10 Of The Most Remote Inhabited Places On The Planet
INHABITED PLACES ON EARTH – In this article, you will know the ten most isolated inhabited locations on Earth.
Looking for a true escape? These remarkably remote, peaceful, and untouched locations will satisfy your desire.
Ever had the urge to leave your current life and venture to the farthest corners of the Earth where anonymity is guaranteed? If solitude is what you seek, these places offer just that. Explore these remote places from around the world below.
1. PITCAIRN ISLAND
Situated deep within the ocean, Pitcairn Island specifically lies in the Pacific Ocean, almost equidistant between New Zealand and Peru. Its 56 inhabitants are all descendants of sailors who staged a mutiny aboard the HMS Bounty in 1789. While the island is accessible to tourists, reaching it is no simple feat. The journey involves traveling to Tahiti and then taking a local flight to Magareva (departing only once a week). From there, a boat ride to Rikitea is required, followed by a 32-hour voyage on the freighter Claymore II, which operates once every three months, finally leading to Pitcairn Island.
2. TRISTAN DA CUNHA
Comprising four islands – Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale, Inaccessible, and Gough – this group known as Tristan da Cunha boasts UNESCO World Heritage-listed Inaccessible and Gough Islands due to their untamed landscapes and stunning sea cliffs. These islands are under UK jurisdiction, evident from the capital’s name, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas.
Accessing Tristan da Cunha is relatively easier compared to Pitcairn Islands. Fly to Cape Town and catch one of the infrequent boats that make the journey a few times a year. The boat voyage itself lasts five to six days.
3. GRISE FIORD
Surprisingly, the official English name for this Canadian Inuit Village is Grise Fiord. Nestled on Ellesmere Island, the northernmost permanent settlement of Canada, Grise Fiord is inhabited by a small Inuit community of around 100 people. The name has Scandinavian influences, as it was named after Otto Sverdrup, who likened the area’s walrus sounds to pigs.
4. EASTER ISLAND
Despite Easter Island’s fame, its actual remoteness is often underestimated. The nearest populated neighbor, Pitcairn Island, is itself 2075 kilometers away. The closest mainland, Chile, is a whopping 3512 kilometers distant. Nonetheless, the journey is rewarded upon arrival, offering the chance to witness the monumental Moai statues firsthand – an awe-inspiring sight.
Also known as the Desolation Islands, the Kerguelen Islands in the Indian Ocean are equally remote. The nearest neighbor, an uninhabited island group comprising Heard Island and McDonald Islands, lies 450 kilometers away. The journey to the nearest populated location spans a total of 3300 kilometers. These islands are predominantly inhabited by animals like penguins and seals, along with a small contingent of French soldiers and intermittent scientists.
Nauru stands as the least frequented country globally, a minute island aptly named “Pleasant Island.” With a mere 160 annual visitors, the likelihood of relishing a secluded island paradise devoid of fellow tourists is high. Despite being the world’s smallest republic, Nauru offers an array of activities. Visitors can engage in snorkeling, swimming, leisure, or even partake in Australian football alongside the locals.
7. MACQUARIE ISLAND
Situated between New Zealand and Antarctica, Macquarie Island is home to scientists stationed at the Australian base on the island. Although researchers constitute a minority, the island’s allure lies in its housing of the entire global white-chested penguin population during the breeding season. At its peak, nearly 2 million penguins inhabit the island!
Found in the Pacific Ocean near the equator, the island nation of Kiribati encompasses 32 atolls spread across 3,500,000 km². Positioned a substantial 5-hour flight away from Hawaii, Kiribati is a far-flung oceanic haven. Historically split due to the date line, the entire nation was shifted east of the line in 1995, granting Kiribati the distinction of being the world’s most western country.
9. COFFEE CLUB ISLAND (OR DANISH: KAFFEKLUBBEN Ø)
Coffee Club Island, Kaffeklubben Island, or Kaffeklubben Ø, exemplifies another instance of Scandinavian exploration yielding a whimsical name. Nestled at the northern extremity of Greenland, this island constitutes the northernmost terrestrial expanse on the planet. It derives its name from a coffee club, specifically the one at the Mineralogical Museum in Copenhagen. Given its uninhabited status, those seeking social interaction should venture to Ittoqqortoormiit – Greenland’s most remote settlement.
Part of Yemen and positioned 240 kilometers east of the Horn of Africa, Socotra, an island and island group, has earned a reputation as “the most otherworldly place on Earth.” A third of the region’s flora and fauna are unique to Socotra, making them exclusive to this locale. Visitors can encounter peculiar trees with equally peculiar names like the “Dragon’s Blood Tree” and “Cucumber Tree,” making Socotra an extraordinary destination.