"Island, an island somewhere waiting for us the island" - Vyacheslav Malezhik sang, and we listened to and believed. Someone dreamed of privacy in the style of Robinson Crusoe. An accomplishment others were Canaries, and became the Maldives and Bali. Ukraine and Romania, holding the figs in his pockets, sued for the only island in the Black Sea, called the Serpent.
But not all people have in mind only comfort, bliss, but all sorts of benefits. Those who are called extreme, ready to give a half-life and / or half a million of money, just to visit this place, which they say metaphors. Such as "Hell on Earth", "Resident Evil", "Pole of Inaccessibility", "zone", etc.
1. The Izu Islands are waiting for tourists in gas masks
To the south of Tokyo in the Pacific archipelago located in Izu. One of the islands in the chain, Miyake-jima, creates a unique challenge to visitors. Joke of nature that the island is Mount Oyama, who over the last hundred years, woke up 6 times. Under the Miyake-jima constantly bubbling magma. Therefore, on this island - the world's highest natural concentration of poisonous sulfur gases in the air.
In 2000, the population of the island was evacuated because of off-scale sensors poison content in the local atmosphere. In 2005, some brave allowed to return. They are on the island economy, engaged in normal Japanese business, but are forced to carry a gas mask ready for use. Automated notification system - as soon as the concentration of sulfur gases exceed the limit, vzvyvaet siren and all wear masks. Howling may hear at any time of the day or night. Even if people have a holiday.
Though Miyake and looks post-apocalyptic borough, tourists visit the island with a live curiosity. The fact is that if the island is purposely not sniff and be mentally prepared for the team "Strip!", You can admire the elegant nature or scuba diving, play with the dolphins, which is found in local waters very much. And the masks of all colors and sizes are sold in tourist shops.
2. Island in the Bahamas flying pigs
On a desert island Big Major Cay living community of feral pigs, which are regularly fed specially hired for this Bahamians and tourists, sailing to admire the wonder of nature.
Arriving on the island, we took a room in a small hotel - and they give you a boat. If you swim along the shore, mumps necessarily podbarahtayutsya to the boat and will beg for treats. If the boat runs aground, be prepared for what Piggy jumps into it and brazenly gobble your lunch.
Piggy local friendly, but in the heat they are hiding in the forest, by resorting to the beach in the late afternoon when the air is cooler and the water lapped become.
3. Island chemical rabbits
Ōkunoshima, also known as Usagi Shem ("Rabbit Island") - a small stub of land with a grim history. In 1925, Japan signed the Geneva Protocol banning the military use of poison gas, but the plant for the production of mustard gas on Ōkunoshima continued to work, issuing a total of "on the mountain" over 6 kilotons mustard. The site was chosen secluded, satellites above the earth did not fly, and the island was erased from the official maps.
After World War II the production of poison eliminated, and rabbits, which were tested chemical weapons released into the wild. In the absence of natural enemies, predators eared proliferated and become true masters Ōkunoshima. In 1988, the chemical plant was turned into a museum, the island pulled tourists. Rabbits them meet and see off the Japanese is not fer in their souls.
Usagi is at Sime is also the highest in Japan pylon line of electrical transmission. So local rabbits - not only the chemical and electrified and!
4. Pebble block
Tiddly, birds fly-Rockall island in the North Atlantic and the rock something not dare to call. Its height is 29 meters, length - 31 meters, width - 25 m. Of course, it is uninhabited and seemingly nobody wants. However, the territorial claims to the Rockall presented together four European states - Britain, Ireland, Denmark and Iceland. And all because under a rock supposedly lurk significant reserves of oil and natural gas - in the amount of $ 160 billion.
In 1904, the rock crashed Norwegian steamer, 600 people were killed. Then, before the 1955 Rockall no one remembered, but flew a British military helicopter, and Her Majesty's soldiers hoisted the flag on the rock of the United Kingdom. The British feared that the island may appear on Soviet observation post. And in February 1972 Rockall was officially included in the Scotland.
When it became clear that in the area of the island can produce hydrocarbons at the 1997 Rockall landed Greenpeace activists, announced his independent country Veyvlandiey and printed 15,000 passports of its citizens. But in 1999, at the fighters for the environment ran out of money for the maintenance of the rock settlements, and had to curtail Project. Since then, for "the loneliest island of the World Ocean" bite the very States mentioned above, each of which wants to stop being dependent on Russia or Norway on the issue of supply of oil and gas. Disputes will continue for several more years.
5. The most distant from the mainland island in the world
This - Bouvet Island, named in honor of the discoverer and located between South Africa and Antarctica, desert, icy, but with its own domain zone ... «.bv». In a wacky movie "Alien vs. Predator" the action takes place in a hypothetical dungeon under that cold lonely island.
The nearest of people - 1,404 miles, meaning the island of Tristan da Cunha, where there is a permanent population (271 people), cars, cafes and internet. Bouvet live only on pinnipeds, seabirds and penguins, and only comes from flora lichen moss yes.
Land from the sea to the island Bouvet impossible except by helicopter. In 1964, it was found abandoned nearby passenger ship with reserves grubs and booze. Who and where it followed - remains a mystery.
In 1979, near the island was recorded a bright flash, like a nuclear explosion. There was talk about some joint nuclear tests in Israel and South Africa, but no one confessed.
Since 1927, Norway Bouvet considered the property and has the status of the reserve. Occasionally come to the island of scientists who investigate the migration of whales.
6. Isle of venomous snakes
Not far from the Brazilian coast, south of Sao Paulo, in the ocean, "splashing" Burn! Grande Island. Heavenly place seemingly untouched by human activity for the simple and obvious reason - the island is teeming with poisonous snakes. The density of their population is estimated between one and five per square meter. Reptiles feed on migratory birds, which are stupid, land on the island to catch his breath. Here it is, the real Snake Island. And no one in the Black Sea near Odessa.
Meter-long snake island botrops name or "golden cottonmouth." 90% of deaths from snake bites in Brazil - business botropsa teeth. These things are so dangerous that the Brazilian Navy are not allowed to the island Burn! Grande anyone. Only two or three times in the history of civilization in the sinister snake island visited some scholars with the crew of the channel "Discovery».
7. Paradise macaques
In 1938, 409 rhesus monkeys have been released into the wild on the uninhabited island of Cayo Santiago, off the coast of Puerto Rico. Today, the number of these sacred (but only for Hindus) animals in their secluded world of 940 individuals.
Rh doctors to experiment. Cayo Santiago is guarded by the University of Puerto Rico. Watching the distant relatives of people, researchers do a lot of useful conclusions. In order to get the right foot on the island and talk to the animals, a person must be a scientist. However, anyone can rent a boat and watch the monkeys from the sea. By the way, these monkeys are not afraid of water and are very fond of swimming.