10 Obscure Islands You’ve Probably Never Even Heard of but Should Visit

Depending on how you look at it, the earth is big and small; even for most avid travelers, there’s always a treasure trove of unbeaten paths holding rarely-seen surprises. While famous Islands like Bali and Santorini are always in the spotlight, these hidden gems with unnatural beauties deserve your attention.

1. Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island, Yemen
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An obscure haven of otherworldly landscapes in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is home to some of the rarest fauna and flora to exist. On Socotra Island, you’ll walk through ecological wonders fielding mesmerizing rock formations, surreal emerald lagoons, and endemic animal species you cannot find anywhere else.

2. Palawan, Philippines

Palawan, Philippines
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Often in the shadows of popular South Eastern destinations, Palawan is one of the region’s best-kept secret fairylands. With a landscape featuring turquoise lagoons, limestone cliffs, and secluded beaches, Palawan asks that you come to see its rarely explored coves and rivers as a slice of heaven waiting to be discovered.

3. Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway
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In Lofoten, dramatic mountains kiss the sea, and picturesque fishing villages dot the obscured coastlines. You’re assured of incredible wildlife encounters, and nights promise a skyward show of mesmerizing northern lights stretched into the endless darkness.

4. Taveuni, Fiji

Taveuni, Fiji
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Taveuni, often referred to as ”The Garden of Eden,” transcends the leaflet of Bible stories according to locals on the island. Everyone who’s been to this place gets lost in the surreal nature of its verdant rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and world-class dive sites, all offering a peep into the kaleidoscope of heavenly rarities.

5. Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
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An Island nestled on the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues calls out to you to experience its unspoiled charm. This is the place if you’ve been seeking a sumptuous seafood feast near a crystal-clear lagoon with vibrant coral reefs.

6. Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island, South Korea
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Dubbed the “Hawaii of South Korea,” you must see this volcanic wonderland peaking with a fairytale blockbuster’s natural beauties. Despite fielding a Unesco World Heritage site, the Seongsan ILchulbong on its landscape, Jeju may never reach the list of popular destinations spotlights for marketing reasons.

7. Saona Island, Dominican Republic

Saona Island, Dominican Republic
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A postcard paradise with ashy white shorelines, swaying palms, and water as clear as day, Saona is not a popular tourist destination. Still, you should see it as it is a true tropical paradise. You can tour Saona on boats or jump into the waters to snorkel with colorful fishes on this remote island.

8. Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Skye is believed to be plucked from a fantasy novel. The perfection around this destination appears more authored than a product of chance, especially when considering the allure of its misty mountains, ancient, Game of Thrones-styled castles, and hidden fairy pools like those found in Moana.

9. Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Rong, Cambodia
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If you want to escape the crowded destinations, visit Koh Rong in Cambodia. You’ll find solace in its preserved seclusion that gives an exclusivity vibe. You can dive into the waiting marine life of its unsullied beaches or relax on its pristine shores. At twilight, the waters of Koh Rong twinkle in the radiant glow of bioluminescent plankton that’ll leave you marveling.

10. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
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The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is an untouched Eden of unparalleled beauty on Brazil’s Northeastern coast. In Noronha, you’ll listen to the musical rush of crystal clear waters while coasting through a rich hue of perfectly preserved coral reefs and marine life. Although visits to this place are strictly limited, the island’s allure makes for divers’ and snorkelers’ paradise.

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