The 10 Most Interesting Islands in the World

View of St. Thomas from St. John.

View of St. Thomas from St. John.

Over the summer, I visited Gotland in the Baltic Sea and St. Thomas in the Caribbean. Ever since, I’ve pondered the allure of the small island. In one sense, on a small island, the planet seems tiny, like an entire world and everything you need and want in it could be contained in a few square miles. In another sense, when surrounded by water, sky, and endless horizon, the world feels immense. Because of their intimacy and isolation, small islands seem to develop such unique cultures.

In this list, we visit ten of the planet’s most interesting small, inhabited islands, from the Arctic to the near-Antarctic to the Caribbean to the South Seas. What did we leave off? What other islands do you want to visit? Let me know in the comments.


Map of the world (Martyn Wright/Flickr)



  1. Reblogged this on amazonka12579.

  2. Love your list…but you missed out Bora bora from Tahiti…

  3. great post!

  4. I had heard the Whitsundays are lovely. And Stromboli always seemed like an exciting destination, but I’m a sucker for an island. How about Isola Bella on Maggiore? That’s a fond memory. 🙂

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