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The Most Remote Islands In The World (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/20/11 08:57 AM ET

There are few places left in the world that are truly undiscovered, but if you're willing to venture far, far off the beaten path, you can find a few that still seem remote.

Imagine waking up each morning to the sound of ocean waves massaging the shore, dining on a breakfast of fresh coconuts and spending the day waning away on your own secret island far from the hustle and bustle of over-stressed tourists and their under-disciplined kids.

Sound enticing?

Then, consider visiting one of the most remote islands in the world. It may take you a day - or six - to get there ... but in end, it's worth it.

Easter Island
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One of the most mysterious remote islands in the world is located in the South Pacific between Chile and Tahiti and has a mysterious air and untold history scientists can't wait to uncover. For millions of years, Easter Island was vacant, home to fleeting seabirds and marine life until a tribe of people called Rapa Nui arrived and claimed the land as their own. For centuries they thrived on the 64 square mile island - building homes, establishing flora and crafting moai, the gigantic volcanic rock statues we know today. At the height of their civilization there were between 7,000 and 9,000 residents. Today most of the island's 3,000 citizens live in the town of Hanga Rea. Tourism on Easter Island is increasing - some say too quickly - and there is a large selection of hotels, restaurants and shops. The most reliable way to reach Easter Island is via airplane from Chile or Tahiti.

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Photos by: USFWS Pacific, michael clarke stuff, steven and darusha, Oceanic2012, Favio Gaba, Brad Stabler

 

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