The islands of Bali and Bora Bora are well-suited for spring holidays. Those who cannot wait for the summer months to get a burst of sunshine will find a trip to the South Pacific earlier in the year a very welcome alternative.
By May, the wet season has come to an end in this part of the world and temperatures are at their hottest. Since this is before the busiest time of the year, it also represents great value for money; making booking flights to Bali and Bora Bora a no-brainer.
The best time to visit Bali for music lovers is at the end of March to the beginning of April when the world-famous Bali Air Festival takes place. With a wonderful beach backdrop, you'll enjoy house and techno music performed by superstars. It's a chilled-out way to enjoy a festival, with the usual muddy wellies swapped for a bikini or board shorts.
When you holiday on an island at any time of the year, you are guaranteed a wide selection of seafood. In Bora Bora, the best way to taste these riches from the sea is in the form of poisson cru. The combination of raw fish, lime juice and coconut milk make it light and refreshing, as well as full of flavour. Foodies who like to match local dishes to their destinations will find this meal perfectly complements Bora Bora's paradise beaches.
Bali’s annual Kite Festival is an exciting time to visit, as the skies are full of colourful creations. Kites are a traditional artform on the island and troupes are formed in different communities to make the best versions they can. The festival is held during the windy season between June and August.
During the summer months, the islands off the UK coast make excellent holiday destinations. While the weather is not as warm as places further afield, when the sun shines it brings out the natural beauty of rugged coastlines and historic castles.
The Isle of Man and Jersey tick the boxes for a short island break, as well as having a wide selection of cultural attractions and food options. Anyone who likes their sunshine within acceptable limits will enjoy these islands.
The Weekender Festival is the perfect way to see out the end of summer on the island of Jersey for music fans. Combining acts in many genres from indie and rock to electronic and house, it attracts big names to its six stages.
Priding itself on being family-friendly, Weekender Festival offers a great opportunity to centre a family holiday in Jersey around one specific event.
The coastal climate on the island of Jersey make it among the best places to visit in the world for oysters. Foodies will be keen to enjoy the delicacies grown in the cleanest sea water in Europe.
Whether you like to shuck your oysters raw, enjoy them poached or served up with a squeeze of lemon and chili sauce, these plump specimens should be enjoyed by everyone at least once in a lifetime.
Speed lovers looking for holiday ideas may wish to coincide a trip to the Isle of Man with its annual TT races. This event, which can be traced by to 1907 and is an exciting spectacle for motorsports fans.
While it's exhilarating to see the competitors practicing and then competing, there's also a chance for spectators to get involved. Since the 1920s, visitors to the island have toured the Snaefell Mountain Course on their own motorcycles on 'Mad Sunday' between Practice Week and Race Week.
Lying off the coast of Africa, islands such as Fuerteventura and Tenerife have a sunny climate throughout the year. This makes them perfect candidates for holidaymakers looking for some autumn sunshine.
In September and October, many of the visitors to these islands have left, but the weather is still warm. Although not quite as high as temperatures in July and August, these autumnal months offer a little respite from the extreme heat of the height of summer.
Electronic music fans may wish to plan their island break to Tenerife for earlier in the year when the I Love Music Festival is staged. In 2019, it will be the tenth edition of the event, making it even more special than ever.
Attracting international stars to perform across its four main stages, I Love Music is a great start to a summer of festivals.
Enjoying an autumn break in Tenerife comes with the added benefit of trying the island's hearty cazuela de mariscos. This thick tomato-based stew is a showcase of the local catch, with the fish complemented by potatoes grown nearby.
Full of flavour, herbs and spices, it's a comforting dish that is best enjoyed out of season when it's not as hot on Tenerife.
The Spanish know how to throw a party and one in honour of the local patron saint is always going to be an extravagant affair. Every year, on the island of Fuerteventura, locals celebrate la Fiesta Puerto del Rosario between September and October.
There's music and dancing, but also a funfair, religious ceremonies and sports competitions in the likes of football and swimming. Anyone visiting Puerto del Rosario at this time of year is bound to get caught up in the festivities.
Ibiza is a wonderful winter destination for an island break in the Mediterranean. Its mild climate year round makes it appealing and is a welcome change from weather in the UK at this time of year.
Winter also offers visitors the chance to see the island without the crowds. A more relax atmosphere pervades at this time of year and the unhurried life of the locals comes to the fore.
Amnesia has been synonymous with Ibiza since the 1970s and dancing at the world-famous club is among the reasons people decide to go on holiday to the island. Expect to rub shoulders with famous faces in the crowd and see highly-celebrated DJs grace the stage.
For the full Amnesia clubbing experience, you'll want to visit the island in the summer months, but even after peak season, there remains a few months of partying left in this veteran venue.
If you eat just one thing in the Balearic Islands, make sure it is sobrasada. This cured sausage is spiced with paprika and its method of production is part of the local tradition. For those visiting in the winter months, it's the perfect food to warm you from the inside, while it's also great for packing in a picnic.
Parades, giant paellas, fireworks displays and traditional costumes await anyone holidaying in Ibiza during la Fiesta de la Tierra. This celebration dates back to 1235 and marks the Catalan forces dispelling Moorish rulers.
If you're visiting in the summer months you won't be able to miss this event in Ibiza town.
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