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10 distant, unspoiled islands that even seasoned tourists hesitate to visit

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Today, many tourists choose islands when it comes to summer or even winter vacations. After all, it’s not just beautiful, but untouched nature, a minimum of other people and, of course, a lot of interesting opportunities for leisure. But did you know that there are ten of the most dangerous islands in the world, from which even the most experienced and hardened travelers do not come back alive and unharmed? Today we will tell you about those places, where it is better not to go under any circumstances. After all, some of them have become such not only because of natural causes, but also because of human error.

Vozrozhdeniya (Uzbekistan).

Isle of Rebirth or the Island of Death.  Photo: swalker.org.

The territory of this island is shared by such countries as Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The island itself is located in the Aral Sea and until a while was completely unknown to the general public. It is believed that in 1948 there was built a top-secret laboratory of the USSR, which conducted experiments with various bacteria and viruses, including smallpox, plague, anthrax and others in an attempt to create their own biological weapons. In 1971, due to the negligence of one of the scientists, the smallpox virus broke out and infected ten people, three of whom died shortly thereafter. In the 1990s, the secrecy of the facility was breached, and so the islanders were hastily evacuated, while abandoning the base itself. Today it is a gloomy ghost town, where, according to environmentalists, to this day improperly stored containers with viruses and bacteria, which at any moment can give a serious leak. And although the authorities claimed to have destroyed all the dangerous substances in 2002, few people really believe this, and so the island remains empty to this day.

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2. North Sentinel (India)

Inhospitable natives.  Photo: factroom.ru.3.

This island is located near India, namely in the Andaman Sea. It is inhabited by a small tribe of Sentinels, who live in the northern part of the island and categorically refuse to have any contact with the outside world. All those people who tried to visit the island were met with an extremely “friendly” greeting in the form of sharp spears and arrows, and those brave men who made their way into the jungle, have not been found to this day. In 2006, members of the tribe killed two fishermen because their boat drifted too close to the island. And two years earlier, the Sentinels refused help after an earthquake, throwing spears at helicopters. The Indian authorities declared the island itself and its surrounding areas an exclusion zone and forbade any approach to them.

3. Gruinard Island (Scotland)

Deadly beauty. orangesmile.com.

In 1881 this little island was inhabited by only six people who lived there permanently. By 1920, however, the island had become completely uninhabited. Perhaps that’s why the British government decided to conduct secret biological experiments there, which until recently had been kept strictly secret. Scientists conducted the most dangerous experiments with the anthrax virus there, during which all life on the island, including animals and plants, died. After the experiments were finished and the soil was found to be contaminated, the British authorities concluded that a decontamination procedure was necessary. Officially in 2007 it was decided that the anthrax virus was no longer on the island, as evidenced by the quite live sheep that had previously been settled there. To this day, however, the island remains completely uninhabited.

4. the island of Réunion (Indian Ocean)

A dangerous paradise on earth.  Photo: travelask.ru.

Since 17th century this island has been teeming with life. And no wonder, because it is stunningly beautiful and has no equal among the other island representatives. Today, the island is densely populated and also open to tourists. What is so dangerous about it? For example, an incredible number of hungry sharks that are eager to attack swimmers. From 2011 to 2015 there were about 17 attacks of these predators, and seven of them were fatal. In 2013, an official bathing ban was imposed on almost half of the island. Reunion authorities say that in the near future they plan to clean the waters of four dozen bull sharks and their tiger relatives. Therefore, you should be very careful when swimming here.

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5. Eniwetok Atoll (Marshall Islands)

Radioactive dump.  Photo: news.mail.ru.

Like the other island in the Marshall Islands, Eniwetok was part of the U.S. nuclear testing. More than 30 megatons of TNT were detonated here during the Cold War. In 1980, a special dome called Runit was built on the island, where to this day remains of radioactive particles, contaminated trash and other waste are stored. However, according to modern environmentalists, the dome, made of concrete, has a rather flimsy structure, and therefore at any moment it can be destroyed by a powerful typhoon or even a tsunami. In addition, it is believed that the radioactive sediments present in the lagoon itself are much more dangerous than the contents hidden by the concrete slab.

6. Ramri Island (Burma)

Crocodiles against the infantry.  Photo: war.org.ua.

This island does not have any nice and positive history behind it. During World War II, the Japanese, who lost the battle against the British, decided to escape through this swampy and so unremarkable-looking island. But they didn’t know that in the shadow of the thick water, an incredible danger awaited them, namely, dozens and hundreds of crocodiles. According to historical accounts, all four hundred soldiers who tried to cross the island were captured by the predators, and their remains are still hidden by murky water and seaweed to this day. This piece of land is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the place where the largest wildebeest attack on a man has ever taken place.

7. Ilha da Queimada Grande (Brazil)

Snake Island.  Photo: lifeglobe.net.

Off the coast of Brazil stretches a small but world famous Snake Island. It is home to dozens of species of dangerous and poisonous snakes, one of which is the Golden Viper, which is on the verge of extinction. At one time they were trapped by rising sea levels, after which the part of the island that connected it to the mainland disappeared under water. This led to the fact that the snakes began to adapt to the new environment, successfully breeding up to thousands of specimens. To date, visiting the island is strictly forbidden, and the Brazilian government allows only specialized scientists in protective suits. After all, the venom of snakes can cause not only unpleasant sensations, but also a brain hemorrhage, which leads to a very quick and painful death.

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8. Miyakejima Island (Japan)

The island where almost everyone wears a gas mask.  Photo: google.ru.

Miyakejima is part of the Izu group of islands that belong to modern Japan. It is known for a small but very active mountain Oyama, which every few decades wakes up and throws into the air a lot of harmful gas and lava. Its last activity was observed in the period from 2000 to 2004. The volcano has left a mass of sulfur and other vapors harmful to the human body. To this day, the island has a special warning system, which notifies residents of the increased content of harmful substances in the air. And because of this, the island is also known for the fact that its inhabitants are forced to wear gas masks more often than others. The same story is true for the other islands of the Izu group, where the residents are forced to wear gas masks on an almost daily basis, which has long been part of their fashion.

9. Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands).

Another U.S. nuclear test site.  Photo: orangesmile.com

A small island in the Pacific Ocean at first glance seems absolutely harmless, but only until you learn its history. Around 1946, the entire population of the island was evacuated to other neighboring islands because the United States decided to test its new atomic and hydrogen bombs on the atoll. According to historians, up to and including 1958, over twenty explosions were conducted on the island. Therefore, it is not surprising that even after such a long time, the island is still contaminated with radioactive particles. It is also impossible to grow food here, and it is not recommended to drink water at all. So make sure that Bikini Atoll is not on your itinerary.

10. Island of Poveglia (Italy)

The gloomy island of Powell.  Photo: sputnik8.com.

This small and rather unremarkable island is located between Venice and Lido in northern Italy. It is said that this island has its own, black spots on the history. Historians believe that at one time it was there where the so-called “black pits” were created, where the dead were buried during the European plague epidemic. According to extant data, about a hundred thousand unfortunates were buried there who could not overcome the disease and ended up in the quarantine zone. But the horror stories of Powell’s island did not end there. In 1922, it became the home of a notorious doctor who conducted experiments on mentally retarded people, which often resulted in their deaths. It is also reported that the doctor later threw himself from the tower, claiming that he could no longer bear the signs of society. In modern times, the island is completely abandoned, it is forbidden to tourists, and it has become part of several programs that investigate paranormal phenomena. In fact, many Italians claim that sometimes screams and other eerie sounds are heard from the shadows of the island.

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