5 of the World’s Most Remote Islands


Have you ever fantasized about leaving civilization behind for a remote island paradise? Well, let’s be clear — there are a lot of things about these places that aren’t so idyllic. Click through to check out some of the world’s most remote islands.

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1. Bouvet Island, Southern Atlantic Ocean

When your closest neighbor, Antarctica, is 1,000 miles away, you know you’re about as far from civilization as you can get. Bouvet is the unequivocal world’s most remote island. No one lives there, and for good reason: the island is almost entirely covered by a glacier.

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Image Credit:†FranÁois Guerraz via Wikimedia Commons


2. Pitcairn Islands, Southern Pacific Ocean

Not only is Pitcairn the most remote inhabited jurisdiction in the world, it’s also the smallest — with a population of a whopping 48 people. Most of the island’s residents trace their lineage to Bounty Mutineers and Tahitians that accompanied them. With resources in such short supply,†the residents are very used to bartering and sharing with their fellow Pitcairners. All Pitcairners between 16 and 65 are required to help maintain the tiny island. It’s suffice to say life on Pitcairn is much different than most of us are used to.

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3. Nauru, South Pacific

Many tiny inhabited islands are territories of larger countries — but not Nauru. This independent nation, population 9,378, is located about 300 miles from its closest neighbor, Kiribati. Unfortunately, mining has devastated the tiny country’s environment and economy. The unemployment rate is somewhere around 90%. But that’s not the only bad circumstances in Nauru. The country is under severe threat from global warming, and has the highest rates of obesity and Type II Diabetes in the world.

Image Credit:†ARM Climate Research Facility via Flickr


4. Saint Helena, Southern Atlantic Ocean

Saint Helena is one of the world’s most isolated inhabited islands — which made it a perfect location for Napoleon’s final exile. People came in 1502, and today the population number is around 4,200. The island can only be reached by ship, but an airport is in the works for 2016.

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5. Tristan de Cunha, Southern Atlantic Ocean

With a population numbering around 275, Tristan de Cunha is one of the most isolated inhabited islands on earth. It’s so isolated, in fact, that the island has only had television for 10 years!†Tracing their roots to 15 emigres from Europe and the United States, the island’s people share only seven last names. All of the families are farmers, and most workers also work for the local government or the lobster factory.†Like St. Helena, Tristan de Cunha can only be reached by ship.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago

The Southern Atlantic has amazing places, islands as well as amazing oceanic wildlife

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K.2 years ago

And then there's always Hawaii, the most isolated island chain in the world, and not all of the islands are heavily populated. Thanks.

Peggy Ausmus
Peggy A.2 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

I'd love to live at some of these, or at least have a house there :)

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

I'd love to live at some of these, or at least have a house there :)

Melinda K.
Past Member 2 years ago

fascinating way to live

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Natalie S.
Natalie S.2 years ago

This world of ours is truly incredible - thanks!

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Paulina Szczepkowska
Paulina S.2 years ago