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IELTS Writing Task 1: Paradise Island (Map questions)

The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words

Task 1 plan:

  • Introduction: rephrase the question in your own words.
  • Overview: point out 2 key changes shown during the period
    • accommodation, reception and restaurant
    • a pier for boats to land bringing tourists
  • Details: before: island undeveloped with a few trees. Describe new accommodation, reception and restaurant, and their location. The beach. Describe all footpaths
  • Details: note the other changes – pier gives access, describe all vehicle tracks.

Model sample:

The maps compare a small island before and after the developments carried out for tourism purposes.

Overall, it is clear that accommodation and other facilities for tourists were built and that a pier was constructed to permit access to the island by boat.

The island was originally completely undeveloped. A number of trees occupied the northern and southern parts. In the central part of the island, two separate accommodation areas were then built, consisting of simple huts arranged around a circular footpath. A reception area and restaurant were located in the centre of these two areas. Another footpath was constructed, leading to the beach on the western edge of the island and an area there for tourists to swim.

Access to the island was made possible by the construction of a pier, for tourists to land safely by boat. A vehicle track then connected the pier with the reception area. The vehicle track wound around the reception area and continued a very short distance to the restaurant.

(167 words)

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