I’ve been to a lot of islands on my travels and really felt like doing a list of my top 5 tranquil islands – really remote places to visit! It was quite hard to narrow it down to just 5 but here I go. These are places you can get head out to for relaxing, where you will meet very few other people. These lists are only made up from places I’ve actually visited by the way, so that will explain the random places on it (I would actually love to include the remote Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland on my list, except I haven’t actually been there as yet). These are in no particular order by the way… [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair12.jpg]
1. ANTARCTICA: Cuverville Island:
Antarctica is quite simply the most peaceful and wonderful continent on the planet, so I have to include one from there on this list. I have chosen Cuverville Island. We did a hike in the thick snow up to the top on our Antarctica adventure and this place just blew my mind it was that breathtaking! Falling snow, penguins, collapsing glaciers as a backdrop and miles away from the office blocks of London, Paris and New York. This place is special. You might get to it if you take an Antarctica trip! [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair12.jpg]
Where Is It? – Somewhere off the Gerlache Strait in Antarctica. When you book your Antarctica trip you can check the itinerary but ultimately whether you land there or not will depend on weather conditions and the captain and crews decisions. Don’t fret if you don’t land on Cuverville, you will go to a different island just as magical – there are lots of islands in Antarctica!
2. Bruny Island, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA:
Bruny is so remote you will love it. Tasmania itself is fairly isolated nevermind this wee island off the south east corner. Here you can see penguins and white wallabies – a rare breed. You can also pop into Australia’s southernmost pub for a beer. And head to “The Neck” for an awesome sunset view. The rural charm of Tassie is on display here, you’d be a fool to miss it’s disconnected tranquility. [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair14.jpg]
Where Is It? – South East tip of Tasmania. To get there head to Kettering and get the ferry across. They sail during the daytime only so if you miss the last one you’ll be stuck on Bruny. That won’t be a bad thing – I spent a night there and loved it.
3. Sark in the CHANNEL ISLANDS:
Sark is inspirational. If you’ve heard of the Channel Islands, you’ll know it’s just north of France and a fair bit south of England. Sark was Europe’s last feudal state, and believe it or not it has its own parliament and a low population of around 600. It will feel you’ve been warped back in time on arrival in Sark. It is such a great place to relax away from the busy world. There are no cars on Sark. I visited Sark along with the rest of the Channel Islands while working on the Cross Channel Ferries. [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair15.jpg]
Sark might well be a country, it might also be part of the UK. It has its own postage stamps and can you believe it once fielded a proper international football team (well they didn’t score any goals and conceded 70 in their only 4 international matches). You’ll arrive by boat and then a tractor arrives and you hop on and head up the hill to the main street. Highlights are the amazing view, the old fashioned main street, the odd capital of La Seigneurie and Little Sark – a small adjoining island where bikes are even banned! Hire a bike to get to the entrance though. You have to love Sark!
How to get to it – Get a boat called Bon Marin de Serk – it leaves from St. Peter Port in Guernsey. This is easily the cheapest, best and most popular way to get to Sark. There ain’t no airport here – though a helipad for emergencies and a landing strip. If you own a private boat, that is also an option.
4. HONG KONG: Tai O, Lantau Island:
I needed an Asian representative in this mini list, due to the fact I live in Hong Kong made me go for the ‘tranquil’ Lantau Island in the west part of the Kong. Hold on there’s an airport here, how on earth can it be tranquil?? No problem, head away from the airport to the amazing fishing village on stilts – Tai O and you will love it! Dolphin watching,hikes, waterfalls, boat cruises and stuff you didn’t even know was here. You’ll totally forget you are even in Hong Kong! Try some quality seafood and walk past the locals in the fishing village on stilts. Traditional yet tranquil, a super spot for a getaway from a skyscraping metropolis. [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair16.jpg]
Where is it? – Tai O is on the west side of Lantau Island and you can get there by bus from close to the Tung Chung MTR station. There’s also a bus from Mui Wo which in turn has a direct ferry to Hong Kong Central.
5. Cape Horn/Cabo De Hornos, CHILE:
I simply cannot leave Cape Horn off this list despite the fact I didn’t actually step on it. My budget wouldn’t stretch that far. Our ship however sailed right up close to it. Cape Horn, is basically the end of the world! It’s the southernmost liveable part of the planet on the south tip of Tierra del Fuego in Chile. In reality the islands further south are Diego Ramirez Islands, but nobody lives there. You can actually get onto Cape Horn, as travellers such as Michael Palin have done. I was just passing by to say hello. As remote and tranquil as they come. Except for the rock boat ride… [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair17.png]
Where Is It? Tierra del Fuego, Chile.It’s pretty much hard to get to as it’s the furthest south point of liveable land on the planet. There’s a rule that ships cannot go within 13 kilometres of it on stormy days. We went within a few kilometres as we were lucky and got to see the horn up close. If you have the money you can contact the Chilean Naval authorities and probably organise a landing, but I have no idea of the cost. Your trip to Antarctica might pass by it like mine. If not you can get a boat trip from the south of Argentina or Chile and check if they can include a trip up close to Cape Horn in the itinerary. I feel happy that I was able to see it that close.
Have fun on tranquil islands, don’t stop living!