The combination of being overwhelming deserted Lord of the Flies style and have just enough in amenities, transportation, and activities without the hassle of tourists is every paradise seeker’s dream. Here are our top 5 remote islands worth visiting.
Pitcairn Islands – The closest semblance of civilization is 1,400 miles away. The property of Britain, this South Pacific location consists of four small islands, Pitcairn (main), Henderson, Oeno/Sandy, and Ducie , inhabited by a whopping 50 people. The only way to the island is by chartered yachts leaving from French Polynesia or cruises from Mangareva (no, we haven’t heard of it either) Its so small, its lone generic store takes orders, where it then imports from New Zealand or Polynesia for exorbitant fees and no hotels, only private chalets or home stays.
Azores Islands – 900 miles from Lisbon, it lies smack in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This chain of 9 islands is a naturists dream, with a diverse topography consisting of green lakes and volcanoes. For your trip, hit up San Miguel island and Furnas with its geysers and hot springs, mud pools, and volcanoes. Just be aware – the island inhabitants are notoriously non chalant and not the friendliest in the world. Expect a lot of stares.
Eleuthera – Eleuthera is one of the crown jewels of the Bahaman cays. Its famed Pink Sands Beach has been rated consistently in the top 10 by vacation publications for a very long time with an impressive dive site and a fine list of deep sea fishing, beach horseback riding, and surf fishing operations. Go on a Bahamas Out Island Adventure tour or visit the Powell Pointe Dive Center to swim with the crawfish. Catch a direct flight to Eleuthera from Fort Lauderdale.
Galapagos – Galapagos is arguably the most popular remote island in the world. Four hours from Quito, Ecuador, the place where Darwin masterminded his evolution theory has plenty of things to do. Take an adventure tour with Adventure Life with several themed trips from biking to volcano hiking. Rent a catamaran and sail the calm waters or go diving, in what many aquatic engineers have called the best diving spot in the world.
Easter Islands, Chile – Easter Island is one of the most remote islands on the planet. It is defined by its stoic Moai statues, which are giant stone sculptures created hundreds of tears ago by the Polynesians. Get there with a daily flight from Santiago de Chile on a 6 hour flight for no less than $300 in the off season. Check out the Rano Kau and Rano Raraku volcanic craters and the island’s town beaches which is characterized by sloping cliffs. Scuba diving can also be done through tour operators and there are several tour companies available.
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