Au naturel – the world’s best untamed islands

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Here are 5 of our favourite untamed islands

The human race has built some pretty impressive stuff in its time. Then again, it’s been responsible for some monstrosities, too.

It’s good to get away from the built environment every now and then. Thankfully there are still a few spots on Earth relatively unsullied by human hands. Here are 5 of our favourite untamed islands. The featured image is by ricardo_p_alves.

Fernando de Noronha - untamed islands
Fernando de Noronha. Photo by photo pantai
Fernando de Noronha - untamed islands
Fernando de Noronha. Photo by andreinvs

Fernando de Noronha (Brazil)

  • Archipelago of 21 islands and islets
  • 220 miles off the Brazilian coast in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Population of a little over 3,000
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Block Island - untamed islands
Block Island. Photo by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region
Block Island - untamed islands
Block Island. Photo by stepnout

Block Island (USA)

  • Separated from mainland Rhode Island by Block Island Sound
  • 12 miles off the coast in the Atlantic
  • Just over a 1,000 inhabitants
Mljet - untamed islands
Mljet. Photo by Jaganjac
Mljet - untamed islands
Mljet. Photo by Jérémy Couture

Mjet (Croatia)

  • Part of the Adriatic islands
  • Just off the Dalbrazatia stretch of Croatia’s coast
  • Less than 400 people live on the island
Huahine - untamed islands
Huahine. Photo by dany13
Huahine - untamed islands
Huahine. Photo by dany13

Huahine (French Polynesia)

  • Part of the Îles sous le Vent island group
  • Over 2,500 miles from New Zealand’s North Island in the South Pacific Ocean
  • Population of around 6,000
Dunk Island - untamed islands
Dunk Island. Photo by Dunk Island
Dunk Island - untamed islands
Dunk Island. Photo by Dunk Island

Dunk Island (Australia)

  • Part of the Family Islands National Park in the Great Barrier Reef
  • 2.5 miles off Queensland coast
  • Around 500 (staff working island’s hotels and tourists) inhabit the island at any given time

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Au naturel – the world’s best untamed islands was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.