8 of the World’s Most Inviting Remote Islands

If you want to get away from it all, the Earth is still home to some very remote islands with few people and lots of mystery and beauty.  So when life gets too crazy and you want to escape to a remote island to find your inner peace, check out these eight examples of the world’s most inviting remote islands to find some adventure and solitude.

EASTER ISLAND, CHILE

Easter Island

Known as “Rapa Nui” in its original Polynesian tongue, Easter Island is famous for its monumental moai statues–usually carved as giant heads. The moai’s history is still unknown, but most of its inhabitants are descendants of its earliest people. There are over 900 statues to visit on foot, bike, or horseback, and opportunities for surfing and snorkeling, too.

How to Get There: 

The best way to get to Easter Island is by air. LAN offers daily flights from Santiago, Chile, and weekly flights from Papeete, Tahiti.

PALMERSTON, COOK ISLANDS

Cook Island

Palmerston Island is a coral atoll in the Cook Islands, rising from an old volcano summit. At its highest point, it’s only 13 feet above sea level! And it’s so remote that ships only visit with supplies a few times a year, though there is internet–for four hours a day. Palmerston is a significant nesting ground for green turtles and rare seabirds, though, and you can bask beneath coconut trees in peace.

How to Get There:

Palmerston is only accessible by boat. Just 500 kilometers northwest of Rarotonga’s island, it’s a perfect stop-over on a sailing trip across the Pacific.

 FAIR ISLE, SCOTLAND

Faie Isle Scotland

Fair Isle is the most remote island in Britain. The farmable southern end is homze to most 70 people (give or take) who live on the island. The north is hilly and uncultivated. Avid birdwatchers will find a prominent Observatory Lodge to watch sea birds up close–if you’re still, puffins may even walk up to you! Fair Isle is famous for its knitwear; its people developed a double layer of fine yarns to make warm, lightweight, and long-lasting clothes.

How to Get There: 

Fair Isle can be reached either by the island mailboat (Good Shepherd IV) or by 8-seater’ Islander’ aircraft. During the summer months, the Good Shepherd ferry sails three times a week from Grutness at the south end of Shetland, and the journey takes about 2 ½ hours. Visit the Fair Isle Tourism’s website for more information on flight and ferry times and locations. The island also allows private aircraft. For more information on a charter, a private jet, get a quote on Air Charter Service’s website.

ALDABRA, SEYCHELLES

Sychelle Islands

Talk about remote–potential visitors must obtain authorization from the Seychelles Island Foundation to visit Aldabra, keeping it well-protected as a nature reserve. It’s otherwise uninhabited by humans.

How to Get There:

Aldabra offers small cruise ship visits and live-aboard charter boats, private yachts, and dive boats. There are also scientific and educational visits on land, limited to twelve people at a time.

YAEYAMA ISLANDS, JAPAN

These lush islands and islets offer subtropical jungles and mangrove swamps preserved against human development, giving you ample opportunities to explore. It’s easy to hop between locations with a ferry service so that you can see multiple islands in one day. The Yaeyama Islands offer some of the best snorkeling and dive sites in Japan to top it off. For more exciting places, check out this list of things to do in japan

How to Get There: 

The Yaeyama Islands can be reached by air or ferry. For more information about specific times and prices, visit this guide.

ROCK ISLANDS, PALAU

Palau Indonesia

The Rock Islands made the Unesco World Heritage List in 2012. They’re a group of limestone or coral uprises, former coral reefs that have been eroded at the base, giving the islands a mushroom-like appearance. They have beautiful lagoons for kayaking, diverse diving and snorkeling, and Jellyfish Lake–home to stingless jellyfish, found only in Palau.

How to Get There: 

The best way to get here is by flying into Palau’s international airport (ROR) and take a day tour to the uninhabited Rock Islands.

TUVALU, POLYNESIA

Tuvalu Island

Halfway between Hawaii and Australia, Tuvalu is a small group of nine islands made up of reefs and atolls. It’s the fourth-smallest country globally, but it hosts historic World War II sites, safe waters for snorkeling and diving, and uninhabited islets where sea birds make their homes.

How to Get There: 

Fiji Airways offer regular flights to Tuvalu from Canada, United States, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.

MYKINES, FAROE ISLANDS

Faroe Islands

Mykines is in the far north, between Iceland and Norway. The landscape is full of sharp, breathtaking cliffs–but also full of adorable puffins! There is a small village of bright houses with grassy, thatched roofs, though only about ten people live on the island year-round.

How to Get There: 

Mykines is reachable by boat in the summer, but the only way to get there in the winter is by helicopter.

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