If there’s one thing that most any world traveler desires more than any other thing, it’s the opportunity to really get away from it all. Sure, it’s all well and good to visit exotic cities, the world’s best museums, and to visit notable landmarks. Sometimes, though, you really want to unplug. Especially nowadays in this hustle-bustle technology-first world of ours, it can seem almost impossible to really get some peace and quiet all to one’s self.
That’s where private islands come into play. If there’s any place to which one can go to really escape the trials and tribulations of the world, it’s a private island. But, even among the world’s many private islands, it can still be difficult to really get away from others… That’s when you have to start turning your attention toward some of the world’s most amazing private and secret islands.
On the list below, we’re going to share some incredible photographs of the world’s most secretive and secluded private islands. Needless to say, if you’ve got a desire to get away form it all and a bit of money to burn, then these are the places you’ll want to see! Let’s check them out!
1. Great Barrier Island (New Zealand)
If you’re willing to make the trek from the mainland, you can visit this incredible island that’s home to only about 1000 people.
2. Be a Kiwi
New Zealand might be the most beautiful place on the planet, but Great Barrier Island is even prettier.
3. Providencia (Colombia)
Just like the name says, you’ll feel like you’ve found diving providence when you visit this incredible island.
4. Barrier Reef
Even though you may have never heard of this island before, it is known for having the third largest barrier reef in the world.
5. Phillip Island (Australia)
If you ever find yourself in Melbourne, then make it a point to take the hour-and-a-half journey to this secluded island.
6. Check the Wildlife
One of the things that this island is known for is the Penguin Parade. How could you not be intrigued by that?
7. The Isles of Scilly (United Kingdom)
These islands are absolutely gorgeous, featuring incredible beaches with wonderful white sand and so much more.
8. Sub Tropical, Baby! Yeah!
Even though it’s not far away from the mainland at all, these isles are actually home to a sub-tropical climate. Incredible!
9. Vis (Croatia)
This wonderful, sheltered island is one of thousands belonging to Croatia and one which you should make a point to check out.
10. Sample the Food
You might not have ever given Croatian food a second thought, but that will change after one trip to Vis.
11. Sylt (Germany)
This ultra-exclusive island is a favorite with travelers from Europe, particularly the rich and well-heeled.
12. Like the Hamptons
If you want to know what Sylt is like, just think of the Hamptons and then make everyone there speak in German!
13. Pantelleria (Italy)
Somewhere between the coasts of Tunisia and Sicily is where you’ll find this island, which is referred to as the “black pearl of the Mediterranean”.
14. No Beaching
There aren’t really any sandy beaches to speak of here, but there’s some great diving and snorkeling to be done just away from the rocky shore cliffs.
15. Ikaria (Greece)
While it may not be the prettiest of all the Greek Isles, Ikaria has a culture all its own that needs to be experienced.
16. Live Long and Prosper
Odd fact about this island: Those who live here live to about 10 years older than anyone else in all of Greece.
17. Yeyama Islands (Japan)
Although known well to locals – particularly in Okinawa – the Yaeyama Islands fly mostly under the radar of international travelers.
18. Great for Diving
One of the reasons that you might want to check out these incredible secret islands is for the awesome diving you can do there!
19. Ile de Ré (France)
When the people of France want a relaxing, get-away-from-it-all beach vacation, they head to this island.
20. Harbor Living
When you’re hear, you might be able to convince yourself you’re in New England… If it weren’t for the French accents, that is.