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Five Really Remote Islands for Running Away from Reality

February 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

Flying Fish Cove on Christmas Island

One really great thing about travel is that sweet sense of escapism, intensified when you truly head to a place far, far away from home. Sometimes these destinations only become part of your journey through roundabout means, but whatever the reason, they're worth the trouble.

Here's our list of five very remote islands and how to get to each:

· Easter Island
We've been to the island that natives call "Rapa Nui," and we can't say enough good things about it. Situated in the southeastern part of the Pacific, the island is considered one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. If you just have to see the moai, remember the airport code IPC since LAN is the only airline to fly to this dot in the middle of the ocean. Expect it to be a 5-hour nonstop from Santiago, Chile.

· Christmas Island
This Australian territory is actually closer to Indonesia than to its protector. Since the island is remote enough, the flora and fauna experience freedom in a rare environment. Additionally, the people are unique all their own; a good 70% of the population identify as Chinese, 10% consider themselves Malay, and there are some Australians thrown in there. The island is a melting pot of cultures but the true natives are the red crabs that migrate in November, covering the island in a moving red blanket. The only commercial flights are operated by Virgin Australia from Perth.

· Xisha Islands
Just about 200 miles from China's Hainan Province, the set of 30 islands are a lesson in world politics lesson since the ownership has been disputed for years between China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. You might also know them as Parcel Islands, but you won't be able to search for flights since the only way to experience the main island, Woody, is via cruise ship.

· Pitcairn Islands
The island chain of four land masses is considered Britain's most isolated dependency. Pitcairn is located among the warm waters of the South Pacific, just east of Tahiti. Without a harbor, the volcanic islands are so remote that supplies are rowed in to Adamstown on old longboats from larger ships anchored offshore. With the nearest airport on Gambier Island, Air Tahiti flights are the best way to get close, then you'll have to hop a passenger ship to the main island.

· Tristan da Cunha
The island that is 1,750 miles from civilization is found smack in the middle spot between South Africa and Argentina. TdC is one of six volcanic islands that are part of the British Overseas Territories (like Bermuda), and this group is the most remote archipelago in the world, though it itself spans about 2,300 miles. With a population of 264 and lack of airport, tourists and supplies arrive via irregular trips on the RMS Saint Helena.

[Photo: frogtrain images/Flickr]

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