Did you know there's an island where the cats outnumber the people? Or an island made entirely out of shells? There are so many unique islands that exist worldwide. In this blog post, we'll highlight sixteen islands guaranteed to pique your interest.
1. Isla de las Muñecas, “Island of the Dolls” in Mexico
Isla de las Muñecas, or the Island of the Dolls, is an island in Mexico where the trees are adorned with thousands of hanging dolls. The story of the island is that many years ago, a man moved to the island to live a reclusive life and hung a doll from one of the trees to honor a little girl who had drowned near the island. Today, thousands of dolls continue to hang from the trees.
2. Sable Island in Nova Scotia
Sable Island is a crescent-shaped island located off the coast of Nova Scotia. The island has over 490 dilapidated shipwrecks and hundreds of wild horses. Early settlers likely left the horses on the island, and they have lived there ever since.
3. Socotra Island in Yemen
Socotra Island is located off the coast of Yemen. It is home to around 800 rare species of flora and fauna, some of which are over 20 million years old. Visitors can explore the island's unique landscape, including dragon's blood trees and the Desert Rose.
4. Fadiouth, “Shell Island” in Senegal
Fadiouth, also known as Shell Island, is a small island with a cemetery located in Senegal and is entirely made of seashells. The island is home to a small fishing community that has lived there for hundreds of years. Another interesting fact? There are no cars or motorcycles on the island.
5. Okunoshima Island, “Rabbit Island” in Japan
Okunoshima Island, also known as Rabbit Island, is located in Japan and is named after the wild bunnies who live on the island. The bunnies were initially brought to the island for testing at the poison gas factory. The island is also home to the Poison Gas Museum, which is open to visitors.
6. Rapa Nui, “Easter Island” in Chile
Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is located off the coast of Chile and is home to over 887 strange statues made by the early Polynesians. Some of these statues stand over thirteen feet tall and weigh fourteen tons. The Easter Island Moai statues are some of the world's most recognizable and mysterious artifacts.
7. Christmas Island in Australia
Christmas Island is located in Australia and was discovered on Christmas Day. The island is home to over 14 species of crabs, including the famous red crab. Visitors can observe as millions of crabs make a month-long journey from the island to the sea during the rainy season.
8. Bishop Rock in England
Bishop Rock is located off the coast of England and is the world's smallest island with a building on it. The island is home to Bishop Lighthouse, which has guided ships safely to shore for over 160 years. The island also boasts having a helipad to make accessing the island for lighthouse repairs easier.
9. Big Major Cay, “Pig Island” in The Bahamas
Big Major Cay, or Pig Island, is located in The Bahamas. This uninhabited island is home to a group of pigs that swim around its shores. Visitors can feed, swim, and hang out with the pigs in a unique and unforgettable experience.
10. Floating Islands in Peru
The Floating Islands are made up of man-made rafts made from totora reeds and are home to the indigenous Uru people. The Uru people have been living on these floating islands for centuries.
11. Bouvetoya in Norway
Bouvetoya in Norway is one of the most remote places in the world. This island is a nature reserve and breeding ground for seabirds, whales, and seals. It's so remote that it's only accessible by helicopter and is not recommended for casual visitors.
12. Heybeliada Island in Turkey
All motor vehicles besides police cars and ambulances are banned on Heybeliada Island in Turkey, so visitors can only get around by bike or walking. This island is the perfect escape from busy city life.
13. Ilha de Queimada “Snake Island” in Brazil
Ilha de Queimada, or Snake Island, is located in Brazil and is home to an abundance of venomous Golden Lancehead Vipers. After an unfortunate incident with a family who resided on the island, the Brazilian Navy has banned public access to the island to protect visitors and the snakes.
14. Vulcan Island in the Philippines
Vulcan Island in the Philippines is in an interesting location. It's part of the active Taal Volcano and claims to be the largest third-order island in the world. This means Vulcan Island is an island in a lake, which is on an island in a lake, on an outer island in the Pacific Ocean.
15. Tashirojima Island, “Cat Island” in Japan
If you're a cat lover, you'll love Tashirojima Island, also known as Cat Island, in Japan. The island has more cats than humans, and visitors can interact with them. Staying true to the cat aesthetic, the island also has a cat shrine and a cat-themed hotel.
16. North Sentinel Island in Andaman
North Sentinel Island in Andaman is a remote island home to the Sentinelese people, who have had little contact with the outside world. Visitors are not allowed on the island due to the danger posed by the Sentinelese people, who have been known to attack outsiders.
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