Heaven from above: NASA's stunning images of the world's sunniest tropical islands taken from the International Space Station

Atafu Atoll, Tokelau, in the Southern Pacific Ocean
Hot stuff: NASA has taken studding God's-eye view photographs of the Earth's tropical islands, including Atafu Atoll, Tokelau, in the Southern Pacific Ocean

Most people daydream about tropical getaways through Google searches and beach resort advertisements, but the astronauts at the International Space Station get a slightly different view when they browse holiday destinations.

NASA has released remarkable images of some of the world's sunniest tropical islands as viewed from their satellites and International Space Statio, including French Polynesia, Hawaii, the British Virgin Islands and Marlon Brando's old holiday home.

It is estimated that there are up to 400,000 islands worldwide, and some, like the U.S. state of Hawaii have long been holiday destinations, while others, like the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia, which primarily exports vanilla, has seen recent growth in tourism since getting its first airport in 1999.

 

By: Sara Malm

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