In this day and age, people often think that they can travel anywhere as long as they have the time and money to spend. They expand their horizons and visit places they know little about. No destination is too far thanks to the many travel options and discounts out there.
Islands are especially popular among trekkers looking for an exotic and adventurous vacation, but threats can lurk behind their beauty: exploring them is sometimes just a very bad idea.
Technically, you can be at the wrong place at the wrong time anywhere; however, some places pose a much higher risk than others. Certain islands are renowned for their deadly animals or dangerous viruses. One place specifically is dangerous because natives start attacking potential visitors before they get a chance to set foot.
Travel notices are a good reference but they are generally issued only if there is a recurring dangerous problem in a foreign country. They are designed simply to inform travellers and are not enforceable, sonyou can choose to ignore them or be extra cautious.
Izu Islands, Japan
The seven Izu Islands are a group of islands in the Fuji Volcanic Belt that stretches north to south for about 280 miles and the stench of sulphur cannot be avoided or ignored because of the area’s volcanic nature. Inhabitants were actually evacuated in 1953 and again in 2000 because the levels of gas were through the roof, and they were only allowed back in five years later! Residents of Miyakejima, one of Japan’s Izu Islands, have to wear masks at all times.
This Caribbean island in the Lesser Antilles chain is a special municipality of the Netherlands. If you ever want to visit, make sure it’s during the winter as the area has been hit by more major storms since 1851 than any other place on earth. Over 65 severe hurricanes have passed through the island according to the Caribbean Hurricane Network – one every 2.5 years!
Gruinard Island, Scotland
This tiny, oval-shaped Scottish island is just about 1.2 miles long by half a mile wide, but it’s one of the most dangerous places on the planet. No one has settled on this British “Anthrax Island”: it used to be the testing ground for biological warfare during World War II and became so contaminated that it was deemed out-of-bounds for half a century. Anthrax spores still remain in the soil.
Ramree Island, Burma
Ramree Island is home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles, which are the largest reptilian predator in the world. They can weigh up to 2,000 pounds (900 kgs) and even a small one can kill a large human. These crocodiles are not only deadly, but they are also aggressive and known to attack people who enter their natural habitat. In fact, according to the Guinness Book of World Records the “Most Fatalities in a Crocodile Attack” took place at Ramree Island. And if that is not enough, poisonous scorpions can be found everywhere as well as malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Nice.
Ilha da Queimada, Brazil
Just 20 miles off the coast of São Paulo, Ilha da Queimada is an island ruled by animals. Popularly known as Snake Island, it is home to thousands of the some of the most venomous snakes in the world, Golden Lancehead Vipers. The Brazilian Navy has banned all civilians from the island, which is probably just as well: if you were to set foot on it, you could be lucky enough to find up to five snakes per square metre.