15 World’s Most Unusual Islands
There are a lot of islands in the world. No one has yet attempted to count them. But some islands are very interesting and bit unusual. I have chosen 15 most interesting and unusual islands that could be your next holiday destination. Check them out.
1. Aogashima, Japan
Aogashima (青ヶ島) is a volcanic Japanese island in the Philippine Sea located approximately 358 kilometres (222 mi) south of Tokyo. The island ‘s entire area is less than 9km2 and it is inhabited by 200 people. The island is surrounded by very steep rugged cliffs of layered volcanic deposits that separate the inside of the island from the sea. Read more on Wikipedia.
2. Whakaari / White Island, New Zealand
Whakaari/White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano, located in the Bay of Plenty, 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano. The island’s shape is roughly circular. Although, the Whakaari constantly bring out harmful gases, the main activities on the island are guided tours. Read more on Wikipedia.
3. Bishop Rock, United Kingdom
The Bishop Rock is a small rock in the Atlantic Ocean known for its lighthouse built in 1858. It is a part of the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago 45 km (28 mi) off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. The island has been listed as the world’s smallest island with a building on it in the Guinness Book of Records. Read more on Wikipedia.
4. Elliðaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Elliðaey is one of the Westman Islands, located south of Iceland. The island is uninhabited, but has a large hunting lodge, constructed in 1953. Read more on Wikipedia.
5. Galešnjak, Croatia
Galešnjak is located in the Pašman channel of the Adriatic, between the islands of Pašman and the town of Turanj on mainland Croatia. The island is also known as Island of Love, Lover’s Island due to its heart shape. The island is uninhabited, but it is privately owned and contains only wild plants and trees. Read more on Wikipedia.
6. Hashima, Japan
Hashima Island is located about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Nagasaki. From 1887 to 1974 the island was a coal mining facility. Japan built there a block of apartments (9 stories high) in 1916 to accommodate miners and their families. The island has been surrounded by the sea wall. It was commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島) meaning Battleship Island. In 1974 the coal mine has been closed and all inhabitants left the island. Read more on Wikipedia.
If you are a fan of James Bond films, you could probably recognize the island. It served as an inspiration for the lair of villain Raoul Silva in Skyfall.
7. Inishmore, Ireland
Inishmore (Irish: Árainn Mhór or Inis Mór) is the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay in Ireland. The island is famous for its beautiful cliffs and old ruins. The landscape of Inishmore is a patchwork of fields hemmed in by precariously balanced dry stone walls. Read more on Wikipedia.
8. Ko Tapu, Thailand
Ko Tapu is a little limestone rock about 20 metres (66 ft) tall with the diameter increasing from about 4 metres (13 ft) near the water level to about 8 metres (26 ft) at the top. The island is located in Phang Nga Bay northeast of Phuket, Thailand. Read more on Wikipedia.
Once again, if you are a fan of James Bond, you could recognize this rock as well. The island appeared in The Man With the Golden Gun. Since then it is called James Bond Island.
9. Diavik Diamond Mine, Lac de Gras Lake, Canada
This island does not have a name, but it is famous for Diavik Diamond Mine. It is located in Northwest Territories, Canada, about 220 km (140 mi) south of the Arctic Circle. For most of the year, Lac de Gras lake is frozen, so the diamonds can be transported to the mainland on ice roads. During summer, they use Boeing 737 jet aircraft from the nearby airport owned by the mining company. Read more on Wikipedia.
10. Malé, Maldives
Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. The city occupies the entire islet of Malé. The island is 1.7 km long and 1.0 km wide, and has over 100,000 inhabitants crammed onto it. The highest elevation on the island is only 1m high! Read more on Wikipedia.
11. Molokini, Hawaii, USA
Molokini is a small, crescent-shaped island located between the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe in Hawaii. The island is a partially submerged volcanic crater. It is one of the most popular tourist destination for scuba diving, snuba and snorkeling. Read more on Wikipedia.
12. Ball’s Pyramid, Australia
Ball’s Pyramid is an erosional remnant of a shield volcano located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Lord Howe Island, Australia. It is 562 metres (1,844 ft) high, while measuring only 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) in length and 300 metres (980 ft) across, making it the tallest volcanic stack in the world. Those who wish to climb the pyramid shoud know that it is made from a very brittle rocks. Read more on Wikipedia.
13. Santa Cruz del Islote, Colombia
Santa Cruz del Islote (English: Santa Cruz Islet) is an island located off the coast of Colombia. It is the most densely populated island on Earth. Over 1200 inhabitants live on area approximately 0.012 km2 (0 sq mi). Read more on Wikipedia.
14. Staffa, Scotland
Staffa is a volcanic island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The island’s cliffs are formed in shape hexagonal basalt columns. It is famous for Fingal’s Cave, a large sea cave located near the southern tip of the island some 20 m high and 75 m long. Read more on Wikipedia.
15. Ilha da Queimada Grande, Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande, is an uninhabited island off the coast of the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The island is also called Snake Island, because it is home to an endemic species of Bothrops, the Golden Lancehead Viper (Bothrops insularis), which is one of the most venomous snakes in the world. Read more on Wikipedia.