Located off the coast of Brazil, this island is home to thousands of Golden Lancehead Vipers (hence the nickname Snake Island), one of the most venomous in the world. A lighthouse keeper used to be the only human inhabitant on the island but the Brazilian Navy has since made the island off limits to civilians.
9Miyake-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
The island’s most prominent feature is a volcano – an active one at that. In July 14, 2000, a series of eruptions began in Mount Oyama which led the island to be completely evacuated by September. Residents were allowed to return on February 1, 2005 after four years of volcanic emissions. The island also has the highest concentration of poisonous gases in the world and as such, its residents carry gas masks with them wherever they go.
8Saba, The Caribbean
This small island 28 miles south of St Maarten is frequently hit by hurricanes. Plus, the island also has one of the most dangerous airports in the world where the short runway gives way to sheer cliffs dropping into the sea. As such, winter is the most popular time for visits on the island.
7Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
t may be a UNESCO World Heritage Site but a combination of nuclear radiation and sharks make it one of the most dangerous islands in the world. Between 1946 and 1958, the island was the site of nuclear weapons tests rendering the local produce hazardous. Despite that, the numerous shipwrecks in the area make it an attraction for divers.
6Gruinard Island, Scotland
During the Second World War, the island was used by the British government for biological warfare tests. Experiments with anthrax were carried out here and it caused sheep to die and as such, the island had to be quarantined. Although no case of anthrax has been found since 2007, many are still wary of the island’s safety.
5Farallon Islands, United States
Located off the coast of San Francisco, the sea around the islands was used as a dumping site for radioactive waste between 1946 and 1970. The exact location of the waste is unknown and the risk it poses to the environment is also unclear. Another cause for concern: the island is inhabited by elephant seals and as such, is an attraction for great white sharks.
4Ramree Island, Myanmar
In 1945, British and Japanese troops battled on this island. The former drove the latter to the marshes but escape didn’t happen as they were set upon by a population of saltwater crocodiles. Many stories of this event has been told, but its authenticity is still doubted.
3Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic
Standing alone in the South Atlantic, this is the most remote inhabited island chain in the world. In 1961, a volcanic vent erupted on the island and the entire population had to be moved to England.
2Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly
As the most southwesterly point in Britain, visitors are in for quite the trip given the fury of the Atlantic. Yes, the waters are rough even on a calm day.
1Boreray, St Kilda
With a rugged shoreline and a savage sea swell, landings here are quite difficult and require permission from the National Trust. It’s notably hard to reach given that more people have ascended Everest than arrived at Boreray since 1957.
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