In the most unexpected places, in the world’s luscious waters, you will find some of the most enchanted, mysterious paradises nestled on a variety of islands. All over the world, whether in the Caribbean, the Pacific, the North and South Pole, or the Indian Ocean, there are gorgeous remote islands waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the very best.
The island of Flores, located at the westernmost point of the beautiful Azores Archipelago, is only about 5,500 square miles in area. However, it is filled with stunningly untouched landscapes. Its abundance of wildflowers in particular is a sight to behold.
Mayreau is a tiny island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an area of only around 0.46 sq. miles and a population of under 300 people. Despite its size, it’s a hidden paradise that is teeming with incredible Caribbean magnificence.
Fernando de Noronha
The Fernando de Noronha in Brazil is a cluster of 21 volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Picturesque beaches, majestic volcanic peaks, and an extensive ecosystem of land and marine wildlife are the hallmarks of these islands, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Shetland Islands
The Shetland Islands in Scotland were once a famous Viking stronghold. Located on the northernmost tip of Scotland, this remote set of islands is adorned with spectacular landscapes, quiet beaches, and an array of beautiful seabirds and seals. Puffins are a common sight here.
North Sentinel Island
Closed to the rest of the world, the North Sentinel Island in India lies in the middle of the Bay of Bengal and is inhabited by one of the few mostly “uncontacted” groups left in the world, named the Sentinelese tribe.
Alaska is home to Admiralty Island, which is known for its incredible population of brown bears (around 1,600) and the world’s greatest concentration of nesting bald eagles (more than 5,000). Tall mountains and several lakes and rivers surround this rugged island.