Do you dream of having an island getaway? Surely going to a remote island of the world can be a great way to relax, by yourself or with your loved ones. But here is the spoiler. Not all islands are made same. Some islands aren’t the paradises you would hope for. There are countless creepy or downright haunted archipelagos that are best to stay away from. Some characteristic warning signs: they’re abandoned, infested with deadly creatures, once housed mental institutions…the list goes on.The strange islands below might not be a vacationer’s dream destination. If any of the islands below are in your bucket list, just drop that idea.
A man lost his mind and hid away on this island, covering it in dolls, which he believed would keep away demons. While its name translates to “The Island of the Dolls,” it’s definitely not a great place to bring your toddler.
1. La Isla de las Muñecas
2. Ōkunoshima IslandThis island is inhabited by tons of rabbits that are descendants of ones brought there for chemical weapons testing by the Japanese army. An island full of chemically altered rabbits? Sign me up!
3. Deer Island
4. Great Blue Hole
Locals in Naples, Italy, believe that this nearby island is cursed because every owner has either ended up dead (murdered or drowned) or destitute. If you’re looking for that peaceful homestead on a remote island, strike this one from your list…unless peaceful means dying to you.
5. The Isola La Gaiola
6. Ilha de Queimada GrandeThis island, nearly 100 miles from San Palo, Brazil, is full of deadly, venomous snakes. The Brazilian Navy has even forbidden people from visiting it. Though, why anyone would want to go to a snake-infested island is beyond me.
7. Christmas Island
8. Tashirojima Island
9. Fort Boyard
This island is the location of the worst disaster suffered from animals, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. A grand total of 500 Japanese soldiers were killed and eaten during World War II by the saltwater crocodiles that infest it.
10. Ramree Island
11. Howland IslandThis island holds an eerie significance: it was where Amelia Earhart was due to land on her flight around the world. If you visit, we suggest not flying.
12. Hashima IslandOnce a Japanese mining colony housing imprisoned Chinese and Korean laborers, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to visit such an awful place.
13. Easter Island
The storied island prison in the San Francisco Bay has been abandoned for half a century, but many believe it is inhabited by a paranormal presence. Vacation, here we come!
15. North Sentinel Island
This island, inhabited only by horses and shipwrecks, is located in an area off the coast of Nova Scotia called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. In case you didn’t get the hint, you probably shouldn’t go on a weekend boat trip here.