Tristan da Cunha
Is not only the most remote island in the world, it is also one of the most picturesque. The island can be found some 1,700 miles from South Africa and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Tristan da Cunha is home to just 271 people and can only be reached by boat.
This small cluster of islands is so isolated that they have been dubbed the Desolation Islands. In fact, it takes six days to sail to these islands, which are located off the coast of Madagascar and are regularly visited by scientists because of their fascinating biological diversity. Read more.
The closest neighbours to this tiny island are Tahiti to the west and the Gambier islands, although visitors would need to sail for hundreds of miles to reach either of these destinations from Pitcairn Island. The island is the last British territory to remain in the Pacific and boasts a population of around 50 people. The only way to reach the island is by boarding one of the shipping boats from New Zealand, and the journey can take up to ten days. Read more
Although this 30-acre coral island is named after the seabirds that nest there, Tern Island is better known for its population of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. The island is also home to a community of Hawaiian Monk seals, and wildlife lovers can volunteer to serve a four month stretch caring for the island’s creatures by applying to the US Fish and Wildlife Services. More info
This island is the perfect retreat for people who crave perfect peace and isolation. The minuscule island served as a retreat for Tom Neale from New Zealand for some 15 years from the early 1950s, and wealthy recluses will soon be able to visit this enchanting island with Pacific Expeditions, Ltd to watch animals such as humpback whales, rare green turtles and sharks in their natural environment. More info
Thailand is famous for having some of the most enchanting islands and beaches in the whole world. While party people travel to islands such as Phuket and Phi Phi to dance to techno music on the beach, Thailand also features some extremely tranquil and remote islands that are just waiting to be discovered. Surin Islands includes North Surin and South Surin are separated by a narrow channel and can be found 70 kilometres off the west coast of Thailand. Although these islands are mainly uninhabited, travellers will find a scattering of beach bungalows and campsites on both islands, while the local restaurant is open between May and November. The waters that surround these islands are home to more than 200 colourful species of coral, making this an excellent spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Also known as Papa Nui, Easter Island is perhaps the most famous of the world’s isolated islands. The island can be found 2,000 miles off the western Chilean Coast and is best known for its ancient standing rocks that can be found on the beaches gazing out to sea. Read more
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