11 Most Isolated Places On Earth

There are many remote places on Earth, but only a few that could be considered truly isolated.

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These 11 areas are actually lower off from the surface world, with no web and even roads connecting them to civilization.

  1. 1 Tristan da Cunha

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    The island is part of the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha group, which lies in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is more than 2,000 miles from South America. The island is volcanic in origin and is home to a population of around 300 people. Tristan da Cunha’s remoteness means that it has no airports or harbours for commercial shipping lines.

  2. 2 Pitcairn Island


    Pitcairn Island is a volcanic island located in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between New Zealand and Chile. The population of Pitcairn is just around 50 people—all descendents of the Bounty mutineers who settled on this tiny island in 1790.

    The only way to reach Pitcairn Island is by air or sea (by boat from Mangareva, French Polynesia). It has an airport with a small runway and one port that can handle cargo ships and cruise ships up to 20 meters in length.

  3. 3 Easter Island

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    Easter Island is an isolated volcanic island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of Polynesia. Famous for its 887 extant monumental statues (moai), created by the early Rapanui people, Easter Island has been a territory of Chile since 1888. It was annexed to Chile in 1888 and then became one of its insular territories on Dec. 31, 1902.

    The most famous moai is known as "Paro", which means "he who has a staff".

  4. 4 St Paul's and Amsterdam Islands

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    The St Paul's and Amsterdam Islands, which are located in the South Atlantic, are part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. This uninhabited territory belongs to Britain and is also known as "the rock" because it consists of several small islands connected by raised sea-level platforms.

    The islands were originally discovered by the Dutch in 1506 but annexed by Britain in 1816 after a long period of war between the two countries. They were named after Saint Paul Island in Brazil, where one sailor from this island was washed ashore after being lost at sea for seven months (Stamper 2009).

  5. 5 The Gobi Desert

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    The Gobi Desert is located in northern China. It’s the largest desert in Asia, covering an area of 1.3 million square kilometres. The Gobi is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many rare species such as the sand cat, white-lipped deer and Mongolian wild ass.

    The Gobi Desert is not only isolated because it has no oases but also due to its harsh climate which can reach temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

  6. 6 Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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    Located within the Indian Ocean, in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean and close to Australia's northern coast, Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote and isolated destination. The islands are approximately 1,000 miles away from Java and can only be reached by plane or boat.

    Located about 2,300 miles southwest from Perth, Australia's capital city, Cocos (Keeling) Island is an Australian territory located on a remote chain of 23 islands that span across 40 square miles. Only two of those islands are inhabited; West Island has about 600 residents while Home Island has about 200 people living there permanently.

  7. 7 McMurdo Station in Antarctica

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    McMurdo Station is the largest research station in Antarctica. It's located at the tip of Ross Island, a small island near the Ross Ice Shelf and about 1,000 miles from any other land mass. The station itself is built on top of sea ice, which means that it can only be reached by ship or aircraft. While this isolation might sound like a negative thing, it actually has its advantages: McMurdo is one of the few places where scientists can study how marine ecosystems adapt to climate change conditions.

  8. 8 Musandam Peninsula in Oman


    Musandam Peninsula is a peninsula in the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, jutting out from the UAE. It is separated from the rest of Oman by the Strait of Hormuz and has a population of around 70,000. The area contains various towns and villages with ancient buildings and fortifications as well as caves. The area includes Jabal al Akhdar which is one of Oman’s most important mountains for religious reasons because it is believed that Noah landed his Ark there after surviving a great flood many centuries ago.

  9. 9 Socotra island in Yemen


    Socotra is part of Yemen and located in the Arabian Sea. Though this place is considered part of a country, it's isolated from its neighbors because of the lack of transportation options there.

    The island has a unique ecosystem that includes unusual plants and animals—some are even endemic to Socotra alone. For example, Socotra is home to dragon's blood trees that produce red sap with healing powers (hence their name). There are also rare species like the Cyperus alternifolius which only grows on one side of this island, making it an especially interesting destination for botanists!

    In 2005, UNESCO designated Socotra as a World Heritage Site due to its special cultural value in preserving its ecosystem through traditional practices such as farming or fishing instead of using harmful chemicals like pesticides or herbicides.

  10. 10 Volcano Bay in Hawaii

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    For a place that's supposedly isolated, it sure does seem like a lot of people are here. Volcano Bay on the island of Maui is actually a bay inside a volcanic crater. The water is very dark blue and warm year round, which makes for some great snorkeling and scuba diving. There are also many waterfalls to explore as well as caves that you can swim through! Don't forget to check out all the hiking trails nearby as well!

  11. 11 Oodnadatta Track in Australia

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    The Oodnadatta Track is a remote outback track in Australia. It is well known for being one of the most isolated and deserted roads on Earth. The track was built by bullock drivers as a trading route between Marree, South Australia, and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Today it is best known for its isolated nature due to its remote location and difficulty traversing through sand dunes.

    The Oodnadatta Track has some characteristics of both dirt road and rail trail, but it also has plenty of unique qualities that make this journey a must-experience for any avid adventurer or traveler looking for a challenge.


    Now that you've read through our list of the 11 most isolated places on Earth, we hope that you're inspired to explore them. The world is a big place, and there are so many places to go! Whether it's a hike in your own backyard or an international trip halfway across the globe, there's always something new around the corner. Happy travels!

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