete in her class. She is currently studying at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., the same university where her brother, Crown Prince Hussein, also studies.
Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein
Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein became a society column figure after dating many models and especially from his high profile relationship with Victoria’s Secret model, Adriana Lima. Their romance was to only last three years, but the Prince became best known as ‘Vince the Prince.’ Still unmarried, the nephew of the reigning sovereign Fürst Hans Adam II Prince, is one highly eligible European aristocrat. Prince Wenzeslaus is also the first cousin of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, who is Regent since 2004.
Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, is the fourth child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Born in Brussels, all of her grandparents and great-grandparents are either royal or noble. Since Princess Luisa was born after the change of the Belgian constitution, which abolished Salic Law, she became the first princess to be born with full succession rights to the throne; she is currently ninth in line to the Belgian throne.
Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed of Dubai
Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed is the Crown Prince of Dubai, and, as the Prince, he appointed new key personnel and financial advisors, such as a global economist and a hedge fund tycoon from HN Capital LLP. However, the Prince is popularly known as Fazza, since he publishes poetry and publishes it under that name. As well as taking a liking to the art of poetry, Fazza also enjoys adventure sports. He graduated from Sandhurst and explained that he learned the importance of self-discipline, responsibility, and the benefits of hard work.
Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark
HRH Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark is the youngest child of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and the brother of Princess Theodora. Meanwhile, Prince Philippos was born in London and only set foot on Greek soil at the age of seven. Furthermore, since the Greek monarchy was officially abolished in 1974, the Prince and his siblings are only royal by name. Prince Philippos graduated from Georgetown University and currently works with hedge funds in New York.
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Prince Haji Abdul Azim of Brunei, who is professionally known as Prince Azim, is fourth in line to the throne and a paparazzi favorite. The second born Prince of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Prince Azim knows always knows how to steal the spotlight and is not shy when it comes to his extravagant lifestyle and partying ways. He is the most well-known Bruneian royal family member and is also royal who lasted the shortest amount of time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – he left after one week.
Lady Amelia Windsor
Daughter of Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent, Lady Amelia was voted ‘The Most Beautiful Member of the Royal Family’ by UK publication, Tatler, in 2016. The 22-year-old, who is 36th in line to the throne, is currently studying in hope to pursue a career in fashion.
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Demark
Princess Maria-Olympia was born in New York but if the oldest child of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and his wife, Marie-Chantal Miller, making her a member of the Greek royal family. Her family relocated to London when she was young, but she went onto study art history, theatre, photography, and graphic design while in boarding school in Switzerland. This was with hopes of pursuing a career in art or fashion and, in June 2017, Maria-Olympia walked the runway for Dolce & Gabbana.
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark is the fourth child of former King Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. Princess Theodora is better known as Theodora Greece which is her stage name since becoming an actress. Born in London in 1983, the 34-year-old moved to Los Angeles in the hope of pursuing an acting career. She made her television debut on the long-running soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, on December 5, 2011, where she played secretary Alison Montgomery.
Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark
He is the son of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece, and Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, and 19-year-old Prince Constantine-Alexios is the godson of Prince William. Well-known as Tino, the Prince is currently studying at Georgetown University in Washington D.C, and is one of the youngest royals to grace our list. However, he has already been getting marriage proposals over his social media pages, so it might not be long till Tino is off the market.
Princess Beatrice of York
She is the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and was the first child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York. Princess Beatrice is eighth in line to the British throne. She is engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who she was set to marry on May 29, 2020, at St. James’s Palace in London. However, the princess’s plans were thrown off due to coronavirus, and the couple has decided to postpone their wedding.
Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah of Jordan
Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah belongs to the Hashemite family, who have ruled Jordan since 1921. The 23-year-old Crown Prince was given his title in 2009, but his roles are mostly ceremonial under the Constitution, and not associated with any political post. The Prince, who is first in line to the throne, became the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council session when he was just 20-years-old. He also graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in August 2017, similar to Prince William and Harry.