Remoteness … isn’t precisely that what we all dream of sometimes? If you urgently need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, read on to discover which are the world’s most remote islands.
1- Tristan da Cunha
The Tristan da Cunha archipelago has been rightfully hailed as the world’s most remote inhabited islands. Although the archipelago is a British territory, the nearest continent to Tristan da Cunha is Africa (take nearest with a pinch of salt though, as the distance between the archipelago and Africa is a whopping 1,740 miles).
These islands are so remote that they cannot even be reached by plane. The only way to get to Tristan da Cunha is to take a six-day cruise from Cape Town, in South Africa. Cruises only run between March and November. The most adventurous types will be pleased to know that some fishing vessels ply the route between the archipelago and South Africa. However, it must be noted that getting to Tristan da Cunha is costly: you should budget not less than £600 for the sea journey, plus the cost of flying to South Africa.
A permit from the local government is required to access these islands. Once obtained, the most popular things to do are going on fishing excursions, climb St Mary’s peak, try to spot cute rockhopper penguins, and taking a trip to Inaccessible Island (yes, that’s its name), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
2- Bouvet Island
Bouvet island lies just over 1,000 miles north of the Antarctica. The island is uninhabited and almost inaccessible. There are no accommodation facilities and of course nowhere to stock up on supplies. So why would anyone want to go there? Well, Bouvet is one of the most remote locations on Earth, and it certainly feels so. Also, Bouvet has been designated a nature reserve by the Norwegian government, so there is an undeniable beauty that permeates every corner of this island (especially if you are into glaciers and sub-zero temperatures).
Getting there is a mission in its own right. The best bet is to hitch a ride with a research expedition (usually departing from New Zealand and Argentina).
3- Easter Island
This Chilean island is located 2,350 miles away from mainland South America and 5,713 miles from Australia. The nearest inhabited territory is Pitcairn Island, which is located roughly 1,200 miles to the west.
The island was only discovered in the 18th century, and much of its existence and history remain a mystery to this day. Although the island is globally known for its Moai (ceremonial sculptures), there are other interesting activities that can be done in Easter Island, such as visiting the craters of imposing volcanoes, sunbathing in its white sand beaches (do not forget that the island is relatively close to Polynesia), or scuba diving.
Despite its remoteness, Easter Island can be easily reached from Chile’s capital, Santiago, via daily flights that take approximately 6 hours. Other flights connect the island with Lima, in Peru, and with Tahiti (which is a convenient stopover for round-the-world travel deals).
4- Cocos Islands
The Cocos (also known as Keeling Islands) are an Australian territory located half way between the Aussie continent and the Indian subcontinent. Only two islands in the Cocos are inhabited. The rest consist of atolls and paradisiac islets covered in thick tropical vegetation, separated from Australia by almost 2,000 miles of ocean.
There is a burgeoning tourist industry in the Cocos, mainly focusing on diving and sustainable activities. Weekly flights from Perth usually stop over at Christmas Island (another remote destination).
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