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The Most Secluded Islands in the World for Your Crowd-Free Getaway

26 February 2021
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There are a lot of places that come to mind when you are planning an island getaway. For instance, you might think of visiting world-known islands like Mallorca, Fiji, Bali, or the Maldives. But what about exploring some new horizons and traveling to the most isolated places in the world? It’s also a splendid way to restore harmony and peace, feel the sand of deserted beaches between your toes, and explore faraway islands to the fullest. 

In this article, we’ve come up with a list of the most secluded islands to ensure you get some inspiration for your amazing getaway. Whether you prefer to explore the underwater world, conquer the ocean on a surfboard or savor the local cuisines and relax on the white-sand beaches, we have lots of gorgeous destinations for you! 

Secluded Islands for Crowd-Free Getaway

Colonsay, Scotland

An island getaway is not all about tropical destinations. Even the windy Scotland has something to impress you with! Colonsay Island is about 16 km long and 3 km wide. The hospitable 135 citizens of the tiny island are always happy to let visitors explore this gorgeous place. This friendly community comprises oyster farmers, craftsmen, brewers, entrepreneurs, and traders. You can get to Colonsay by ferry from the port of Oban or by air. 

This isolated island is home to some fabulous wildlife so don’t forget your camera to take marvelous photos of corncrakes, razorbills, otters, wild goats, and golden eagles. For those who want to rest on the white-sand beaches, observe the untouched beauty, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of Colonsay, Kiloran Bay is a splendid place to visit. It’s also a great surf spot for experts as the currents can be rather strong. 

Regardless of the size of Colonsay, there is a wide range of lodging options from a hotel with an authentic gastro-pub to over 40 holiday cottages with jaw-dropping sea views. Want to savor the local cuisine? The restaurant in the Colonsay hotel will impress you with a cozy atmosphere, delicious seafood, different meats, and organic salads made from local vegetables. From April to October, you can also visit the Colonsay House Gardens Cafe to enjoy the breathtaking views along with soups, bread rolls, and home-baked pastry. 

August is the warmest month on Colonsay with an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. Colonsay is not the hottest place in the world but its unique atmosphere, impressive flora and fauna, jaw-dropping landscapes, and unspoiled beaches are definitely worth your attention! 

Colonsay, Scotland - vacation on an isolated island

Pico Island, Portugal

Pico is one of the biggest islands of the Azores archipelago but it’s still rather secluded and crowd-free. This remote vacation spot is known for its UNESCO-designated vineyards and mesmerizing lava landscapes. You can do almost anything here — conquer the highest peak in Portugal, explore the mysterious caves, observe fantastic wildlife, take a whale and dolphin watching tour, or try the special Pico wine. 

Vines in Pico are protected from the negative impact of severe weather and seawater as they grow on the basalt rocks. Thanks to the volcanic soil, wines from stony vineyards are sturdy and have more minerality. Want something even more special? Take a tour to the Pico Wine Museum to learn the history of wine, you can also visit the vineyards, and taste the most remarkable wine brands. 

If you want to try local delicacies, head to Ancoradouro — a Portuguese restaurant with top-notch service and stunning views. There are lots of exquisite dishes here but you can’t go wrong with BBQ prawns, octopus stew, tuna steak, and local wine. The extensive menu, huge portions, and pleasant white-colored interior will make you come back here every single day! 

 Pico Island, Portugal - secluded island of the Azores archipelago

Skopelos, Greece

There are 227 islands in Greece but Skopelos is one of the most secluded vacation spots with an untouched coastline, cozy tavernas, and well-preserved churches dating from the XV century. You can get to Skopelos by ferry from Skiathos, the most popular Greek island that is known for its mind-blowing nightlife. 

You can observe a ton of sights here but Dragon cleft is one of the must-visit places on this remote island. As the ancient legend goes, a long time ago the citizens of Skopelos were terrorized by a ferocious dragon. As a result, the then saint of the island, Ayios Riyínos decided to pursue the beast. While chasing the dragon, the cleft opened up, the creature fell down and perished. Dragon cleft is surrounded by eye-catching seascapes so don’t miss out on a chance to visit this amazing place. It’s extremely easy to find — just follow the road signs while traveling from Stáfylos to Amárantos and enjoy! 

Looking for a perfect place to stay on Skopelos island? For your crowd-free getaway, consider renting a comfortable two-storey Villa Christina that is located just 1 km away from the beautiful Stafylos beach. There are 3 spacious bedrooms, a BBQ grill, an amazing garden, and private parking at your disposal. Stafylos beach offers lots of activities for everyone from snorkeling and surfing to fishing and throwing bonfire parties.

Skopelos, Greece - one of the most secluded vacation spots

Maupiti, French Polynesia 

Maupiti is the smallest of the Society Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Its beautiful deserted beaches, azure waters of the ocean, cozy guesthouses, and one-of-a-kind local restaurants create a unique vibe of tranquility and harmony. 

It’s a perfect place to put away your smartphone, make yourself comfortable on the porch of your cottage, and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the peaceful island while savoring fresh seafood or a delicious cocktail. If you want to find inner calm and lay back, just give this secluded island a shot and it will definitely impress you!

If you want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the island, you can head over to Tereia beach. It’s an outstanding place for sunbathing, swimming, and exploring some secluded coves. You won’t find any facilities here apart from two small cafes so it’s a perfect spot for a getaway.

There aren’t any luxurious restaurants on this tiny island but you can still enjoy Polynesian cuisine with its large homemade portions and amazing flavors. Tarona is a charming restaurant with a mind-blowing view of the lagoon. Make sure to also try delicious fried shrimp,curried chicken, grilled fish, tuna carpaccio, and sweet caramelized pork with rice. 

Maupiti, French Polynesia - island with beautiful deserted beaches, azure waters of the ocean

San Blas Islands, Panama

Want to spend your secluded getaway on the island that looks exactly like Robinson Crusoe’s hideaway? This travel destination is perfectly suitable for true explorers as there aren’t lots of facilities on the San Blas islands and that’s the point! In general, you will be hanging out on the pristine beach, sunbathing, snorkeling, observing wildlife, and exploring the shipwrecks. The villagers are hospitable here so you’ll get a fantastic chance to learn more about their daily life. 

There are 378 islands in the archipelago de San Blas that are mostly uninhabited. The tourism industry hasn’t reached the San Blas islands yet so it’s a splendid spot for those who want to experience life on the almost deserted island. The locals here call themselves Guna’s. They have unique customs and laws that can differ from the Panamanian traditions. Their culture is mostly matriarchal but the locals still value gender equality.

To live like a local, you can rent a charming sea bungalow with a private beach area, a comfortable terrace with a stunning view, and a BBQ grill. San Blas islands can be a real paradise for all seafood lovers as it’s truly exceptional here, so don’t forget to visit the local fishermen! 

San Blas Islands, Panama - secluded getaway on the island

Embark on Your Crowd-Free Journey with Ragnar

Are you ready to leave the crowds and travel to the most secluded places in the world? It’s one of the best ways to boost your energy and regain peace of mind. Choose the best remote island from our list and get ready for an unforgettable journey! Ragnar’s seasoned crew will accompany you to ensure you enjoy the world exploration to the fullest!

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