25 Amazing Uninhabited Islands That Are Strikingly Beautiful

Posted by , Updated on November 7, 2015

In July 2015, the world population was estimated at a staggering 7.3 billion and it is expected to reach up to 10.9 billion by 2050. With this enormous increase in human population, it seems almost impossible to find a place where you can enjoy time in solitude. While most of our planet has already been invaded by us, there are still some uninhabited places where you can find some peace and quiet. We’ve already highlighted 25 of the world´s most remote places and lets not forget about the 25 beautiful isolated houses you might want to live in. Now, add uninhabited islands to the mix and you have beautiful combination of places to get away from it all. While some of the islands featured in this list look somewhat inaccessible and rough, others resemble real tropical paradise, making you wonder why nobody has chosen to make them their homes there. From unearthly beautiful Caribbean islands and Hawaiian atolls fringed with coconut trees to rugged but equally breathtaking northern islands in Iceland, Norway and Canada, let us take you on a tour around these 25 Amazing Uninhabited Islands That Are Strikingly Beautiful.

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Jaco Island, East Timor

Jaco Island, East TimorSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Occupying an area of just 11 sq km (4.2 sq mi), Jaco Island is a little uninhabited island in East Timor. Mainly covered with tropical dry forest, the island is one of the country´s Bird Important Areas with numerous bird species living on it.

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Redonda, Antigua and Barbuda

Redonda, Antigua and Barbuda Source: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Located 56 km (35 mi) southwest of Antigua, Redonda is a small Caribbean island discovered and named by Columbus in 1493. It is home to many sea birds, and the island was an important source of guano before artificial fertilizers started to be mass-produced.

23

Ko Khram, Thailand

Ko Khram, ThailandSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

The largest island in the Bay of Bangkok, Ko Khram (also known as Ko Khram Yai) is a thickly wooded uninhabited island famous for its rocky cliffs and white sandy beaches that are designated as sea turtle conservation area.

22

Ball´s Pyramid, Australia

Ball´s Pyramid, AustraliaSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Located near the Lord Howe Island between Australia and New Zealand, the Ball´s Pyramid is a high rock island of volcanic origin formed about 6.4 million years ago. With its height of 562 m (1,844 ft), it is the tallest volcanic stack in the world.

21

Keats Island, Canada

Keats Island, CanadaSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Situated on the Eastport Peninsula of Bonavista Bay near the community of Salvage, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the Keats Island is a little uninhabited island and a popular kayaking area due the abundance of sea stacks and sea arches found around the island.


20

Palmyra Atoll, USA

Palmyra Atoll, USASource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

Located between Hawaii and American Samoa, Palmyra Atoll is a little unoccupied atoll consisting of an extensive reef, lagoons and some 50 islets. Resembling a tropical paradise, the island is covered with coconut trees, Scaevola plants, and tall Pisonia trees.

19

Makronisos, Greece

Makronisos, GreeceSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Extending over an area of 20 sq km (7.7 sq mi), Makronisos is an island in the Aegean Sea. Called Helena in ancient time, the island is now uninhabited but it used to serve as a prison island from the time of the Greek Civil War up until the restoration of democracy in 1974.

18

Eil Malk, Palau

Eil Malk, PalauSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

One of the Mecherchar Islands, a small collection of limestone or coral reefs, Eil Malk is a 6 km (3.7 mi) long and 4.5 km (2.8 mi) wide uninhabited island belonging to Palau. There are more than 10 lakes on the island, including the famous Jellyfish Lake in the east of the island.

17

Manana Island, USA

Manana Island, USASource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

An uninhabited islet in the Hawaiian Islands, Manana Island is often referred to as Rabbit Island, because its shape as seen from the nearby shore looks like a rabbit’s head and because it was once inhabited by introduced rabbits. It also serves as a seabird sanctuary.

16

Diamond Rock, Martinique

Diamond Rock, MartiniqueSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

The Diamond Rock is a 175 m (574 ft) high basalt island belonging to the Caribbean island of Martinique, an oversees region of France. A popular scuba-diving spot, the uninhabited island gets its name from the reflections that its sides cast at certain hours of the day.

15

Scharhorn, Germany

Scharhorn, GermanySource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Occupying an area of about 20 hectare (49 acres), Scharhorn is an uninhabited island in the North Sea belonging to the city of Hamburg, Germany. Public access to the island is forbidden, except on official tours or by prior arrangement with the warden.

14

Maldivian Islands, Maldives

Maldivian Islands Source and image: en.wikipedia.org

Out of almost 1,200 islands found in the Maldivian archipelago, about a thousand are uninhabited. Famous for their crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches, these beautiful tropical islands are very small, usually just a few hundred meters across.

13

Mosken Island, Norway

Mosken Island, NorwaySource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Located within the Lofoten archipelago in Northern Norway, the Mosken Island is a small rocky uninhabited island known for its extremely strong maelstrom (very powerful whirlpool). Historically, this picturesque island was used for grazing sheep.

12

Devon Island, Canada

Devon Island, CanadaSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

The world´s largest uninhabited island, Devon Island spreads over an area of more than 55,000 sq km (21,300 sq mi) in the Baffin Bay, Northern Canada. The island even contains several mountain ranges, such as the Treuter Mountains and the Haddington Range.

11

Bergeggi, Italy

Bergeggi, ItalySource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

One of the smallest islands on the list, Bergeggi is a tiny island in the Ligurian Sea in Italy. Currently uninhabited, the island bears evidences of a historical settlement. On its summit, there is a watch tower and remains of a 4th-century church devoted to St. Eugenius.

10

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Cocos Island, Costa Rica Source and image: en.wikipedia.org

Designated as a National Park off the shore of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is a little tropical island admired by scuba divers for its breathtaking marine wildlife including hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other large marine species.

9

Prvic, Croatia

Prvic, CroatiaSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Located in the Adriatic Sea, Prvic is a Croatian island notable for strong bora winds that makes it the windiest island of the country. Despite its relatively small size (13 sq km or 5 sq mi), the island is home to numerous plant and bird species including the endangered Griffon vulture.

8

Therese Island, Seychelles

Therese Island, SeychellesSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Therese Island is a small 180-acre islet off the western coast of Mahé in the Seychelles. Known for its white sandy beaches, the island is uninhabited but it is frequently visited by tourists who come there to scuba dive, snorkel, water ski etc.

7

Ellidaey, Iceland

Ellidaey, IcelandSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Recognizable by its distinctive rocky cliffs and green plateaus, Ellidaey is one of the Westman Islands, an archipelago consisting of 18 islands located south of Iceland. The island is home to numerous bird species including the puffin, the most iconic bird of Iceland.

6

Duiker Island, South Africa

Duiker Island, South Africa Source: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Also known as Seal Island, Duiker Island is a tiny islet off Hout Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. Uninhabited but regularly visited by tourists and photographers, the island is renowned for its wildlife such as seals and sea birds.

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Monu Island, Fiji

Monu Island, FijiSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Monu Island is an uninhabited Fijian island of the Mamanuca Islands, a volcanic archipelago famous for palm fringed sandy beaches and live coral reefs. The island is just 1,370 m (4,500 ft) long from north to south, and up to 1,070 m (3,500 ft) wide.

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Dragonera, Spain

Dragonera, SpainSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Located just off the west coast of Majorca, Dragonera is a little uninhabited islet in the Balearic Islands, Spain. Named after local endemic lizards that resemble dragons, the island currently serves as a natural park.

3

Cominotto, Malta

Cominotto, MaltaSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Measuring only 0.25 sq km (0.1 sq mi) in area, Cominotto is a tiny island in the Maltese archipelago. It lies just 100 m (330 ft) north-west of Comino, the third largest Maltese island. Between Cominotto and Comino, there is the famous Blue Lagoon, a popular tourist spot.

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Nuulopa, Samoa

Nuulopa, SamoaSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Found in the Apolima Strait in Samoa, Nuulopa is a small forested island. Uninhabited but occasionally visited by tourists, this picturesque island serves as a conservation area for flying foxes and the surrounding sea is a conservation area designated for turtles.

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Gotska Sandon, Sweden

Gotska Sandon, SwedenSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org

One of the largest islands on the list, Gotska Sandon is an uninhabited Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Featuring beautiful beaches, sand dunes and deep pine forests, the island is also a national park. It is home to numerous rare insect and plant species including orchids.

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