2. The Farasan Islands

With a mix of private and public beaches, the Farasan islands are a popular vacation destination in Saudi Arabia. There’s some brilliant wildlife viewing opportunities among the mangroves and it’s a favorite place for bird watchers. What’s also fabulous is the diving among the special eco-system of the Farasan Banks. If it’s good enough to be one of Jacques Cousteau’s preferred spots, it must be good – right?