An island lost in the Atlantic Ocean

Tristan da Cunha is a group of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean famous for being, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the world’s most isolated community! It is found 1,750 miles to the west of South Africa and 2,088 miles from South America. Discovered at the beginning of the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, today, it is a part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha.

Settlement on Tristan

The 280 inhabitants of this small volcanic island live communally and help each other to complete the daily tasks and repairs. Although they are resupplied with rare commodities by boat every two to three months, the inhabitants of the island live “comfortably”. The main foreign income comes from selling crayfish as well as postage stamps and coins.

Equipped with administrative and social services, the island, however, remains relatively closed to people keen to settle there, preserving their way of life and their tranquillity. This self-sufficiency can sometimes lead to complications as one can easily imagine.

Despite its fishing port, Tristan da Cunha doesn’t have an airport which makes it very difficult to access the island. With less than 15 tourists a year, this is the ideal island if you do not wish to be overwhelmed by a crowd of people!


Photosource: Brian Gratwicke,, (CC BY 2.0)