30 Hidden Islands You Never Knew Existed

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Exploring our vast green planet has become the fixation of millions, with some devoting their gap year and others devoting their life, we as travelers’ lust after the forgotten, the lost and the unknown.

Islands have been the allure of explorers for centuries, sucking throngs of holiday makers in their wake to tile the beaches with towels and line the streets with convenience stories. Here we have a breath of fresh air, not five or ten but twenty-five hidden island locations that you didn’t know existed.

1) Gili meno – Indonesia



Caught between the party haven Gili Trewangan and the Scuba hot-spot GIli Air, Gili Meno is a tiny circular island made up of nothing more than sand dirt, a few trees and beach huts. Loved by the Indonesian locals, not many tourists end up there as most trips and tours take them straight to Meno’s larger and more popular brother islands.

2) San Blás Archipelago, Panama


Jutting out of a vast expanses of coral off the coast of Panama, you can find an island for every day of the year. 365 tiny islands make up the San Blás, an autonomous Archipeligo rules by the Kuna people. The island don’t know the meaning of the world ‘hotel’, all visitors stay with local families in the villages. Your breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, exotic and delicious thought it may be, offers little choice as most natives live only on foraged foods and what the fishermen bring home each night in their Panamise canoes.

3) Chiloe, Chile

Another archipelago of South America, found off at the northern edge of Patagonia, are the lost islands of Chiloe. It may interest you to know that Charles Darwin stopped off in Chiloe, so a foreign face is not unknown but still a rare sight as tourists rarely make the journey. There are still untouched parts of Chiloe, such as the National Park on the western seafront, begging to be explored.

4) Isle Au Haut, Maine

Found 17 miles off Maine’s rough drift, the Penobscot Bay retreat is a peaceful spot to land, a spot where more than a large portion of the island (around 2,700 sections of land) is secured as a major aspect of Acadia National Park. The surprisingly low number of guests (just around 7,000 every year) can camp overnight at Duck Harbor or come only for the day to take a picturesque beacon voyage around the cove, lobster with neighborhood lobstermen, ocean kayak, and stroll on a portion of the 18 miles of climbing trails.

5) Ibo Island, Mozambique



Lost in the Quirimbas Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, there has been next to no island advancement since the Portuguese finished their 500-year conquest. Presently, the principle traveler draws and habitats for the neighborhood economy are the pristine reefs and mangrove tidal ponds loaded with any semblance of red snapper, barracuda, and other tropical fish. A piece of Quirimbas National Park, these waterfront zones stay secured through preservation endeavors.

6) Penghu Islands – Taiwan

The Penghu Islands, otherwise called ‘’Pescadores’’, Portuguese for “anglers” are an archipelago off the western bank of Taiwan. It comprises of 90 little islands and islets covering a territory of 141 square kilometers.

In sunny days the shorelines and windsurfing are a great attraction. While you’re feeling active trek one of the substantial number of volcanic slopes of basalt magma. Continuous disintegrations throughout the years have formed the current superb topographical scene.

7) Langara Island – British Columbia


Langara Island can be found part way along the Queen Charlotte archipelago, situated inside of one of the world’s most diverse marine eco-frameworks. It might be on the outskirt of the stormy Pacific Ocean but the island has a lot of sheltered beaches and bays perfect. There is a chance of dolphins, whales, humpback, porpoises and ocean lions while bald eagles depending on season.

8)Koh Rong, Cambodia


If you head around 20km out to sea from the Cambodian town of Sihanoukville you will hit what has come to be known as a Hippie paradise, with stretches of white hand beach, crystal waters and thick jungle rarely explored by man. There are some resorts and a few villages on the island, but nothing compared to those surrounding and to the West as you get closer to Thailand.

9) The Azores, Portugal

This Portuguese island chain is known by locals but it’s fame hasn’t spread much further. The Azores islands are basically nine volcanic juts standing in a scuba divers paradise. Perfect for whale watching, hiking and everything in between these distant peaks won’t hold their secrets for long, especially if I keep writing about them. If you do visit we recommend you take the time to enjoy the local delicacies, wine, artisan-made cheeses, and seafoods.

Summer Isles, Scotland

Yes I know, Scotland is cold and the people talk funny, but I implore you give the Summer Isles a chance. This little-known archipelago made up of deserted outcrops is completely uninhabited but one. Tanera Mor, although still sparse offers something in the way of civilization, don’t get too excited it would be a stretch to say any more than 35 people could live there and they would get used to the harsh living of the Scottish Isles pretty quickly.

San Andres, Colombia

Zoooom all the way to the Caribbean and hunt down the lesser known island of San Andres. Local people, particularly in the little town of La Loma, still speak in Creole and keep up customs, for example, making handiworks from coconut and totumo wood. The most loved island dish? Rondon, a stew made with fish, yucca, plantains, and dumplings, all stewed in coconut milk.

12) Lord Howe Island, Australia



Lord Howe Island, off the eastern shore of New South Wales is only around seven miles long. The secluded volcanic island is situated at the intersection of five noteworthy sea streams, and as home to the world’s southernmost coral reef, scuba divers love it as it boasts more than 90 types of coral and 500 types of tropical fish. Although a mystery to many tourists Lord Howe is Australia’s top winged creature watching destination. I recommend climbing treks on Mt. Gower, Lord Howe’s most astounding crest at almost 2,900 feet, where you can glimpse a view of the whole island from one spot.

13) Juist, East Frisian Islands, Germany

Yes I know, you might think Germany doesn’t have any islands, well it does. At just 2,000 years of age, Juist remains generally untouched. The best way to get around this car-free island is by horse and carriage or by walking, and Juist is focused on getting to be carbon zero rating by 2030. It’s a nature lovers heaven, with defensive sand ridges and salt bogs serving as shelter for rare plant species and settling haven for birds.

14) The Corn Islands, Nicaragua

Free of the side effects of mass tourism, the tranquent Corn Islands—Big Corn and Little Corn—sit off Nicaragua’s Miskito Coast. Big Corn, fish for snook and tarpon while listening to island stories. Try a trek up Mt. Pleasant Tower, the island’s highest point, to catch a 360-degree view. On Little Corn, ride through the rich rainforest on horseback and visit the peculiar Bottle House, built with jugs found on the island to support reusing.

 15) Skopelos, Greece


Strangely the island that was set to the blockbuster musical Mamma Mia is considered a hidden and relatively un-touristed island, maybe because of the huge draw to the nearby island of Mykonos.

This photo perfect spot has stayed under the radar and when you hop off the boat, you’ll be wowed by the the island’s tile-roofed tavernas, and a refreshing absence of holidaymakers.

16) Torres Strait Islands, Australia

These Island off Australia show you what the country would be ike is Europeans has never visited. Spilling north from the tip of Cape York, the 274 islands in the Torres Strait safeguard a special tribal society that extensions the gap between Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Great Barrier Reef is right on the doorstop and there are airstrips and inns on

17) Yaeyama Islands, Japan

The charming Yaeyama Islands are concealed at the extremely southern tip of the Japanese archipelago. Looking more like the Caribbean, the islands of Iriomote, Taketomi and Ishigaki serve up liberal parts of sun, ocean, sand and sushi. Ishigaki has the best of the shorelines, while Taketomi is well known for its customary Ryukyuan houses and Iriomote is a wilderness play area with an outside onsen (hot springs).

With their tropical climate and rustic way of life, the Yaeyama Islands are thought to be mainstream getaway destinations for those wishing to escape from the caught up with clamoring life Japan’s cities.

18) Îles du Salut, French Guiana


Although many have visited the Devil’s Island, few know of the littlest of the three Îles du Salut, this scandalous previous correctional settlement is isolated from the bank of French Guiana by 11km of tricky, shark-swarmed waters. Steve McQueen attempted to escape the islands over and over in Papillon, yet most advanced guests are willing castaways, attracted here by waving palms, prattling macaws and spooky remains from the correctional state days.

19) Ulleungdo, South Korea

It’s anything but difficult to see the draw of modest Ulleungdo. Halfway between South Korea and Japan, this tough volcanic island is said to have no contamination, no criminals and no snakes – as such, this is immaculate climbing nation.

20) Penghu Islands, Taiwan

Far from the capital, Makung, this is a place where thereare ox-carts, fish-traps, stone-walled fields, basalt bluffs and antiquated sanctuaries committed to the ocean goddess Matsu. On the off chance that sun and sand are more your thing, the beaches are amazing and packed with activities.

From May to October, Penghu’s shorelines are a settling ground for green turtles – local people leave turtle-molded offerings at sanctuaries crosswise over Penghu as a feature of the Lantern Festival, 14 days after the New Year.

21) Inlet Islands & Hog Islands, Honduras

In their prime, the islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja were home to 5000 cutthroats, scoundrels and pirates, including the notorious Henry Morgan. Nowadays, the Bay Islands are better known for their shorelines, jumping and laid-back tropical vibe. You can turn the volume down at the adjacent Cayos Cochinos (Hog Islands) – 13 idyllic coral cays and one hidden resort in an ocean of splendid blue.

22) Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

Yet another prison turned into Paradise, the Con Dao islands are presently protected as Con Dao National Park. These 16 islands are a characteristic wonderland of thick wildernesses, jade-shaded waters and white-sand shorelines, home to dugongs, dolphins, turtles and fantastic coral reefs. Until further notice, commodities on the islands are constrained to a solitary dive shop and a modest bunch of resorts in Con Son village.

23) Ssese Islands, Uganda


The Ssese Islands tick all the boxes for an island heaven – brilliant shorelines, whispering palm trees, intriguing widely varied vegetation – all amidst Africa’s biggest lake. The vast majority of the 84 islands in the Ssese gathering are undeveloped, yet a modest bunch of resorts and shoreline camps beauty the sands of Buggala, Bukasa and Banda

24) Torres Strait Islands -Australia

The Torres Strait Islands are arranged off the Cape York Peninsula in Australia. More than 100 islands shape the Torres Strait extending from the landmass north to the Papua New Guinea fringe.

Just 3 of the Torres Strait Islands are open for people in general where as different islands are just for the Islanders, who initially originated from Polynesia and Melanesia. The number of inhabitants in the Torres Strait Islands is currently more than 6000. Each of the Torres Strait Islands has extraordinary societies and dialects.

25) Socotra Island – Yemen

Socorta Island is thought to be the most bizarre otherworldly place on earth”. Formed from the shoreline of Gondwanaland by plate tectonics, the four desert islands that shape the Socotra gathering is a fortune place of biodiversity, with a large number of plants and creatures species discovered no place else on earth. Cucumber trees and the Dragon’s blood trees are particular and slime dark red sap.

26) Iles du Salut – French Guiana


The Iles du Salut Island, French Guiana gathering of French Guiana Northeastern in the Atlantic sea around 11 Kilometers of Northeast Kourou contains three fundamental Islands: Royale, Saint-Joseph and Diable, the site of notorious fallen angel’s Island :”Penal province” from 1862 to 1953. Initially the whole gathering was called IIes du Diable by their prior known pioneers; a gathering of homesteaders from France withdrew to the islands in 1760s from the marshes around Kou. The archipelago served as an out port for boats to dock at Cayenne, the national capital.

27) Bamboo Island – Thailand

The epitome is ‘tiny tropical island from a storybook’, the South West of Thailand gives us Bamboo Island. You an walk around it without leaving the sand and this should only take you twenty minutes. The island is populated by nothing but coconut trees and it’s a rare sight to see a tourist.

28) Sovalye Island – Turkey

Sovalye (declared “chevalier” in Turkish) Island is found only 20 minutes by water taxi from the clamoring port of Fethiye on Turkey’s Lycian coast. This is an car free island and no cars imply no streets and simply tough ways that weave through its woodlands and along shorelines to the remains of Byzantine and Romans, dividers and houses of worship.

29) Koh Yao – Thailand

Koh Yao, or ‘Long Island’ is that shadow you can see in the distance (that’s right, the long one) when you travel between the bustling island of Koh Phi Phi Don and the movie set wonder-destination Phi Phi Ley. Much like its neighboring party islands, Koh Yao started out as a small fishing village. The an difference here is that it held onto its routes and while many Thai islands sold out to mass tourism.

30) San Clem Archipelago – Panama

This scattering of little islands of delicate white sand spotted with influencing palm trees and tenderly lapped by clear blue-green waters. On the off chance that you end up in Panama, and need to go out of the way, the San Clem Islands are the best. Disregard extravagant resorts – the main lodgings are home stays in town houses and supper is whatever the anglers get home their kayaks every night.

The accurate number of islands in the San Clem archipelago is indistinct, however it is accepted there are some place somewhere around 350 and 400, basically little and home to just a couple of families, or uninhabited by and large. This is an independent locale of Panama keep running by the Kuna individuals.


Written by Jack Van Toorn

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Jack Van Toorn, International Travel Writer and Guide Editor, currently Island Hopping from Thailand to Micronesia.

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