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Tristan Da Cunha – Exploring The Most Remote Inhabited Island In The World

There is something quite adventurous about remote islands. So if you are looking for something off the beaten track and equally exciting, then head to Tristan da Cunha. Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited island in the world. It is named after the man who discovered it, Portuguese explorer Tristan da Cunha. The nearest island is St. Helena which is almost 2000 kilometers away.

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The nearest mainland is South Africa – almost 2816 kilometers away. Originally inhabited by only six families, the current population of the island is about 300. Tristan is the name given to the collection of islands as well as the main island. So if you are ever looking to be away from the maddening crowd and in the cradle of nature, this is the place to be.

 

  1. Calshot Harbor

The Calshot Harbor is named after a village in Hampshire, England. It was opened in the year 1967. The harbor is connected to the settlement through the Puma Road. Along with a harbor, there is a fishing factory, an anchorage, the Big Beach, and the modern harbor.

 

  1. Café da Cunha

The Café da Cunha is an ideal place to go for refreshments and also get acquainted with the local culture. The café serves up the islands’ history along with food and drinks. Located within the post office and the tourism center of the island, the café displays historical artifacts and images. Larger exhibits are located outside the café in the post office complex.

 

  1. Thatched Roof Museum

This is perhaps the only museum in the world with a thatched roof. Located in between the volcano and the settlement, it is a cottage built out of volcanic rock. The thatched roof gives the house an authentic village look. The painted wood inside the museum was sourced from shipwrecks! As a visitor, you can even stay overnight at the museum!

 

  1. St Mary’s Anglican Church

The St Mary’s Anglican Church looks straight out of a postcard. Built in the typical Tristan style of architecture, it was opened to the public in 1923. The church was featured in a stamp in the year 1978. the church contains a bell which was salvaged from shipwrecks, just like the wood of the Thatched Roof Museum, . The boundary of the church is made entirely out of volcanic stone. On a good sunny day, you can see hydrangeas in full bloom at the beautiful church garden. The church was extended recently in 2005.

 

  1. Inaccessible Island

Although it is named as the Inaccessible Island, it can actually be visited. Cruise ships are available for going to the island. It is highly recommended to take a guide with you. You should also take your own food and water as the island is uninhabited. Inaccessible Island and the neighboring Gough Island were named as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site for their wilderness of international significance.

 

  1. Gough Island

It was originally named Diego Alvarez Island. It was renamed as Gough Island in 1721 after it was spotted by a Captain of the same name. Although officially the island belongs to the UK, the residents are all South African. It is primarily because the island is used by South Africa for the ‘South Atlantic Ocean meteorological station’. No accommodation is available on the island and the terrain is difficult to navigate. However, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its wilderness.

 

  1. Sandy Point

The Sandy Point is located at the easternmost point of Tristan da Cunha. The main attraction of Sandy Point is its beach, which is made entirely out of black sand from the volcano. There is also a farm and some low cliffs. There is a healthy population of the endangered Northern Rockhopper Penguins near the point. The farm located at the point has a big plantation of palm trees, grey poplar, and pussy willow trees.

 

  1. St. Josephs Church

While the island is home to three churches, this is the only one with stained glass, and it is this beautiful stained glass that has made the church the most popular. The stained glass window portrays a yellow-nosed Albatross and Our Lady Star of the Sea. There is also a long boat in the artwork. The St. Josephs Church was built in 1996 at the site of a smaller church. The Catholic faith was brought to the island by two sisters of Irish origin. They married local men and their descendants are now the most active Catholic community of the island.

 

  1. Tristan Golf Club

It might be surreal to imagine that a remote island contains a golf club. But therein lays the beauty of Tristan. The golf club consists of many volcanic boulders and it is quite a challenge to play amongst them. An open golf championship is held every year at this course.

 

  1. The Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross

Featured in the stained glass of St. Josephs Church, the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross is native to Tristan da Cunha. It is one of the smallest albatrosses in the world and can be found only in this island. Tristan is also home to the Tristan Wandering Albatross and the Sooty Albatross.

 

  1. Love Island and Queen Mary’s Peak

As the name implies, the Love Island is the destination for couples and lovers. The Queen Mary’s Peak offers an amazing view of the lake, which is almost perfectly heart-shaped. The hike to the 2062-meter peak is not an easy one though. Reaching the peak can be truly described as a labor of love. It is safe to hike to the top of the peak only when weather conditions are good. You can even hire a local guide for the trek to the island.

 

  1. Volcano and Volcanic Park

A volcanic eruption in 1961 forced the residents of the island to flee to Britain. Many of them came back later on. The volcanic cone and its lava can be seen at the south of the current settlement on the island. It hasn’t been active since 1961 and presently has hiking trails for reaching to the top. You can take a hike with a group or on your own. The volcanic park is located next to the volcano and is a good place for achieving some tranquil time of your own.

Originally posted 2017-04-04 06:13:46.

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