Remote islands are always fun to travel, but there lies behind a lot of risks to reach the destination. The word “Remote” itself gives a self-explanatory answer that these islands are completely isolated from the human world. To be astonishing to the fact that, there are some remote islands listed here, where people live with almost zero modern facilities. Further, reaching any of these islands would require special permits from the respective territories. There are countless number of island around the world out of which we have come up with the 10 remote islands in the world that incredibly far from the mainland.
10. Easter Island
Easter Island is in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, considered as one of the remote islands inhabited by humans. The credit of the island was tossed up after the presence of a fantastic 887 extant monumental statues, called as “moai”. These statues now fall under the World Heritage Site. Further, the island is 2,075 km away from Pitcairn Island. Easter Island is a part of Insular Chile and there are about 5,800 residents according to 2012 census. The island is facilitated with Mataveri International Airport with jet service as well.
Tromelin is a remote island located 450 km east of Madagascar. The island is under the French oversea territory dependency. It consists of birds and green sea turtle reserves and a facility for weather station along with scientific expeditions. Addiitonally, the name “Tromelin” comes from the captain of the French warship, Bernard Boudin de Tromelin. Accessing the island is incredibly hard through ships due to rugged sea waves, but is facilitated with an airstrip to connect outside world.
8. Wrangle Island
Wrangle Island, located in the Arctic Ocean, which even today seems to be unapproachable easily. Sandwiched between Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea, the first settlements of human lives came into existence in 1975. Woolly mammoths were inhabited in this island before to get extinct in 2000 BC. It happened to be the final place of existence of woolly mammoths in Wrangle island. There have been a lot of evidenced filed against the existence of mammoths in Wrangle island and have been suspected to extinct as part of inadaptable climate change. The closest land from Wrangle island is about 60 kilometers.
7. The Kerguelen Island
The Kerguelen Island also recognized as “Desolation Islands”. The island is located 450 km northwest of Heard Island and McDonald Islands that are uninhabited. There are over 300 islands surrounded by the Desolation Islands. The areas of the island are majorly covered with huge glaciers for nearly 100 miles long and touching the length with over 6,000 feet. In case you plan for a vacation to visit this island, try not to get trapped under false climate conditions. Not just with freezing temperature around the islands, but reaching cost itself is incredibly high, which can probably cost somewhere around 15,000 Euros. There is no other way to reach the island other than ships, since the freezing climate conditions can terribly topple the aircrafts.
6. Palmerston Island
Palmerston Island was discovered by James Cook, located in the Pacific Ocean. Around 500 km northwest of Rarotonga, the island is blended with coral atoll. A supply ship visits the islands just twice a year. Reaching the island seems terribly impossible due to hiding reef under the waves that have led many sailors stranded for quite a longtime before to escape. Discovered in 1774, the island lacks electricity and other modern utilities. The only way to communicate people from this island is through a telephone station, which was recently built. No air service as well makes the lives of Palmerston island quite impossible.
5. Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island is one of the most isolated islands around the world, under the dependency of British Oversea Territory in the South Pacific Ocean. Additionally, with just 50 inhabitants in the island, the Pitcairn island falls under the least populous national jurisdiction in the world. It is located several miles away from the nearest land around. There is no airstrip on the island and the only way to reach is through boats. Their primary source of survive is fishing and farming. The island was designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. Finally, Pitcairn consists of a single electrician who was aged 65 in 2014. The island is powered with light only from 8 am to 1 pm, and from 5 pm to 10 pm.
4. St. Kilda
St. Kilda is not just a remote island, but is also considered as one of most dangerous islands in the world. The island is located 64 km west-northwest of North Uist, Atlantic Ocean. Just 180 people could actually survive on this island, and the population could never be increased. Additionally, birds were excess in volume on Kilda, so people almost starting hunting birds for survival. However, fishing was kept as an optional idea, since the sea never turned out to be safe and stable. All the inhabited people have been evacuated to mainland and the only surviving personnel are military. In 1986, the island was considered and listed under one of Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites.
3. St. Helena
St. Helena was an uninhabited volcanic island, located 4,000 kilometers east of Rio de Janeiro in the South Atlantic Ocean. The island is under the dependency of United Kingdom and is a part of Trista da Cunha. Based on the census report of 2016, a total of 4,534 people reside on this island. Napoleon was once imprisoned by the British personnel’s during the Second Boer War. The island was first discovered by Portuguese in 1502. Considered as the second-oldest remains after Bermuda Triangle. British government took initiative on constructing an airport to become a self-sufficient rather than always depending on other territories. Additionally, the British govt. spent over £250 million for facilitating the island with an airport. There are over 30,000 visitors across the globe on this island annually.
2. Tristan da Cunha
Tristan da Cunha is the only inhabited island, located in the south Atlantic Ocean. The nearest inhabited land to Tristan da Cunha is at a distance of 2,400 kilometers. The island welcomes people with a sign board “Welcome to the Remotest Island”. Further, there is no airstrip in the island and the only way to reach is either through boat or ship. Though internet service is available, the locals feel the cost is unaffordable. Additionally, there is no mobile tower anywhere planted on the island by any company for mobile service. Living in this island would be extremely difficult, but could be wonderful for adventure lovers.
Bouvet Island is by far considered as the remotest uninhabited island, which is under the dependency of Norway. The island is in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is lying approximately 2,600 kilometers South-Western regions of the coast of South Africa. Further, the Island was first recognized by Frenchman name Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier in 1739. A weather station is fused along with the landing space, which was created by a rock slide in late 1950s. On 20 and 21 February 2012, four climbers (Aaron Halstead, Bruno Rodi, Will Allen and Jason Rodi) climbed to the highest point of the island as part of expedition goal. Post dispute with United Kingdom, now the island is under the dependency of Norway. Finally, the region is considered for natural reserve since 1971.
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