The world is still packed with many secrets and undiscovered places which intrigue and entice adventurers and tourists from all over the world. Lost in the wilderness are some of most beautiful places that ever existed be it Eldorado – the mythical ‘City of Gold’ – or the supernatural ‘King Kong’ island. Although man has tried to cluster around any place that can procure him food, clothes and shelter, the world is largely unexplored. Also, not every place on our beautiful planet earth can abide his hassles, which leaves us with a number of uninhabited islands with undiscovered enigmas and unmatched beauty. It is said that no matter where you go in the world, there was at least one person who got there before you. Out of the 180,497 islands that exist on our planet, there are many uninhabited ones. We present the top 10 uninhabited islands you might want to visit.
10. Santa Luzia:
Located in Cape Verde between Sao Nicolau and Sao Vicente, Santa Luzia is an Island of Barlavento archipelago which was home to a small agronomic population in the 18th century. It was then abandoned due to rapid desertification. Santa Luzia covers an area of 35 square kms and houses a very unique species of a lizard which was bred artificially in the 19th century as a part of an experiment to understand cross-species genetics.
9. Mu Ko Ang Thong:
A congregation of about 40 odd islands located in the Gulf of Thailand, Mu Ko Ang Thong, is a beautiful archipelago made of limestone covered with tropical rain forest. Ang Thong translates as ‘bowl of gold’, while Mu Ko simply means group of islands. It’s a popular day trip from Ko Samui for exploring white sand beaches and snorkelling shallow coral gardens. Except Ko Paluay, an island inhabited by sea gypsies who still earn a living from fishing, all the other islands are uninhabited.
8. Isle Royale:
A part of the state of Michigan, Isle Royale is located in the Great Lakes region, located to the northwest of Lake Superior, US. The island is a famous tourist destination and attracts thousands of people looking for various sports activities such as hiking, surfing and other water sports. The island is the home to famous eastern timber wolves, which makes it a perfect spot for ecologist to study predator-prey behaviour of animals. The island is accessible by private boat, seaplane and ferry from Houghton, Michigan.
7. Bouvet Island:
Bouvet Island is the remotest island on earth. It is an uninhabited, sub-Antarctic volcanic island under the dependency of Norway located in the South Atlantic Ocean. Covered with ice throughout the year, the vegetation limits to fungi and non-vascular plants. The island is extremely inhospitable as most of the snow-free areas have steep slopes which are subjected to frequent avalanches. Bouvet Island plays a crucial role serving as the breeding ground for seabirds and penguins. The only other non-bird vertebrates found on the island are seals.
6. Cocos Island:
Located about 300 miles from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is an uninhabited island open to tourist with permission from the Costa Rican Park Rangers who are the only people allowed to live on the island. Several treasures have been reported to be buried here by pirates in the 19th century, including Inca gold from Lima that was taken by pirate Benito Bonito. This makes the island a famous destination for treasure hunting.
5. Maldives Desert Islands:
Grouped into 26 coral atolls, the Maldives are an archipelago of 1190 coral islands located in the Indian Ocean. Only 200 islands are inhabited while only 5 islands have population more than 3000. 88 have been developed as tourist resorts and the others are completely uninhabited. Almost all the islands have their own ‘desert island’ which attracts tourist all-round the year. The capital island of Male is home to 26 percent of Maldivians.
Close to the coast of Africa, Aldara is one of the outer Islands of Seychelles located about 1100 kms from Mahe.The second largest Atoll in the world after Kirtimati, the Island is difficult to access due to its isolated location. It is virtually untouched by humans and retains more than 152,000 giant tortoises. The Island is famous for its exquisite wildlife which includes the Coconut crab, hammerheaded sharks, manta rays, barracudas and hawksbill turtles.
3. Tetepare Island:
The largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific, Tetepare has a long rugged surface covered with immaculate lowland rainforest, fringed with coral reefs. For unknown reasons, the island was abandoned 200 years ago, when the descendants left to live in other parts for the Solomon Islands. The Island has been preserved in its original state allowing tourists who visit the island to see a place of the 18th century.
2. Ball’s Pyramid:
Located 20 km southeast of Lord Howe Island in the Pacific ocean, Balls’s Pyramid is a rock island about 560m high, which is a remnant of a volcano that formed about 7 million years ago. The island is uninhabited and home to the rarest insect in the world, the stick insect, which was earlier thought to be extinct.
1. Rock Islands:
In Palau’s southern lagoon, the Rock Islands are primeval remnants of coral reefs that textured to form a group of 250-300 islands. Home to the famous Jelly Fish Lake, the islands are essentially deserted and are well-known for their peculiar silhouettes, beautiful beaches and shallow waters rich with marine flora, which connects the Islands from underneath as one big land mass. Sea planktons in the area can be seen from outer space in light bluish-green shade.