The best small islands in the world

The 8 smallest islands where people live

What do you associate an island with? Vast territory, unspoiled nature, peace and harmony? Well, that’s partly true. But not every island can boast an abundance of nature and large areas. If you associate an island with a place of paradise, then we will open for you such places that can be called a real hell on earth. The peculiarity of all the islands we will tell you about is that they are extremely small, but they are constantly inhabited by people, and in some of them – one person at a time. Some islands are places of pilgrimage, others have become home to man. On the one hand, living on a secluded island is very romantic, but on the other hand, you would rather prefer civilization and the big world.

1. Residence on an island, the size of 1 kilometer

At first glance, having your own, even if very small, island is cool. But at the same time there are a number of disadvantages of their own. The island, strangely named “Room the Size of an Island,” is just over 1 square kilometer in size. You might think the idea of settling on this island was a pretty good one, but the sandbags that save it from flooding can disappoint you. The island floods every year, which becomes a big problem for its only resident, Trevor. But from the looks of it, he’d rather put up with floods than the company of pesky people.

2. Kotakarajima Island

You can walk around this island in just 30 minutes, but even so there is a hotel, a free public bathhouse, and a hot spring on Kotakarajima, where tourists are allowed to swim, but only for an hour. Locals have to consider the time of the tide, as during this time the water can take over about a third of the island. It takes locals about 12 hours to get to civilization. In addition, they are completely dependent on the money spent by tourists while on the island: these people have no other source of income except the sale of souvenirs and excursions around the island.

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3. The last non-automated lighthouse

Lighthouse keeper is a dying and damned romantic profession. Most of us would like to work as a lighthouse keeper for just a few days, disconnected from worldly cares. There is a lighthouse on Little Brewster Island called the Boston Light. The reason this lighthouse was preserved is because in 1989 a law was issued that at least one lighthouse in the States should be under human supervision and not controlled by automation – this was done for nostalgic reasons. The size of the island is about one kilometer, so it is not big by any means.

Today Sally Sloman is the lighthouse keeper, and she is the first and only woman to hold this position. There is no TV, no internet on the island, and all food is delivered from the “big world,” so Sally’s husband only occasionally lives with her on the island.

4. eastdale

Not far off the west coast of Scotland is the tiny island of Eastdale. Sixty people live on the island, and they nestle in an area of just over one and a half square kilometers. In Eastdale, cars are forbidden, there are no street lamps, but there is one restaurant, where you have to walk through the darkness. On the one hand you won’t get tired of long walks and won’t get in a traffic jam, but on the other hand you’ll have to book a place to have dinner in advance. To find a place to work on this island, you can either in a museum or in a restaurant, but the employed residents only 2 people. The other 58 work on the “mainland”, which can be reached by ferry.

5. Umananada

Umananada is the smallest residential river island in the world, with only 5 permanent residents: 3 priests and 2 fishermen. The island is also home to the golden langur, a small primate with bright yellow fur. Umananada is also a place of pilgrimage, where believers from all over India flock to visit the temple of Shiva, which has stood on the island since 1694.

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6. Migingo

If some islands are heaven on earth, Migingo is the epitome of hell. The island covers about 1/2 square kilometer and is home to about 500 people! The people live by fishing, and the fishermen catch Nile perch, which is prized by the local population. But it was not always so, because this island has become known only in 2002, when a fisherman reported that the waters around this place just teem with fish. Due to this fact, the territory of the island began to be actively inhabited for several years. Moreover, the island sometimes turns into a real battlefield because the government wants to occupy it because of the fishing business and the locals are not ready to leave the place so easily.

7. Mont Saint-Michel

It’s nice to live in a picturesque place where, besides you, 49 other people live in an area of just under one square kilometer. Except that about 7000 people visit your micro-dwelling every day, and in a year that number could exceed 2.5 million tourists. The island of Mont Saint-Michel is one of the pilgrimage sites for Christians from around the world. Its streets are full of souvenir shops and all kinds of fast food – the sale of these products and live off the locals. With several thousand people trampling the island every day, the locals have organized a very good business.

8. Isla Coito

The island stretches for only two hundred meters, but in spite of this, it has been home to a man named Manuel for 50 years. It was first inhabited by a fisherman who probably wanted to escape from civilization. But many years later, he wasn’t the only one who liked the idea. Although Manuel has a family, he spends most of his life on the island, considering himself its caretaker. If you ever visit the island, Manuel would love to give you a tour and show you the whale museum, where a pile of huge bones lies. Too bad it only takes you a few minutes for the whole trip.

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