Human beings have always been fascinated by the notion of discovering new lands. We seek out unknown territories, set foot on newly discovered continents, and venture into uncharted waters. And with the advancement of technology, a whole new realm of discoveries has opened up to us.
We no longer need to make our way across uncharted oceans to find new lands. Now we can fly through space and see the universe unfold before our eyes. But there are many undiscovered islands. This article will highlight 10 of them. So, stay with us.
Palmerston Island is composed of volcanic rock that rises above 100 feet into a mountain ridge.
Iran claims to possess an undiscovered desert island in the Caspian Sea located 498 miles west of Baku and west of the Azerbaijani coast — however remote its location, there are no reports or photographs proving this claim. Satellite photos show a peninsula with buildings and roads jutting out from a large oval-shaped island where at least 10 buildings were spotted lined up next to each other along two narrow strips of land that are distinguishable in the photos.
The Southern Namib
Located southwest of Namibia, the Southern Namib has little rainfall and is home to several natural sand-dunes.
The desert measures 977 square miles, making it one of the largest in Africa. The average temperature there is between 35- and 50-degrees Fahrenheit for most of the year, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory.
In addition to its size, which makes it one of the largest Dune Systems in Subsaharan Africa, within this vast expanse are some fascinating facts about a place that many have yet to explore: The first human recorded sighting was made by German colonialist and explorer Johann Rebmann in 1845. He found a camel caravan of vast size, numbering over 300 beasts the following year.
Son Doong Cave
The Son Doong cave in Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam.
Son Doong is likely the largest and longest cave in Southeast Asia and it’s believed that the entrance was built by an ancient tribe called the Ban Chiang–My Son people from China 5000 years ago. Speaking to Atlas Obscura, a photographer who has been inside said “It’s easy to overlook how extraordinarily complex things are down there — for example, there are hallways as tall as 10 feet but with over 100 separate chambers branching off of them.”
In 2014, Abel Vanninen took the photographs of the area.
North Sentinel Island
North Sentinel Island is located in the Andaman Islands of the South Indian Ocean, and it’s completely isolated. It’s surrounded on all sides by water and has no human visual contact from the land or sea.
The uninhabitable island was first discovered in 1881, though its exact location wasn’t known until 1984 when a British surveyor charted its exact position for the first time. The Sentinelese are simply not interested in interactions with outsiders.
According to Smithsonian Magazine: “For nearly 150 years, North Sentinel Island has remained virtually untouched—a refuge where indigenous people have been free to
maintain their traditional ways without the threat of separation from their land. They have practiced a dramatic, intoxicating amalgamation of eastern Polynesian and Melanesian culture that preserves age-old skills in hunting, fishing and medicinal remedies.”
Devon Island, located north of Hudson Bay in the Northwest Territories, Canada is the largest uninhabited island on Earth and was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in February 2011. It’s also described by NASA as a “polar desert.”
Devon Island can get up to temperatures of 15 degrees Fahrenheit below zero Celsius during certain winter months, allowing palm trees to grow around the island if they’ve been planted there already.
As with Arctic Canada towns like Resolute Bay and Alert along Canada’s northern coast that are largely covered in snow throughout the year, Devon Island has large areas of ice and snow where temperatures hover around -40°C.
Due to the lack of trees on Devon Island, there is very little in terms of terrestrial vegetation that would provide any back-up resources such as wood for building a fire or animal food sources. As with most other uninhabited islands big enough to have flora, animals have been introduced by native peoples migrating from connected land areas nearby.
The Auckland Islands lie in the southeast Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand.
They consist of several small volcanic islands, one with a developed dry volcano on its summit.
The number of people living on these islands has never exceeded 100 and no permanent inhabitants have ever lived there permanently to maintain a community or take care of livestock as is common for remote settlements much closer to inhabited land masses.
However, penguins are infrequently sighted here due to the remote island location.
Mu Ko Ang Thong
Located in the Gulf of Thailand. The islands were long considered uninhabitable by historians, including certainly not visible from other islands unless a boat is sent to investigate. This forced sailors to sail and explore this island-group around the coast of Phuket and Ko Samui for years before reaching them, another reason there are very few even know about Mu Ko Ang Thong Islands today. Measuring 3km2 in area, it has a population of no more than 50 people but is still home to about 350 sea turtles that nest on its beaches twice a year (Jan/Mar on Long Island and Oct/Dec on Turtle Island).
The Mamanuca Islands are a group of 24 uninhabited islands loosely divided in two groups: the Reef Islands and the Main Island Group.
The main island group consists of 7 isles including Tikehau, Europa, and Ceram which have beaches on their eastern side with white sand to swim at up to 2-3 meters deep. They form an arch shape similar to a U or letter S formed by current currents after rich with coral reefs and the popular snorkeling area with the greatest number of fish in Mamanuca.
Makunudu Island is home to a small fishing community which has no officials, subsidies or services except for a Police Officer who patrols but does not reside on-site permanently.
Tetepare Island is a 2.6 square mile uninhabited island in the Cook Islands. It was home to an indigenous population (the Tetepare) for many centuries before being abandoned as Christians replaced their traditional Polynesian religious beliefs with Christianity after missionaries arrived. The island was never resettled or reconsecrated and over time became covered in dry, scruffy bush which today provides a lovely bird watching experience on Tetepare Island that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Maldives Desert Islands
The Maldives Desert Islands is a small atoll of 6 uninhabited islands that are located about 140 nautical miles south-southwest of the capital city, Malé.
While the surrounding waters in this part of the Indian Ocean teem with life from coral reefs to humpbacks whales, these islands show precisely how little known they remain today and why having an official map so hard to find. About 300 meters wide by 40 minutes long and with no apparent point of landing, these islands are hardly recognizable nonetheless their sheer beauty and universal appeal.
The world is a beautiful place and the sea is full of undiscovered islands. There are so many islands in the world, but some of them have not been discovered yet. In this article we have shared 10 undiscovered islands. If you know any island that has not been discovered yet, then share it with us by commenting below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Any Undiscovered Islands That Have Never Been Discovered Before?
There are many undiscovered islands that have never been discovered before, but it is difficult to find one because there are so many of them.
However, there are some popular ones like the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island which were discovered by Europeans.
Is It Possible To Live On An Island By Yourself And Not Be Lonely?
It is possible to live on an island by yourself and not be lonely. It all depends on how you want to live your life.
If you enjoy solitude, then living alone may work for you. However, if you like people around you and interacting with them, then it may not be the best idea.
There are some key factors that will help in deciding whether or not it is possible to live on an island by yourself.
Can You Claim An Undiscovered Island?
Yes, you can claim an undiscovered island. However, there are certain legal requirements that must be met before a person can claim an undiscovered island.
To claim an undiscovered island, the following steps must be taken:
1) The individual must have been living on the island for at least six months prior to filing the application for ownership.
2) They must prove that they have continuously occupied and used it as their principal residence for six consecutive months immediately preceding the date of filing the application.
3) They must establish title to the land by presenting evidence of a clear legal interest in it from which they derive rights over it in accordance with local law and/or international treaty provisions.
Is There A Place On Earth Where No One Has Ever Been?
There is no place on Earth where no one has ever been. There are many places that have never been visited by humans. Some of these include the high-altitude regions of Antarctica, the deep ocean floor, and outer space.