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  • The best uninhabited islands that you can visit

    Eil Malk, Palau, photo by Lakshmi Sawitri on Flickr

    It was probably easier to end up staying on a desert island centuries ago than nowadays, so those adventurous travelers who want to play at becoming Robinson Crusoe will make to make an effort to be forgotten on some remote island or other. But what you can do quite easily nowadays is visit an uninhabited island – you and many other curious travelers.

    Just because an island is uninhabited it doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of people who will want to visit it, and just as many people willing to arrange a visit for you. You won’t feel completely like a castaway, but if you like ‘stranded on a desert island’ stories, you will love some of the best uninhabited islands that you can visit.

    Cocos Island, Costa Rica

    Cocos Island in Costa Rica is a scuba diver’s paradise of the kind that will make your heart beat a lot faster – after all, the waters around Cocos Island are home to the world’s largest school of hammerhead sharks. Most of the tourist visiting the island end up spending more time underwater than on land, but there is a ranger station on Cocos Island that can arrange visits. As the cherry on top, the island is famous for its (undiscovered) pirate treasures too.

    Phoenix Islands, Kiribati

    Mamanuca Islands, photo by Digging for Fire on Flickr

    The eight atolls that make up Phoenix Island form the earth’s largest marine protected area, and except for a few families living on one of the islands, there are no other permanent inhabitants (despite a failed attempt of colonization by the British in the 30’s).

    The islands are very isolated and it takes some planning to arrange a visit, but if you have the money and the time, you can charter a private yacht or boat.

    Mamanuca Islans, Fiji

    The twenty or so Mamanuca Islands in Fiji are one of the island nation’s tourist hot spots, and while some of them are rife with resorts, several of them are uninhabited.

    Transport between the islands is very easy to arrange, seeing as how there are plenty of available water taxis and catamarans that can take groups of people to locations anywhere in the archipelago.

    Tetepare, Solomon Islands

    Although not completely uninhabited, Tetepare has only a handful of permanent inhabitants, and it is the largest semi-deserted island in the South Pacific. The island used to have more inhabitants, but in the 19th century they abandoned it and moved to neighboring islands.

    Although the island still have a deep symbolic and religious significance for the descendents of the original inhabitants, Tetepare welcomes visitors and researchers.

    Eil Malk, Palau

    Cocos Island, photo by todoincluido on Flickr

    Eil Malk is one of the most famous island in the Rock Islands group in Palau, where some of the best natural attractions in the country can be found.

    Eil Malk is uninhabited nowadays, although there used to be a couple villages on the island in the past. The most famous feature of the island is the Jellyfish Lake, a marine lake where you can dive in and swim with millions of stingless jellyfish.

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