6 Stunning Islands You Should Visit in Ukraine

Dzharylhach Island
Dzharylhach Island | © Vadym Yunyk / WikiCommons
Photo of Maria Sibirtseva
15 July 2018

Ukrainian islands are interesting attractions at any time of the year. If you’re tired of crowded beaches and typical tourist destinations, these stunning islands are exactly what you need.

Dzharylhach Island

Dzharylhach Island or the Ukrainian Maldives should certainly make your bucket list. Being a part of the Dzharylhach National Nature Park, it attracts travellers with its crystal-clear azure Black Sea waters. The whole island is a huge camping spot divided into numerous quiet harbours and bays. The flora and fauna with rare plant and animal species are amazing here. Not surprisingly, it is a perfect destination for those who like to spend holidays amid nature. Moreover, it is the largest island in Ukraine and one of the best beaches to visit.

Dzharylhach Island | © Capbomba / WikiCommons

Dzharylhach Island

Trukhaniv Island

Interestingly Trukhaniv Island is located in the heart of Kiev. It is a huge oasis inside the city and a great place for a one-day getaway. Unlike most of the Ukrainian islands, it can be reached in a couple of minutes by crossing the Park Bridge across the Dnipro River. Trukhanov Island also often becomes a venue for various events: open-air music festivals, concerts and film screenings that seem even more romantic, overlooking the big city lights and Podol area.

Trukhaniv Island | © Konstantin Brizhnichenko / WikiCommons

Snake Island

Snake Island is popular because of its lighthouse to which excursions are organized. Nowadays, the inhabited Snake Island provides lodging for the night in both a special guest house or in a tent on one of the four beaches. As it may take around five hours to get there from the mainland (Snake Island is the most remote in Ukraine), be sure to book your overnight stay in advance. In addition, this ecologically clean area has unique flora and fauna, cosy beaches and restless sea waters. It got its name because the strong current of the Danube River, that flows into the Black Sea, used to throw snakes onto the island banks.

Horizon of Snake Island, Ukraine | © Фотонак / WikiCommons

Khortytsia Island

The famous Khortytsia Island was first mentioned in the 10th century, however, its real heyday falls in the Zaporozhian Cossacks epoch of the 15th-17th centuries. Today there have reproduced the very fortress and village in which the Cossacks lived. It is also a place where festivals and competitions are constantly held. Historical value is not the only virtue of Khortytsia: here you can find beautiful landscapes with a lot of rare plants and animals and it received the status of a National Reserve in 1993. Besides, it is located in the city of Zaporizhia — one of the most touristic destinations in Ukraine.

Irises on Khortytsia Island | © Evgenia Afonina / WikiCommons

Berezan Island

The fact that Berezan is deserted and little-known does not make it less attractive. All you’ll find is wild nature and endless sea around, the beauty of which you can enjoy when spending the night in a tent. You can also go fishing or diving on the island. It’s ideal for those who seek historical Ukraine or just want to calmly listen to the sound of the waves and breathe the fresh sea air away from the noisy beaches of Odessa, for example.

Flying over Berezan Island | © Vasiliy Koba / WikiCommons

Biryuchyi Island

Biryuchyi is actually a peninsula, which becomes a 12,4 miles (20 km) long island only with the advent of autumn storms. Situated in the Azov-Syvash National Nature Park, it is a great place to tune into the natural world. The diversity of animals and plants and the Sea of Azov are not the only attractions here. The modern lighthouse, constructed in place of the former one built in 1878, is also a noteworthy sight.

Biryuchyi Island | © Нестеренко Оля / WikiCommons

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