5 of the Most Unique Islands in the World

5 of the Most Unique Islands in the World

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While most of us think that visiting an island involves sunning under a Palm in the Caribbean, some islands are only reserved for more intrepid adventurers. Five of these unique islands are listed below.

 

1. Norway’s Svalbard Islands

Norway’s Svalbard Islands - most unique islands in the world
Norway’s Svalbard Islands

 

Should your travels take you to Norway, then you’ll want to visit the Svalbard Islands, which are situated in the Arctic Ocean. Located between the North Pole and Norway, this pristine wilderness has more than its fair share of polar bears. While people are not permitted to hunt or kill the bears, they are required to carry a firearm to ward off a bear attack.

 

2. Howland Island in the Pacific

Howland Island in the Pacific - most unique islands in the world
Howland Island – Aerial View

 

Howland Island has been designated by the U.S. as a wildlife preserve. The island, which once was used for its large reserve of seabird, seal, and bat dung, was an intended stop of Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated flight. She never made it to the remote isle.

 

3. Easter Island in the Pacific

Easter Island in the Pacific - most unique islands in the world

 

Easter Island gets its name from the day it was discovered, or Easter Day 1772. What’s unique about the island is that it features tall statues called moia. The monuments are made of stone and stand about three stories high. Built by the Polynesians, the 880+ statues were created using only primitive tools. If you want to take an up-close look at the monuments, you’ll have to take a plane from Chile. Flights to Easter Island are regularly scheduled from that country.

 

4. Hashima Island in Japan

Hashima Island in Japan - most unique islands in the world
Hashima Island in Japan – Aerial View

 

At one time Hashima Island was considered densely settled. Known for its coal mines, the island is now deserted and is a floating ghost town. When Japan changed its primary source of energy from coal to petroleum, the workers and residents left. The concrete structures on the isle though still remain, which causes the island to take on the look of an abandoned ship.

 

5. Fiji’s Monuriki Island

Fiji Monukiri and Monu - Aerial View
Fiji Monukiri and Monu – Aerial View

 

Monuriki Island’s was the featured island in the movie, “Cast Away,” which starred Tom Hanks. The uninhabited isle is close to inhabited islands as well. So, if you are ever in that part of the world, it shouldn’t be too difficult to charter a boat and visit the former Hollywood locale.