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The World’s Most Remote Islands: An Inside Look

Ever wonder what the world’s most remote islands are? Can you honestly say that you’ve never dreamt of leaving your busy life behind you and retreating on a remote island, somewhere in the middle of nowhere? Well, most of us have probably had this fantasy at one point or another.

We would like to present you with some of the world’s most remote islands. Admittedly, not all of the islands in our countdown are the idyllic paradise you might expect, but they are certainly the most secluded places on earth. Would you dare to live on one of them?

No. 6: Tristan da Cuhna – 1,750 miles off the coast of South Africa

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Tristan da Cuhna, is the world’s most remote island where people actually live. Located in the South Atlantic, the group of islands is a British territory that is currently only reached by ships that depart from Cape Town, South Africa. Anyone wishing to visit Tristan da Cuhna has to first clear this with the island’s council.

See the rest of the world’s most remote islands on the next few pages:

No. 5: Pitcairn – The Southern Pacific Ocean

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Pitcairn is not only one of the world’s most remote islands, but it is also the tiniest. A whopping 48 people inhabit the island and live off the land’s resources.

No. 4: Nauru – The South Pacific

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While the other islands on our countdown are under the jurisdiction of a bigger nation, Nauru is the exception. Not only is it one of the world’s most secluded location, it is also a nation in its own right. However, the nation is not faring particularly well, as it does have huge unemployment rates and a high percentage of residents living with obesity and diabetes.

No. 3: North Sentinel Island – The Indian Ocean

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Located approximately 400 miles from Myanmar, the North Sentinel Island is not only remote, but also quite dangerous. The danger is not necessarily represented by the hazardous reefs that surround the island, but rather, by its inhabitants. The population living on the island like to keep their isolation from civilization and have been known to be rather aggressive to those who have tried to disturb their peace.

No. 2: Rockall – off the coast of Ireland

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Approximately 270 miles away from Ireland, 65 feet above sea-level is the tiny Rockall. This island, which is basically the tip of a now extinct volcano, can be visited, although it is not the easiest expedition of them all, and certainly not the cheapest.

No. 1: Bouvet – 1,000 miles off the coast of Antartica

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When Antartica is the closest mainland, you certainly deserve to be crowned the world’s most remote place. Bouvet, a completely uninhabited island, is basically a stretch of land covered by a glacier, in the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Various expeditions have reached the island on occasion; however, visits to Bouvet are strictly regulated by Norway and unless you have a strong and highly scientific reason to want to reach the island, you will probably never have the opportunity.