Sweet summer has passed, and now fall is leaving us as well. The temperature drops, and the snowy storms are getting ready to freeze our toes and our hearts as we long for the summer heat.
Thankfully, holiday season is just the time to get out and explore, and make your way to a relaxing and rejuvenating island getaway. And though islands seem like a perfect escape in comparison to the harsh winter winds, there are some to sail far and clear from.
These islands, filled with color and beauty, seemingly paradise, are to be avoided at all costs. Their threatening ways claim them to be some of the most dangerous places on earth. From the highly radioactive to dense populations of predators, these seven islands are the most dangerous places you shouldn’t step foot on.
Though a Unesco World Heritage Site, and often visited, Bikini Atoll is a highly dangerous place. It was the site of serious nuclear weapon testing between 1946 and 1958. Upon the declaration of reduced radiation levels, many returned to the island in 1987. But, it wasn’t as safe as thought to be. Many of the crabs, foods and plants had been contaminated and soil was affecting abnormalities in childbirth. Original inhabitants have refused to return, and eating the locally grown produce is strongly not advised.
This small island is home to a mean volcano, Mount Oyama. The last eruption which lasted from 2000 to 2004 left the island completely evacuated until residents were allowed to return in 2005. Since the eruption the volcano spouts a constant flow of sulfuric gas, residents are mandated to carry gas masks at all times. Raid alarms will signify when to put the mask on as there is a dramatic increase in the sulfur levels of the air.
Ilha da Queimada, popularly known as Snake Island is home to thousands of the some of the most venomous snakes in the world, Golden Lancehead Vipers. Local legend believes there to be about five snakes to every square mile and the Brazilian Navy has banned all civilians from the island.
Home to what is recorded as “The Greatest Disaster Suffered [by humans] from Animals” by Guinness World Records, this Burmese Island has a deadly history. In the Battle of Ramree Island during WWII, Japanese soldiers were forced into the surrounding marshes. But, the island’s main inhabitants, saltwater crocodiles, made their move, and are said to have eaten at least 400 people.
This densely forested island is home to a group of indigenous people called the Sentinelese. Rejecting any contact to the outside world, the Sentinelese are believed to be among the last people to remain untouched by modern civilization. And they do not take kindly to strangers–the last known deaths were in 2006, when two fishermen drifted near the island, and were killed by Sentinelese.
West from Bikini Atoll lies Enewetak where a concrete dome was placed to deposit radioactive soil and debris. After coming under U.S. control following WWII, residents were evacuated and there were 43 nuclear tests fired between 1948 and 1958. Most of the atoll is not fit for human habitation due to high contamination and radioactivity. It is projected to be safe for habitation by 2027.
Reunion island is home to one of the highest amounts of shark attacks in the world, and has seen over 12 attacks in the last three years alone. Recently the government has put a ban on swimming, body-boarding and surfing in hopes of protecting beach goers.