No man is an island, but if they were then the seven we introduce today would be some of the loneliest chaps out there. We’ve all dreamed of heading off to a remote island to escape the humdrum of daily life, but what we represent today are the extremes of the extreme – the most remote islands on earth.
To keep things real we’ve gone for the most remote inhabited islands; the most remote uninhabited islands could, and probably will, be a great later blog.
7) Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island might be one of the more infamous on our list following the sexual abuse scandal that rocked the island, but this takes nothing away from its remoteness. With a population that hovers around 50, this community that was founded by members of the Bounty mutiny is pretty far from everything – the nearest major island, Norfolk Island, is only reachable by cargo ship.
How to visit Pitcairn Island? Not easy! But for an island of 50 people they have a pretty extensive website promoting tourism. Occasionally cruise ships stop at Pitcairn, and they do actively promote tourism.
6) Tristan Da Cunha
Tristan Da Cunha has a population of around 260, and its capital city of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is officially the most remote settlement on earth. Oh: and it’s built around a volcano.
How to travel to Tristan Da Cunha? As you might expect, tourism is hardly booming, but if you do wish to visit but again they have their own website which states “Tristan is not an easy place to get to, but is an unforgettable experience for people fortunate enough to make it, either on scheduled ships or on expedition cruises. There is no airport on Tristan Da Cunha.”
5) Saint Helena
Situated a whopping 1200 from the Angolan coast, and thus civilization, Saint Helena earns the accolade of ‘off the beaten path’. At over 4000 inhabitants, this British colony is a relative metropolis compared to some of the others.
How to visit St Helena? The most popular way to visit was via the 5-day Royal Mail vessel from South Africa. Alternatively there’s now an international airport (international airport code: HLE) with weekly flights from Johannesburg, although it almost feels like cheating. When Napoleon Bonaparte lived here, he came the old fashioned way. Gig.
4) Ascension Island
Another gem sitting 1000 miles from the African coast, the 880-strong population of Ascension and its capital “city” of Georgetown don’t have the crazy amenities of St Helena, such as an airport.
How to travel to Ascension Island? The government of Ascension Island recently announced updates on their website about both air and sea travel
3) Easter Island
One of the most fascinating on this list and instantly recognizable for the Moai –the giant statues that litter the island. Easter Island has a famously rich Polynesian history full of lots of warfare, but officially, at least, it’s now ‘part’ of Chile, which lies some 2000 miles away.
How to visit Easter Island? There’s a lot of guides out there on how to visit, as due to its rich history it is quite popular. A return flight from Santiago will set you back about $600.
2) Floreana island
Officially part of the Galapagos Islands and 600 km from Ecuador, Floreana is a popular place for diving, snorkeling, and a good bit of wildlife! The volcanic island has a population of about 100 people.
How to visit Floreana Island? Fly to the Galapagos Islands then take a boat; it’s pretty much that simple.
1) Palmerston Island
You don’t get to be number one on the list unless you are pretty special, and Palmerston Island is pretty damned special! This atoll is officially part of the Cook Islands and has a population of 62 people who all have one thing in common – they’re related. In 1863 William Masters came to the island with his wife and her two sisters, and started making babies with all of them. Incest in a closed gene pool begets, naturally, more incest, and now they’re more genetically compromised than the Habsburgs.
How to travel to Palmerston Island? Most people get to Palmerston Island by yacht, of which they see about half dozen a year. Failing that there’s a cargo freighter, which is even less frequent.
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