If you’re looking for an incredible getaway with drop-dead gorgeous views and backdrops, then look no further than Hawaii and the Maldives. From spectacular cliffs to overwater bungalows on private beaches, the beauty of these islands must be seen to be believed.

Haleakala Crater, Hawaii

How does witnessing the sunrise over clouds that are 10,000 feet above sea level sound? If you’re up before dawn on the island of Maui, that’s actually possible. Haleakala National Park is a complete force of nature. Get ready to feast your eyes on the most stunning range of landscapes and skyscapes. And if you’re not an early riser, don’t worry. The sunset and bright, starry night skies there are just as unreal. This spot is so other-worldly, you’ll literally feel like you’re walking on Mars.

Queen’s Bath, Hawaii

Looking for more thrills? Located on the North Shore of Kauai is Queen’s Bath; a rare, natural tide pool that’s a sinkhole surrounded by lava rock. Fresh seawater comes in from the ocean through an inlet. Sound like cloud nine? It’s definitely a photo-op favorite for many but beware if you plan on jumping in for a swim. It all depends on the time of year. In the summer, the water tends to be pretty calm. But come winter, the tide can be unpredictable and dangerous, even for the most experienced swimmer or surfer. This once-in-a-lifetime view is definitely worth the trip, though, as long as you come prepared to follow safety precautions.

Napali Coast, Hawaii

Also on Kauai’s North Shore is the iconic Napali Coast—a dramatic mountainous shore lined with striking beaches and waterfalls. Rugged and lush, you’ll find everything from sea caves to valleys. Explore these heavenly views by boat, on a hike, or even a plane or helicopter tour. Jaw dropping is guaranteed here.

Cocoa Island, Maldives

Dreaming of calm, crystal-clear waters where you can always go snorkeling despite any wind? Unforgettable sunsets, soft, white sand, and hammocks ready to give you all the rest and relaxation you so crave? Cocoa Island (part of the Resort Cocoa Island by COMO) is ready to take your stress and breath away. This exquisite beach overlooks a blue lagoon surrounded by huts. Talk about bliss!

Velassaru, Maldives

Another jewel of the Maldives is Velassaru. This tropical paradise will entice you with similar charms. Another must-see is this island’s distinct fauna and flora. Beyond the amazing views, there’s something here to keep everyone happy: from excursions to nearby deserted islands and diving in reefs with tropical fish to action-packed water sports.

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Last but not least on our list of most scenic spots in the Maldives is intimate and cinematic Huvafen Fushi. Terrace pools, an underwater spa, vivid coral, oh my! This pristine private island resort tempts visitors with a hidden land (and sea) of enchantment…your own personal escape from the rest of the world.

Itching to make your way to the ultimate view in Hawaii or the Maldives? Contact your travel agent to start planning today.