15 of the World's Most Remote Tourist Destinations

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Easter Island

Easter Island is about as remote a destination as you can find. The nearest inhabited land is almost 1,300 miles away and the Chilean coast is more than 2,000 miles to the east, so your best bet is to fly in from Santiago or a somewhat nearby tourist hotspot like Tahiti.

The highlight of Easter Island is its ancient volcanic rock sculptures known as Moai.


Madagascar may be the fourth-largest island in the world but its relative isolation makes it one of the most biodiverse destinations on the planet. If you're passionate about nature, you'll want to make this one of the stops on your next trip to Africa.

Ghar Lapsi

Visitors to the Mediterranean island nation of Malta are certain to fall in love with Ghar Lapsi, a tiny bay near Siggiewi featuring clear blue waters and rocks that form a natural pool for swimming and snorkeling.


The Republic of Nauru is a destination that only a select few travelers throughout history have been able to experience firsthand. According to The Telegraph, the world's smallest island nation and third-smallest country overall only hosts about 200 tourists per year.

Deception Island, Antarctica

The horseshoe-shaped Deception Island in Antarctica's South Shetland Islands is an unlikely tourist destination. The chinstrap penguins and thermal baths are among the highlights of this remote island, which is also frequented by scientific researchers.

Sakhalin, Russia

Often overlooked in favor of more well-known destinations like Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, the Russian island of Sakhalin is a mountainous place whose weather fluctuates dramatically over the course of the year. It's best experienced during August or September, and most tourist attractions will be found in and around Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha boasts the distinction of being the most remote inhabited archipelago—there are about 250 or so permanent residents—in the world. Getting there will require both time and patience as there's no airport. However, Tristan is open to visitors via expedition cruises to the South Atlantic.

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

Greenland's most isolated town is a lot more fun to explore than it is to pronounce. A popular destination for expedition cruises because of its nature and wildlife, Ittoqqortoormiit has a population of about 450 that relies heavily on hunting and tourism. Fortunately, it isn't far from Northeast Greenland National Park, the largest protected land area in the world.

Faroe Islands

Hikers often flock to the Faroe Islands for its unique combination of mountains and valleys. A National Geographic survey of experts determined the remote North Atlantic archipelago to be one of the most appealing destinations in the world because of its preservation of nature, historic architecture and local pride, among other characteristics.

Pitcairn Islands

The Pitcairn Islands consist of four volcanic islands in the South Pacific Ocean. With a population of roughly 50 people who descend from a group of Bounty mutineers and their Polynesian companions, the British Territory boasts pristine nature that's no doubt worth the trek to get there.

Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Egypt's Siwa Oasis is an isolated destination rich in culture. Visitors will want to stay in one of the local desert ecolodges for a comfortable but authentic experience while checking out Cleopatra's Pool, one of Siwa's most beloved mineral springs and landmarks.

Socotra Island

Socotra Island isn't like anything you would expect to find on planet Earth. Part of Yemen, the four-island archipelago sits in the Arabian Sea and is home to countless plant species that can't be found anywhere else. Unfortunately, getting here is likely to prove costly and risky given the ongoing Yemeni Civil War.

Iqaluit, Canada

The capital of Canada's Nunavut territory, Iqaluit translates to "place of many fish" and was formerly known as Frobisher Bay. Because of its proximity to the Arctic Circle, this destination experiences nearly 24 hours of daylight during late June and early July. The city also boasts a stellar arts tradition.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Cocos or "Keeling" Islands appear exactly as you might draw them up in your imagination, featuring a landscape rich with coconut palms and quiet beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters. Travelers can fly into one of the territory's two inhabited islands from Perth and then explore the rest by boat.

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