Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Like remnants from ancient times, there is an island tucked away from the civilized world, deep in the Indonesian archipelago which hosts animals that are considered living fossils. This island is home to the Komodo dragons, which are the world’s largest lizard. Komodo Dragons are massive creatures and can reach up to ten feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. You will find them nowhere else in the world! It is only possible to view these deadly prehistoric beasts under the guidance and protection of specially trained park rangers. The island has amazing flora and fauna which makes you feel like you’re in a movie. Komodo Island is the stuff of legends and well worth a visit when you travel to Indonesia.
Snake Island, Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande, or better known as Snake Island, is only ninety miles from the city of Sao Paulo and is considered one of the world’s deadliest Islands. As the name gives away, the island is overrun with snakes. They are not just any type of snakes, they are golden lance head vipers, said to be more venomous than any land based snake. The island is only 100 acres big, but is estimated to be home to more than 4,500 snakes. This place is so dangerous that visiting the island has been banned by the Brazilian government, with exceptions made only for scientists and the Brazilian Navy who maintain the lighthouse. This is one island best to be avoided.
Pig Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas are a small group of island in the Caribbean and are famous for its stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. On Big Major Cay, a small uninhabited island you can see something odd and unexpected. You will see pigs basking in the sand and swimming in the sea. No, you are not imagining things! It’s unclear as to how the pigs got to the island, but the pigs sure know how to live it up. Visitors can swim with the pigs, take pictures and do some snorkelling with turtles or go scuba diving around the island. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!
Rabbit Island, Japan
Ōkunoshima, more commonly known as Rabbit Island is located in the inland sea of Japan. The Island gets its name from the high amount of feral rabbits that call the Island home. Originally, the rabbits were used as test subjects in a top secret government chemical factory on the island during the war. After the war ended the island was developed as a park and the rabbits were released here. Currently there are about 750 rabbits on the island. The rabbits are exceptionally tame and will come up to visitors and eat out of one’s palm. It’s amazing to be surrounded by so much cuteness.
Assateague Island, USA
The top of Assateague Island is part of Maryland while the southern area is part of Virginia. The island is famous for its wild horses which roam freely on the island. The horses are relatively small compared to their mainland counterparts and discussions are common if it is a pony or a horse. There are many horses, so encounters with them on the beach, or during a walk are common. The island itself has plenty to offer such as sandy beaches, rivers to canoe, several types of deer and over 320 species of birds.
Christmas Island, Australia
Christmas Island is located approximately 300 miles south of Indonesia, and 1,600 miles away from the Australian mainland. The Island is a small and part of Australia. There are only 2,000 residents on the island and therefore much of the island is untouched and covered in forest. The Australian government acknowledged the extraordinary flora and fauna of the island and turned part of the island into an official National park in 1980. The Island is world famous for the thousands of migrating red crabs which cross the island every year. The migration happens once the wet season starts at the same time as the cycle of the moon. Unfortunately it is not possible to predict exactly when this will occur but it will be usually around December or January.
Runde Island, Norway
Runde is on the west coast of Norway, and the area is famous for its fjords and steep, snow-clad mountains. There are only 100 people living on the island, with a total of 700,000 seabirds also calling the island home. The Atlantic puffin, with its distinct beak and colouring, is the star of the island and attracts many international tourists. The bird has a very distinct colourful appearance with its bright red feet, white belly, black back and amazing beak. Its short beak is red and grey, and has yellow lining. The island is home to more than 100,000 puffins, making it a special place to visit.
Cat Island, Japan
Japan loves cats which is why there are more than a dozen cat islands across the country. One of the most famous cat islands is Aoshima, which is overrun with street cats. From the moment you step off the ferry you will be surrounded by cats coming from seemingly everywhere. The cats are frequently fed, but they are always hungry. Visitors of the island can feed the cats and take pictures. As the cats are not shy, make sure you store away any food that is not meant for them. The island is the ultimate destination for cat lovers.
Seal Island, South Africa
Just off the coast of South Africa near Cape Town on a small speck of land you will see tens of thousands of seals basking in the sun. The island is only five acres big but is home to 64,000 Cape Fur Seals. The island is quite the sight, but the stench caused by the seals (like rotten fish) make it an island best be viewed from afar. Boat tours are offered from Cape Town and surrounding cities. On the way you also have a chance to see whales and Great White Sharks which are on the hunt around the island.
Chicken Island, USA
In Hawaii, on Kauai Island, the chickens seem to have taken over. They are everywhere, in the parking lots, in the fields, in the garbage and basically everywhere else you look. It is not sure where they came from exactly; some believe Polynesians took them to the islands a long time ago but nobody knows for sure. What we do know is that there was a hurricane in 1992 that destroyed many chicken coops, allowing the chickens to escape. As there are no natural predators, the number of chickens have increased exponentially recently causing irritation among the local population. The chickens have become part of the image of the island and are interesting for tourists to see.