There is a bit of contention with regards to where exactly the most remote place on Earth actually is.
Most lists you encounter will feature the usual suspects such as the island of Tristan da Cunha, the village of Ittoqqortoormiit (Greenland
), the Svalbard archipelago (Norway
) and McMurdo Station (Antarctica
). Just last month we published one such list
right here on Gadling.
Nevertheless, in every one of these lists there is one place, which is always conspicuously absent.
No, it's not the town of La Rinconada, Peru
, a mining outpost, which sits 17,000 feet up on the slopes of a permanent glacier. That's usually on there too. Geographically speaking, the world's most isolated landmass is a place known as...
Wait. What? Hawaii? There are over 4 million visitors a year to the island of Oahu alone. I can watch a bad movie on the airplane, take a nap, and I'm there. How is Hawaii remote?
While many of the places mentioned above may be unique in their inaccessibility
, technically, the Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated populated landmass found anywhere on the planet, with the closest point of continental land being 2,400 miles away (California).
Given the fact that Hawaii is accessible, I surmise, must be the reason it never makes the list of places, which are "remote."
What if, however, you set out to experience one of the least accessible
places in all of Hawaii. The foremost outpost in the world's most isolated island chain? A place where there are no hotels, no roads, or really any trails. A place you cannot fly to, drive to, or barely even walk to. What sort of remoteness exists out there?
That was the question in everyone's mind as we set sail for the north shore of Molokai
on a catamaran loaded with surfboards, beer and a number of lingering unknowns.