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The Captivating Stories Behind 10 Beautiful Islands

 Our magical world is filled with quite a few natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes, with one simple picture showing nature in all its splendor. But what is even more exciting are the stories contained in each photograph, which include the experiences and lives of a variety of special people. Now you can see the 10 beautiful and extraordinary islands that are not only remarkable for their beauty, they also boast interesting stories that we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading.

1. North Sentinel Island

North Sentinel Island is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Smith Island in the Gulf of Bengal, covering 72 square kilometers (28 square miles). This is a completely forested island, with the exception of thin strips of coastline that surrounds most of it. apart from its exotic beauty, it is inhabited by special peoples called "Lost Tribes," and they are among the last left in the world. Westerners who have come to examine these rare tribes describe a population that doesn’t welcome foreigners and claim that they strongly oppose most attempts at contact, as many times they reacted to these attempts by shooting their arrows at anyone who came too close to the island. The language, culture and their exact number remain a mystery.

2. Bouvet

Bouvet is a 49-square-kilometer (19 square miles) volcanic island located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, almost completely covered by ice, about 93 percent of it, with most of the coastline made up of very steep cliffs, making it difficult to land on the island. In days past, the island was considered part of British territory, however, Britain gave up its control of the region and transferred it to Norway, which still preserves the natural nature of the place by declaring it a nature reserve. Bouvet Island has never been inhabited and will likely remain so. This is why it’s a worthy contender for the title of “World’s Most Deserted Island”, along with other islands such as Pitcairn Island and Easter Island.

3. Howland

This Island is in a great location, halfway between Hawaii and Australia, about 80 (129 km) miles north of the equator. The island is known to most people for tragic, and at the same time interesting and historically important reasons; This island is now defined as a nature reserve, after repeated attempts to settle it failed and were interrupted during World War II, when the Island was attacked by Japanese pilots the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed. Amelia Earhart, the American pilot, and novelist, who became the first woman to cross the Atlantic on a single flight, disappeared in the Pacific Ocean near the Island when she tried to circumnavigate the world in 1937.

4. Palmyra Atoll

Palmyra Atoll is actually a collection of small islands located halfway between Hawaii and Samoa. The largest island is privately owned and managed by the Society for the Preservation of Nature, while the rest of the islands are owned by the US federal government. Palmyra is now inhabited by a small group of government scientists and volunteers who belong to the Society for the Preservation of Nature, whose goal is to explore the area and preserve its natural character. In 1974, a double murder that stirred up America, on which the movie ‘And the Sea Will Tell,’ took place on this island.

5. Spitsbergen

Spitzbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago in northern Scandinavia, where the capital of Svalbard – Longyearbyen, is located. This island was settled for the first time between the 17th and 18th centuries and served as a central place for whaling, but was abandoned later on. The island is proud to be a breeding site for many water birds, such as the white-winged gull, Northern Yasur, Elk dwarf, and more. Bears, wolves, reindeer, seals and many other animals live on the island. It should be noted, however, that polar bears are among the greatest dangers in the region, and therefore every time one leaves the capital city, they must be armed with a shotgun, by law. Another interesting piece of information that will attract quite a lot of nature lovers is that this wonderful island is home to Svalbard's Global Seed Vault, which is an underground structure that promises to conserve seeds in the event that they suddenly become extinct from the world.

6. Navassa

Navassa is an uninhabited Caribbean island about 48 km (30 miles) west of Haiti and approximately 145 km (90 miles) south of the Gulf of Guantanamo in Cuba. The coastline of this island consists of steep cliffs, so there is no way to reach it by sea. Moreover, to enter the island legally in order to enjoy its magnificent beauty, permission from the US government must be obtained, although it is rarely given. In fact, Navassa is one of the United States' territorial conflicts with the Haitian island, with businessman Bill Warren of California claiming that the island belongs to the island of Guano, which holds that whoever finds a place or a reservoir uninhabited by citizens can take possession of it lawfully. There is no doubt that this is a confrontation worth following.

7. Monoriki

Monoriki is a small, spectacular, uninhabited island in Fiji. What brought this island to the limelight is the fact that many scenes from the movie "Cast Away," starring actor Tom Hanks, were filmed here. Despite the fact that Tom Hanks’ character lives in total isolation for four years, it is worth noting that in reality there are a number of other islands nearby, inhabited by 2,400 residents. The island of Monoriki owes its thanks to the film's creators and directors, who have made the site a popular tourist destination for travelers from all over the world.

8. Severnaya Zemlya

The most fascinating mystery about this place is the fact that despite the proximity of the islands to mainland Russia, they were first spotted only in 1913 and weren’t visited until the early 1930s, making Severnaya Zemlya the last archipelago to be discovered. The freezing cold is evident throughout the year, leading to the fact that most of the area is uninhabited, with the exception of the Arctic base.

9. Ni'ihau

Ni'ihau is the seventh largest island among all the Hawaiian Islands, with no more than 200 Hawaiian speaking inhabitants. This beautiful property was purchased in 1864 by Elizabeth Sinclair, a Scottish peasant living in Hawaii. The entrance to the island is rarely approved, which is why it’s sometimes called "The Forbidden Island," though it has been reported that in recent years, limited entry has started to be allowed.

10. Tanna

Tanna is located in the South Pacific and is part of the Republic of Vanuatu. The island's inhabitants live off of farming, fishing, and selling fishing rights to other countries. The islands religion is unclear and the wonder is heightened by the fact that they worship Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of the Queen of England's, as their god. The source of their unusual choice comes from an ancient story that describes a pale-skinned man who walked and crossed continents to a remote country in order to marry the strongest woman he could find, and one day he would return to the Islanders. The faith is probably the result of a visit by the royal family in 1974, in which the islanders witnessed the reverence shared by the colonial representatives to the monarchs. Prince Philip, who did not know the faith of the local people during his visit, later became acquainted with it and since then began sending official letters and photographs to his worshippers who send him gifts.

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