Tristan da Cunha – The Most Remote Island in the World

In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, There’s a volcanic island called Tristan da Cunha.

The island can be reached only by a week-long boat trip from South Africa.

Lying 1,243 miles from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha is the most remote populated island in the world.

Tristan is a dependency of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena.

From Tristan da Cunha it’s 1,243 miles to Saint Helena, 1,491 miles to South Africa and 2,088 miles to South America.

There are three other islands located around the Tristan da Cunha. Tristan Da Cunha is the main island where Tristan’s citizens live, The other islands are uninhabited – Inaccessible Island, Nightingale Island and Gough Island.

Tristan Da Cunha was first discovered in 1506 by Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha.

The island has a population of 262 people with only seven family names. All of the them are farmers, owning their own stock and/or fishing.

The remote location of the islands makes transport to the outside world difficult. As we have mentioned before the island can be reached only by sea, Traveling to the island by air is not an option, as there is no airport on the island. Ships from South Africa service the island eight or nine times a year.

Tristan’s economy is made up from lobster exports. They export their product to the United States and Japan via the South African company.

There is a grocery store in the island. but it does provide essential products.

The island is mostly mountainous, The highest point is a volcano called Queen Mary’s Peak.

In Tristan da Cunha, electricity is supplied by diesel generators.

There is no mobile phone coverage on the island. There are no restaurants. There are no hotels. Credit Cards and personal cheques are not accepted.

Health care is free in the island and it is is funded by the government. The island has only one resident doctor and five nurses.

In general you can visit Tristan da Cunha year-round.

Sounds cool? Yeah, It’s a must visit place. Actually this place is really worth visiting once in life time.

Source: Wikipedia

Tristan da Cunha
Photo Credits: Brian Gratwicke
Tristan da Cunha
Photo Credits: Samantha

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *