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Asia takes five places in the list of top ten trending beach destinations for 2017

Asia has taken five of the top ten trending beach destinations, according to travel search company Kayak.

Maui in Hawaii is number one in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Joseph Pecora/Lonely Planet
Maui in Hawaii is number one in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Joseph Pecora/Lonely Planet

The list was released as part of Kayak’s recently-released 2017 Travel Hacker guide, which reveals top and trending destinations and explains how to visit them for less.

Martinique is number two in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image Matteo Colombo/Getty Images
Martinique is number two in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Matteo Colombo/Getty Images

The guide highlights the top destinations for 2017 in five categories, including trending, most popular, wallet-friendly, beach and family.

Guadeloupe is number three in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Nicolas Barrail
Guadeloupe is number three in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Nicolas Barrail

Five Asian destinations have made this year’s list for the first time – Phuket (4), Bali (6), Colombo (7), Maldives (8) and Okinawa (9).

Phuket, Thailand, is number four in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Simone Borgia/Lonely Planet
Phuket, Thailand, is number four in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Simone Borgia/Lonely Planet

In case you are in the mood for a bit of sea and sand, the other five are Maui (1), Martinique (2), Guadeloupe (3), Auckland (5) and Sydney (10).

Auckland, New Zealand, is number five in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Fyletto/Getty Images
Auckland, New Zealand, is number five in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Fyletto/Getty Images

The guide explains that greater accessibility to the South Pacific is fuelling interest in the region.

Bali In Indonesia is number six in Kayak's top trending beach destinations .Image: Benjamin Malmaison
Bali, Indonesia, is number six in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Benjamin Malmaison

This is the third time Kayak has released its guide, which is based on more than 1.5 billion annual searches.

Colombo in Sri Lanka is number seven in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Volodymyr Goinyk/Shutterstock
Colombo in Sri Lanka is number seven in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Volodymyr Goinyk/Shutterstock

Among the guide’s most useful features is information on when to book, depending on your destination.

Maldives is number eight in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Haveseen/Shutterstock
Maldives is number eight in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Haveseen/Shutterstock

It has also included a “When to Book” feature now, which includes personalised recommendations for more than 10K routes and 400 destinations.

Okinawa in Japan is number nine in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Matt Munro/Lonely Planet
Okinawa in Japan is number nine in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Matt Munro/Lonely Planet

You enter your preferred origin and end destination to receive customised insights on when to go, when to book and if you’re getting a deal.

Sydney, Australia, is number ten in Kayak's top trending beach destinations. Image: Catherine Sutherland/Lonely Planet
Sydney, Australia, is number ten in Kayak’s top trending beach destinations. Image: Catherine Sutherland/Lonely Planet

To read the entire guide, please visit here.

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